It’s been called one of the biggest Halloween street parties in the west.To many, however, the Isla Vista celebration set for this weekend, is nothing more than a “fright night” with swarming crowds, lots of law enforcement and jammed streets. It’s an unpermitted event, that officials are simply trying to “manage.”The cost for law enforcement and other first responders has been estimated at $1-million dollars in taxpayer money.”Let’s face it, this is like Mardi Gras,” said Lt. Butch Arnoldi with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. Arnoldi is also the Goleta Police Chief.Some residents near the campus have sounded off about the swarming number of cars and student son their streets, looking for a place to park and walk into Isla Vista. Complaints range from public drinking, to liter, to vandalism. One resident said his tires were slashed lat year. Another had a mail box destroyed. Sheriff’s officials have urged residents to call in their concerns as soon as they see something suspicious. Girsh Park near Isla Vista is selling overnight parking spots for $20. About 260 spaces are available. The money will be used to improve park facilities.In Isla Vista. resident Ryan Fass stood on his balcony saying, ” this is something that’s only in Isla Vista. This is how we party. This is how we get down!”KEY News Senior Reporter John Palminteri has our story.
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