July 2020

Hey y’all! We’re trying something new with our blog… like actually having one. This is a recurring piece we call Significant Figures, a monthly digest of important numbers hidden within our local news. Also, we totally didn’t rip this off from 538…

12.9% unemployment in SB County

Yikes! The unemployment rate in Santa Barbara County was 12.9 percent in May 2020, down from a revised 13.9 percent in April 2020, and above the year-ago estimate of 2.9 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 15.9 percent for California and 13.0 percent for the nation during the same period. Hopefully we see improvement when the June numbers are released on July 17th.

[Noozhawk][Employment Development Division]

$47,123,228 proposed Police Budget for City of Santa Barbara

This amount of money accounts for 32% of the total city budget, which come out to about $500 per resident and by far the highest per capita police spending in the region on a police department with increases each year. We saw the City Council make some meaningful cuts (like denying $2M for a proposed new police station building), but there is a lot more work to do here.

[Recommended Budget Document Fiscal Year 2021]

$35,000 for Juneteenth SB

This was the amount proposed and approved by Santa Barbara City Council to invest in Juneteenth 2021! This was great news, but take a look at how much our city is spending on other events in Santa Barbara 😱 


2 votes against Anti-Racism Resolution

Shame on SBCC Trustees Veronica Gallardo and Craig Nielson who both voted NO on an anti-racism resolution brought forward by Trustee Jonathan Abboud. Nielson is the ONLY Democrat on the Central Coast to vote NO on recent anti-racist resolutions from our governing bodies. Luckily, both Trustees Gallardo and Nielson are up for re-election in November 2020!


113 contact tracers trained

This is the projected total of contact tracers trained by Santa Barbara Public Health. State standards require 68 ‘disease detectives’ for reopening the county.


7 new deaths in SB County from COVID-19

Over the last seven days, 7 new deaths have been reported as COVID-19 cases continue to increase. California has become a new coronavirus hotspot with record numbers of cases reported each day. Santa Barbara County complied with a recommendation from Governor Newsom that we close our bars because our cases are increasing at a higher rate than the rest of the state 🤦🏻‍♀️


2,645 SB businesses submitted self-certifications for reopening

“First, we say for two or three months to stay at home and do nothing, and all of a sudden everything is open, right? It’s confusing,” Dr. Henning Ansorg said. Yes Dr. Ansorg, SB County Public Health Officer, that is very fucking confusing…