Cover photo courtesy of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office / Cover design by Alex Zuniga

Apr 18-28, 2024

Vol. 25, No. 8

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is negotiating a one-year extension of its contract with jail health care provider Wellpath to try and hold the organization more accountable for the services it’s supposed to provide. In response to concerns about inmate access to medical, mental, and dental care, the Sheriff’s Office is also collaborating with the county Public Health Department and Behavioral Wellness to provide services that are currently lacking at the jail—such as 24/7 mental health care. Staff Writer Taylor O’Connor covers the issue this week [6].
You can also read about the impasse between Santa Maria and its firefighters’ union [4]; a pastels workshop in Lompoc [34]; and an Oceano cottage baker who made moves to open her own shop [37].



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