2014 Press Releases

The ban on permit burning within State Responsibility Areas (SRA) and Local Responsibility Areas (LRA) within the jurisdiction of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department has been lifted. Individuals with a valid burn permit may resume permitted burning in Santa Barbara County.

Do you ever wonder what happens to the trash that is thrown away? Find out by taking a free tour of the Tajiguas Landfill or the South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station (SCRTS) conducted by the County of Santa Barbara Public Works Department, Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) responded to 78 storm related calls for service throughout Santa Barbara County beginning at 6pm last night until approximately 3am today.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is pleased to officially welcome six new Sheriff's deputies to its team. At a traditional ceremony held today, December 11, in Santa Maria, the deputies were among 24 recruits to graduate from the prestigious Allan Hancock College Basic Law Enforcement Academy, Class #107.

Animals in Santa Barbara County shelters announce the launch of their 2014 "All I Want for the Holidays is a Home of My Own" campaign. The animals appeal to both the general public and directly to Santa Claus to find them homes in December so they do not have to spend another lonely Christmas.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is joining with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in observing National Influenza Vaccination Week December 7 – 13, 2014. The CDC established this week to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.

DA Joyce Dudley announced today that Manuel Peter Munoz, age 65, was convicted of five felony counts of forcible child molestation against two relatives.

Santa Barbara County received three Beacon Spotlight Awards last month from the Institute of Local Government (ILG) and the California State Association of Counties (CSAC). The awards recognize leadership in promoting sustainable practices that address climate change and were presented during the CSAC Annual Conference.

As of 8 am on December 8th, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, in cooperation with the Operational Area Fire Departments, has transitioned from a High Fire Season to a Winter Preparedness Level.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that 24-year old Nicholas Bendle will be released from Patton State Hospital to a California Department of Mental Health ("DMH") residential treatment program known as the Conditional Release Program ("CONREP").