Rona Barrett Advocates for Seniors

Famous gossip queen and senior care advocate Rona Barrett drew eyeballs at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday when she showed up to advocate for elders during a hearing about the lack of transportation and nutrition for Santa Barbara’s aging population. Forty percent of the 61,700 estimated seniors in the county earn less than $28,000 each year, and 6 percent are below the federal poverty line. One in four seniors use meal supports. Last year, seniors accounted for nearly half of ambulance transfers. The county has just one public nurse, who serves 56 seniors per month, according to county staff. Supervisor Salud Carbajal called for all players to come together to create a strategic plan to better help seniors in need.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Evacuees Across Santa Barbara County Allowed Back Home This Evening

Mandatory evacuation order lifted for all burn areas.

New Scam Involves ‘Ground Stability Testing’

Fake 'land tech' tried to enter a home on the Westside.

Family Sues Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office For Wrongful Death

Five deputies shot Bryan Carreño 20 times.

County Race for Auditor-Controller Turns Ugly

An unexpected bloodbath erupts between Jen Christensen and Betsy Schaffer.

Gun Restraining Order Used 20 Times in Santa Barbara County

Only Los Angeles County used the order more frequently.