The mad medley of Halloween enthusiasts that descends every year on Isla Vista will be forced to watch their p’s and q’s this upcoming weekend, as Sheriff’s Department officials say Isla Vista will be “swarming with police.” Last year’s spooky festivities resulted in 700 arrests and citations and 40 cases of alcohol poisoning. As many as 40,000 out-of-towners are expected to show up this year.

The Carpinteria School Board voted 3-2 to close the Main Elementary School, citing financial pressures and declining enrollments. Critics of the plan claimed the real culprit was financial mismanagement. But depending on the outcome of School Board elections, the decision could soon be revisited and possibly reversed.

As Santa Barbara and San Marcos high school football players hurled their bodies at one another at last Friday’s homecoming game held at Peabody Stadium, rival gang members marked the occasion by engaging in multiple brawls near, on, or around the Santa Barbara High School campus. One incident left the victim with head injuries requiring hospitalization. “It’s constant retaliation,” explained Santa Barbara Police Lt. Paul McCaffrey. “It’s getting to be like the Israelis and the Palestinians.” Santa Barbara High School principal Paul Turnbull stressed that the violence was gang-related and not directly connected to the game. But last Friday’s game was the first in which Turnbull had ordered the stands videotaped to ensure parents and football boosters did not get out of hand. Two parents have been banned from campus for threatening Santa Barbara High football coach Will Gonzales. Some parents have complained that Gonzales – struggling with a winless season – has been rude and abusive to the players.

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