County Supervisor Joan Hartmann has announced openings on volunteer county boards and commissions and is recruiting Third District residents to serve on those panels that currently have vacancies.

Santa Barbara County’s Third District is its most diverse, with agriculture, high-tech industry, tourism, and a major university. The district encompasses UCSB, Isla Vista, Western Goleta, the Gaviota Coast, Santa Ynez Valley, unincorporated parts of Lompoc, Vandenberg Village, Casmalia, Tanglewood, and the city of Guadalupe.

Openings are available on the following panels:

• Air Pollution Control District Community Advisory Council
• Behavioral Wellness Commission
• Central County Board of Architectural Review
• Guadalupe Cemetery District Board of Trustees
• Human Services Commission
• Cachuma Resource Conservation District Board of Directors

“Volunteer service on a commission or board is a great opportunity to learn about county government while also providing public service by advising the Board of Supervisors on important policy issues affecting our communities,” Hartmann said.

Preferably applicants live in the Third District ( and they may need to meet specific eligibility requirements to serve. The following is a brief description of the boards and committees:

• Air Pollution Control District Community Advisory Council – Board members provide advice to the Air Pollution Control officer and Board of Directors on matters
related to planning and development of air-pollution control rules and other related policy issues.
• Behavioral Wellness – An advisory board to the county Department of Behavioral Wellness and the Board of Supervisors regarding the county’s provision of mental health and alcohol and other drug programs and services.
• Board of Architecture Review Central County –  Reviews and provides feedback to applicants ensuring good quality architecture, development, and building
design are compatible with community standards in the unincorporated areas of the county between Lompoc and Goleta.
• Guadalupe Cemetery District Board of Trustees – Board members oversee the administration, budget, and set policy direction for Guadalupe Cemetery.
• Human Services Commission – Members are responsible for reviewing and providing recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for the General Fund Human Services allocation ($1.2 million), annual Federal Emergency Solutions Grant, and federal Community Development Block Grant Public Services Grant fund.
• The Cachuma Resource Conservation District – Board members work in partnership with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, a branch of the
federal government, and other agencies, organizations, business and landowners.
One of its primary purposes is to support and promote economically viable and environmentally sustainable farming and ranching operations.

To apply online or learn more about boards and commissions, visit commissions/apply.sbc. Application forms also available at the Office of the Clerk of the Board, 105 E. Anapamu St., rm 407, Santa Barbara.

For questions or assistance with submitting an application, contact Gina Fischer, 805-568-2192,

— Gina Fischer for County Supervisor Joan Hartmann.