Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

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Update by the City of Goleta
December 16, 2021

On December 10, 2021, the City of Goleta filed a lawsuit against UCSB for breach of the 2010 Long Range Development Plan Settlement Agreement which ensured that the pace of UCSB’s growth in student population from 20,000 to 25,000 would be matched by the construction of on-campus housing. As a result of UCSB’s unmitigated population growth and ongoing negative impacts on Goleta’s housing shortage, the City had no choice but to resort to litigation to compel UCSB to abide by its promise.

For additional information see press release below sent on November 5, 2021.


Source: City of Goleta
November 5, 2021

The Goleta City Council has directed its attorneys to file a lawsuit against UCSB for failing to provide student housing for its burgeoning student population. The announcement was made at a public City meeting on Friday, November 5th.

City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte stated, “I am disappointed that it has come to this because the City of Goleta has always had a good relationship with UCSB. However, the failure of UCSB to meet its obligations under the 2010 Long Range Development Plan Settlement Agreement to provide housing has made us reach a breaking point.”

In 2010, the City of Goleta, County of Santa Barbara, and UCSB entered into the 2010 University of California, Santa Barbara Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) Mitigation Implementation and Settlement Agreement, which can be viewed here. The Agreement settled a dispute over the impacts of UCSB’s 2010 LRDP, which proposed a significant increase in student enrollment, with UCSB promising to build campus housing to mitigate this growth.

UCSB has breached the Settlement Agreement since 2015 by failing to provide sufficient housing for its students. This has had negative repercussions on the City, the most recent being UCSB’s placement of students in hotels in the City, depriving the City of critical tax revenues that are the mainstay of the City’s budget. UCSB students also take up housing in the City of Goleta, thereby decreasing housing supply and increasing housing costs for Goleta’s workforce, such as nurses, teachers, and public safety officers, who are forced to live elsewhere and have to commute to work in the City. Increased enrollment at UCSB also generates a greater demand on Goleta’s public resources and services. There is no foreseeable end in sight for these negative impacts on Goleta.

“UCSB’s currently proposed student housing project, Munger Hall, a 4,500-unit dorm, has recently received harsh scrutiny in the national press. In light of this, we, at the City, are concerned that there may be no certainty as to whether the needed student housing will be built in a reasonable time frame,” Mayor Perotte also said after Friday’s meeting.

After a decade of UCSB’s failure to satisfy its obligations and the negative repercussions on the City, the City has determined that it is necessary to file a lawsuit in order to preserve its rights and require UCSB to finally take meaningful responsibility for the impacts it has created.

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Henry Sarria Nov 05, 2021 10:56 PM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

I hate to be the dude to say it, but I saw this 1 comin' down the pike a while ago & the worst part is there's possibly more to come from this mess. It's elementary!
If you make an agreement in 2010 to increase enrollment by 2014 & still ain't done a thing by 2015, yeah, you just might be UCSB & in violation of the very plan you came up w/.
But it gets better... Munger Hall... or should I say Blunder Fall? Seriously, that's the best that "best & brightest" can come up w/? Seriously? Place is a psych experiment gone wrong & a death trap rolled into 1 big mess!
UCSB hasn't figured out, acknowledged or accepted the following realities that are affecting the housing issue in IV:

a) We're losing apartments due to them being condemned, as they're falling off the cliffs.

b) Some people come to IV to live so they can be in the party zone.

c) Some of the housing here in IV is Section 8 subsidized housing.

d) Some of the housing is taken up by SBCC students who wanna live in IV where the parties are.

e) There's permanent residents here (such as my wife & me).

f) Some apartments are being gutted & remodeled.

In all, this is 1 big cluster that has basically blown up in UCSB's face & the worst part is their spokesperson claims UCSB isn't in violation of the LRDP. Like I said, saw it comin' & it's gonna be a showdown.

Pete Stronzo Nov 05, 2021 11:35 PM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

Goleta will cash another six figure reparations check from UCSB and go away for the next 5 years.

Happy Birthday Goleta City Councilmember James Kyriaco!

oops Nov 06, 2021 05:26 AM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

So the City of Goleta allowed UCSB to be in breach since 2015, 6 years of inaction- WTH?
What was the City Atty and other officials waiting for? A perfect example of elected and appointed officials being inept!!

a-1639710839 Dec 16, 2021 07:13 PM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

To OOPS -- the housing crisis didn't happen overnight. We are neighbors to UCSB and have seen their housing being built around us for 10 years. The University put up very expensive faculty housing, and also many new dorms along Storke, just a few years ago. The new faculty housing complex is still being built. The issue here is that is the past few years the enrollment has exceeded all expectations. It doesn't matter if the 26,000 kids jammed out here struggling to find housing and even enough classes is through design, incompetence, planning, mendacity for tuition money, pressure from regents, Yang's lack of attention, etc etc , the University needs to self correct and follow its' contractual obligations to the City, and amend its obviously arrogant attitude towards the community that surrounds and supports it.

yacht rocked Nov 06, 2021 06:45 AM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

Every living organism reaches some level of physical growth and maturity. When is UCSB going to stabilize its population, and what is that number?

SBSand Nov 06, 2021 07:43 AM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

It's about time that some true pressure was put on UCSB to take care of their responsibility with housing instead of putting such a burden on SB and Goleta. As another poster said, IV isn't just UCSB students, there are students from SBCC who want the experience of living there, and there are people who graduated and want to stay in SB so continue to live there and there are faculty and non-UCSB families who live in IV, I know some personally. The school needs to do something to house their students that they charge to attend. It seems so simple, why isn't it? Build housing, don't use Munger's plan if it is a problem, but do something. It shouldn't be the surrounding city's responsibility to clean up their GREEDY mess!

a-1636212837 Nov 06, 2021 08:33 AM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

The impacts of UCSB's poor planning for housing the students they're recruiting and enrolling has gone on for decades and impacts communities in the area other than IV like Santa Barbara, Noleta, etc. The administration of UCSB has been put on notice time and time again. But as an arrogant CA state entity they just keep ignoring their neighbors. Perhaps Goleta's lawsuit will force the issue.

Stray Nov 06, 2021 08:37 AM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

Let's all think out of the box for a minute. 1) accept Munger's money, build his 11 story building on campus, and name it Munger Hall. 2) In the new Munger Hall, house Chancellor Yang, all UCSB faculty and all UCSB staff, including the Public Affairs personnel. These folks all work together, and after 8 hours, go home at night, right? If this is such a great design, let the chancellor, faculty, and staff occupy the space. 3) In the vacated buildings that once housed faculty, staff, and the chancellor, you know, the places that are bathed with natural light, plenty of bathrooms and fresh air, convert to on-campus housing for students. They'll be closer to classrooms and cafeterias, right?

kane kena Nov 06, 2021 10:55 AM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

Thank you Buckwheat for stating the obvious so succinctly. By continually jamming more and more students into what was once and rightfully a modestly sized university campus, the UC mandarins exacerbate a worsening housing situation in this region. And in the process they have destroyed my once-beautiful alma mater. No more donations or support from this alum.

Byzantium Nov 06, 2021 09:03 AM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

UC Merced can absorb a lot more student enrollments and plenty of room for student accommodations. One reason it was built, to take pressure off existing UC campuses elsewhere . Original plan was for only 15,000 students at UCSB. The area is well-beyond carrying capacity for its current enrollment numbers. Divert students to UC Merced. As originally intended. Who is really behind driving excessive growth at UCSB? Follow the money. How much real estate is the UCSB graduate division now taking up instead of being primarily an undergraduate institution?

a-1639730334 Dec 17, 2021 12:38 AM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

As of Nov. 23:

"Construction delays had held up the opening of Merced Station, the private student apartment complex where she’d planned to live, leaving more than 500 of UC Merced’s 9,000-plus students without housing. "

CalMatters is a very good news source.

https://calmatters.org/education/higher-education/college-beat-higher-education/2021/11/uc-housing-crisis-students-hotels/?mc_cid=e52ea7f5e5&mc_eid=d3b9709405

Byzantium Nov 06, 2021 09:06 AM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

Get rid of the private rooms, put in bunk beds and sleeping porches which can open up the floor space to "Great Rooms' with windows. Provide individual windowless data rooms and study carrels in the center of the building instead. Hollow out the building for a central atrium to provide more window access to the interior rooms.

PitMix Nov 08, 2021 01:58 PM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

We had a 10 story dorm with an interior atrium at my school so that interior rooms could have a window. It was used to dump school trash at the end of each quarter. Computer printouts, notes, etc. I bet the cleanup crew is onboard with Munger's design.

sbdude Nov 06, 2021 11:54 AM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

UCSB's bureaucratic masters in Sacramento are pushing hard on all the campuses to drastically increase their enrollments. Sadly, they are not funding the infrastructure improvements needed to accommodate these extra students. Suing UCSB won't change that. Maybe all the communities that host UC campuses can partner up and sue the Regents instead?

a-1636272563 Nov 07, 2021 01:09 AM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

Some more info, quotes and stats, here:
https://www.noozhawk.com/article/city_of_goleta_to_sue_ucsb_due_to_student_housing_shortage_20211106

Rypert Johnson Nov 07, 2021 05:17 AM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

Good for the good folks in the Goleta city government to step up and not let the juggernaut known as the UC system and its errant model called UCSB bully them.
I hope this lawsuit yields the results in favor of Goleta. Enough of UCSB's encroachment! What was once a community partner is now an abusive spouse! Sue baby, SUE!

Byzantium Dec 16, 2021 06:00 PM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

Harry, you forgot waves of confiscatory city of SB rental rules that are scaring mom and pop landlords out of the rental business entirely, leaving even fewer rental units locally esp for SBCC students who will now be forced to go to Isla Vista for any housing at all.

PitMix Dec 20, 2021 07:50 AM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

The kid I know on the westside, who attends SBCC, moved to IV to party. That's mostly what I hear, not that he couldn't find a room closer. Or even stay in his own room at his house. To paraphrase Willie Sutton, they move to IV because that's where the party is.

evered Dec 17, 2021 07:12 AM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

"UC Santa Barbara's total enrollment for 2020-2021 includes 23,196 undergraduates and 2,983 graduate students" according to UCSB facts and figures with a quick Google search.

a-1645164099 Feb 17, 2022 10:01 PM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

Interesting:

U.C. Berkeley Says It May Have to Cut Student Admissions by Thousands

The announcement is the result of an appellate court ruling in favor of a neighborhood group that has sued the university, contending it is causing housing problems in the community.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/education/uc-berkeley-admissions-court-ruling.html

https://news.yahoo.com/uc-berkeley-warns-may-cut-015539247.html

https://www.dailycal.org/2022/02/15/uc-berkeley-may-cut-admissions-amid-enrollment-freeze/

a-1645164465 Feb 17, 2022 10:07 PM
Goleta Sues UCSB Over Lack of Student Housing

Toward the end of the NY Times article:

"The residents’ group said it was trying to avoid a housing crisis like the one at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where students have been forced to sleep in cars or hotels."

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