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Posted on September 8 at 4:06 p.m.
Yup, the reason the Sheriff gave for clearing the streets in IV at Deltopia in April was Desmond Edwards. But it has turned out that the case against Desmond Edwards is incredibly weak; not one witness said Edwards did it first hand. There was one bottle in the backpack and the backpack looks to not even be Edward's, but Donje Hill's.
It may be that Edwards was innocent and then presumed guilty because he was the first black guy they grabbed. It may be that clearing the street was not justifiable.
Or maybe Edwards is guilty and clearing the street was justifiable.
The evidence presented so far does not support the latter, yet. Last time I checked that in the US one is innocent until proven guilty, but clearly JarvisJarvis believes Desmond Edwards and IV is guilty until proven innocent. Why not move to Russia and enjoy the kind of legal system you love, JarvisJarvis?
If a bunch of rude drunk people is justification for clearing a street, why hasn't Santa Barbara during Fiesta had its streets cleared? Just as unruly as IV during Deltopia.
As for the destruction of public property: the stop signs were pulled out when law enforcement started marching with locked arms and flash grenades to clear the street. The crowd wanted the clearing to stop, and waved the signs at them to do so. Not very smart, but hardly reckless vandalism either.
On Learning from History
Posted on September 8 at 10:02 a.m.
Perhaps the trial of Desmond Edwards will inform what has to be learned from history. He was the person whose alleged behavior lead to the clearing of the streets at Deltopia.
But when everyone was sworn in to testify this summer, no-one testified that they saw him swing the `backpack full of bottles' (according to Sheriff Brown) that instigated the riot.
Then it turned out that there was only one bottle in the backpack, and the backpack had another person's ID in it… a US Marine named Donje Hill.
And the 15-20 cameras on 20' poles stationed up & down DP miraculously caught none of the incident.
It certainly doesn't seem like a strong case for bringing the heavily militarized law enforcement with their Bear & flash grenades in. Maybe one lesson of Deltopia is that law enforcement needs a lot more training. Another lesson is that IV is not Iraq or Syria; like it or not the people on the streets of IV are American citizens who have constitutional rights.
Not that I like Deltopia. IV would be better without it.
Posted on August 30 at 7:40 p.m.
I can't comment on Carmen Lodise' sewage.
On Sewage Pipeline Moved out of Wetlands
Posted on August 30 at 5:01 p.m.
Yup, the City of Goleta has set new records for avarice… after excluding Isla Vista from their City while grabbing the vast majority of businesses and hotels supported by Isla Vista spending… they don't want to continue to pass through the revenue from all the Isla Vista spending back to Isla Vista.
And it is long overdue that the Goleta West Sanitary District revert its name to the original name… which was the Isla Vista Sanitary District.
The Isla Vista Sanitary District has always set the gold standard for being a responsible special district. It has endured near criminal attacks by the City of Goleta and by LAFCO. Simply because `Isla Vista' is its origin.
Posted on August 25 at 7:16 p.m.
I think IV was about the same level of arrests etc as long as I can remember… what is different now is that the crime rate is lower overall throughout the County, so more free time for law enforcement to focus on IV.
There have always been rapes and murders in IV as long as I can remember. I won't recite them again. Brad Jones was killed on the street in 2004. There were beach murders in the early 1970's. Rape has been a constant as long as I can remember.
I think incidents flare up, some effort is made, things go down for a while, resources are directed elsewhere, things are OK for 5 or 10 years, and then the cycle starts over.
On Getting Back to Basics
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…
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.
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.
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