Locals looking to avoid a ticket this Halloween might want to stop by Embarcadero Hall tonight, when a panel of local campus and law enforcement representatives will answer questions about the policies and procedures that will be in place over the upcoming weekend.
The panel will begin its presentations at 7 p.m. UCPD Officer Mark Signa said people will also have a chance to ask the panel any questions they may have and said the event should promote communication between I.V. residents and local law enforcement. Free pizza will be served to all attendees at 6:30 p.m.
Signa said the panel will consist of members of the Isla Vista Foot Patrol (IVFP), UC Police Dept., California Highway Patrol, Transportation and Parking Services, Associated Students and a representative from the Santa Barbara County 3rd District Office.
“Each panel member will get up and talk a little bit about what they’re representing, then there will be an open question section where anyone can voice their concerns,” Signa said.
IVFP Lt. Sol Linver said the law enforcement officers at the meeting will discuss their departments’ expectations for the weekend and will alert people about the unusual policies which will be in place, such as the festival ordinance prohibiting loud music.
“Basically when there’s a large crowd on the street, you can’t have music playing,” Linver said.
Ryan Weisert, a third-year biochemistry major and Del Playa resident, said he will attend the meeting as a precaution because he wants to makes sure he can avoid breaking any rules over the holiday weekend.
“I really don’t want to get screwed over by a regulation I don’t even know about,” Weisert said. “I’d rather go to a meeting before I get in trouble so I can figure out what I can and can’t do.”
Signa said out-of-town visitors to I.V. are a major concern for law enforcement officers during Halloween weekend and local parking will be limited to discourage them from coming. He said the special regulations last year caused more than 30 cars to be towed from various on-campus parking lots and he expects to see approximately the same number this year.
“Most of the rules and regulations are staying the same from last year,” Signa said. “The biggest thing to be aware of is that there will be no parking on campus [without a Halloween permit] and tow trucks will be standing by.”
Signa said local businesses are also watching out for visitors trying to take advantage of their parking lots. He said many stores, including Costco, will post “No Parking” signs and have illegally parked cars towed.
Tonight’s meeting is the first of a series of monthly town hall meetings, Linver said. He said all the meetings will be sponsored by the I.V. Commission – a UCSB group that tries to monitor and improve the relationship between the university and Isla Vista.