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Electric scooters spark debate in Goleta and beyond

Electric scooters continue to spark debate.

The city of Goleta has been getting complaints about students leaving them around the community.

They are getting mixed reviews at the Camino Real Marketplace. Property Manager Kendall Allison said the marketplace is considering a ban.

Best Buy sells them in the marketplace and students are buying them.

Joseph Hamilton loves owning his.

“I think everybody should embrace them, I mean they are super convenient, and everybody uses them here and utilizes them every single day, people literally have them outside their house like waiting to go to class, “said Hamilton.

Some students aren’t so thrilled with them and have posted videos destroying them.

Charlie Hill said, “I’ve heard of people throwing them off a cliff and I mean it is a crazy world.”

Property manager Valerie Sweatt said she had misgivings but changed her mind after seeing so many students use them.

“It is a way to get around a lot faster and very inexpensively, a dollar for 30 minutes, that’s not bad.” said Sweatt.

Goleta is likely to be the next city of considering curbing their use with an ordinance.

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