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The evacuation center opened at noon at the Earl Warren Showgrounds located at 3400 Calle Real. Tomorrow at noon the #RedCross will open an evacuation center at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. Anyone affected by the storm is welcome. If needed, the Red Cross is prepared to ...
Santa Barbara County issued a recommended evacuation warning for south coast communities including Montecito, where a storm dropped an enormous amount of rain In the early morning hours of Jan. 9. Flash floods carrying huge boulders blasted through Montecito, destroying or damaging hundreds of homes.

At one point in her life, Mona Miyasato thought about becoming a journalist. But after obtaining a graduate degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Miyasato decided she would like to "be in the game rather than writing about it." Now, as Santa Barbara County executive officer, ...
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - The Nature Conservancy's purchase of the historic Cojo-Jalama Ranch, formerly known as the Bixby Ranch, in SANTA BARBARA COUNTY is seen as a transformative event in Central Coast land preservation. The Nature Conservancy recently took ownership of the ...
Brown is running for re-election to the post he first won in 2006 and the primary election is June 5. Although Olmstead has pulled papers with a little more than three months before the election, his entry is certain to make political waves, as Brown now faces a challenge from one of his lieutenants. "As Sheriff ...
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputy encountered a suspicions package Wednesday afternoon near the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Around 4 p.m., a white plastic United States Postal Service package was found during a security check of a driveway the sheriff's ...

Santa Barbara County on Wednesday extended its recommended evacuation warnings for South Coast communities ahead of a storm officials say could trigger debris flows and flooding below recent burn areas, including Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito and Carpinteria. County emergency officials ...
Santa Barbara County is now No. 1 in the number of temporary cannabis operation licenses issued by the state, pushing long-dominant pot capital Humboldt County to No. 2, and that added fuel to a debate over capping the number of cultivation operations that arose at the Board of Supervisors meeting ...
Susan Epstein delivered a shock to the Santa Barbara County political world on Tuesday, abruptly backing out of the race for the Second District seat on the county Board of Supervisors. Her decision to step aside, coming just days after kicking off a full-fledge campaign, creates a wide-open path for the ...
The Red Cross has opened an Evacuation Center for residents threatened by this incoming storm at Earl Warren Showgrounds. More information here. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for areas of Santa Barbara County affected by the Thomas, Whittier, and Sherpa fires beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday ...
In the wake of an accidental shooting on Feb. 15 that took the life of 16-year-old Kaiden Vague, Los Padres National Forest officials have closed the Arroyo Burro designated shooting area known as the "Glass Factory." The popular shooting area located on E. Camino Cielo in Santa Barbara County will be ...
Authorities on alert as winter storm moves toward charred mountains in Santa Barbara County ... Authorities are monitoring a winter storm that's expected to bring rain to fire-ravaged mountains in Santa Barbara County starting Monday evening, possibly giving way to flooding and debris flows. Residents ...
Passenger rail is an excellent alternative to driving alone that saves time and money." The $5 million cost of the new rail lines' two-year pilot period will be split by the California State Transportation Agency and the Santa Barbara County Association of governments, said association spokesman Gregg Hart.
Katy Perry performed a surprise set on Sunday at a benefit for first responders and survivors of January's deadly mudslide in Montecito, California. A crowd of more than 2,000 gathered for the "One 805 Kick Ash Bash" fundraiser, after the area code where disaster hit. It raised nearly $2 million dollars, ...
He's the cowboy with the baritone voice, and a talent for getting everyone off their barstools and dancing to hits like "Honkytonk Badonkadonk." Trace Adkins is coming to the Santa Barbara County Fair as part of the Bud Light Concert Series, July 12. With 11 million albums sold and a slew of hits, Adkins has ...
Country music star Trace Adkins is scheduled to perform this summer at the Santa Barbara County Fair. Adkins is known for hits like "Honkytonk Badonkadonk," "I Got My Game On," and "Hillbilly Bone." The concert is set for July 12 and is free with paid admission to the fair. The 2018 Santa Barbara County ...
Santa Barbara County, Calif. - A large group of parents from all over Santa Barbara County have formed a group to help make school campuses safer. Another parent from San Marcos high school started a petition to bring back a School Resource Officer (SRO) to her son's school. "They eliminated ...

Santa Barbara County, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office has confirmed the death of a teenager who was airlifted to the hospital following an accidental shooting. The Coroner's office determined Kaiden Vague died as the result of a traumatic accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Cabrillo and Santa Maria high school took home Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table Athletes of the Week honors. Conquistadores senior wrestler was named the female winner. She advanced to the state meet for the second straight year in the 101-pound division. "My last match was ...
The L.A. Galaxy will donate to United Way of Santa Barbara County in support of the Thomas Fire & Flood Fund in advance of their Thursday, Feb. 15 match at UCSB. The Galaxy is playing a preseason match against Fresno FC of the United soccer Leagues at 7:30 p.m. at Harder Stadium. The Galaxy will ...
The proposed tax would apply to commercial marijuana-related operations in unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County. businesses would have to pay 1 percent of gross receipts for nursery operations, 1 percent of gross receipts for distributor operations, 3 percent of gross receipts for manufacturers, ...
Santa Barbara County moves forward on developing groundwater Sustainability plans. Mike Hodgson ... "fringe" portion of the Santa Maria River Valley Groundwater Basin. The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will consider an application to remove three such areas from the state-defined basin.
About 40 growers have reported estimates totaling $20 million in crop and structure losses from the Thomas Fire and the 1/9 Debris Flow, according to the Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner. Avocados were hit hardest, as well as cut flowers, cherimoyas, and row crops. Rudy Martel, the ...
Santa Barbara County officials say a light storm system expected to pass over the area this week does not warrant evacuations in recent burn areas. Just last week, officials announced new evacuation protocols in the event of significant rainfall, and mudslides are on the minds of many who live in recent ...
Just days after Santa Barbara County officials announced new evacuation protocols in the event of significant rainfall, a weak storm system is approaching the region, and is expected to hit Monday through Wednesday. But both the county's Office of Emergency Services and the National Weather Service ...
The LA Galaxy will donate match proceeds for their Feb. 15 match in Santa Barbara towards United Way of Santa Barbara County to support the Thomas Fire & Flood Fund. In support of the effort, the Galaxy will host a meet up with first responders and those affected by Thomas Fire and mudslide on ...
Santa Barbara County, Calif. - In honor of Valentine's Day, Santa Barbara County Animal Services is making it easier to adopt a furry friend by discounting adoption feed. From Feb. 12-17, adopters can name their own price for adoption and take home cuddly canines, flirtatious felines, and romantic ...
Animal services in northern Santa Barbara County continue to expand with the recent addition of Santa Maria Valley's first 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic, a growing trail system that welcomes on-leash animal companions, evolving services for pets and owners at Santa Barbara County Animal ...
Santa Barbara County Chief Investment Officer Jennifer Christensen has announced that she will run for Santa Barbara County auditor-controller. A longtime resident of Santa Barbara, Jennifer will use her vast experience in county government, finance and accounting to provide innovative and effective ...
MONTECITO, Calif. - The storm in Montecito brought a debris flow beyond what anyone could imagine. Now, debris removal is a huge part of the recovery effort. The Santa Barbara County Department of Public Works is not taking the cleanup process lightly. So far, removing rocks and debris has cost the ...
In the catastrophic wake of the "1/9 Debris Flow"-- as public-safety officials are now calling the January 9 natural disaster in Montecito -- the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has launched a new interactive map designed to provide residents countywide with more precise ...
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Santa Barbara County's new Northern Branch Jail project is gradually taking shape on about 50 acres west of Santa Maria with the anticipated completion date pushed back to Spring 2019. The new $100 million jail is the largest public works project in Santa Barbara County history ...
Residents recovering from the Montecito mudslides and Thomas Fire are eligible for free food assistance. The program is provided by Cal-Fresh disaster services. If your family was impacted by the fire and mudslides in Santa Barbara County, you can apply for cash to be spent on food. Cal-Fresh is giving ...
Santa Barbara County, Calif. - The ban on permit burning in Santa Barbara County will be lifted as the Santa Barbara County Fire Department transitions from a 'High Fire Season' to a 'Winter Preparedness Level.' On Monday, the county will lift the ban on permit burning within State Responsibility ...
Santa Barbara County authorities on Thursday announced changes to the way evacuation orders will be issued and a new risk map for debris flows following the deadly Jan. 9 storm. The interactive map outlines areas with an extreme risk or high risk of debris flows in the event of rains that hit 1/2-inch per ...
Three Santa Barbara County beaches remain closed due to poor ocean water quality. Ocean water quality improves ... The Santa Barbara County public health Department closed several beaches throughout the South County following the recent storm due to high bacterial levels. The following beaches ...
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara County Supervisors voted in favor of cannabis regulations and taxation following a marathon meeting. Supervisor Das Williams called it a "Great Compromise." "If you are in a greenhouse with odor control then is it 750 if you don't it is 1500," said Williams.
The Cachuma Reservoir received only 42 percent of the typical amount, and Santa Barbara County altogether received 25 percent of normal rainfall. In addition to decreased rainfall, the report showed impacts on water quality in the reservoir due to the fires. Due to the most recent rain event on Jan. 9, the ...
"Every year we wind up with thousands of orphaned kittens that come through our shelters -- those place a huge burden on the facilities that are working hard to care for them as well as our foster homes," said Stacy Silva, Santa Barbara County Animal Services community outreach coordinator. According to ...
Santa Barbara County, Calif. - Residents in the City of Santa Barbara and southern Santa Barbara County have been placed on high alert after the Santa Barbara County public health Department identified multiple cases of distemper in wildlife, especially raccoons. Pet owners should make sure ...
The Fund for Santa Barbara supports groups working toward social, economic, environmental and political change in Santa Barbara County. The fund also offers assistance with the drafting applications. Direct inquiries to the grant-making team at 962-9164 or grants@fundforsantabarbara.org. All materials ...
Caltrans, the state agency responsible for Highway 192, and the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department, which oversees local roads in the area, have long-term closures for several bridges and one-way traffic control for others that were damaged in the Jan. 9 mudslides and debris flows.
St. Joseph and Pioneer Valley took home Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table Athletes of the Week honors. Knights' senior soccer forward Blanca Diaz was named the female winner. She scored a total of six goals last week including the go-ahead goal in an overtime win against Paso ...
The Santa Barbara County search and rescue team, an all-volunteer branch of the Sheriff's Office, is looking for new members. A recruitment meeting will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday at 66 S. San Antonio Road in Santa Barbara. Attendees are invited to arrive early to speak with volunteers about what the job ...
Santa Barbara County supervisors to consider Foxen Canyon Road oil pipeline franchise ... An ordinance that would grant a franchise for two oil pipelines along just over 2 miles of road rights of way will be considered by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors in a public hearing at its meeting ...
The Santa Barbara County public health Department released the following update on beach closures on Friday, Jan. 26, 2918: Ocean water samples taken on Wednesday, January 24, were tested for bacteria levels. Test results reveal that levels of bacteria no longer exceed standard levels in ocean ...
Santa Barbara County, CA. -- The portion of the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara County that was blocked for two weeks by debris and soil left by an onslaught of deadly mudslides has finally reopened, Caltrans officials said in a tweet Sunday. That section of the freeway is a major route for commuters ...
MONTECITO (CBSLA/AP) - Twenty people are dead and four remain missing Monday - including a 2-year-old girl -- following last week's devastating mudslide in the wealthy Santa Barbara County enclave of Montecito. The missing people are identified as 2-year-old Lydia Sutthithepa, 17-year-old John ...
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will provide resources to assist current mudslide recovery and clean-up efforts in Santa Barbara County January 16 through January 22 as part of a mutual aid request from the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. According to a Cal OES News ...
Mourners lit prayer candles and left flowers as a makeshift memorial for the victims from Montecito after shedding tears, hugs and prayers during the vigil outside the Santa Barbara County courthouse. "I don't know about you, but I'm scared of Mother Nature right now," Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo ...


 

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