A group of faculty and staff members is looking to ban on-campus parking on weekends and some holidays in order to curb the amount of out-of-town partygoers.
At Wednesday’s meeting of the Associated Students Legislative Council, the Isla Vista Action Group, composed of about a dozen UCSB faculty and staff members, proposed to cut down the number of out-of-town revelers by banning parking in university lots on weekends and selected holidays. Co-founder and Academic Senate Chair Walter Yuen said exceptions would be made for students living in residential halls and for their friends and family who may visit during the weekends. He spoke at the beginning of the meeting during the announcements period of the agenda, asking for Leg Council’s support of the proposal.
“We want to let outsiders know that if you’re not part of the community here, then you’re not welcome to come party,” Yuen said.
The group’s student representative, A.S. External Vice President of Local Affairs Logan Green, introduced the proposal to the council last week during his executive officers’ report. Representatives at Wednesday’s meeting said they are concerned about the lack of student input in the I.V. Action Group.
Yuen said the parking restriction proposal has not been formalized. The I.V. Action Group is not a policymaking group, he said, but more of a think tank to advise Chancellor Henry Yang, a co-founder of the group, on student safety in I.V.
“There’s nothing formal yet,” Yuen said. “Whatever decision comes out of the group will be sent to the Chancellor, the Academic Senate and the Associated Students for review.”
In statewide business, Off-campus Representative Shanna Maschmeier briefly talked about her involvement in a lawsuit against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Maschmeier is one of four UC students named as plaintiffs, along with the University of California Student Association and two other civil rights groups, currently suing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration.
The suit alleges the governor’s reduction of the vehicle licensing fee was unconstitutional because California law states that the fee can only be lowered when there is sufficient money in the general fund to repay cities and counties for the lost in revenue. The general fund cannot accommodate the slashing of the fee, the suit alleges.
The suit asks the state Supreme Court to block the $148 million in education budget cuts Schwarzenegger proposed in December 2003.
Maschmeier said she become involved in the suit because she felt enrollment outreach is being too heavily targeted.
“What [Schwarzenegger] did do is unconstitutional and very dictatorlike, even though we all know this is a democracy,” Maschmeier said.
With talks of parking restrictions and lawsuits finished, Leg Council moved on to administrative matters. Internal Vice President Denise Aceves swore in the council’s newest member, Aracely Navarro, to replace Todd Kahler, who resigned from his position as off-campus representative last quarter. Navarro was sworn in along with current Off-campus Representative Cervin Morris, who was sworn in over the phone at the beginning of the year and opted to take the oath in person with Navarro. Navarro ran for Legislative Council with Student Unity Now last spring, and was runner-up for Kahler’s position after he resigned.
“I look forward to being involved in the community,” Navarro said. “I’ve always liked politics, and I wanted to get involved here.”
The council also passed two bills that were tabled for consideration at last week’s meeting. Authored by Representative-at-large Felicia Cruz, the first bill establishes procedures for council member replacement and was passed unanimously.
During discussion of the second bill, Off-campus Representative Jared Renfro motioned to strike the portion of the bill that excludes executive officers from holding offices in other UCSB-affiliated groups. He said it was important for council officers to be involved in other campus groups and that the choice should be a personal one. His motion was passed and the bill was approved as amended without opposition.