Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

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Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
April 5, 2022

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing preliminary numbers related to the unsanctioned spring break party in Isla Vista known as Deltopia.

The Deltopia weekend this year started on Friday, April 1, 2021, through Sunday, April 3, 2021.

During this time period, the Sheriff’s Office had a total of 34 citations issued and 4 arrests. A breakdown of the charges are as follows:




Minor in Possession of Alcohol



Possess Controlled Substance


Drinking in Public



Criminal Threats


Open Container



Drunk in Public


Noise Ordinance



Possession of Barbiturates for Sale


False ID to an Officer



Obstruct/Resist Officer


Possession of Fake ID



Petty Theft


Festival Ordinance



Total Persons Arrested*


Public Nuisance





Possess Nitrous Oxide





Failure to Yield



Parking Citations


Total Persons Cited*



Towed Vehicles


*Total includes persons cited or arrested for multiple charges

The crowds were largest on Saturday, and significantly higher than the past two years during the Covid-19 pandemic. A majority of attendees were concentrated at residences along the ocean side of Del Playa. The Sheriff’s Office worked with County Fire and County Air Support to assess the safety of these party locations and were prepared to assist in vacating patios they deemed a hazard. During this same time, there was an increase in emergency medical calls, the majority of which were for acute alcohol intoxication, that resulted in the shift of medical response to a triage system in the Isla Vista area. Deputies assisted fire and medics responding to calls and clearing the roadways for their ingress and egress. Medical calls began to dwindle just before the Outdoor Festival Ordinance went into effect at 6 p.m.  A majority of the residents were compliant with the ordinance and turned their music off before 6 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to extend gratitude to our many community partners, and first responders from Santa Barbara County Fire, American Medical Response, Alcoholic Beverage Control, University of California Police, and the California Highway Patrol who have been a part of the continued effort to keep celebrations in Isla Vista safe and local.

Update by the edhat staff
April 4, 2022

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office reports preliminary numbers for the Deltopia event on Saturday to be 3 arrests, 20 citations, and 11 reports.

The total number of calls from Friday and Saturday is 6 arrests, 40 citations, 18 reports, and one traffic collision, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Activity on Sunday afternoon appeared to be an afternoon with locals and normal levels of calls for service.

More information will be added as soon as it's available.

By edhat staff
April 2, 2022

The annual unsanctioned event known as Deltopia in Isla Vista is drawing big crowds this weekend as arrest reports trickle in.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office reported three arrests, twenty citations, seven reports, and one traffic collision on Friday alone, the first night of Isla Vista's Deltopia weekend.

The Sheriff's Office stated that Saturday has been much busier and first responders became inundated with medical calls for service in Isla Vista and shifted to a triage system for medical emergencies at 3:30 pm.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is also declaring a multi-casualty incident (MCI) associated with multiple medical emergencies including multiple severe traumas. 

Photo: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office

"These are associated with heavy crowds in Isla Vista for the unsanctioned beach party known as Deltopia. Many balconies are overcrowded," stated County Fire Captian Daniel Bertucelli.

By declaring an MCI, first responders and the hospitals are able to triage and transport multiple patients to different hospitals more efficiently.

At 7:30 p.m., the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and local EMS agency rescinded the MCI (multi-casualty incident) as call volumes dropped to reasonable levels.

Details on the reported medical emergencies are not yet available. This is a developing story. Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD)

Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD)

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a-1649098044 Apr 04, 2022 11:47 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

whatabout whatabout whatabout. My comments were towards @4:48. Specifically to your Q @ 11:37, it isn't my position but those advocating against abortions are doing it for the child, and allowing that child to have a life, the opposite of controlling. Not sure who, other than MSM misinformation/propaganda in attempt to divide us, is trying to make it illegal for people under 25 to identify as LGBTQ. If someone is, their attempt at lawmaking will be over before it starts.

SBsurferlife Apr 04, 2022 12:13 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

@Voice. The problem with making sweeping generalizations against one group is you can't cherry pick what information fits your stance and what doesn't. Both sides of the political aisle have stances on what people should do with their bodies, money, thoughts, etc etc. Saying only the liberals do this is categorically false as the Republicans have been doing this ever since evangelical churches got ahold of the party and injected it with their dogma , dollars, and bigotry.
For reference it was Bigot Rep. Boebert who recently proposed an age limit for the LGBTQ+ community on decisions based on identity and sexuality. I would scoff at this as a preposterous suggestion that no other politician would take on but looking at the Republican party these days, I'm not so sure. (Florida and Texas leading the charge)
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sacjon Apr 05, 2022 01:40 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

SBSURFERLIFE - Here's another, recent example of Republican-backed legislation attempting to control the masses:

But yeah, only the liberals want to control us.....

Voice of Reason Apr 05, 2022 03:54 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

SbSurferLife that is very inaccurate misstatement of what was said and am surprised EdHat lets such misinformation stand, even more surprised comments pointing out that fallacy get deleted, no one is trying to put a min. age requirement on identifying as whatever they want. Yet other comments like @1:40 remain. Anyone looking for selective censorship can see an example here.

SBsurferlife Apr 05, 2022 04:42 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

@Voice - You seem to want to argue and I'm not interested, instead I'll respond for clarity. I provided a source about a Republican lawmaker and an insane statement they made. Regarding the "censorship" comment Voice, you posted a lot of offensive statements about the LGBT community and I'm happy they were deleted. Censorship it is not, but rather a deletion of bigoted statements per this website's guidelines. Good day to you.

Voice of Reason Apr 05, 2022 04:48 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

You erroneously claimed she wanted to make identifying as LGBT illegal, that is false but would have been an insane statement true. Pointing out that error should not be offensive to the LGBTQ community. My other comments also were not insulting nor derogatory toward any group, they're all there in the penalty box for review. Me stating children aren't mature enough to make permeant life-altering changes to their body should not be offensive, and that was what the lawmaker you quoted was getting at.

SantaBarbaraObserver Apr 04, 2022 09:42 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

6 arrests, 40 citations and NO major injuries. This is what police state looks like. Fear, control, weapons, abuse of power, all based on lies and of corse, money...

Millions spent in overtime for what exactly? 6 arrests, no major injuries and a handful of citations for drinking or something other minor??? Our society is so dumb. So dumb...

sacjon Apr 04, 2022 09:51 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

SBO - I agree 6 arrests and 40 citations is pretty tame for a 2 day/2 night party involving thousands of drunk/high kids, but I'd be interested to see what the multi-casualty incident was all about. If there was so much "severe trauma," how are we not hearing about it yet? Sounds more like a bunch of kids got too high, called 911 then mellowed out. If any serious (physical) injuries took place, it would be all over the news.

a-1649114198 Apr 04, 2022 04:16 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

Sac, the declaration of a "multi-casualty incident" is emergency services talk for organization of services and distribution of resources. It's a logistics matter, mostly, I think. Police, fire, ems and Cottage (the emergency rooms) had to coordinate so that none were overwhelmed and so that police and emergency services could best respond to a high number of calls. That was the impetus for declaring an incident, it was for handling a heavier than normal work load.
I did read there were 2 falls, one resulting in broken bone, in Noozhawk, I think it was.

sacjon Apr 04, 2022 04:27 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

4:16 - That's interesting to learn, thank you! So, sounds like there really was no tragic injuries or mass ODs as some have claimed. That's good to know! Some folks need to just accept that college age young adults are going to party and sometimes, party pretty hard as they did!

Olde Mann Apr 04, 2022 10:08 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

I can't tell if this is comment is sarcasm or ignorance.
There were only 6 arrests because the cops were being lenient.
Had they been enforcing the drunk in public, disturbing the peace, or disorderly conduct laws,
the arrest could have easily gone into the hundreds or thousands. Clearly law enforcement was being as permissive as possible considering the shear chaos. Of course, you weren't there, so you wouldn't know.

Olde Mann Apr 04, 2022 10:15 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

We could also accept that some young adults are going to be seriously injured or die.
However, if we are going to be responsible adults, we should take prescient action to prevent such injuries or deaths. As it turns out government agencies and institutions are frequently held liable for such preventable injuries and deaths and are sued for millions of dollars as a result.

dukemunson Apr 04, 2022 11:19 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

Olde - while well intentioned… you have no concept of IV. It was a standard weekend that got some random Over the top statewide news coverage. It really wasn’t much of a thing by IV standards… a solid weekend… but nothing crazy…

Olde Mann Apr 05, 2022 12:14 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

You are so spot on. This happens every weekend, but nobody is paying attention, until now. Isla Vista is an ongoing $hit show. It has surpassed critical mass and is out of control. It's not like it was in the 70's or 80's or any time in the past. It started to boil over a few years back with the riot and the Elliot killings. It cooled off for a bit, but is now simmering toward a roaring boil. There is also a whole new criminal element infiltrating that sees the tender youth as easy prey for drug peddling, robbery, sexual assault, and every kind of attack. We are sounding the alarm bells. Is any body paying attention? No, because everyone in power has political ambitions and just sees the students as a voting base to exploit. Feeding the flames.
I know about Isla Vista because I live here. Yes. People live here. It's not just some free-for-all Disneyland for spoiled brats. People live here. Can we get a little help please?

sacjon Apr 05, 2022 12:31 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

OLDE MANN - what "new criminal element" is coming in? I lived there for years, partied there just as long. There were always drug dealers, predators and the occasional gangster out there. Is there something new happening? As for it turning into a you know what show, it looks cleaner and newer now than it every did in the 90s when I was there. Are there crimes happening that aren't being reported?

Olde Mann Apr 05, 2022 09:09 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

Yes I can think of several neighbors who have been victims of crimes that didn't show up in the news. Moreover, laws aren't being enforced. The police are playing it soft to avoid a bad public image. Also, we now have the IVCSD woke politics, worried about hurting the feelings of the "formerly incarcerated" and bending over backwards to accommodate the "houseless neighbors." But you can see it in the crimes that are reported, drug busts, weapons charges, shootings, break-ins.
Resident's have also noticed a reluctance to report crime in the news as if it's going to give someone bad publicity.
You mentioned "the occasional gangster," well now, the gangsters show up in force on every big weekend.
We also have the FTP and ACAB crowd openly protesting police presence. These utter idiots are so incredibly sheltered they have now idea what happens when the police no longer show up.
Also, population density is through the roof. Vans and RVs with creepy characters living in them. And the SBCC contingency is higher than ever.
In the 90's we had heavy metal bands with mosh pits. Big deal, DJ's are much worse. They have 1000 Watt sound systems and an app that makes techno beats ad infinitem.
I don't see how anybody can get an education here anymore.
Parent's be warned.

CoastWatch Apr 04, 2022 11:32 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

So if the cops are there and make a presence, there is hand wringing and disgust... When the cops aren't there and some $hi5 goes down, there is criticism and disgust... There's no pleasing the liberals.

sacjon Apr 04, 2022 03:47 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

COAST - what are you talking about? No one is disgusted at the police presence, well SBObserver might be, but it's hardly the "liberals" complaining the cops were there. They should be there, that's their job and they did it well. Only 6 arrests in a party this size is pretty good though, considering all the hysteria leading up to it!

sacjon Apr 06, 2022 09:15 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

OK, so only FOUR arrests and 34 people cited, the minor in possessions and open containers likely being for the same people, and only ONE, read it again, ONE public intoxication.... Notice not a single property crime violation other than the petty theft. No assaults, no fights, just a lot of drinking and partying. Again, seems relatively tame for a 2 day/2 night party with thousands of attendees.

Henry Sarria Apr 06, 2022 02:24 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

I saw something in Noozhawk about douchetopia (as I like to call it) & the Community Service District that was a little confusing to me & it was the following statement:

"The Isla Vista Community Services District reported that more than 1,000 people attended the Spring Festival it staged on Saturday at the community center and People’s Park as an alternative to the street party.
Attendees danced to music from Dead Set, Hominid, Task Force Freedom and DJ Dirty Dongle, and no incidents were reported, according to Sydney Casler, a district spokesperson."

The point of my confusion lies in the number of attendees reported (1,000) at the CSD event. I took a spin by there & the most I saw was MAYBE about 10-20 people in front of the stage around 3:30 pm and then around 5:00 or so there were maybe 50-75 people altogether & that's because they opened the fences.
It shows to me that the out of town contingent wasn't there for fun, they were there for the booze & w/ hopes of hookin' up. They were all concentrated on Sabado Tarde & Del Playa.
I don't understand why the CSD would over-report the number, I'm a little confused, but that's just me. It doesn't impress me to see a fabricated number.
To my understanding, this little event was voted down by 1 of the CSD directors, but his vote fell on deaf ears. That's kind of a shame, as the director who voted no on the CSD event knows this overall event is a community/county political problem.
Personally, where we live, we didn't encounter any issues other than the frat next to us attempting to defy the 6:00 pm noise ordinance, but ended up w/ a $500 citation for their efforts.
In all, glad to see the arrest numbers are down, BUT... the injuries & alcohol poisonings... still up there & in fact, 1 of the injured people, a young woman, she's now in the hosptial in an induced coma from injuries she received while "roof diving" @ a party.


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