<b>ADULT ENTERTAINMENT:</b> After the weekend, Foot Patrol Officer Mark Ward called Isla Vista “the Disneyland for rioters, but you don’t have to pay to get in.”

Mike Eliason / SBCoFD

ADULT ENTERTAINMENT: After the weekend, Foot Patrol Officer Mark Ward called Isla Vista “the Disneyland for rioters, but you don’t have to pay to get in.”

The Deltopia Disaster Debriefed

Visitor vs. Student Numbers Released; Supervisors Question Sheriff Over Tactics

Thursday, April 10, 2014
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When cell phone footage of a near-riot instigated by a man jumping on top of moving cars went viral just weeks before Deltopia, authorities started to sweat. Their unease proved justified Saturday night when utter chaos plagued Isla Vista streets as hundreds of people rioted during what’s become an annual mega party. A number of them chucked bottles, bricks, and rocks directly at law enforcement officials, leaving one UCSB police officer with a split forehead and four Sheriff’s deputies with deep lacerations to their hands.

Deltopia 2014
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Mike Eliason / SBCoFD

Deltopia 2014

Often considered the doppelgänger of I.V.’s infamous Halloween party, Deltopia led to more injuries, arrests, and damage this year than last fall’s October attraction; police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds during a scene heavy with, as one student put it, an “us versus them” mentality. A near-institution, Halloween now shuts down streets and is organized months in advance, and it proved relatively tame last year. Despite Halloween’s “drain on money and resources,” said UCSB police spokesperson Sgt. Robert Romero, “it looks like [Deltopia’s] going in that direction.”

On Saturday, an aerial photograph indicated 25,000 people packed the streets to participate in “hooliganism,” said Sheriff Bill Brown when he reported to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning. Among a detailed list of statistics, Brown said a 17-year-old Los Angeles male swung a backpack stuffed with full liquor bottles at a UCSB police officer’s face ​— ​knocking him to the ground and cutting him above the eyebrow ​— ​who sought to grasp him after he witnessed the suspect in a fight. This altercation drew the attention of an increasingly “unruly” crowd. Desmond Louis Edwards has been charged with mayhem (the legal term for maiming a victim) and assault on a police officer, among other felony counts. He will be tried as an adult, and if convicted, his sentence will range from probation to 12 years in state prison.

Deltopia 2014
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Mike Eliason / SBCoFD

Deltopia 2014

Some students cried foul at the five large, university-funded surveillance cameras that cropped up last week, claiming the installation lacked transparency and was done hastily. The footage is still being reviewed by the Sheriff’s department. (In February, the university installed two cameras near the Isla Vista Theater following two sexual assaults.) The mobile but sturdy cameras are expected to be removed next week. Also new this year, the county enforced its festival ordinance ​— ​in place for years ​— ​which allows officers to issue citations to those playing music loud enough to attract a crowd unless they obtained a proper permit (no one did). People were informed of this law a few days prior ​— ​another hurried move, said UCSB student representative Alex Moore. Open discussions are now happening, he said, “however, it’s a little late.” Officers issued 11 tickets and reportedly gave warnings first.

The free-for-all would escalate for four or five hours, requiring 106 “mutual aid” law enforcement officers to be called in by the Sheriff’s department at the last minute, supplementing the 130 initially assigned. The Santa Barbara Police Department provided 30 officers, and other agencies, including Search and Rescue volunteers, came from as far south as Oxnard and as far north as San Luis Obispo.

Noting the endless criticisms possible from a “Monday-morning armchair perspective,” Brown commended his officers. He added mob behavior is not unique to Isla Vista, citing two recent examples of civil unrest ​— ​one was against police-involved shootings and the other followed the loss of a game ​— ​and a study that indicates mob violence is shown to induce “self-generated” euphoria.

Deltopia 2014
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Mike Eliason / SBCoFD

Deltopia 2014

Following the sheriff’s report, 2nd District Supervisor Janet Wolf asked Brown why there were no road closures ​— ​a tactic used at Halloween ​— ​when the board had passed a resolution a week prior to authorize them. Brown responded, “You can argue it both ways,” claiming that if you put up parking restrictions, it creates more space for people to party. Plus, the board passed it relatively late, he said. Wolf also noted UCSB’s policy to handle arrested students seems “ambiguous.” UCSB does not automatically discipline students convicted of misdemeanors or felonies that occur off campus. In some off-campus cases, university administrators review the incident and determine if university action is warranted. There were seven expulsions in 2011-2012; five in 2012-2013; and none so far this year.

Both officials and students have claimed the delinquency stemmed from out-of-towners who flock to the “attractive nuisance,” or unofficial bash, driven by the Internet’s “word of mouth.” Brown’s facts somewhat confirmed that buzz. Approximately 66 percent of those arrested identified themselves as from out of the area. On Saturday, of the 130 people arrested ​— ​an 83 percent increase from last year ​— 17 were related to the civil disturbance and ​five were for violent crimes. Sixteen were UCSB students, 10 were SBCC students, and 36 attended a school outside the county. More than 250 people total were issued citations, most of which were for being drunk in public or a minor in possession. Two tickets were given for an overcrowded balcony (a balcony collapsed last year, leaving several injured). Further, 9-1-1 received 520 calls, and 50 people were transported for medical treatment. (District Attorney Joyce Dudley said she’d estimate about 40 percent of cases from Halloween involved a UCSB or SBCC student.)

“[Some of the students] felt that their rights had been violated in this crackdown,” said Moore. “Does that excuse what happened? No, not at all.” Speaking before the supervisors on Tuesday, Moore said he wanted UCSB students to take responsibility for their part, and he also called for a grand jury to conduct a third-party investigation of the event.


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Hmmm, sounds like Sheriff Bill Brown is trying to deflect criticism away from himself. If an ordinance was passed by the board to allow him to use roadblocks why weren't they used??

Seems to me roadblocks could have been used to stop people from entering and maybe vehicles on DP would not have been damaged by these drunk misfits.

It sounds to me there is a little more to the story that Sheriff Brown is not revealing to the board or the public. You think his re-election has anything to do with it??

Priceless (anonymous profile)
April 10, 2014 at 7:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Any hindrance of IV residence is a Violation of Personal and Civil Rights, according to the residences of of IV. You keep me from transporting all this great quantity of booze for underage students and your violating my rights.
I was expecting to view Police Horses, K-9's, and National Guardsmen in the photo's, along with assault rifles pointed at students and visitors but to no avail. The report looks rushed but then again the lawmakers want immediate answers the bad press so as not to get dragged into loosing votes in the next coming election...

dou4now (anonymous profile)
April 10, 2014 at 7:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Next year they should allow Deltopia or Floatopia, instead of trying to ban it, BUT it has to occur out in international water, so that everyone else doesn't have to deal with it.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
April 10, 2014 at 8:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ok, so most of the arrested and cited were out of towners. Question.....who invited them? Answer.....UCSB/IV students.

BeachFan (anonymous profile)
April 10, 2014 at 8:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Look at the picture. How many of you would like to be personally responsible for their safety after they've been drinking all day and night? Not an easy job and no matter what you do, you will be criticized AKA "Priceless."

formersbso (anonymous profile)
April 10, 2014 at 8:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

To answer Beachfan's question, many of the out of towners were invited/informed by DJs who had been hired for parties. Then all the DJ's friends/fans show up and there's no place for them to go.
In addition, since social media pages for Deltopia were public, anybody looking for fun ould just browse "public" events and voila: Deltopia.
At this point one wouldn't need to advertise, because as of 2010 Deltopia became a tradition.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 10, 2014 at 8:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

When a student, I attended UC campuses + Eastern U.S. schools later. We looked forward to "letting off steam" at Spring Break and holidays, near our own campus and when we visited those of others--I'm old enough to have been in attendance at Woodstock--young enough to have partied recently at Burning Man and Coachella--and a long string of celebrations and organized civil disobedience between--I'm not a stranger to feelings of "Us versus Them"--a mood that persists, for better & worse,through all groups today, it seems--But social media is not in itself a reason or excuse for irresponsible communication or behavior--And when did having a good time--or making a valid public "statement"-- ever really result from acting insensitively or begrudgingly or criminally?? Sorry to sound like "Dad"--but don't think I've missed much in life behaving compassionately and compliantly' within reason & expecting the same of others with whom I work or party--The urge to party heartily will always be present--whether this "fiesta" or others are disbanded or disallowed or not--Seems imperative that groups involved in Isla Vista must be motivated now to put aside blame, to step away from
"Us vs.Them"--to study this year's "debacle" carefully & thoughtfully,
from all angles--with genuine commitment and an eye toward exemplary creative action--Or none of us will be in for "good times' ahead--party celebrants + local authorities +citizens--or inevitable visitors.

gwarrenward (anonymous profile)
April 10, 2014 at 9:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Said this before. The key ingredient for a riot is "police". Police thrive on this. It means more funding next year. Is there are no headlines the police might be looked at as unnecessary or something of a joke.

Police promote trouble, their professionals. its their business.

As you can see in the photo. Those are people. Not hooligans. Intimidation causes a reaction always. Sounds like the chief had his attitude reared up before Deltopia even started. Now the talk is to not allow more people to gather in one place that the police wouldn't be able to overpower. This would be a flagrant blow on what freedom is left.

jazzifier (anonymous profile)
April 10, 2014 at 10:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

People starting stabbing each other before the police had any significant involvement. At what point should the police get involved? Or should they just let people kill, rape and otherwise go on drunken rampages unimpeded?

Botany (anonymous profile)
April 10, 2014 at 10:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

One photo taken at a split second in time hours before the events in question is a pretty desperate piece of "evidence". In addition, the reason those people are in the streets is because most of them came up here with nowhere to go!
DP is NOT that crowded normal party days nor even at the last Deltopia!
The more people try to defend the people who assaulted and stabbed and God knows what else to others; the stupider they look.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 10, 2014 at 11:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Sheriff Brown seems to be sticking to his decision that he wanted to allow more cars into Isla Vista because they would occupy more street space and thus somehow discourage more open partying, as if those OutOfTowners would go away because too many parked cars were on the streets.

And he wants to be reelected.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
April 10, 2014 at 11:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So late notice is an acceptable excuse for Brown not closing streets, but not for students who want to have loud music?

Num1UofAn (anonymous profile)
April 10, 2014 at 2:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's truly naive to think that volume levels are what fuels the problem. It's the now high profile aspect of the yearly event combined with booze marketing, lack of alternatives for locals, a larger culture of narcissism and lack of understanding consequences and empathy.

The sensorial has been pushed as an adult goal over the cerebral. In the end, many of the parents really are to blame for setting the stage for Saturday's disaster.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 10, 2014 at 2:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Saw Hank at Elings last night, apparently he ruined some out of towner's weekend with his tactics. Let's just say some people from out of town aren't going to be too happy, as well as the parents who are going to have to foot the bill. He seems pretty proud of it too. Definitely 1 of the good guys in IV.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
April 11, 2014 at 10:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hank could take on Putin.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 11, 2014 at 10:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

From another post on another thread:

Hey, UCSB/SCBB students living in Isla Vista, here's a simple question for you, see if you can answer it:

If out of town people are the problem, the WHY DO YOU KEEP INVITING THEM?

By doing that, you're BIGGER douchebags than the out of town douchebags you complain about & you're hypocrites while you're at it.
Sure, out of town a-holes, there's an easy blame. But why'd they come in the first place? BECAUSE YOU INVITE THEM!
Quit being such little two faced whiners and accept the responsibility that comes with screwing up.
By the way, the little tard who started this whole thing... FRY HIS LAME BUTT! PROSECUTE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT!
I've seen some angry posts in the Daily Nexus and from what I gather, kiss your little paradise good bye, the popo is going to be clamping down on your lame behavior. Halloween? Expect hard enforcement. Deltopia? G-O-N-E-!
But hey little ones, you brought it on yourselves so stand up, face the music & lay in the bed you made. Life is SO unfair!

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
April 11, 2014 at 11:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Disaster?" Really? On a par with the WA mudslide or the loss of the Malaysian flight 370? Those are disasters. "Debacle" is more on point. But maybe the writer didn't think readers know the meaning of "debacle?"

And, for the record, a doppelgänger is "an apparition or a double of a living person." Deltopia might have seemed like one living creature, akin to say the critters of the Great Barrier Reef, all meshed together, but the event itself is not a living being or the "double goer" of a human being.

chilldrinfthenight (anonymous profile)
April 11, 2014 at 2:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

And, by the way, as long as I am sharing info on correct vocab words: an "altercation" is not what took place between the officer hit in the head with a daypack full of liquor bottles and the kid who attacked the officer.

An altercation is a disagreement or an argument. C'mon, Indie. Call it an attack, call it an attempt to injure, call it an assault. It's not an argument when someone hits you in the head with intent to cause bodily harm.

chilldrinfthenight (anonymous profile)
April 11, 2014 at 2:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

formersbso, WAKE THE F UP!!!

Stop trying to defend Sheriff Brown. The BOS gave him the authority to put up road blocks. What it is about that you don't understand??

Also formersbso can you explain why there wasn't sufficient personnel assigned to this event?? Please explain to us why it is so hard to see the writing on the wall that this event was growing every year but the presents of LE was going down??

Your own post above contradicts what your trying to tell us. MORE PERSONNEL WERE NEEDED THAN WAS AUTHORIZED FORMERSBSO WHO'S FAULT IS THAT???

Priceless (anonymous profile)
April 13, 2014 at 8:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

why do people keep trying to blame law enforcement for drunken idiots stabbing each other, starting fights and destroying property?

StockiestCastle (anonymous profile)
April 13, 2014 at 8:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If you know what you were talking about, you'd be dangerous. However, you don't. The Sheriff doesn't need Supervisor's permission to institute roadblocks nor set the number of personnel assigned. He and his staff made a call based on the information they had. The system worked and the event was successfully ended. Had nothing happened, I suspect you would be yelling about the misappropriation of funds. Also, it presence, not presents.

formersbso (anonymous profile)
April 13, 2014 at 4:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

WOW!!! You are a complete idiot aren't you formersbso……



You are SO OUT OF TOUCH if you are actually a former SO employee.

My friends within the dept. are CRYING out loud for help from the public in this next election. Unfortunately their union leaders are running scared because several are in the area of being promoted.


Priceless (anonymous profile)
April 13, 2014 at 6:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sheriff Brown seems to be sticking to his decision that he wanted to allow more cars into Isla Vista because they would occupy more street space and thus somehow discourage more open partying, as if those OutOfTowners would go away because too many parked cars were on the streets.

And he wants to be reelected.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
April 10, 2014 at 11:52 a.m.

Your just jealous because you didn't get reelected when Jefferson beat you in 1801.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
April 13, 2014 at 9:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There are many sides to an organization. You purport to be "in contact" with some SBSO personnel. I worked there for over 30 years and spent just about every halloween in IV, including the "riot" ones. You are the type of hothead that gets law enforcement into trouble. Monday morning quarterbacking is easy for someone who hasn't had the personal experience of command, let alone experience in the profession. Your ranting will not help Sandra Brown, my friend. Try to approach things as your friends in the department do - calmly and with facts.

formersbso (anonymous profile)
April 14, 2014 at 7:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

formersbso or should I call you Brain surgeon,

Here are the facts I guess you didn't read the article above. I guess you never were a detective my friend;

"Following the sheriff’s report, 2nd District Supervisor Janet Wolf asked Brown why there were no road closures ​— ​a tactic used at Halloween ​— ​when the board had passed a resolution a week prior to authorize them. Brown responded, “You can argue it both ways,” claiming that if you put up parking restrictions, it creates more space for people to party. Plus, the board passed it relatively late, he said."

If it creates MORE SPACE why do it for halloween?? I love your "Ranting" remark. It just goes to show when one points out the facts you want to deflect and claim that I am the one with mis-information. You might try to read the article next time and "Catch up" with those "old" friends within the organization and educate yourself because your looking like a fool right now.

And just for the record I am "calm" I just get a little heated when I'm dealing with someone who is clearly a Bill Brown fan and who would jump off a cliff if he told you to...

Priceless (anonymous profile)
April 14, 2014 at 7:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Oh, and "one more thing". I'm not Monday morning quarterbacking, I've been listening to the personnel you know the ones, those boots on the ground that were there taking ROCKS, BOTTLES, PAVERS, HAMMERS AND PIPES.

But then again, you know better because you were there, right!!!

Priceless (anonymous profile)
April 14, 2014 at 7:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Wasn't there - don't think you were either. I'm fairly certain I personally know more of the troops than you. I've worked with many of them and still stay in touch. Are some of them against the current Sheriff? You bet. Are all of them against the current Sheriff? Nope. The Supervisors do not need to approve roadblocks. PS, I was a detective for a few years, but worked undercover. Take care my wannabe friend.

formersbso (anonymous profile)
April 14, 2014 at 9:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"wannabe" your so petty at trying to deflect from the issues at hand.

Concerning roadblocks since this has your undies in a bunch. Then why did the Sheriff or someone from his staff ask for it and receive it in the BOS meeting? Supervisors just don't hand out roadblocks for the fun of it. It was obviously a concern of Sup. Wolf??

Are you aware that the supervisors in IV told Admin. they needed to be beefed up this year because of the violence in IV? I'm guessing you weren't. I'm also fairly certain you have no idea that they were also told to cut back on OT. Oooppps, did I say that! You see U/C Det. you really don't know as much as you think or your not talking to the right people, or should I say "Old colleagues"...

Also, if you "know" most of the troops then you would know they aren't fans of BB. As a matter of fact they are pretty peeved at the lack of leadership of this last pile of Sh!t not to mention all the other issues at hand.

From what I'm hearing the Lt's took charge of this incident, while the upper staff made some stupid decisions that weren't well received in the field by deputies taking rocks, bottles and other debris.

Hey undercover detective, can you explain why the union hasn't endorsed your guy yet? Kinda odd huh??

Just for the record, as a "wannabe" I know more than you. Maybe I should apply and become a detective!! LMAO!!!

Priceless (anonymous profile)
April 14, 2014 at 10:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)


Because I have to continually wade through the BS you write I forget to mention that I am a huge law enforcement supporter who recognizes the sacrifices these men and women go through.

That is why I continually point out the facts instead of BS you write. I actually talk to these people everyday. I hear the horror stories of this leaderless ship bobbing in the open sea without direction. I hear what he says in public and listen to the men and women who actually work for this man who tell me he tells the public one thing but does the complete opposite inside. I hear he has to see everything before a decision is made. He is a micromanager like no other. These are just some of the stories they tell me.

But then again, you were undercover so you may have not heard any of this….

Priceless (anonymous profile)
April 14, 2014 at 2:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

But you never were one of us - I was for over 30 years - nuff said.

formersbso (anonymous profile)
April 14, 2014 at 6:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Your right, but when the tough get going you run and chastise people who are telling the truth. The personnel in the trenches are complaining but people like you are doing them a disservice by attempting to put BB on a pedestal.

YOU, more than any should know the personnel from within are forbidden from talking about the issues in public. The Sheriff dictates what information gets out to the public. Too bad your drinking a lot of Kool-Aid to keep someone who the very people you worked with in office…

NOW, that is NUFF SAID…...

Priceless (anonymous profile)
April 14, 2014 at 6:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You two should get a room.
Last year's Deltopia was really low key. I thought it pretty much was le fin d'siecle but this year apparently was.
I don't think anybody was expecting 15,000 people.
I'm already dreading Fiesta.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 14, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You are only talking to those who choose to talk to you. I have said consistently that not all SBSO personnel like Sheriff Brown. But many do. That's been the case with every Sheriff. I have personally known all of them since 1972. None of them have been perfect. The DSA hasn't endorsed the challenger either. This is not an absolute issue. Trust me, I have a lot more experience in this than you do. The election will settle this discussion. I am betting Sheriff Brown will still he the Sheriff on June 4th. And, IN MY OPINION, he should be. The voters will decide regardless of what you or I opine. And that's the way it should be.

formersbso (anonymous profile)
April 14, 2014 at 7:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Bottom Line: Bill Brown blew it badly by NOT closing down the streets as authorized by the Supes.

His excuse that it could be "argued both ways" & there wasn't enough time is complete B.S. It's their job to respond to any emergency. No excuses, thank you.

This guy needs a change of work environment & pronto. The upcoming election will give the community a chance to say if they are satisfied with his admin. style or enough is ENOUGH!

Where do you stand?

Barron (anonymous profile)
April 15, 2014 at 11:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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