What’s Next for Isla Vista?

UCSB Chancellor Issues Lengthy List of Improvement Efforts

Thursday, June 19, 2014
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It’s not hard to argue that UCSB has had a rough year. Even before the horrific tragedy of May 23, gang rapes and stabbings and riots ​— ​coupled with student efforts to get “trigger warnings” placed on course syllabi ​— ​made headlines and seemed to indicate an uptick in disorder in the notorious oceanfront town. “It has been both romanticized and vilified,” wrote Chancellor Henry Yang in a lengthy email sent to the university community last week. Noting that events that occur in Isla Vista reflect ​— ​positively and negatively ​— ​on UCSB, Yang outlined new improvement efforts resulting from a new committee, which may represent a shift in university administrators buckling down on the saturated college town.

Referencing the Long Range Management Plan, Yang mentioned lighting first. He wrote with some urgency that the university committed an additional $220,000 to the county for immediate improvements. In the past year, lights were installed along Del Playa Drive, Sabado Tarde, and Trigo Road through a county-led effort dubbed the Isla Vista Street LED Project. Last week 3rd District Supervisor Doreen Farr announced she secured $85,000 to fund the final phase of the project. Yang also mentioned controversial topics such as parking ​— ​the possibility of implementing resident permits ​— ​and permanent fencing. (Portions of the temporary orange mesh fencing were torn down by an angry student a day after it was installed last week.) Yang also promised university-police-sponsored DUI checkpoints beginning in September.

It’s no secret that alcohol and drugs play a considerable role in Isla Vista’s havoc. Currently, incoming students must participate in an online tutorial for substance abuse and sexual violence called Gaucho FYI, and Yang said such programs will be expanded and specified to conditions in Isla Vista. Earlier this year, the Obama administration publicized the lack of attention given to sexual violence at colleges nationwide. ­


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That online tutorial for substance abuse and sexual violence called Gaucho FYI is more like an instructional video of what IS the accepted norms for living in Isla Vista.
So $22,000 to the county for "lighting and improvements"? That is a drop in the bucket and considering what UCSB gets in terms of money, this is a JOKE.
I'll give you a classic example of UCSB's encouragement of idiocracy type behavior:
Last weekend was graduation weekend. All good and cute and all, but the roads going through UCSB are a MESS! If you get into the far left turn lane on the road in front of the Student Health Center it is almost like going off road.
When you turn left on the road in front of the old Robertson Gym & the new Pollock Theater it doesn't get better.
So how does UCSB deal with this issue? They put up "ROUGH ROAD" signs all over the place, simply a Band-Aid brand solution to a persistent problem.
If you're going to provide day care for a bunch of spoiled brats for a period of 4, maybe 5 years as well as host the parents on some weekends, you might as well offer some long term fixes.
As it stands now, it is ghetto. But then again, maybe that's what UCSB's "best and brightest" aspire for, the thug life.
If you base the quality of a community based on the appearance of the surrounding infrastructure, well, UCSB is not giving it its all.
When I went to school there and went to the many parties the weekends offered, you carried your own cup, mug or whatever vessel you chose to drink out of.
As of lately, it is all about the Solo cups and the mess left behind with those.
This whole thing by UCSB and the leadership is merely lip service to see that enrollment doesn't drop, especially after the past several fiascoes.
Too little too late, according to a friend of mine in the admissions department 2 things are beginning to happen:

1) Parents are pulling their kids out of UCSB.
2) Enrollment numbers are going down.

Another friend in the alumni job placement program has seen the following trend:
When recent UCSB alumni go in for a job interview and the prospective employer sees they're from UCSB the interviewer shakes their hand, says "thank you for your time" and that's that.
Can I say that's fair? No. Can I say it is a product of the UCSB/Isla Vista environment? Absolutely.
Face it, the jig is up and the dance and scramble are now the norm, so is the atmosphere of idiocracy.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2014 at 11:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm pretty much OK with most of what the Chancellor is proposing.

Lights = GOOD!! (as long as they aren't the lights they setup on Halloween that make Del Playa look like it's the middle of the day..)

Parking permits don't really make any sense and they are never going to be implemented city wide, I'm not sure what the point is. People are always going to visit IV, people should be able to visit IV, and if the public can't park over by Devereux to go access the beach then they are going to get sued by Surfrider and the Coastal Commission.

I'm opposed to DUI checkpoints on 4th amendment grounds, but they already have those going into IV pretty regularly anyway and the DUI checkpoints don't affect the residents as much because the majority of them stay in town most of the time.

As far as parents pulling their kids out of UCSB, that is understandable, but only temporary. As the University continues to get academic accolades and students continue partying and having a great time, you will see this numbers come back up within a year or two.

As far as businesses not hiring UCSB students, that is the business' loss and again is likely just temporary.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2014 at 12:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I would not be surprised if all of the recent violence in IV has a negative impact on UCSB enrollment. At least SOME of these parents may finally be concerned about the environment they are allowing their kids to enter. How long this impact lasts is anyone's guess.

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Loony: "As the students continue partying and having a great time, you will see this numbers come back up within a year or two."

You're 100% correct on this aspect, but you're omitting 1 simple fact: So will criminal acts like what's currently going on.
By the way, even with all the academic accolades, UCSB and Isla Vista keeps getting the ghetto scum that is causing the problem, so all the accolades on Earth won't do a good thing for UCSB/Isla Vista.
Get rid of the #2 party school in the US rating, that's the best bet for that place.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2014 at 3:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Parents need to raise better adults as well. No amount of lighting or road paving will fix all the assaults, burglaries, property (and environmental) damage, rapes, murders going on in the IV community. If parents didn't do the job the community needs to step up and self-police themselves. Make it clear these negative activities aren't acceptable. Floatopia? Perhaps the beginning of this awful downward public nuisance spiral. Student residents are adults. Start acting like it and take care of your "home".

z28racergirl (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2014 at 6:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Lights would be a huge improvement. Maybe downtown could learn something from this effort.

Schizzleman (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2014 at 6:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Blah, the same negative impact happened at Penn State. Actions, whether sanctioned by the school or not, have consequences. UCSB will always be linked to IV.

CManSB (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2014 at 8:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe the 7,000 City College students (like Elliot Rodger was), who are not under any regulation at all by UCSB, have something to do with IV's recent woes.

gives the 7,000 number. As UCSB has built more dorms on Campus, SBCC has expanded greatly with more out-of-area students, like Elliot Rodger.

pardallchewinggumspot (anonymous profile)
June 20, 2014 at 9:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Pardall, you bring up an interesting point and I am going to back up what you're saying with the following:
On my way back to Goleta after an evening of riding my mountain bike at Elings Park.
It was shortly after the Idiot Rodger rampage so that was fresh on my mind for many reasons.
I stopped at 1 of my favorite places to eat.and I ran into an old friend of mine who is a UCSB professor.
We got to talking, mainly about the Idiot Rodger incident, as well as other Isla Vista debacles such as douchetopia, the recent stabbings, rapes and such.
So the SBCC connection came up and he said the most interesting thing which has to do with his past involvement in a joint UCSB/SBCC Isla Vista "betterment" panel/commission to address the issue of SBCC student behavior in Isla Vista.
Well, lo and behold, SBCC was the most uncooperative component of that attempt to the point of where it fell apart.
UCSB's difference with SBCC is the fact that if you do something criminal while a student at UCSB, you can be expelled from said institution, which is an awesome tool in dealing with morons pretending to be college students.
SBCC has NO controls of that nature, they don't care, moron behavior outside of their campus isn't an issue, well, unless it affects an SBCC staff member (such as assault by an SBCC student on an SBCC faculty/staff member).
So you point about the SBCC involvement in Isla Vista's problems is highly warranted.
Idiot Rodger should've triggered red flags by the number of classes he dropped every semester he wasat SBCC.
But that still leaves the problem of UCSB students inviting hordes of out of town morons to come party, usually ending up in destroying the place.
But your point is seen and supported from the information i got from my professor friend.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
June 20, 2014 at 12:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

7000 SBCC "students" in IV?

What parent would be stupid enough to fall for this. "Mom, Dad, rent me a place in Isla Vista so I can go to city college." ???

Well, I guess we know who.

random_kook (anonymous profile)
June 21, 2014 at 11:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Bingo, blahblahmoreblah, I've heard similar stories out here. Perhaps instead of focusing on Rodger and his problem, a little attention on SBCC and IV is appropriate.

A lot of the hordes of 20 somethings don't need an invite to give a drive to IV a try.

pardallchewinggumspot (anonymous profile)
June 22, 2014 at 8:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

When I first worked in IV in the early 1980's there were so few SBCC students living in IV that they weren't an issue. When I returned to work in IV in the late 1980's and early 1990's, SBCC students had become a significant presence in IV and accounted for a great deal of the work, both as suspects and victims. My opinion in those days was that the average SBCC student was even younger and less mature than many of the UC students living there.

Since IV is far away from SBCC, the SBCC admin had no interest whatsoever in regulating the conduct of their students living in IV. I see that nothing has changed.

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
June 22, 2014 at 12:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Students from more backwards areas of our country and repressive foreign countries often seem to "party the hardest".

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 22, 2014 at 12:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey just ranted in another comment string about UC Faculty should be out cleaning up the IV cesspool and now you admit that there are hordes of City College kids in IV? Please make up your mind; don't worry, I'll patiently wait while you sort this out...And per the previous offer feel free to clean up some blocks in downtown SB as a part of your largess...

nomoresanity (anonymous profile)
June 23, 2014 at 7:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If you really are UCSB faculty (which I seriously doubt: prove it by saying what courses you taught this year), your calling IV a cesspool, outhouse, etc are an embarrassment to you, the College of Engineering, and UCSB.

Most likely you are an agent provocateur just trying to scatter crap all over the place.

pardallchewinggumspot (anonymous profile)
June 23, 2014 at 8:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

agent provocateur, without a doubt & needsmoresanity.

DavyBrown (anonymous profile)
June 23, 2014 at 11:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Pardall, the ONLY thing I'm going to disagree to a degree w/ is this: "A lot of the hordes of 20 somethings don't need an invite to give a drive to IV a try."

Social media has created a crapstorm for Isla Vista in the form of UCSB attending residents inviting their idiot friends.
I spoke w/ that old Indy poster of past Hank, who still lives in Isla Vista (1 door down from when the initial shootings took place) about who invites the out of town element to Isla Vista and he told me the following:

"At the building I live in on Segovia you really can't have parties, the apartment units are small. But that did NOT stop some of my neighbors, whether from UCSB or SBCC, from inviting out of town a-holes who tried to take up parking in our lot. I had them towed. Out of 16 apartment units 7 had out of town douchebags there and out of that 7 units, only 1 is an SBCC student, so the majority were UCSB invited."

Then there was the sponsoring of the douchetopia by that bong shop near uptown State Street.
In fact, the Isla Vista Tenants Union has called for a boycott against said bong shop for their support of the douchetopia fb page, an act that made KEYT News, but SURPRISINGLY didn't make it in the Indy's pages (?).

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
June 23, 2014 at 11:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, you're right blah. When I lived out in Utah for a while, as a young 20-something, couldn't get anybody to visit Provo, no matter how much I implored them.

Even then, back in the 80's, my friends jumped at the chance to visit IV.

So maybe some invites do go out, but still, young people get knocked over with a feather at the chance to visit IV. The beach, the young people in swim suits, the weather, and the chance you'll get lucky and get to do some horizontal dancing.

You make another fascinating point. Mountain side of IV is substantially quieter than the beachside. On DP, big house parties are more of a mountain side phenomenon. Also Sabado, Trigo, Pasado… sometimes leaking to Sueno and up Corto.

The big block apartments up near Segovia (and north) aren't conducive to the open party scene, although stuff does happen. But the regular throngs are DP & Sabado. Of course Deltopia was a faux-beach affair so DP was the focus.

Mountainside IV was laid out and zoned for students after 1958. Beachside was zoned in the 1950's for single family owners (and renters in the duplex/4-plexes). Beachside DP was super-special, always, because of its primo beach overhang, and so got multiunit that usually have balconies on the beachside, not DPside. But mountainside DP itself got the duplexes and most of the parties.

The big open parties follow the zoning. A quirk of history.

pardallchewinggumspot (anonymous profile)
June 23, 2014 at 2:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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