“I’ve lived a lot of places, and the people here are unlike anywhere else. I left, but I came back because I couldn’t stay away,” said Vinny Primiani while he and Layia Oskawa-Ekeland, both students at SBCC, searched Arroyo Burro Beach for stones and shells with which to do some wire-wrapping. “We wanted to enjoy the sunlight and get some vitamin D before the busy work and school week starts!” added Layia.
“I started busking in Oakland during high school. I made a lot of money that way and even got gigs playing at people’s weddings. I do this now to get extra money for rent and groceries,” said Christina Hernandez, a senior at UCSB. Hernandez has been playing violin on State Street since she was a freshman and will be graduating in June with a degree in global studies. “I’m trying to move anywhere with a job, but I’ll miss living in I.V. Never again will I be walking distance from all my friends and the beach,” she added.