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Posted on May 29 at 12:08 p.m.
I forgot to make a comment about the politics of excluding Isla Vista in the City of Goleta. The reasons given by many residents of the county and the city of Goleta (a relatively new city by the way) is that local residents felt that the students in Isla Vista were too transient a population to be allowed to vote on local issues that affected local property owners. You can understand that is a concern because students wouldn't be affected by the consequences of their vote when they move away in a couple of years. I believe the university went along with the county on this issue.
On Isla Vista: The Unwanted Child
Posted on May 29 at 11:52 a.m.
I went to UCSB from 1960 to 1965, lived in the Alpha Phi sorority house off campus. After I graduated, my dad along with his 3 partners built a residence hall for freshmen boys off campus. I worked for the owners and knew all of the student-residents, one of whom was John Zant. At that time the Isla Vista landlords were mostly local Santa Barbara owners. Jack Schwartz, Jim Ventura, Richard Phinear were a few. In fact, Jack Schwartz lent his little office to the priest who first started to say Mass in Isla Vista. Because it was too small, Jack asked my dad if Dos Pueblos Hall would open its dining commons and it became the site to hold church services for the community before St. Mark's was built. I realize today it is quite different. I always said the university made a huge mistake not buying up the land adjacent to the university for housing and classroom buildings. However, maybe they could buy up apartment buildings closest to campus as they come up for sale. It might be the best investment they ever made. I am still active as an alum in my sorority so I visit Isla Vista often and see all the improvements being made. Hopefully the future for students will include more opportunities to demonstrate leadership off campus as well as on campus. Over the years I have met many mature and capable UCSB students, mostly female, who are so smart and have so much to offer. Isla Vista needs their help and I am sure if given a chance these young people will step up and provide it. UCSB is a terrific school and Isla Vista is a very unique place to live. I truly hope this tragedy does not overlook all the positives that happen in this little community. Don't forget that Kinko's was born in Isla Vista in 1970 and look what that wonderful hippy-looking kid Paul Orfalea accomplished!! There will be many more like him from UCSB I am sure.
Posted on June 30 at 9:51 a.m.
I was under the impression Sears owns the property the store is located on and that Macy's owns its property as well. They are not actually part of La Cumbre Mall management.
On Rick Caruso Takes Over Paseo Nuevo
Posted on October 1 at 1:45 p.m.
I was a senior in 1965 and knew Coach Curtis because he was my dad's partner in an off-campus residence hall known as Dos Pueblos Hall. John Zant would remember because he lived there as a freshman. Does anyone remember the universal gym in the weight room in front of the building? --It was built because Jack wanted a proper place for the team's training table and I believe the universal gym was the only one in Santa Barbara at the time. My husband survived throat cancer several years ago and I believe you will succeed in this fight too! Terry Spring Utterback '65
On UCSB Football, Circa 1967