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[Santa Barbara County] Train Deaths in Santa Barbara County Clustered on 2 Stretches of South Coast, Grand Jury Finds

In review of 4-year period, report finds 18 of 20 deaths occurred on South Coast tracks with prevalence of homeless encampments raising risk factor

Twenty people were struck and killed by trains in Santa Barbara County between 2015 and 2018, with 18 of the deaths occuring along two stretches of South Coast railroad track, according to a new grand jury report.

The sheriff’s Coroner’s Bureau determined 11 of the deaths were suicides and nine were accidental, according to the report, which also found that 12 of the 20 victims were homeless people.

[Santa Barbara County] Grand Jury Reviews Railroad Fatalities

The Santa Barbara County Civil Grand Jury received a request to investigate railroad deaths.

During a four year period from 2015 to 2018, twenty railroad related fatal accidents occurred along the 109-mile Santa Barbara County railroad corridor. The jury found the vast majority of railroad fatalities occurred in two relatively small stretches of track from Ortega Hill to Milpas Street in the City of Santa Barbara and from Patterson Ave to Glen Annie Road in Goleta.

[Santa Barbara County] Grand jury investigates death and contraband in county jail


Pursuant to California Penal Code§ 919(b) the Santa Barbara County Grand Jury (Jury) is vested with express authority to examine into the “condition and management” of the prisons in the county. Included within the broad scope of this statutory power is the ability of the Jury, in the exercise of its to determine, how effectively the Sheriff’s Department is performing in preventing the introduction of “contraband” items into the jails.

[Santa Barbara County] Grand jury report offers insight into Cuyama school district embezzlement

A Santa Barbara County grand jury recently released its report on a school district in Cuyama, concluding that inadequacies in the district’s business office may have contributed to the “mysterious disappearance” of district funds in the spring of 2018. 

[Santa Barbara County] Grand Jury Finds Cuyama Schools Business Practices Need Updating

The 2018-19 Santa Barbara County Civil Grand Jury (Jury) received a request for investigation of the Cuyama Joint Unified School District, specifically the District Business Office (DBO) operations.  The request for investigation alleged that inefficiencies in the office operations have led to the disappearance of District funds, late payment of bills, payroll errors, and failure to produce teacher contracts.  Additional concerns were that employees lacked necessary training and oversight.  There is an ongoing investigation relating to the missing funds by the

[Santa Barbara County] Grand jury calls on Cuyama Unified to update business practices in report that outlines deficiencies

Frequent turnover of superintendents and a lack of oversight by the Cuyama Joint Unified School District’s board of trustees led to irregularities and inefficiencies in the district's business office, a Santa Barbara County grand jury has found.