The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will discuss two Isla Vista-related ordinances today, one of which would give the Isla Vista Foot Patrol permission to break up parties it deems a “public nuisance.”
The proposed ordinance permits the IVFP to shut down any party at which Foot Patrol deputies observe three or more people in attendance violating penal codes ranging from battery to vandalism. “Unsafe” behavior, such as throwing objects, rough body contact and general rowdiness, could also cause a party to be deemed a nuisance. The offending party would be fined a minimum of $100.
Third District Supervisor Gail Marshall said the ordinance is not meant to shut down partying in I.V., but is intended to increase respect between the students and the community members.
“The way the ordinance is written respects the rights of Isla Vista residents to have friends over and respects their rights to have parties,” she said. “It also respects the rights of the community members living around them and the rights of other community members.”
The ordinance is intended to reduce the amount of crime in I.V. by stopping problems before they start, Marshall said.
“[The ordinance is] the result of over a year’s worth of work by a collaboration of the university and the county,” she said. “We’ve all been concerned by the high number of crimes that occurred in Isla Vista that don’t happen anywhere else in the county.”
The Isla Vista Recreation and Parks District decided not to support the ordinance at their May 16 meeting. IVRPD board member Ariana Katovich said the community is not well-informed about what the proposed ordinance entails and that it is “unfair for the county to target Isla Vista.”
Another proposed ordinance, which will be discussed by the board of supervisors today, would make urinating or defecating in public a misdemeanor and allow a judge to determine the fine on a case-by-case basis. Previously, the ticket was issued as a hazardous waste violation and carried with it a $600 fine.
The SB County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. on the fourth floor of the County Administration Building, located at 105 East Anapamu St.