Local authorities handed out free pizza and advice last night to a group of roughly 30 students eager to learn about the special policies that will be in effect during Halloween weekend.
The Isla Vista Commission — a UCSB agency that works to improving relations between the university and the community — hosted the meeting in Embarcadero Hall. A panel of representatives from local law enforcement agencies and UCSB discussed issues surrounding Halloween weekend, including basic safety tips, the increased police presence in I.V. and special parking and music policies.
The panel included representatives from the Isla Vista Foot Patrol (IVFP), the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Santa Barbara Police Dept., UCSB Transportation and Parking Services, Associated Students and a spokesperson from the office of 3rd District Supervisor Brooks Firestone’s Office.
IVFP Officer Alex Tipol said the IVFP expects over 40,000 people to spend the weekend in Isla Vista and said the increased number of law enforcement officers patrolling the area will be essential for public safety.
“We want to make sure that people are safe,” Tipol said.
In addition to supplying extra officers to patrol I.V. on foot and horseback, Tipol said, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Dept. is also working with the IVFP to coordinate other safety measures in I.V., including light towers on the 6500, 6600 and 6700 blocks of Del Playa Drive.
Tipol said the CHP will set up sobriety checkpoints on the outskirts of I.V. and in Santa Barbara. He said CHP officers will also barricade every entrance to DP from Friday night to Tuesday morning, beginning at 7 p.m. and lasting until the morning.
Many students at the meeting asked officers about the festival ordinance that will be in effect over the weekend. Tipol said the IVFP will issue noise violations if officers on the street can hear amplified music playing from a given residence and told the students to keep their doors, windows and blinds closed for protection. He also warned people that an officer can enter any residence that has an open door or provides probable cause for entry.
Associated Students President Chaz Whatley reminded attendees to hold their cups upside down and use the buddy system when going out. By leaving costume items that resemble weapons at home, walking and not running, and not urinating in the streets, students can avoid drawing unnecessary attention to themselves, she said.
David Gonzales, assistant vice chancellor of Facilities Management, said on-campus parking restrictions will be in place to keep visitors from coming to I.V. for Halloween. He said students can order free temporary permits to park in Storke Field during the weekend and said the permit will be valid from noon Oct. 28 to 8 a.m. Nov. 1. Today is the last day to order a permit at www.ThePermitStore.com.
Supervisor Firestone’s representative Kris Miller-Fisher said Sam’s To Go, the Isla Vista Deli, Super Cucas and Woodstock’s will be open 24 hours a day during the holiday to accommodate the anticipated crowds. Miller-Fisher also said there will be several activities for local children over the weekend and students should be considerate of the children’s presence in I.V.
“Be respectful of children and their families,” Fisher said.