Associated Students held a busy Legislative Council meeting Wednesday night to approve two A.S. committee appointments and discuss eight pieces of new business.
Council members approved three resolutions, one of which urged 3rd District Supervisor Brooks Firestone to resume county negotiations in purchasing undeveloped land between 6709 and 6741 Del Playa Dr. in Isla Vista, more commonly known as Claire’s Park. Leggies tabled all four bills on their agenda, two of which sought to clarify responsibilities held by some A.S. members. Council members said the other two bills needed to be voted on soon because they relate to the campaign instructions to be given out at the March 5 mandatory A.S. elections candidate meeting.
Eric Cummings, secretary for I.V. Surfrider, said Firestone was dodging the issues surrounding open spaces in Isla Vista. Cummings said Firestone was misleading when he included the Vernal Pools near Francisco Torres Residence Hall in his estimation of how much open recreational park space I.V. had.
Off-Campus Rep. Jennifer Greeley said Shoreline Preservation Fund Grants Manager Scott Bull, who visited Firestone yesterday, did not receive a satisfactory response as to why the purchasing deal had ended.
“He is still standing behind his extremely insufficient explanation,” Greeley said. “We have to hold him accountable for this.”
Council members also discussed at length a bill that would make changes to the A.S. elections code, focusing on a passage that limited the number of election advertising signs placed on campus to one per each party and one per each candidate.
“[The change] does everyone a favor,” Off-Campus Rep. Adam Graff said. “It does the campus a favor, it does a favor to the students making posters.”
Another bill introduced by On-Campus Rep. Justin Pabian proposed moving the start of the Leg Council meeting time from 6:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. The time change is meant to accommodate both University Residence Halls’ Resident Assistants – as they have mandatory meetings at 7 p.m. – and Leg Council reps who additionally sit on the I.V. Project Area Committee (PAC) and must balance time conflicts with Leg Council meetings.
“We should be able to send our representatives to [PAC],” Pabian said. “We should be able to communicate [with them].”
Rep-At-Large Jason Everitt presented a different bill to revise the Fraternity and Sorority Council liaison position in A.S. because the council no longer exists. Everitt’s bill would allow any student, not just members of Leg Council, to apply for the position of A.S. liaison to the greek community. Among other duties, the bill said the liaison should attend at least one meeting of the four greek councils – Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Collegiate Pan-Hellenic Council and the United Fraternity Sorority Council – each month and one Inter-Greek Council each month.
“If we’re going to have such a position it needs to be [effective],” Everitt said.
Off-Campus Reps. Chaz Whatley and Adriana Wianecki presented the fourth bill to the council, which tried to clarify the responsibilities and specific duties of the Leg Council A.S. Program Board (ASPB) representative. The duties include holding five regularly scheduled office hours per week in the ASPB office in addition to the mandatory three hours per week they hold as a Leg Council member, the bill said.
“We are trying to hold everybody to the same standard,” Whatley said.
Leggies approved a position paper supporting the goals of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, which, according to the paper, “initiates and supports worldwide efforts to abolish nuclear weapons.” The foundation is holding the National Youth Conference on nuclear usage education at UCSB this August, the bill said.
Whatley withdrew a different resolution that urged UCSB Transportation and Parking Services to buy a wheelchair accessible van. She said she is waiting for A.S. Commission On Disability Access (CODA) to comment on the proposal.
Council members also passed a resolution that said A.S. will “support and commit [themselves] toward realizing the goals established in the Associated Students Congress and promote likewise support by students and faculty alike.” The goals included promoting an environmentally conscious campus master plan, assisting CODA in their efforts to make the campus more accessible to the disabled and pressuring textbook companies to lower book prices.
“Leg Council is committed to the goals we made,” Whatley said. “If we don’t [meet those goals] we need to do something to take care of them.”