Vista Point: Weekly Goings-on in Isla Vista

The 2021-22 Nexus News Team has revived our old column, "Vista Point," to keep our readers informed of local events and happenings. 
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COVID-19 Booster Shots are Now Available For Three COVID-19 Vaccines

Students can log onto myturn.ca.gov to see if they are eligible, and locate nearby locations offering COVID-19 booster shots.
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Structure Fire on Abrego Burns Down “Rancho House”

The burned down Rancho House was one of the oldest buildings in Isla Vista, likely built around 1956. The house was a hidden secret amongst Isla Vistans where people would gather for events. 
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Full Gubernatorial Recall Results From Santa Barbara Are Overwhelmingly in Favor of Newsom

The results show that, in Santa Barbara County, 58,149 people — or 38.2% of voters — voted “yes” on the recall, while 94,219 people — or 61.8% of voters — voted “no” on the recall.
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Structure Fire on Abrego Burns Down House

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined. 
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Halloween Activities in Isla Vista

IVCSD, IVRPD and the university are all planning programming On halloween weekend for students.
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National Redistricting Impacts Isla Vista

There are three potential consequences for Isla Vista from redistricting: I.V. remains in the third district, I.V. is moved into another district or I.V. is split between two districts. 
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Isla Vista “Mirror Bus” Driver Sentenced to Over 100 Years in Prison

Von T. Nguyen Deroian, the presiding Santa Barbara Superior Court judge, sided with the prosecution and sentenced Coughlin to 20 determinate years and 125 years to life indeterminately in prison.
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UCSB Terminates Adjunct Faculty Member, Then Asks Him To Continue Teaching a Seminar Pro-Bono

Following his termination, Interim Dean Mary Hancock requested adjunct faculty member and local emergency physician Jason Prystowsky continue teaching the seminar pro-bono.
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Julián Castro Speaks Against Texas Abortion Law at UCSB Arts & Lectures

The event — titled “Waking Up From My American Dream” — was the first Arts & Lectures component of the “Justice for All” series, which aims to “[confront] the inequalities that shape ou...
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IVCSD Approves Grant Program for Halloween Programming

IVCSD is planning to partner with the Isla Vista Food Cooperative to host a costume contest on its patio on Oct. 30.
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Isla Vista’s COVID-19 Numbers Remain Low After Students Move Back for In-Person Instruction

UCSB has reported 57 positive COVID-19 cases since Sept. 19. Three of these cases have been from UCSB employees, two from graduate students and the remaining 52 cases were from undergraduates.
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UCSB Student Dies on Sigma Nu Trip; Fraternity Suspended for Holding “Unsanctioned Event”

On May 21, Michalski and his fraternity brothers were in Running Springs when Michalski fell and “sustained severe injuries.” Michalski died on May 25 at the Loma Linda Medical Center.
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UC-AFT Lecturers Holds Informational Pickets Across UC Campuses for Better Job Security and Pay

The union has been trying to renegotiate lecturer contracts for over three and a half years, arguing that the lack of job security and low salaries are unfair.
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Altercation at Freebirds Leads to Serious Injury

According to Isla Vista Foot Patrol (IVFP) Community Resource Deputy Justin Schroeder, the two individuals were friends who began “play fight[ing]” at Freebirds.
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