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Posted on April 15 at 6:19 a.m.
The tragedy of Giselle Ayala might well be related to the raid of a house party; in fleeing from the police, she might well have made a wrong turn in the confusion, at least according to the Santa Rosa newspaper. Odd how our local media has not followed up on that possibility.
Coming to the Santa Barbara area to party has a 200-year-old tradition, at least if you believe Richard Henry Dana, Jr. The vast majority of participants that I saw at Deltopia had a wonderful and harmless time. Spent a lot of money in local businesses too... vast lines out of Freebirds.
As for the costs, never, once, has a full cost/benefit analysis been done. It is as if students did not pay sales tax that supports our roads... wrong, they do. It is as if they did not buy food or rent hotel rooms and pay bed tax (a fair number did that). It is as if they did not pay for taxi rides... IV was swarming with taxis over Deltopia.
The only fiscal analysis of IV done by a neutral third party was related to cityhood in 2001. IV was a net moneymaker of $1,000,000 a year for Santa Barbara County. Of course, the County would love to increase that by spending the minimum possible in IV.
Since I live in IV, I can definitely say the impacts on Deltopia to me: about the same as UCSB move-in day. A little less, actually. Sure, my life would be a little easier without Deltopia, but I can't really get too worked up over that problem. Seems to me Deltopia mainly involved liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In contrast, the tragedy of Giselle Ayala weighs heavily on me. If it turns out a party raid by deputies scattered young people over the cliff, better safety procedures need to be developed by the Sheriff. Bill Brown walked the precincts of IV during his first election, BTW. IV helped elect him. His department might (or might not) have to step up and analyze whether their current procedures helped (in part) cause a tragedy.
On Deltopia Is Just a Drinking Party
Posted on April 9 at 4:56 p.m.
In fact, the Press-Democrat is reporting that she disappeared immediately after deputies broke up a party.
Seems to me like some alcohol + the panic of evading the deputies might have led to her heading toward the cliff. Who knows what happened in the chaos. Her friends looked for her but couldn't find her... being from outside of IV, the idea that she accidentally fell from the cliff would not have occurred to her friends. Gosh this is tragic.
It is imaginable that some other party goer was aware, at some level, that she went down but did not come back. But who knows, it was dark, late, and not everyone would begin to imagine the danger.
On Cal Poly Student Found Dead at Campus Point
Posted on April 9 at 4:44 p.m.
Yup noozhawk is reporting that the Sheriff's Department says her injuries are consistent with a fall. Darn it all, a friggin' tragedy, she had a whole life to live. I'm so sorry for her family & friends.
Portions of the UCSB cliffs have fences, due to falls in the 1950's. But there are still gaps in IV. The biggest killer in IV is definitely the cliffs.
Posted on April 9 at 1:28 p.m.
If someone hired Orange County lifeguards for that one day,
it could happen. And I've seen the public bathrooms down in OC... not a one on or near DP.
Posted on April 9 at 12:11 p.m.
Fecal coliform measurements imply that the substantive sources of feces entering our ocean originate in downtown Santa Barbara, where old leaky crosslinked sewers/stormdrains convey the poop right in front of our famed tourist attractions.
Floatopia 2009 caused not a single uptick in the extremely low fecal coliform levels measured between Campus Point and Sands.
Whether poop happened in 2009 is anybody's guess, but what is a hard fact is that no measured fecal coliform in the IV area resulted from it, unlike the neighborhood of Santa Barbara, where fecal coliform is ever present.
Another myth is that huge amounts of garbage went into the ocean in 2009. A huge cleanup effort took place, and some garbage did inevitably entered the ocean, but nothing, nothing, like the third-world conditions alleged by speculators and others who didn't actually get first-hand verification.
I can tell you, the beaches in the Netherlands (or even Socal) on a crowded day are far more dirty and trash strewn than IVs beach was after 2009 Floatopia.
IMO, the real issue at 2009 Floatopia was no lifeguards constantly watching for a downed/drowning person. We know beaches need lifeguards, when the crowd gets thick.
BTW, seems to me I saw Floatopias as early as 2005.
Posted on April 8 at 1:39 p.m.
In my memory over the past 25 years... several people have been killed by wrong-way drivers on the 101. But we don't ban driving on the 101.
A fair amount of violence on Lower State Street, with a number of deaths there too. We don't close all the bars and clubs there.
It is tragic what happened to Ms. Ayala, whatever happened to her, and I hope it was not criminal. Tragedies, sadly, happen in IV, just as they happen in Montecito, Hope Ranch, the Riviera, etc. I don't even know yet what really happened to Ms. Ayala; could have been an undiagnosed heart defect. Whatever happened it is a tragedy, but blaming it on Deltopia or IV is not yet appropriate.
Stopping Deltopia or public partying on any Friday or Saturday night won't stop the great majority of tragedies in IV. Patty Laney worked hard, and BTW, local law enforcement had that perp and let him go. Patty was abducted (local officials claimed she hitchhiked and got picked up; turned out the perp abducted her after she finished working at her job). He only got caught from a botched murder attempt in LA years later.
There have been lots of efforts, town meetings, candlelight vigils over the years to make IV safer. Deltopia might warrant more. The big issue is IV has not ever evolved the public institutions to handle the consequences of the natural attraction of its location and inhabitants. Tut, tut, tut-ing by Janet Wolf or any other outsider doesn't (and hasn't ever) make/made any difference.
Posted on April 8 at 12:01 p.m.
It is a terrible, sad tragedy. Ms. Ayala did not deserve this, and I feel awful for the sadness and emptiness that her friends and family feel. My thoughts are with you.
And the tragedy happened during the weekend of the 37th annual juggling festival, which celebrates the life of Patty Laney, an IV resident who was murdered back in the 1970's. Patty Laney worked quite hard to raise consciousness about the safety of women in IV; two other women in IV had been murdered by the same serial killer before Patty.
It is all to easy to tut, tut, tut w/r to Isla Vista. In my experience the vast (like >99%) of the young people in IV are fun, helpful, and careful. Unfortunately, however, there are dangers... the bluffs themselves, the ocean, the badly engineered streets. Those dangers are here forever.
I hope there was no foul play involved with Ms. Ayala's death. Sadly, though, neither IV, nor Hope Ranch, nor Montecito, nor any other neighborhood around here is free from criminals.
Posted on December 13 at 11:55 a.m.
19 raw sewage spills right into the channel that cause measurable increases in fecal coliform and even beach closures... no big deal according to Santa Barbarans.
Floatopia... no measureable increase in fecal coliform... environmental disaster according to Santa Barbarans... cause for restrictions of beach access enforced by the County Sheriff.
On Sewage Spill Reignites War of Words
Posted on December 4 at 2:05 p.m.
Ha Ha. Yes, it would be much cheaper if the residents of West Beach (not to mention Hendry's etc) just defecated and mictorated right into the channel, rather than routing their waste through leaky pipes.
On Big Sewage Spill Closes Leadbetter Beach
Posted on December 4 at 8:12 a.m.
This spill, and many of the low level leaks along the South Coast, dwarf the pollution level caused by Floatopia.
And BTW, Goleta West and UCSB have far fewer leaks and overflows in the Isla Vista area than do the neighborhoods where the folks apoplectic over perceived pollution from Floatopia reside.
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