Deltopia 2014

Mike Eliason / SBCoFD

Deltopia 2014

Sheriff’s Office Provoked Deltopia Riot

First They Banned Floatopia, Then They Took the Kids’ Music

Saturday, April 12, 2014
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I’m a parent of a UC student, and I find it totally reprehensible to see the blatant provocation by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office in instigating the riots in I.V. First, they banned Floatopia, a peaceful, fun-loving, float-oriented day at the beach, ostensibly because there was too much drinking and partying. Hey, can we say Spring Break? This was a patently ridiculous move by the Sheriff’s Office. This, after all, was a celebration that was a tradition for over a decade, and it was nixed just four years ago. The apparent reason offered was there was too much “pollution.” If the 25,000 attendees drove to another venue to celebrate, the “pollution” levels would be geometrically higher. The real pollution is in the minds of those who enacted the ban: political grinches, using the Sheriff’s deputies as their enforcers.

Seriously, who in their right mind would have come up with the idea that students can’t have a once-a-year, joyful beach party? Can the person taking credit, please raise his or her hand? Apparently, there are cruel, vengeful, spiteful people who have never had a childhood or can dream a dream.

Devastated, the students fashioned a creative and fun alternative: take their energy and need for partying to Deltopia; a land-locked street party at I.V. This event, now in its third year, was a creative alternative to Floatopia and an answer to the fascistic, no-beach-partying dictum. Tens of thousands of folks from outside the area planned to attend, along with the tens of thousands of Santa Barbara students, but unfortunately, that was not to be. The Sheriff sent out emails and texts to students a week before the event: “no music permitted” — essentially banning that event. WTF? The sheriff clearly has too much time on his hands, or an alternative and more sinister motive. I think it was the latter.

Are they kidding, is this the Kremlin? Have they forgotten that UCSB is the bread and butter, both a major economic engine and cultural institution of the county? I understand passing royal edicts and banning popular events may be popular with some power-mad political classes, but, really, banning Deltopia? Particularly after banning Floatopia, this is too much to countenance. This is the tail wagging the dog. Someone needs to sue the sheriff and the county so they can get the message — lighten up and let the students have their Floatopia back.

It gets worse. What was unknown is that Sheriff’s Office had both planned and instigated a riot. According to multiple student reports, at the start of Deltopia, the Sheriff’s deputies were literally going house to house in I.V., confiscating speakers and amplifiers played in homes and adding insult to injury — citing the students for playing music! The students and their guests poured out to the street angrily. Who wouldn’t? When was the last time storm troopers acted so heavy handed in I.V. and in the students’ own homes no less?

The Sheriff’s deputies knew their actions would get push back, and I’m now thinking that with the increasing militarization of our nation’s police forces (the Department of Homeland Security has been subsidizing local police departments with crowd control gear), the deputies were itching for a fight and wishing to try out all their SWAT gear and crowd-control equipment, and they did. No stone was left unturned; they beat students and tear gassed student, conducted mass arrests, etc.

How many readers believe a riot would have ensued without the heavy-handed, bullying intervention of the Sheriff’s department? If the Sheriff’s department would have been mere casual observers of Deltopia, as they had been in the past two years? If they had, no riot would have ensued. Without the aggressive, confrontational, and militarized Sheriff’s department tactics, which unleashed every tactical tool in their toolbox, including calling in all local police departments for a larger show of force, Deltopia would have a simple, sun-filled, spring day of partying in I.V.

The solution? Bring back Floatopia and restore peace to the world.


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Yeah , party on Sparks . Good parenting . Teach your kids it's acceptable to party down , trash the beach beyond belief and leave it all there. It's ok , someone else will pick it up . That is if they don't get their feet shredded by the broken glass. Never mind the crap you can't see under water.
Floatopia was a beach lovers nightmare . Take this description -
"Though the celebration ended Saturday night, remnants were still visible from the I.V. cliffs as of press deadline, with abandoned rafts and crushed beer cans scattered across the sand. To some, this was the most heinous crime of all, especially for a student body that’s long prided itself on environmentalism. Bradley Cardinale, an assistant professor of ecology at UCSB, described Floatopia as “the most egregious events of dumping I have ever seen in this state.”

geeber (anonymous profile)
April 12, 2014 at 4:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I've said this once before to a commenter posting on the Indy. But I'll say it again sense it is so appropriate, SPARKS your an idiot!!!

Hopefully we will find that this parents misfit child was one of the rioters and will be able to send a bill for this incident sense he has no common sense or good parenting ability to know right from wrong...

Priceless (anonymous profile)
April 12, 2014 at 7:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Finally! We no longer have to wonder why society and our youth are in full meltdown. Now we know. Mystery solved! It's due to parents like Mr. Sparks.

He either condones or doesn't care that there is no such thing as a party of 15000 people. That's a melee. Property damage, underage drinking, out of control attacks, people drunk and falling off cliffs to their death, trash strewn everywhere, no morale or ethical behavior and people who live in IV bunkered down hoping their cars are not keyed or he mirrors torn off.

Mr. Sparks should be ashamed but he never will because he's party of the "feel good" crowd that disrespects the order of law, does not recognize the value of hard work or private property and embraces moral relevance.

realitycheck88 (anonymous profile)
April 12, 2014 at 9:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

There are two sides to this:

1. Local law enforcement agencies have been gearing up for crowd control with the backing of Homeland Security ever since 9/11. SBPD was funded for about a million dollars including the Bearcat, riot gear, and automatic weapons. They have been practicing with it and probably have been anticipating occasions on which to put it into use. Much of this escalation came on the heels of the Occupy movements which were staged in response to the bank bailouts. Police departments have also been receiving large donations from Wall Street banks. I will let you read between the lines.

2. Isla Vista has been increasingly becoming a party destination. This is evidenced in the increasing percentage of the resident population that are attending SBCC rather than UCSB. There is a significant contingent of so called students that are living there for the sole purpose of partying. This population, with the facilitation of social networking technology, is able to dramatically amplify the problem by calling on large networks of friends from out of the area to come join the party.

Parents need to check themselves. Is your kid in college to get an education? Really? Are your politics supporting the expanding powers of a totalitarian police state? In particular, please question the economic basis for your politics, i.e., do you have assets that may lose value if Wall Street loses control of the government?

native2sb (anonymous profile)
April 12, 2014 at 10 a.m. (Suggest removal)


(The deficit is like some crazy aunt living down in the basement: everyone knows she’s there, but no one wants to talk about her. Now, if you don’t deal with her, she’s just going to get ornerier and stinkier. I say take the bitch upstairs, slap her around, and hose her down.
Dana Carvey as Ross Perot

The City's Got A Fever Geeber...and the only cure is more ride along media machine!

Face It Geebster,
It is OK to party and trash the place. Ellwood/UCSB, Downtown State/Funk Zone, Chumash Casino/Campgrounds, ect. THESE ARE well known places for such carefree dubious excursions.

We the public were well aware of past disturbances and presumable instigations. Nothing gets a gated community approved quicker than playing the victim card at the appropriate moment.
There are many like this parent who see the obvious lack of common sense and conscious judicial effort needed to be sure that Dudley, Brown and the unionized storm troopers don't throw the baby out with the bath water!
Has any thought been give to how a minor is being unjustifiably named in the area before jury selection.... Public Defender no doubt.
Thanks for proving me right judge!

I also wonder what effect does tear gar and rubber round projectiles have on the environment?
Ask yourself if you really feel safer today. Should we just keep ramping up the homeland security in the name of development?

touristunfriendly (anonymous profile)
April 12, 2014 at 11:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Let's not forget that the University of California is now presided over by the former Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano.

native2sb (anonymous profile)
April 12, 2014 at 1:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Recommended reading: a recent article in The Economist about the militarization of the American law enforcement community: automatic weapons, monster police RVs, provocative policing practices, unnecessary use of SWAT, police as bullies, high rate of officer involved shootings. Interesting...

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
April 12, 2014 at 4:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

We are forgetting that 15,000 people descended on a small street in Isla Vista, many many of whom were uninvited. Many residents were hiding in their homes.
The police, regardless of the very real and important article that John Locke shared (because it IS an issue) were responding to stabbing victims when they themselves were attacked.
From there I am told all hell broke loose and indeed, residents not involved in the riot were tear gassed and rubber bulleted. I know of one young man who after hiding in his home for hours from the general ruckus with friends- basically got caught in the crossfire and hit in the chest with a tear gas cannister.

But would this have happened if :

(a) two (or more) people weren't stabbed

and (b) a first responder wasn't attacked and seriously injured along with subsequent responders being attacked;


And of course would it have even gotten that far if 15,000 people hadn't invaded IV.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 12, 2014 at 4:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"The solution? Bring back Floatopia and restore peace to the world."

Quit drinking bong water and listening to Infowars you friggin idiot. On the other hand, would you like to purchase an underground shelter? I have one a mile west of Isla Vista you can buy.

Validated (anonymous profile)
April 12, 2014 at 8:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@AdamSpark: Good piece of sarcasm, too bad people are taking it seriously.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
April 12, 2014 at 9:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe this opinion piece IS sarcasm that is not meant to be taken seriously, billclausen, but in my experience the point of view expressed was common among many [not all, but many] UCSB parents in my day - e.g., "My kid can do no wrong, so it's always the fault of the authorities when bad stuff happens."

And so it goes.

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
April 13, 2014 at 1:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The premise of the headline and the article is pathetic! Perhaps the mayhem just need to go to its logical conclusion. Furthermore, it's time for parents to check in. If your not part of the solution you are part of the problem.

Been there and done that!

gsjoh (anonymous profile)
April 13, 2014 at 8:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Its funny how this Del-topic is fissuring down the same lines as the campus itself when I was a student at UCSB: party monsters vs. productive people!

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 13, 2014 at 9:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Lest we forget, THIS is why the County closed the beaches during Deltopia...

Never again.

DogOnLap (anonymous profile)
April 13, 2014 at 10:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This "parent" is in denial. The police were responding to a stabbing when this riot started. So much for the peaceful, fun-loving atmosphere.

Ironically, this parent would likely to be one of the first to sue the university or the police if their kid was injured or killed in one of these drunken rampages.

Botany (anonymous profile)
April 13, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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