Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the California Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order N-33-20 issued on March 19 to protect the health and well-being of all Californians, and to establish consistency across the state to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors meetings will no longer provide in-person participation.

Alternative methods of participation in the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors meetings have been implemented, pursuant to the California Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20 that states:

Providing an opportunity to “observe and address” telephonically or otherwise electronically, alone, meets the requirement; and

Removing the former requirement from Executive Order N-25-20 of having “at least one publicly accessible” location from which the public may observe and offer comment.

Executive Order N-29-20 now states expressly, “Such a body need not make available any physical location from which members of the public may observe the meeting and offer public comment.”

The following alternative methods of participation are available to the public:

1. You may observe the live stream of the Board of Supervisors meetings via:

» Television at local cable channel 20.

» Online at

» YouTube at “CSBTV20 

2. If you wish to make a general public comment or to comment on a specific agenda item, the following methods are available: 

» Distribution to the Board of Supervisors: Submit your comment via email prior to  5 p.m. on the Monday prior to the Board meeting. Please submit your comment by email to the Clerk of the Board at Your comment will be placed into the record and distributed appropriately.

»  Read into the record at the meeting: Submit your comment via email prior to the close of an agenda item, limited to 250 words or less, to the Clerk of the Board at Please state in your email that you would like this “read into the record.”

Every effort will be made to read your comment into the record, but some comments may not be read due to time limitations. Comments received after an agenda item will be placed into record and distributed appropriately.

By phone: If you would like to make a comment by phone, please call 8058.568.2240 and state your name, phone number and which item you would like to speak on. The clerk will call you at the appropriate time.

Please make every effort to be available and mute all streaming devices once it is your turn to speak.      

These guidelines are posted at

Access the Board of Supervisors meeting agendas by clicking here.