2018 Press Releases

The Santa Barbara County Fiscal Year 2018-19 Recommended Balanced Budget of $1.105 billion was adopted by the Board of Supervisors today. Overall, the operating budget reflects an increase of 2.5 percent over the prior year.

Updated interim flood advisory recovery maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were released today and are posted online at https://readysbc.org/maps/. The maps will be discussed at a community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at the County Administration Fourth Floor Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu St. The Board of Supervisors will consider adoption of the maps on June 19 at its regular meeting to be held in Santa Maria.

Beginning Friday June 15, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) will be conducting defensible space inspections. A minimum of 100 feet of defensible space is required around your home in Santa Barbara County.

Sheriff's Lieutenant Butch Arnoldi and Carpinteria Special Olympics Athlete Ben Watts were honored today, June 9, 2018, with the privilege of carrying the "Flame of Hope" into the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Southern California Special Olympics Summer Games in Long Beach.

Just after midnight this morning, June 9, 2018, a Sheriff's deputy on patrol observed a vehicle matching the description of a suspect vehicle involved in a rash of car vandalism incidents in both Santa Maria and Orcutt.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is pleased to officially welcome five new Sheriff's Deputies to our team.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office continues its investigation into a series of car vandalisms involving windows being shot out of vehicles by what appears to be an air soft or BB gun.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Santa Barbara County South Coast and Mountains (zones CAZ252, CAZ239) in effect from 3 pm Saturday June 9, 2018 to 10 am Monday June 11, 2018.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Keith Kevin Nelson, age 56, was charged in Santa Barbara Superior Court with one count of attempted murder

Regulations within the Coastal Zone Pending Review and Certification by the California Coastal Commission