Fiesta Arrests Way Up

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No one was killed or stabbed during this year’s Fiesta, according to police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood, but the number of felony and misdemeanor arrests ​— ​110 in all ​— ​was up substantially from the year before as were the number of DUI arrests and municipal code infractions and miscellaneous violations. The number of traffic and parking citations, however, dropped dramatically. Police budgeted $425,000 for costs, and up to 100 law enforcement officers were on the streets Friday and Saturday nights.

Harwood noted the highest number of arrests took place at the start of Fiesta on Wednesday and Thursday nights. “It’s important to set the right tone from the start,” he said. Harwood added that the use of Klieg lights has proved highly effective. Likewise, he noted that this year’s Cruiser Run (the 35th) had an estimated 1,500 fewer bicycle riders than the previous year ​— ​which had 5,000 ​— ​and that 24 citations were issued, mostly for running red lights. He suggested Sunday morning’s light rain may have dissuaded some riders from participating.


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Nope, what "dissuaded" some from participating in the Cruiser Run is that it is rapidly becoming a "mainstream" event so that means it ain't cool enough for hipsters & rebels.
As for the citations issued during the run, they were well deserved, all some people had to do was follow some simple rules, they obviously couldn't do that, their problem.
In all, my family and I avoided Fiesta, but the Cruiser Run, no way, did the whole ride, saw old friends and made a ton of new friends. Oh, and NONE of us got citations.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
August 7, 2014 at 10:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'd cite you for excessive blah.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
August 7, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

See, they do take alcohol related arrests just as seriously at fiesta as they do in IV.

Botany (anonymous profile)
August 7, 2014 at 10:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yeah Ken, you can cite me for that, but not for worthless hipsterism. Be a hipster, go to jail. But worse would be a truther. Be a truther, live in fear (of the lies you repeat), the go to jail (which the mind creates).
You're into film, you should do a documentary about local truther types, it'd be amusing, yet informative!

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
August 7, 2014 at 11:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

But there was at least one 245 it may not have been a stabbing..

Byrd (anonymous profile)
August 7, 2014 at 11:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Funny thing how the Indy ain't saying too much about the Cruiser Run. There was a lot off buildup and lead up into it then all of a sudden... (insert the sound of crickets).
I saw Indy photographer Larry Mills on foot, on the sidewalk, enjoying his day along the ride, but no camera in hand.
Funny how the SB News dePress had a pretty cool article about it that even gave the event some legitimacy.
I guess that legitimacy is working, the hipsters are backing away from the Cruiser Run since it is now becoming mainstream.
Awesome job Rex and all the other locals who have made this ride the fun event it has always been.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
August 7, 2014 at 12:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Credit to the "light rain" for helping out the $425k law enforcement effort? Here's a suggestion: cancel Fiesta, save the half million dollars, and help mitigate the population crush at that violent, stinking, dangerous cesspool we call a jail.
Oh, wait...that wouldn't be good for business would it? Better to collect those sales taxes on all that liquor, then bust every poor soul with the temerity to take an open can of beer onto the sidewalk and keep the cops-jail-court machine chugging along.

The whole thing's a farce, and a peek under the silver saddles would make real "news". Why is Nick Welch buying into the ruse? Because the Indy needs the ad revenue and every Fiesta tourist in town counts for circulation/rates.
When in doubt, follow the money.

Beachgirl77 (anonymous profile)
August 7, 2014 at 9:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Whats the deal with so much law breaking specifically during Fiesta? It is unique in that it lasts 5 days, but do Santa Barbara's other festivals and events have a proportionately similar crime rate?

bloggulator (anonymous profile)
August 8, 2014 at 12:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Bloggulator: Having worked as a security guard at the Santa Barbara News-Press between 1994 and 2004, (ground zero for Fiesta and Cinco de Mayo) I can shed some light on this.

Cinco de Mayo: Never any problems. Fiesta, constantly looking over my shoulder. Why is this you ask? Fiesta (like Deltopia) has the out-of-town factor, whereas Cinco de Mayo is about locals, and of course, *families*.

When you have a bunch of sexually charged/frustrated people from out-of-town who have no vested interest in Santa Barbara other than to party, who are getting drunk, then you have the problems mentioned.

Perhaps on a subconscious level, Fiesta's roots in celebrating the Spanish conquest of the Chumash may bring out some bad energy. I'm not saying this is the case, but it might be.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
August 8, 2014 at 3:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Isn't the City of Santa Barbara packed with visitors in August despite Fiesta? They always talk about how much money Fiesta brings to the city. They would be getting that money anyway. Have Fiesta in February and if you still generate the crowds you can then toot your economic horn. Fiesta is a drain and not a money maker in my mind. I have seen studies that say Fiesta is an economic boon, but those studies are flawed and biased in my opinion. The hotel and restaurant industry couldn't get busier in August. I call BS on Fiesta as a money maker for the City of Santa Barbara.

rukidding (anonymous profile)
August 8, 2014 at 4:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Bill, thanks for the insight there. As you say - Fiesta brings a lot of people from out of town - but so does Solstice which is a 3 day event, and which also attracts thousands of out-of-towners, and where alcohol gets consumed by the tanker load. There are parties all over that whole weekend... but arrests in connection with that event are as rare as rocking-horse poop....

bloggulator (anonymous profile)
August 8, 2014 at 9:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

See, the police can enforce the laws without a silly gang injunction!!!

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
August 8, 2014 at 9:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The Bike Ride was mellow going out of town hardly any traffic violations..Don't know how it was coming back.

Byrd (anonymous profile)
August 8, 2014 at 11:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I think I'm going to hire Barry Cappello to get a Fiesta injunction against the city.

banjo (anonymous profile)
August 8, 2014 at 2:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

With 6-8 cops per block on lower State I would hope arrests were up. On the other hand, with that many cops per block anyone dumb enough to break the law is a moron.

nomoresanity (anonymous profile)
August 10, 2014 at 8:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Nomoresanity for the win.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
August 11, 2014 at 10:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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