PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, September 21, 2015

Isla Vista Self-Governance Measure Sent to Governor

SACRAMENTO — Assembly Bill 3, authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D - Carpinteria), seeks to establish a Community Services District (CSD) within Isla Vista, a densely populated unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County. The bill cleared both the Senate and Assembly Floors today and now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature.

“This is great news for the future of Isla Vista,” said Assemblymember Williams. “AB 3 will provide residents with a safer community by empowering them to contract for additional police services and control visitor traffic through parking enforcement.”

AB 3 would further require the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors to submit an application to the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) to review the district; and then place the district and its funding mechanism, a Utility User Tax, on the November 2016 general election ballot for approval by registered voters in Isla Vista. The bill would also authorize for services such as tenant mediation and provide additional lighting and sidewalks.

“This has been one of the most community driven bills the legislature has ever seen,” added Assemblymember Williams. “Everything included in the bill was reviewed during weekly community stakeholder meetings and, after 45 years, Isla Vista will finally have the opportunity to vote on their own governance.”

The Governor has until October 11th to sign the bill.

Weekly AB 3 community meetings will continue to be held in Isla Vista every Tuesday from 6-8pm in the conference room of the IV Clinic Building, located at 970 Embarcadero Del Mar, to discuss the specifics of governance under a CSD.



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