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Posted on February 26 at 6 p.m.
IV has a long, long history… there was a rapist loose circa 1965, I recall. After that the druggies and speed freaks moved in and I think sexual assaults soared. IV was and remains a magnet for young men of dubious intention from all over SoCal, due to all the females in IV.
Of course 1977-1978 had Thor Christiansen, a reprehensible rapist, murderer, and necrophiliac from Solvang who trolled for victims in IV.
The community reaction was superb and helped improve the environment. But throughout the 1980's the good old alcohol, cocaine, roofies, etc soared, and I found the first undressed young lady passed out in my yard.
Since then it has been about the same. I think the ups and downs are fluctuations now.
On Two Sexual Assaults in Two Days Reported in Isla Vista
Posted on February 24 at 1:26 p.m.
UCSB doesn't suppress sexual assault statistics… they are on a public web page…
There is a fairly active anti-assault culture at UCSB….
*Any* sexual assaults are unacceptable. Particularly in Isla Vista, where I'll never forget Patty Laney, Jacqueline Rook, and Mary Ann Sarris.
Deputies are still trying to track down other crimes that rapist/murderer committed, in Oregon in the late 1970's:
Posted on February 15 at 7:52 a.m.
When you live out here near Holly you know that Venoco is not forthcoming about their H2S and other gas releases. They definitely spin and obfuscate.
Were they open, honest, and good neighbors, it might be possible to accommodate them. But they are not; they stonewall and deny.
Try to find any interest from Venoco in the Child Care Center near their facility or either of the Elementary schools where children breathe Venoco fumes. Venoco just buys support through donations to influential groups, not through trying to make their operations safe for their neighbors.
If platform Holly goes, or, if other oil out here goes undeveloped, the fault is entirely Venoco's for not being good citizens.
On Venoco Denies Acidizing Off Goleta Coast
Posted on February 6 at 3:20 p.m.
Very nice tribute, thanks! Many of us who disagreed with Johnny still appreciated and respected her. Maybe someday Isla Vista will get ``the ability to shape the future of their community.''
On Jonny Wallis: 1946 - 2013
Posted on December 30 at 1:04 p.m.
RFLMAO, foofighter. This article was mainly about UC… there is no faculty union at UC!!!!
By any measure UC competes with the very most elite private schools. Somehow you miss that whole point, foofighter.
On How Much Do College Presidents and UC Chancellors Make?
Posted on December 24 at 11:56 a.m.
Yang is certainly at the low end of the pay scale. One thing omitted from this article is the total *compensation* in some cases… Yudof, for example, got a very lucrative retirement package that quoting his salary alone does not capture.
The auto and housing $ allowances are one version of extra compensation.
Yang does live in a campus house and pays for no maintenance, utilities, etc. But he could have requested $ payments for off campus housing. I think he does get a car allowance.
Posted on December 9 at 6:52 p.m.
Isla Vista is a net source of tax revenue for the county; the reason is that its population drives a lot of state & federal revenue sharing.
That doesn't include the fact that IV's population cannot shop for much except liquor inside IV. Most go to Costco, Albertson's, etc out in Goleta for their shopping. And shop they do… for 20 somethings, IV's residents are quite wealthy.
Isla Vista is by no means tax exempt. I think the assessed value of its property is in the billion dollar range… so 10 or 20 million/year in property tax is paid by IV.
Santa Barbara County has a surprisingly small tax base; Los Padres National Forest and cities swallow up an awful lot of its land. Deep in the County building they know IV is a crucial part of the County revenue stream, but they know it is in the County's interest to foster the claim that IV is a financial drain. That way they kept IV out of the City of Goleta, for example, and kept the revenue stream.
As for UCSB, it is tax exempt, just like the all the County administration buildings, Sheriffs buildings, jails, Courthouse, etc. UCSB was placed on the South Coast due to an extensive lobbying campaign by Pearl Chase & Tom Storke; the Regents and UC administration resolutely opposed placing a UC campus here, and the State college system sued to keep the campus theirs.
But the locals fought tooth & nail to get the UC campus placed here; they paid for the entire State legislature to come to Fiesta for a few days of debauchery circa 1942. And so the locals got a UC campus over the near-dead bodies of the Regents, UC Administration, and what then was the CSU administration.
Always a hoot when the locals now complain about UCSB. Be careful what you wish for.
On A Dispatch from the Colonies
Posted on December 9 at 1:54 p.m.
For decades the North County supervisors have treated Isla Vista like a little colony and utterly stymied its development. 6 times or so they helped squash city hood for Isla Vista.
Now of course the concept of development in IV is not quite the same as the concept of development that Peter Adam describes. Maybe the 1970's activists would have development of IV into a haven of recycling, green energy, public transit, etc. Maybe they would have developed support for the anti-Apartheid effort in South Africa.
But the North County supervisors definitely don't have the kind of `live and let live', `local control' attitude that Adam supports in the above article. They definitely support intervention in local, non-North County issues if their politics dictate, even if the locals have entirely different political views. Their historical treatment of Isla Vista proves that point.
So, sorry, Peter Adam, your words ring hollow if saying respect of local politics and desires is your point. If your point is to get angry that the narrow self interest of your local friends was not supported by our duly constituted Board of Supervisors, you make that point well.
Posted on November 22 at 6:47 a.m.
Peter Adam is a crybaby. Doesn't get his way and wants to take his ball & go home (the South County owns the bat and all the gloves, the catcher's equipment, and the ball field).
You win some and you lose some, Peter Adam. You North County supes blocked the incorporation of IV into a city 6 or 8 times in the past 40 years. A much bigger deal than a measly million a year for rich oil folks.
On Considering a County Split
Posted on November 18 at 1:18 a.m.
“That’s the bummer: All these kids aren’t taxpayers,” Dalcerri said, “so all the people in Goleta are out of service.”
Wow, how do these `kids' avoid paying sales tax? Do they get a special card from the County and the State when they move to IV that keeps all businesses from charging them sales tax? Anyone ever seen one of those cards?
And when these `kids' buy gasoline at the pump, do they have a special code that keeps the gasoline tax from being charged? Anyone know the code?
And all those `kids' who live in privately-owned rental housing in IV, how do they avoid covering the property tax of their landlords? Do IV landlords get a special exoneration from the County Assessor? When I look in the data base I never see that, it looks like all the privately-owned rental housing gets taxed just like everywhere in Goleta and Santa Barbara County.
And how do all those `kids' avoid paying income tax? Is there a special box on 540's and 1040's for living in IV? I've never noticed it.
Please tell us Dalcerri. Or Indy, if you ever fact check claims like Dalcerri's.
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