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Posted on August 25 at 7:46 a.m.

While IV residents do party too much, I can't agree that ``Some students, definitely not all, party nonstop. They have the biggest, loudest parties as often as possible, and invite anyone, and everyone, to party with them.''

Non-stop is an exaggeration. After 10pm on weeknights and after midnight on weekends it is straightforward to make a noise ordinance complaint, I have made many. IV house parties definitely quiet during the quiet hours. It is not non-stop.

There have been additional issues of noise and nastiness of students going wild in mid day, and the heart of the issue for me has been that the foot patrol is very hesitant to help after a few complaints at the same house. It is the foot patrol that says `this is IV, you can't expect quiet' to neighbors who complain about wild behavior at, say, 3pm on a saturday.

As for SBCC, they can make all the pledges they want; the heart of the matter is that they have no credible enforcement. When they expel a student for violating the “pledge to be truthful at all times, to treat others with civility and respect, to respect the property of others and to adhere to Santa Barbara City College policies, administrative procedures and standards of student conduct.” I'll take notice. And it won't count if the student is in jail and drops out because of legal troubles. Has to be a student who isn't otherwise prosecuted.

Until then this fluff from SBCC is merely window dressing, part of SBCC's hype campaign.

SBCC has no record of taking a serious interest in IV, and nothing has changed. The number of SBCC students in IV has spiked as UCSB has set up more out-of-IV dorms… according to The Channels…

http://www.thechannels.org/uncategori...

There are 7,000 SBCC students in IV. That is over 1/2 of IV residents inside the box formed by El Colegio, the beach, and UCSB.

On Getting Back to Basics

Posted on August 24 at 9:46 a.m.

UCSB was pegged at 20,000 students for 20 years. They do want to grow to 25,000… they built 5,000 units of student housing outside of IV. The unexpected consequence has been that SBCC has increased the out-of-area students who live in IV, who are 18 and 19, and who are like Elliot Rodger from 2,000 to 7,000. It is kind of a perfect maneuver on the part of SBCC: everybody loves SBCC because local students to get an excellent education there. SBCC expands into IV, gets new resources, and blames the irresponsibility of their IV students on UCSB.

On City College Needs Measure S

Posted on August 21 at 7:57 a.m.

More than half of Isla Vista residents are now students who move here from outside the area to attend SBCC, like Elliot Rodger. That is according to SBCC itself.

UCSB has responsibly built over 5,000 new dorm spaces in the past 20 years. Those students moved out of IV and into the UCSB dorms.

Who moved into the spots vacated in IV? SBCC out-of-area students, who are wealthy, young, and the hardest partiers of all.

The SBCC advocates have to come to grips with this reality. They have been utterly irresponsible concerning the impact of their students in IV for the past 30 years. Vote no until they show up at the table of those who are trying to solve IV's problems.

On City College Needs Measure S

Posted on August 21 at 5:50 a.m.

And what about Jennifer San Marco, who killed 8 in 2006 in, uh…. GOLETA? And was it Isla Vista who is responsible for the terrible Holzer tragedy?

Odd that the crazies in Goleta and/or Santa Barbara just fall under the radar, but IV's crazies get repeated ad nauseum.

Someday, Nick, you'll realize that the actual news in IV is the huge amount of philanthropy done there. Whoops, no rich folk come down to the editorial offices of the Indy to hype that, or get their lawyers to do so. How far the Indy has drifted from its founding ideals.

On I Bark, Therefore I Yam

Posted on August 15 at 10:30 a.m.

http://www.sa.ucsb.edu/regulations/st...
D)1)d)2)d)v) & vii)

d)The Hearing Body

v)Shall deliberate in closed session with only appropriate University staff present and shall base its findings upon the preponderance of evidence.

vii)Shall submit its findings and recommendations within five working days following the conclusion of the hearing to the Dean of Students or Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, as appropriate, with a copy to the student. This report shall set forth its findings with regard to each of the charges separately as well as include its recommendation for disposition of the case. Findings of violations of University policies or campus regulations shall reflect a preponderance of the evidence produced at the hearing.

On 'Affirmative Consent' U

Posted on August 14 at 7:26 p.m.

UCSB has used the preponderance of evidence standard for the last 70 years or so. Not sure how the authors of this piece missed that fact.

On 'Affirmative Consent' U

Posted on August 14 at 7:23 p.m.

Oh come on, Nick, you missed the main point. Isla Vista now is home to 7,000 SBCC students (according to the SBCC newspaper, http://www.thechannels.org/uncategori...) the overwhelming majority from outside Santa Barbara County, like Elliot Rodger. `In the box' in IV the population is about 15,000 (another 7-9,000 are outside the box in UCSB housing, Storke Ranch, etc that gets counted as part of IV in the census designated place).

Yup, about 1/2 of the population of classical IV, within the box of El Colegio, the UCSB campus and the beach, is now SBCC students.

UCSB students have to go through mandatory training to avoid and manage alcohol, not commit sexual assault, keep outsiders out of IV.

The 7,000 SBCC students in IV do **NONE** of that. The SBCC students in IV are responsible for a disproportionate amount of the mayhem in IV: many of them are freshman, rich, and very irresponsible.

Lori Gaskin's response has been to totally ignore the problem and in fact she tries to blame UCSB for all the problems her school's expansion has caused in the recent years in IV. She should simply resign, she is irresponsible.

On Unchained Dogs of Pokey LaFarge

Posted on August 14 at 1:30 p.m.

I think the typical Friday or Saturday night is way, way calmer now that at any point I can remember since 1960 or so.

Stereos just weren't very loud until the 1980's. And there were way, way more impromptu concerts in parks until 1980.

What is different now is just that way more non-local people hear about IV and they can get here. There were always a lot of transients in IV but visitors coming up for a day or two on Friday & Saturday have spiked.

On Trouble in Isla Vista

Posted on August 11 at 10:06 p.m.

Seems to me the dear 1970's had their share of murders in IV… over the July 4 weekend in 1970, then a couple more on the beach, and of course Jackie Rook, Mary Sarris, and Patty Laney in 1976-1977. I seem to recall murders & rapes in the 1960's too… circa 1964 there was a serial rapist who grabbed women on the footpaths between IV & the campus.

Memory is a tricky thing. The evil often fades and the good takes over. Keeps us sane in a way.

Seems to me all the IV publicity has brought a lot more crazies into town lately. Youtube videos & pictures of the gorgeous young women bring all kinds of men into IV who end up drunk & disappointed at 3:30am.

On Trouble in Isla Vista

Posted on July 29 at 10:35 a.m.

Sure, loonpt, the nature of local politics is that people make up whatever story they feel appropriate to justify gross inequities. National politics can be similar, but at least the media and various ponderous bodies like the OMB slightly (but only slightly) balance the scales. At the local level the press and other media do precious little fact checking.

Think Nancy Crawford-Hall & Steve Pappas who somehow couldn't stop talking about voter fraud in IV, but somehow couldn't document a single case of it in court.

Or the students don't care about the future claim. There will always be students in the future, and every student I talk to knows that and has tried to use their vote with the distant future in mind.

Students are in fact a firehose of money, no or few strings attached, for local institutions. And so locals have to make up stories to justify the ripoff. All the facts, from the 2001 LAFCO studies of Isla Vista to the UCSB LRDP economic studies, document that students are just a firehose of money pocketed by locals.

On Meeting Congressional Candidate Chris Mitchum

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