The Daily Nexus endorses Lea Toubian, third-year political science and environmental studies double major, for External Vice President for Local Affairs.
The Nexus believes that Toubian’s experiences working as a senator and with local campaigns in I.V., in addition to her specific goals if elected, have lent Toubian an advantage over her opponent, Yasamin Salari, who is running with the Isla Vista Party.
However, that is not to say that Salari would not do well in the position — while Toubian has the edge, we believe that both candidates are incredibly qualified to serve as External Vice President for Local Affairs (EVPLA). Our campus would be in good hands regardless of who is elected.
Toubian’s platform focuses on increasing the I.V. community’s access to its local government and addressing student needs in times of crisis, which includes creating a cohesive emergency response plan that involves the university, the Isla Vista Community Services District (I.V. CSD) and other organizations.
Additionally, Toubian aims to increase voter registration among both students and I.V. residents, develop proactive responses to sexual assault in I.V., hold landlords accountable for cliff erosion in I.V. and continue environmental projects such as the I.V. Compost Collective.
However, the Nexus does doubt the feasibility of Toubian’s goal to hold landlords accountable in addressing cliff erosion during her term as EVPLA.
Toubian’s involvement with Campus Democrats her freshman year allowed her to embed herself in the community and foster personal connections with the I.V. CSD. She also worked as the external director of Associated Students Lobby Corps and was involved in the Measure R campaign, which secured funding for the I.V. CSD in 2018.
During her sophomore year, Toubian served as both an on-campus senator and as the secretary of Campus Democrats. After she returned from studying abroad this year, she took a position as the chief of staff for current Internal Vice President Alli Adam. Toubian believes that her time working with the Senate has prepared her for the role of EVPLA, despite not having worked directly with the office before.
“I had to learn a lot about the communities that exist at UCSB. I had to learn about how to listen and uplift other people’s voices instead of putting mine ahead of them,” Toubian said.
“Instead of imparting my own biases on someone or a group of people, instead of speaking on behalf of people, [I learned] how to be the representative and actually uplift their voices using the platform that you’re given.”
By working as chief of staff for Adam, Toubian said the position, along with her involvement in Campus Democrats, allowed her to stay connected with various groups on and off campus. Pulling from her experiences from Campus Democrats, she also sees voter registration for the upcoming November election as a priority for the office.
Toubian also identified various issues around campus that she would like to address using the full power of the EVPLA office, including food insecurity, housing issues and sexual assault in Isla Vista.
“The benefit of having an office under you is that you could also specifically delegate people to make one issue or a small handful of issues their priority, which I think is a lot more effective than having one person try to tackle and say that they’re going to tackle every single issue,” Toubian said.
“We’re each able to tackle and be the spearheads for each issue and they can become experts on the topic. There are people who are passionate and most importantly, they’re people who have relevant experiences with that [issue],” she continued.
Toubian also hopes to expand access to resources by widening normal outreach through Facebook and door-to-door canvassing, particularly for the non-student population in I.V., by providing translation services for non-English speakers.
Even though Toubian is receiving our endorsement, the Nexus believes that Salari would also do well in the position.
Salari served as an on-campus senator on the 69th Senate but was removed in Winter Quarter 2018 for violating the eligibility requirement for the position, which states that on-campus senators must live amongst their constituents. In her interview with the Nexus, Salari cited financial issues as the reason she moved off campus and said that her work in the EVPLA office over the past few months inspired her to run for the position of EVPLA and improve it.
Salari’s platform focuses on expanding on the university’s timely warning system to include any incidents of violence in I.V., not just on campus-associated property. She said she also hopes to work with Students Against Sexual Assault, Take Back the Night, the Title IX office and the Interfraternity Council to establish monthly meetings to assess the campus’ sexual assault climate.
While Toubian is well-versed in the I.V. CSD’s structure and its work, Salari had more tangible experience than Toubian in working directly with the I.V. CSD, as she currently serves as the I.V. CSD coordinator in the EVPLA office under Christian Ornelas.
Through this role, she became familiar with the projects of past EVPLAs, such as the police collaborative board, to address safety issues between students and police, a project she hopes to continue. It was also clear that she is knowledgeable about the various entities that the EVPLA and the I.V. CSD work closely with and has working relationships with many of them.
Salari also wants to provide a direct bus shuttle between I.V. and Camino Real Marketplace for students to acquire essential groceries, but she was not able to provide a tangible plan or distinguish why her plan was different from the bus lines already in place.
She also recognized the importance of groups in I.V. besides students, such as the houseless population and families, and wants to work to establish a line of communication through the EVPLA office to learn more about non-student populations.
Throughout her interview, it was clear that Salari was the candidate who had her ear to the ground in I.V. and on campus and would likely raise more awareness of the EVPLA office among students and student groups. Toubian, whose experience was more political, would benefit from Salari’s student-oriented approach.
While the Nexus believes that Toubian’s experience lends her to be a better fit for the position of EVPLA, we acknowledge that both candidates’ work and familiarity with the office and I.V. speak to their qualifications for the job.
Update: The Nexus has replaced the portraits done of each candidate with their self-submitted headshot. We heard concerns about the portraits not accurately reflecting what the candidates look like and will actively work to ensure that this will not happen in the future.
remember when she called herself a woman of color at the divestment meeting ? not your best work, nexus
and remember in the same breath she said “but I realize my privilege of being white passing?” looks like someone has some selective memory. let’s dig a little deeper.
good for her to correct herself, still not acceptable to use that as a way to defend herself because actual women of color don’t have the same privilege of doing so
so actual women of color cant be white passing?
ok I don’t usually engage in this shit, but you’re really defending this ?? you’re probably someone from her party so I don’t blame you, just wish people would stop making excuses for this kind of behavior while in an elected position
Wait I’m confused. So Yasamin can call herself a woman of color but Lea can’t? They are both Persian. My parents immigrated from Iran, just like Lea’s, and no one has ever questioned that I am a woman of color. Simply because my skin is a little darker than Lea’s?
This extremely anti-semitic of you. Shame.
Did yasamin say anything or are you just talking out of your ass. And if you’re tryna get technical about it please actually look at the color of their skin before running your mouth. bye
good call. yasamin got impeached and kicked out of senate for lying to the student body. she has no business running for vp
wait I thought she got kicked off because CU wanted the majority for divestment to pass? I might be wrong, but I know people who were on senate as “on campus” before but technically lived off-campus who never got kicked off
not to pass*
there was already a CU majority that year, plus divestment isn’t a party issue. There are candidates from both CU and IVP in the past few years that support/don’t support divestment
Oh okay, thank you for clarifying! Someone in a cu shirt told me that last year during elections, but they were probably just assuming
If she lied, she lied. No matter who, what party they belong to (they both suck anyways), or the individual. If you lie, you do not get a free pass, period. She knew what she was doing.
Wait but if Yasamin already works in the EVPLA office right now, she’d be more qualified to actually be the EVPLA. I feel like bringing up the senate thing is kinda irrelevant now
lmao pretty sure yasmin went abroad fall quarter, she had 7 weeks experience max before she decided to run
was lea not abroad at the same exact time?
but lea served her full term as a senator without lying to students and getting impeached
Oh got u. One time I interviewed Yasamin for a class about getting impeached (and she was super open about it) and she told me she was advised by an old party member that she was still allowed to run for on campus even if she had to move so I think she was just misinformed ! I totally see where you’re coming from, I just think it’s dangerous to villainize someone without sitting down to talk to them about it one on one, I doubt anyone holds the intention to lie to the student body (:
She never moved….Yasamin lived in the sorority house from the very start of her term and knew she would be living there long before that.
*Move from on campus to IV (like move off of campus after freshman year :). It also feels unfair to blame Yasamin for being ill-advised, she was told that where she ended up living “didn’t really matter”. Maybe you’re trolling and don’t want to engage in an actual conversation, but maybe you should ask Yasamin about this yourself, she seemed nice so I’m sure she would explain it to you, have a good night !
I agree, it wasn’t Yasamin’s fault, it was their chair’s fault. But I guess that just goes to show you the type of people IVP has, and how toxic AS is in general
I agree with this, but I think its important to note that both parties have had extremely toxic members in the past, but in this election, I see so much growth and less slandering which is so cool. But totally on the same page about AS, its not a space that fosters healthy relationships.
Lea was not a senator at the time. Yasmin joined the EVPLA office on 1/29.
psycho ass coming in to the comments section with her exact start date HAH yasamin if you’re seeing this, be careful lol
I know how dare that person have facts
She was LMAO
Yasamin does have evpla experience but idk the senate thing is shady
from my understanding, she ran as on-campus senator bc someone advised her that that was okay even if she had to changer her living situation (and senators in the past were on campus senators when they lived in iv too)
isn’t this the white chick that called herself a woman of color ? I think she’s Persian so maybe she legit thought that, but even white passing people should never refer to themselves of being of “color”. where’s the color girl ??
how do I vote for both?? I love this Persian representation
the way y’all get on the internet and talk about students anonymously is truly disgusting and i hate to see it. Also y’all swear like you know everything about this woman. you keep bringing up one comment she made which she already addressed so please move on. it’s frustrating to see how elections brings out the worst in students but hopefully everyone will see that Lea is the most qualified person for this position.
I agree, however I think discussion about topics like these is crucial (preferably not behind a screen though lol)!! May I ask where she addressed it, just for my personal knowledge :)
hahaha sis, ur on the internet as anonymous too (no hate all love) !!
this is the only comment that matters, I’m dead
Hahaha hey sis! My name is Amanda Glover, I posted the original comment. (no hate all love!!! <3)
@ everyone saying it wasn’t yasmin’s fault…did anyone ever consider that she too is allowed to read the rules she must follow as a senator and know the consequences ??
i almost ran for senate two years ago and tbh both parties just tell you what you’re running for and that’s that. no one, and I mean no one, takes the time to read the “rules” and everyone just listens to the leadership within the party
Doesn’t that make them sheep and unsuited to run???
And why exactly would I want to vote for a Zionist who doesnt give a crap about the millions of Palestinians dying at the hands of Israel??? How is that representing the student body at large???????
psa being pro-israel does not equate to being anti-palestine
bro what it literally does lmao
Not acknowledging that israel has committed human right abuses is furthering the oppression of Palestinians
And pushing divestment from Israel while not pushing for divestment from Iran… Syria Iraq China Saudi Arabia… or any of the many many many worse rights violators in the world is based in antisemitism. Why is it the only Jewish country, also a democracy, sees divestment and motions against it while those same people sit quietly while non commit worse and more issues. At least Israel does it to try and protect its citizens the other countries who try actively to kill it and wipe it off the face for the earth while the other nations just do it. Where… Read more »
Its not even possible for A.S. to invest in Iran or Syria in the first place. Moron.
And the many other nations? Way to miss the point completely. And avoid the topic
they said: look divesting from Israel is wrong but feel free to divest from these other countries. lmao imagine writing that long of a paragraph just to miss a point and mislabel a human rights issue as “antisemitism” ..like please give me a break
Why only divest from Israel? because it is rooted in antisemitism. Your reading comprehension is garbage. The question was asked why whats the difference between the countries and its Judaism. Israel is the Jewish country and is held to standards that others are not and sanctions that other are not
Many people have suggested that A.S. could pass a blanket resolution which would divestment from all of the nations you mentioned.
and that would be ok but people have not seriously pushed for that idea
If you read the questionnaires posed to people of both parties basically Campus United = pro-Israel and Isla Vista Party = Pro-Palestine. Go read all of the questionnaires and let me know if I’m wrong.
The only thing I got was that both are trash. One moreso than the other (looking at you IVP)