Critics of a UCSB faculty housing plan walked out of a Goleta City Council meeting in disgust on Monday night when a lame duck council majority voted to give the plan conditional approval. The letter of approval will help the North Campus Housing Plan pass muster when it comes before the California Coastal Commission (CCC) on Friday. The council had previously vowed to oppose the 122 units west of Storke Road until remaining citizen concerns – including public access routes and construction hours – were addressed. However, the councilmembers decided they would rather take their chances with the CCC now than trust their successors to continue to battle UCSB for the concessions.
As of press time Tuesday, Isla Vistans and Isla Vista lovers were on tenterhooks over a proposed law to boost parking fees across the densely populated student town. The new law would result in time-limited metered parking in coastal access areas, a time-limited parking zone encompassing the downtown commercial center, and a community-wide metered parking zone without time limits everywhere else. I.V. residents would be offered passes for between $95 and $150 a year, while non-residents would be offered passes costing up to $430 a year. The California Coastal Commission was slated to vote on the law on Wednesday.
The Board of Supervisors voted last week to create a committee to study ways to end the yearly Halloween revelry in Isla Vista. How the committee, which comprises Brooks Firestone and Joni Gray, might go about achieving such a goal remains unknown. A seeming blow to the project is the fact that the Sheriff’s Department characterized this year’s celebration as a success, with fewer arrests, assaults, and tickets than in years past. This year’s I.V. Halloween festivities resulted in 13,000 pounds of trash, all of which was picked up by Adopt-a-Block, a volunteer cleanup program.
An investigation by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBPHD) into a recent outbreak of salmonella poisoning in Isla Vista has ended without any proof of the source of the bacteria. In late September, UCSB Student Health began treating students suffering from the illness, and by October 13, SBPHD had confirmed 17 cases, with 19 more patients exhibiting symptoms; none of the patients required hospitalization. SBPHD senior epidemiologist Amy Bellomy said that a likely source of the bacteria was local food workers, but tests of restaurant workers were negative.