Oct 31, 2013 1:09 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Goleta Workers' Compensation Office to remain open

The Division of Workers' Compensation Office in Goleta is set to remain open despite a previous decision to close the office.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara made the announcement Thursday. She says the office will stay open for up to four days a week.

The office is the only one in Santa Barbara County.

The office was going to close and move to Oxnard because the space is expensive to lease. Jackson says that would have been difficult for people to get to, especially if they rely on public transit.

"It could take people, many of them with work injuries, as long as three hours to travel to Oxnard by bus to access these services. I knew we had to find a more acceptable alternative," said Jackson.

Details are still being worked out, but Jackson says a satellite office will open up in the city of Santa Barbara at 411 East Canon Perdido by the end of December. The new office should be less expensive than the current space that's being leased in Goleta. Jackson says the Goleta office should remain open through November 18. The Oxnard office will be open to people in Santa Barbara County while the Goleta office moves.



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