Last year in June, the Isla Vista Foot Patrol gave out one ticket for couch-burning. This year, as the time for wild, school’s-out street celebrations approached, the patrol donned plainclothes uniforms and handed out 18 couch-burning citations. The citations include the cost for the Fire Department to respond and for the county’s roads division to repair the melted asphalt. According to Lt. Saul Linver, the cost for Engine 17 and three firefighters to come to the scene is $300 per hour. Deputy District Attorney Margaret O’Malley is still researching the road repair cost, but Linver put it at approximately $200. In the past, convicted couch-burners were subject to fines of up to $1,000 or six months in jail.

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