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Posted on April 10 at 9:01 p.m.

Gees. Don't you get it? "Deputies were breaking up a party, the newspaper said, and the “environment apparently became chaotic as the party disbanded and authorities suspect that as everyone quickly scattered in the dark, Ayala fell from a cliff.” So it was the police who caused this death!

The continuing question is whether things would be safer if Isla Vista had become a city in the '70s and '80s and its police controlled such events. My belief is that there would be trash barrels and porto-potties on the beach, CSOs urging constraint, etc. -- just like Santa Barbara does for Fiesta! Years of repression by the County and U has shown it doesn't work for Isla Vista; when will the "authorities" wake up?

On County Mulls Ways to Deal with Next Deltopia

Posted on March 16 at 6:38 a.m.


I thought Attias's parents were well off at the time of his attack, but now he qualifies for a public defender? What's up?

On David Attias Release Trial Set

Posted on January 12 at 10:43 a.m.

With redevelopment agencies going dark at the end of the month, it's important to know what's happening with the IVRDA's buildings in the Loop area -- the former Isla Vista Clinic building and the former St. Athanasius building. Plus the plans for a community center. Addressing these issues would be a helpful Eye on IV.

On Isla Vista’s Brand New Bag

Posted on December 30 at 10:33 a.m.

What will happen now in the Isla Vista RDA? The RDA owns the old medical clinic building (the perfect spot to have a "community center" vs. building a new one out on Estero Rd.) and the old St. Athanasius Church building (a good spot for the Park District offices to move to). What happens to them and the hideous multi-story parking garages that are under construction to accomodate over-flow parking from the UCSB campus?

On Bye-Bye to Redevelopment Agencies

Posted on May 2 at 6:07 a.m.

Nice column, with some good advice. Because 96% of Isla Vista residents are renters, knowledge of both the rights and responsibilities of tenants is critical to the quality of life. It would be helpful if the Community Housing Office was cited in a high-profile storefront in the center of town.

Carmen Lodise
Author, "Isla Vista: A Citizen's History" (2008)

On School for Renters

Posted on December 24 at 10:37 a.m.

Dear John Locke:

RE your comment: “BTW, for all you who hate (i.e. envy) the rich types, the extension of cuts for middle and lower income taxpayers and the extension of unemployment benefits are about 3 times the cost of extending the tax cuts on the higher incomes.”

Doing the math here, 3 times the amount spent on tax cuts and unemployment insurance going to 98% of the people, still means the richest 2% benefit disproportionately -- something like 16 to 1.

Further, the experience of the tax cuts under Bush II – even with the horrendous year-after-year deficits they created – demonstrates that cutting taxes on the rich does NOT produce jobs in abundance as compared with the Clinton tax increases that, for example, generated ten times as many jobs over a similar time period.

So, let’s lower the volume and try to keep our eye on the ball because Osama Bin Laden is still out there despite Bush II’s assertion of “Mission Accomplished”.

On Capps Loses $13.8 Million in Earmarks

Posted on November 21 at 8:25 p.m.


Dah! How can you write about the availability of organic produce & food locally without mentioning the Isla Vista Food Co-op, now in its 36th year? And you don't need to raise $5,000 to buy it there.

Carmen Lodise

On Better Food Ahead

Posted on October 29 at 2:23 p.m.

Granted that North County has reached or even surpassed the population of South County, would a new jail be necessary if Prop. 19 passes?

On Jail Fate Debate

Posted on September 25 at 1:52 p.m.

"Another reason to love I.V. is the fact that you can survive without a car. Students can bike to class, the supermarket, wherever."

A great observation. Too bad UCSB doesn't get it and limit students' ability to bring cars as many other 21st Century campuses have done. And too bad I.V.'s business interests were able to block a plan to eliminate cars in the downtown area as part of the so-called "Isla Vista Master Plan" recently adopted by the County.

With most of its residents being among the smartest young people the State turns out, Isla Vista’s half-square has an enormous potential as a laboratory to show how people can live more ecologically -- if only the University and the County would get out of the way!

Carmen Lodise

On Move-In Weekend

Posted on August 15 at 4:46 p.m.

Please. Isla Vista is only a 0.54 square mile, that is, a half-square mile, not a full one square mile.

On Keeping It Clean

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