For the first time in many years, Gibraltar Dam is full; and when it spills, the water will go into Lake Cachuma. The lake level is at its lowest level since the reservoir was built in the late 1950's but with the recent storms, it has started to rise. The level is about 89 percent below capacity and the Gibraltar Dam over flow will bring the supply back up.
Meanwhile, at today’s Santa Barbara City Council meeting, City officials
will get an update on water supplies, conservation goals, the desalination plant timeline and Gibraltar Dam.
In the meantime, this week Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties due to weather related issues.
A man is dead following an officer-involved shooting on Highway 101 near Atascadero. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says the incident started off as a traffic stop just after 12:00 a.m. Tuesday on the southbound side of Highway 101, near the Santa Barbara Road on-ramp. Sheriff Office officials say two deputies approached a single man inside the vehicle. The man reached for a gun and that's when the deputies responded with gun fire. It turns out the man was a wanted suspect. His identity has not been released and the deputies were not injured.
UC Santa Barbara's biggest baseball fan, Phil Womble, also known as UCSB's Mr. Gaucho has passed away at age 80. He’s known as Mr. Gaucho for being a loyal fan for nearly 50 years. Mr. Womble has his own section and sign in the UCSB dugout. Wobble attended every home game. Womble is in the UCSB's Hall of Fame and the Northern Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table named an award after him called, 'The Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award’. Mr. Gaucho had cerebral palsy, he was 80-years-old.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in locating a missing senior citizen. 89-year-old Evelyn Hines was reported missing Sunday evening around 6:40 by her daughter. She was last seen around 3:00 p.m. leaving her daughter’s home on T Street in Lompoc driving a white 2006 Toyota Highlander (LIC# 5PRX901). Hines had just moved to Solvang the same day from the Palm Springs area and was staying at a hotel while in the process of purchasing a home. Her family is especially concerned because she is unfamiliar with the area and does not have a cell phone.
Hines was last seen wearing dark blue jeans, a blue/gray sweater and beige loafer-type shoes. Hines is about 5’8”, 140 to 150 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. If you have any information on her whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center at 683-2724. To leave an anonymous tip, call 805-681-4171.
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced today that the District Attorney’s Office has received a grant from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to fund the Elder and Dependent Adult Outreach Program. The program will provide vital services to seniors, dependent adults, and persons with disabilities who are crime victims. Crimes against elders and dependent adults are dramatically the rise, and are often unreported or undetected. According to statistics obtained from the Santa Barbara County Adult Protective Services, there were 1,596 reports of elder abuse during 2014/2015 and 990 reports of dependent adult abuse. The goal of this grant is to attack this fast growing injustice.
For information regarding this program, or to schedule a presentation on Crimes Targeting Seniors and Dependent Adults, contact the District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Hotline at 568-2442.
Experienced staff can provide training in recognizing signs of abuse, protecting financial assets from scammers, and how to report suspected abuse.