UCSB students protested an ordinance proposed by Santa Barbara County staff to bar students from moving their couches outdoors. The prohibition on placing “indoor furniture outdoors” was primarily aimed at preventing deliberate couch fires. Pointing out that most such fires are set at the end of the year by departing students, the protesters offered to work with county staff to draft an ordinance less destructive to the Isla Vista way of life. The Board of Supervisors accepted the offer by a 5-0 vote.

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:

Body of Los Angeles Firefighter Found in Montecito Mountains

Captain Wayne Habell had been reported missing on August 13.

Natural Disaster Federal Loan Update

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low rates.

Laura’s Law Program Praised by County 

The Assisted Outpatient Treatment program tackles serious mental-health issues.

Front Fire Tops 1,000 Acres in Los Padres National Forest

Containment was estimated at 5% on Monday morning.

Runner-Up Protests City Pot Pick

SGSB says retail selection result was "manifestly unfair."