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County celebrates pretrial, probation & parole supervision week

Nearly three years into Santa Barbara County's new law enforcement landscape under Public Safety Realignment, the county will observe Pretrial, Probation & Parole Supervision Week beginning Sunday through Saturday.

July 12, 2014 12:00 am(0)
Production value increases, but certain crops feel the heat in annual crop report

Production value increases, but certain crops feel the heat in annual crop report

Despite the ongoing drought, 2013 was a valuable year for a number of crops in Santa Barbara County, with the value of the industry's total yield surpassing the $1 billion mark for the eighth year in a row.

July 11, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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EmPower SBC expands to San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties

Santa Barbara County leaders joined partners from neighboring counties in downtown Santa Barbara on Wednesday to unfurl the emPower Central Coast banner.

July 10, 2014 12:00 am(0)

County approves olive oil processing project, amends uniform rules

After years of navigating Santa Barbara County policies, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved multiple amendments and a conditional use permit, allowing project applicant Patricia Youngman to get her olive oil processing operation up and running in the Santa Ynez area.

July 10, 2014 12:00 am(0)
Years after purchase, paperwork raises concerns at Camp 4

Years after purchase, paperwork raises concerns at Camp 4

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has yet to finish all of the necessary paperwork more than four years after the tribe acquired a collection of land in the Santa Ynez Valley, failing to comply with state legislation that has saved the tribe significantly in property taxes, an attorney …

July 01, 2014 12:00 am(0)

Jackson's proposed ban on offshore drilling forwarded

A proposed ban to keep offshore oil operations from tapping the Tranquillon Ridge's oil reserves in the state waters of the Santa Barbara Channel is moving forward.

June 28, 2014 12:00 am(2)

County Public Health Department urges HIV testing

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is urging people around the county to "take the test, take control," of their HIV status today during National HIV Testing Day, especially those residents who are unsure of what their test results would show.

June 27, 2014 12:00 am(0)
Drought costs continue to mount, totals uncertain

Drought costs continue to mount, totals uncertain

For nearly three years, the ongoing drought has stressed Santa Barbara County's valuable agriculture industry, but the costs and long term impacts are tough to measure as every farm, ranch and operation weathers unique challenges, trying to survive to see wetter times.

June 26, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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District Attorney's Victim-Witness program reaches out to victims of Isla Vista shooting

It's been a month since Elliot Rodger rampaged through Isla Vista, but Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley's Victim-Witness Assistance Program continues helping victims navigate the long road to recovery.

June 24, 2014 12:00 am(0)
Santa Barbara County funding stretches legal aid operations

Santa Barbara County funding stretches legal aid operations

At least once a week, Elizabeth Diaz, a domestic violence attorney with the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County, climbs into her car and settles in for the 130-mile drive to legal aid's Santa Maria office, where she'll add to her hefty countywide caseload.

June 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Fire ban looms as summer nears

Fire ban looms as summer nears

To prepare for the impending hot, dry summer, Santa Barbara County is suspending all burning permits and banning open fires starting July 1, going above and beyond the ban California has enacted in some areas to prevent wildfires.

June 20, 2014 12:00 am
County foodbank serves up summer meals

County foodbank serves up summer meals

Grogan Park was busy with twirling hula-hoops, bouncing kids racing in burlap sacks and, mostly, healthy eating on Thursday afternoon when the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County kicked off its Picnic in the Park summer program with a free, nutritious lunch for local youth.

June 12, 2014 12:12 pm(0)
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