Watergate, Monicagate, Fajitagate. And now a scandal to top them all: Bus Gategate.

The label “scandal” possibly casts too poor a light on a simple device, but the gate installed to allow only Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District buses pass through has taken quite a beating. The gate – a plywood plank that bus drivers can raise and lower – has guarded the extension of Sabado Tarde Road onto Ocean Road since Sept. 22. However, local vandals quickly snapped the gate’s appendage, rendering it useless and allowing all vehicles to use the roadway to travel between campus and Isla Vista.

UCSB maintenance workers repaired the broken limb, but, like cake-addled 5-year-olds taking to a pi