University and local officials will try to lure students on Monday to the first Isla Vista Town Hall meeting of the year with promises of free Woodstock’s pizza and the chance to win a beach cruiser.
The UCSB Isla Vista Commission, Chilla Vista and other local groups will host the first of the monthly meetings on Oct. 9 at Embarcadero Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. A panel of speakers will answer students’ questions about living in I.V. and 25 organizations will table around the hall. Also included are performances by Improvability and local band Folar, as well as a bike raffle sponsored by Associated Students Recycling.
“Our goal is to try to boost community spirit,” said Kat Parker, a Chilla Vista representative. “There are so many ways for people to get out and affect positive change in the community; it’s just that there are so many resources they don’t know about.”
Chancellor Henry Yang will also speak before the meeting concludes with a community panel discussion. The panel members leading the discussion include UCSB students; Kris Miller-Fisher, director of special projects for 3rd District Supervisor Brooks Firestone; Kelly Burns, IVRPD director; and several other community leaders.
Associated Students Vice-President of External Affairs Joel Rodriguez-Flores said he will represent students’ point of view on the various issues presented. He said the panel discussion is a good way for different groups’ voices to be heard in a town hall context.
“It will be a sort of orientation for new and returning students,” Rodriguez-Flores said. “A lot of people can learn about important community issues. It’s a good way for people to get plugged in.”
Firestone said he might be in attendance and would like to have issues of public safety and construction projects addressed in the discussion.
“We’ll talk about what the county does in Isla Vista,” Firestone said. “Mostly the more mundane issues – more streetlamps, beach access stairs, bus stop shelters and other public safety issues.”