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updated Tue. January 16, 2018

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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 ...
San Luis Obispo-based craft brewery SLO Brew is sending canned potable drinking water to residents of Santa Barbara County who have been impacted by the mudslides and flooding. Many parts of southern Santa Barbara County, where the region was hit first by the Thomas Fire and then the devastating ...
After December's fires and early January's floods, any visit to Santa Barbara County will require homework. Caltrans said Friday that the 101 Freeway, from the Ventura-Santa Barbara County line to South Milpas Street in Santa Barbara, would remain closed indefinitely. For updates, check the agency's ...
The warehouse of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County was packed with people Saturday morning as volunteers flocked to lend a hand to those affected by Tuesday's deadly storm in Montecito. Dozens of volunteers helped sort food in the food bank's warehouse and more harvested mandarin oranges ...

Residents of Carpinteria, Summerland and some other parts of Santa Barbara County can return home Saturday when evacuation orders and warnings are lifted at noon, officials announced. The eased restrictions affect areas south of Highway 192 from Ortega Ridge Road to the Santa Barbara and ...
We're going to turn to the deadly mudslides in California. There are still gas leaks, no running water and they are spray painting warnings in the mud so rescuers and families don't fall in when they return. Rescue crews are still searching for possible victims. Still some hope tonight. Take a look at this live ...
The U.S. Geological Survey says once a slide starts, the mud flowing down a hill can reach a velocity of 35-miles-per-hour. (KGO-TV). KGO. By David Louie. Thursday, January 11, 2018 06:16PM. SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) --. The magnitude of the destruction was predictable after a major fire. The massive mud flow had ...
Santa Barbara County beaches are closed effective immediately due to high levels of bacteria in the ocean due to the heavy amount of runoff from recent flash floods and mudslides in the area, the Santa Barbara County public health Department said Thursday. The sandy beaches themselves are not ...
Santa Barbara County officials chose not to send an emergency alert to cellphones warning of mudslides until destructive flooding had already begun in Montecito, officials said Wednesday. The message, similar to an Amber Alert for abducted children, was sent about 3:50 a.m. Tuesday to all registered ...
The Santa Barbara County public health Department has confirmed that there were six deaths from influenza in the past two weeks within Santa Barbara County. All six individuals were reportedly older than 65. Public health officials said the number is significantly higher than the number of deaths typically ...
At 11:30 a.m. Santa Barbara County announced a local emergency due to the severe winter storms forecasted to impact many areas of Santa Barbara County. The declaration will enable the county to utilize all resources for damage response and receive funding from the state and federal governments.
Three homes were destroyed on the 300 block of Hot Springs Road, according to Mike Eliason, a spokesman with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. San Ysidro Road, Olive Mill Road and other streets were reported to be completely impassible due to flooding, and mud flows were reported on ...
An earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale rattled Santa Barbara County's South Coast Saturday evening, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The temblor struck at 5.31 p.m., and was centered in the ocean about 9 miles west of Isla Vista at a depth of about 1.4 miles, according to the ...
The cannabis industry will take center stage in Santa Barbara County next week when the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission discuss taxes and land-use regulations. Supervisors are scheduled to consider taxes on cannabis operations, while planning commissioners will review amendments ...
Megan Rheinschild, Victim-Witness Assistance program director for the District Attorney's Office, speaks about human trafficking in Santa Barbara County, during a talk on Nov. 2. Jay Farbman, Contributor. 110217 Rheinschild trafficking 02.jpg. Megan Rheinschild, Victim-Witness Assistance program ...

With a storm expected to hit the area next week, officials in Santa Barbara County are warning about the potential dangers in the Thomas Fire burn areas, including the chance for debris and mud flows, as well as flooding. According to Tom Fayram with Santa Barbara County Flood Control District, the flood ...
Authorities said at a 4 p.m. news conference Wednesday that there is now a second phone number for the family assistance center. If you need help looking for loved ones affected by the flooding and mudslides, the new phone number is 833-688-5551. Authorities are encouraging the public to use the 833 ...
Emergency crews are currently battling a structure fire in the 2600 block of Montrose Place in the Mission Canyon area of Santa Barbara County. The fire broke out just after 5 p.m. in a reported single-story home. firefighters on scene report downed electric wires in the area. The California Highway Patrol ...
Santa Barbara County health officials are cautioning residents of an elevated flu season risk after outbreaks of a serious flu strain were confirmed at the ... facilities over the past two weeks, a trend Dr. Charity Dean, health officer for the Santa Barbara County public health Department, called concerning.
Schneider is one of only 123 homeless people in Santa Barbara County who were placed in permanent housing in 2017 by county and city housing authorities and Peoples' Self-Help Housing, a nonprofit group. That's out of a total homeless population of 1,860, or about 1 out of every 15. The population ...
Staff and those inside alike call Santa Barbara County Jail the "Franken-jail": It's an understaffed, lumbering, outdated maze of grim cells that warehouses those who run afoul of the sheriff's department. Once people enter the facility, they're kept in conditions that even the sheriff himself has admitted are ...
The Santa Barbara Zoo had to say an early goodbye to its first-ever reindeer exhibit after the Thomas Fire forced it to evacuate two visiting reindeer to the Earl Warren Show Grounds on December 16, 2017. In a facebook Live video on December 18, the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Services ...
firefighters were able to contain an approximately 14-acre vegetation fire that forced extended road closures on Drum Canyon Road south of Los Alamos on Saturday afternoon. The fire was first reported at 12:11 p.m. and was initially believed to be 50 to 100 acres. It prompted the Santa Barbara County ...
Los Angeles -- The largest of the Southern California wildfires accelerated its spread into Santa Barbara County on Saturday, burning through the outskirts of the wealthy enclave of Montecito, home to many Hollywood stars. The fire, which is now the third largest in modern California history, was being ...
An air quality warning will remain in effect for Santa Barbara County, as conditions are expected to be highly irregular due to ash being stirred up by the ... in the air, which remain high in some areas, according to the Santa Barbara County air pollution Control District and County public health Department.
New evacuation orders for Santa Barbara County as winds pick up ... pushing south from the mountains down to the coast -- removing moisture along the way -- and are expected to present firefighters in Santa Barbara County with their biggest challenge since the Thomas fire roared back to life a week ago, officials said.
As the Thomas fire raged across Ventura County, neighboring Santa Barbara County took to its English language social media accounts targeting its Latino audience to keep them informed on el incendio. Over the last year, through disaster and crisis, the official county accounts have morphed into a mix of ...
A Red Flag Fire Warning has been issued for Santa Barbara County's South Coast and mountain areas on Sunday night, as low humidity and gusty winds are in the forecast. The warning goes into effect at 6 p.m. Sunday and extends until 6 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Oxnard ...
This year's grand marshal was Noah Wyle, a Santa Barbara County resident and film, television, and theatre actor -- who rode in a Santa Barbara Hot Rod Limo with his family. "I'm thrilled to be here," Wyle said. "Happy holidays to everyone." Event organizers expected more than 65,000 people to watch for ...
Santa Barbara County probation chief resigns after collecting over $200K in paid leave; new chief appointed Friday. Gina Kim ... Santa Barbara County finally has a new chief probation officer, after paying its former chief over $200,000 while he was on administrative leave for the last 10 months.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office will join the investigation and assist with evidence gathering. Video from the in-bus camera will be analyzed as part of the investigation. police have also extended their investigation to the Mesa Fuel Depot gas station where it's believed the driver of the Mercedes ...
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The deadly bacteria known as Leptospirosis is affecting many dogs up and down the coast. The upcoming rainy season could possibly affect many more of your furry friends. Lepto is spread through the urine of infected animals including rodents. Dr. Evelyn Brand, a veterinarian at ...
Tanja Heitman has been appointed as the permanent chief probation officer for Santa Barbara County, a move that comes as Guadalupe Rabago, who has been on paid administrative leave since January, resigns. Heitman will take the oath of office Friday afternoon, Superior Court officials announced ...
Goleta school Board member Susan Epstein is the first candidate to signal a run for the Second District seat on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. She filed intent-to-run papers with the county elections office on Nov. 20. Epstein was re-elected to the Goleta Union School District Board of ...
A San Luis Obispo County couple's lawsuit against Santa Barbara County, Marian Medical Center, and a Ventura hospital hit a roadblock earlier this year after Judge Timothy Staffel ruled in favor of the hospital and county. Cynthia and Gary Hayes, through their attorney, Jude Egan, claimed the medical ...
"#GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year…" a post on the official website says. Santa Barbara County organizations are kicking off the charitable season and participating in the effort to give back this holiday season.
In conjunction with the parade, there will be a food drive benefitting the FoodBank of Santa Barbara County. The Guadalupe Christmas Parade, organized by the Kiwanis Club of Guadalupe, will travel at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 along Guadalupe Street (Highway 1) with the theme of "peace, Love and Hope Around the ...
Decades since muralists such as Slater began painting murals in Lompoc, more and more artists have joined the effort to bring art to large public spaces in the city and far beyond. Northern Santa Barbara County is home to dozens of murals, both publicly and privately commissioned to beautify urban areas ...
The township of Ballard is home to Santa Barbara County's newest historic landmark -- the Davison House, which not only embodies the style and method of residential construction in the late 19th century but also was the home of two of the Santa Ynez Valley's most influential early residents.
SANTA BARBARA - Authorities say smoke that wafted from a hillside above a beach west of Santa Barbara was from a naturally occurring fire. The fire was reported Monday morning at Arroyo Burro Beach Park. The Santa Barbara County public health Department blamed the smoldering fire on friction that ...
Some things in the fifth report on homeless deaths, covering the year 2016, hadn't changed much from the previous report delivered to the ...
The report was gathered through several sources including homeless outreach agencies and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner data.
Empty Bowls founder Danyel Dean with Foodbank of Santa Barbara County CEO Erik Talkin at the 20th annual fundraiser Sunday at the Page ...
Wind-blown dust and dirt thrown up by construction-type activity are causing more cases of valley fever in Santa Barbara County, the state ...
Santa Barbara County 2nd District Supervisor Janet Wolf announced Thursday she will not seek reelection, and the race to replace her is up in ...
The change by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, which took effect Nov. 3, follows a recent rise in dog attacks. Last fiscal year ...
Santa Barbara County, Calif. - It will now be easier than ever to keep up with the goings-on at the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.
More congratulations are in order for the four Santa Barbara County wineries included in Wine Enthusiast's just-released "Top 100 Cellar ...


 

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