Deltopia 2016: #NotHappening | UCSB current
To keep students, campus, and the wider community safe during what has become an annual spring event, UC Santa Barbara is implementing an array of restrictions and policies for the weekend of April 2. . And, just like in 2015, the university is once again collaborating with Santa Barbara County and the City of Goleta to enforce ordinances and regulations.
As an alternative to the unauthorized street party known as Deltopia, the UCSB Associate Student Organization holds its second annual on campus.Warming upWhich includes two screenings of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at Campbell Hall and roller skating at RecCen on Friday night; and film screenings at the Corwin Pavilion and a concert at the Thunderdome on Saturday night.
A no-guest policy will be in place – and no parking permits will be issued – for all UCSB residences, both on campus and in Isla Vista, from 12:00 p.m. Friday, April 1 to 12:00 p.m. on Sunday April 3. will be checkpoints set up to ensure only residents enter UCSB housing complexes, and increased parking lot patrols will include ticketing and towing of vehicles without an approved permit.
On-campus parking will be limited from 5 p.m. on Friday, April 1 to 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 3. Daytime parking will only be available for vehicles with valid permits issued by the Department of Transportation and Parking Services. Permits purchased through distributors will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 1 and at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Permits are not valid for overnight parking.
Additional parking restrictions are in place for certain blocks of Isla Vista and Goleta neighborhoods around UCSB. The beaches of Isla Vista will be closed.
As an additional safety measure for resident students, temporary fences have been installed along El Colegio and Los Carneros roads, as well as part of Stadium Road; on the central median and at the entrances to the village of San Clemente; and at the San Rafael, Manzanita and Santa Catalina halls.
The UCSB Police Department will have approximately 100 officers who will help patrol the campus and Isla Vista; the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will also have staff on hand to conduct saturation patrols in and around Isla Vista.
In addition, the CHP will set up sobriety checkpoints at Isla Vista and Goleta, and enforce any violation of the vehicle code on the corridor of Highway 101 from San Luis Obispo to Ventura. Alcohol and beverage enforcement officers will monitor both Isla Vista and Goleta for the sale of alcohol to minors and for the illegal transport of alcohol; the sheriff’s department will conduct sweeps of Goleta hotels for underage drinking.
The UCIV program, created by students and staffed by students, will be booming again, sending volunteers to Isla Vista to liaise between the community and law enforcement by providing information on resources. available; notify residents who may be violating ordinances; and serving as safe escorts.
The county festival music ordinance banning amplified music after 6 p.m. will also be in effect. Amplified music can be played before 6 p.m., as long as it doesn’t draw crowds and is geared towards small, personal gatherings. Music that can be heard by 500 or more people may violate the license conditions.
Like last year, the application of all restrictions is zero tolerance. No warning will be given.
Debbie Fleming, UCSB Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, detailed many of the university’s broad restrictions and application plans in a recent letter to all UCSB students, emphasizing notions of community pride and the hope of keeping things “safe and local”. Similar correspondence was sent to the principals of every middle and high school from Santa Maria to Oxnard.
Finally, a robust marketing effort – centered largely on social media, as well as Pandora internet radio – actively discouraged outsiders and locals from patronizing Deltopia or inviting friends over. A series of targeted ads remind potential revelers to “Protect Isla Vista,“ noting the consequences and sanctions of the holiday and, on the local side in particular, the promotion of safety and the encouragement of community pride.
“We are seeing signs of a real change in student attitudes towards safety,” Fleming said in an interview. “They really agree to keep these things local and keep them more private, and keep them in their close circle of friends as a way of protecting the community and protecting themselves. It’s nice to see the students on the same page as us, and I think they’re playing a big role in the big change we’ve seen over the past two years.
“But we’re not giving up,” Fleming added. “Students don’t want that in their community anymore and we have their buy-in. It has been a good collaborative effort all around including our partners in Goleta Town, Sheriff’s Department and County. “