Coastal Commission Says the UCSB Must Address the Problem
Despite the fact that the new parking signs are all ready installed, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday afternoon to deny the county’s new comprehensive parking plan for the car-choked streets of Isla Vista.
Claiming that the plan unfairly restricted beach access and punished the public for a problem that is largely the fault of UCSB, the commissioners sent the county back to the drawing board, much to the pleasure of the numerous activists and residents in the room, including both Santa Barbara and Isla Vista Surfrider members. As it was proposed, the plan would have charged I.V. residents up $150 a year and visitors and beach-goers would have been looking at either $8 a day or up to $432 for an annual pass.
The consensus amongst the commission was that plan needed to involve UCSB, which had little if any role in hammering out the county-approved plan. The congestion of cars causing the parking problem, the commission noted, is due in small part to commuters seeking refuge from the high parking rates of Gaucho-land in favor of the free parking haven that is I.V. As one commission explained, UCSB “needs to step up and deal with the problem.”
The nine-member commission is expected to hold a hearing today on UCSB’s proposed new graduate student housing project.
(Photo Paul Wellman/SB Independent)