Giant sheets of butcher paper flutter in the wind and sport the magic marker creativity of college students eager to prove their politicking prowess. Around the palm trees at the entrance to Pardall Tunnel, tied to the posts of the fence on the 6600 block of Sueno, peeking out from behind windows all over Isla Vista - campaign signs currently cover every available inch of property in our little chunk of Santa Barbara County. There’s really no question about it: the candidates for 3rd District Supervisor are clearly courting the approximately 20,000 residents of Isla Vista, especially as the June 3 election nears.
But as nice as it is to have some different decorations to distract you while biking through I.V., none of the posters actually provide very much information about what the five potential supervisors - who would be responsible for the largest district in the county - plan to do in Isla Vista. Which is why I did a little research in an effort to come up with some specific information about what each of the supe hopefuls plan to stir up - or keep the same - in out little student ghetto. Here’s hoping this will inspire Isla Vistans to do more than just enjoy the pretty poster colors when it comes to this election. Even if we are graduating, and even if the election falls right in the middle of Dead Week, I think we owe it to the town that we’ve called home for the past four years to at least vote on June 3.
By Paul Wellman