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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sacjon Apr 04, 2022 08:59 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

BASIC - yes, all Mr. Yang's fault. Isla Vista has never before been known for partying. Come to think of it, Mr. Yang most likely invented partying for college age people. Young adults never used to do this! Outrageous!

biguglystick Apr 04, 2022 08:52 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

YES, it looks like a super spreader event to me too. Just because mask mandates are down does NOT mean we are out of the pandemic. Just wait for the next variant. We still wear our masks to protect ourselves and others.

dukemunson Apr 04, 2022 11:53 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

747pm (and big ugly) - Then you might as well call LIFE a super spreader event...because everything is open and bumping! Concerts at the bowl, basketball games at Crypto (well not so much the Lakers...those games aren't bumping at all), State Street, churches, most bars and restaurants in the funk zone, etc. It was a party weekend of 18-23 year olds that are virtually all vaccinated students. Silly never ending/debilitating fear...

Sun Apr 05, 2022 11:09 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

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Sun Apr 05, 2022 01:23 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

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bicyclist Apr 02, 2022 08:52 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

"Photo: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office" then "Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD)".
took me way too long, realizing there were more photos, so when I got to see #33(Celtics?) that's exactly my reaction!

Mebk Apr 03, 2022 07:48 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

I have lived near 2 other in Calif. one in Az. This kind of event happens everywhere. I actually think it is way calmer than what I have seen in other areas. College kids away from home having fun. Yes it gets out of hand but we did the Same thing in the 1970 out there just at a smaller will be over Sunday and I’m sorry for those who get injured but happy for those having fun in these unpleasant times we are in.

sacjon Apr 04, 2022 09:30 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

SBSAND - not at all. Most people are immensely proud of what UCSB has done for our community and for the world. I know absolutely no one who is ashamed to have graduate from such a renown and respected university, solely because some of the students party.

MR2 Apr 04, 2022 06:50 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

Oh please. I'm proud of both.

I mean, yeah, when I'm hanging with friends they ask about how much I got laid there.

But at job interviews, it's great too. Usually the first question is "how much did you get laid there?"

SBSand Apr 04, 2022 09:43 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

Sac most people I know, people that have lived their whole lives here like I have, feel the same as I do. UCSB has so much potential but the wastoids that go there and live in IV ruin so much of the good the school produces.

sandsbeach Apr 03, 2022 10:30 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

Anyone who has ever dealt with SB area politicians is not surprised by this incident. Isla Vista is a ticking time bomb, and no one is doing anything about it. All of the key players - the university officials, politicians, and police deflect blame by pointing fingers at another party.

There have been countless meetings and attempts by Isla Vista's community of long-term residents to appeal to local politicians to curb the party culture- most prominently, Joan Hartmann. Isla Vista has had issues for a long time, and it's through inaction by leaders who take responsibility through the area that its ills are never addressed. Joan has been in charge for 5 years and has done literally nothing of substance to address the town's serious issues. Most politicians get into the field out of an ideology to work for a greater good, and that gets eroded over time. Joan's long career in government roles seemed to have jaded her long before she took office. It's just a paycheck. University officials and police both blame Joan and the local politics for the lack of addressing the culture in Isla Vista.

Of course, the police are not absolved from blame either. The leadership among the officers continually say they wish they could do more, but they deal with repetitive problems with inconsistent remedies and a lack of urgency, and the younger officers frequently complain that their hands are tied by the directives from the top officers. I know Bill Brown has a pretty poor reputation and track record, but Juan Camarena's ambition to unseat him is not rooted in a rational sense of accomplishment.

Someone needs to step up and act like an adult in this situation, or Isla Vista will continue to make international headlines. A commenter above said this is normal for a college town. It's not. Name another town that tolerates partying like Isla Vista. Ibiza? Tulum? Not great cohorts for a top university's town to be compared to.

Seeing "Casualties" referenced in a headline is evocative, and we'll find out if it refers to deaths in this case. Hopefully not. If we avoid it in this case, you can be sure that the lack of proper governance will once against result in deaths in the near future in Isla Vista and more damage to the reputation of what should be a beachside oasis.

Step up and fix these problems Hartmann and the Board of Supervisors. It's what you're paid to do.

sacjon Apr 04, 2022 09:14 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

SANDSBEACH - so how do you propose they fix the "partying problem?" Castrate the students? Ban alcohol sales in the City of Goleta?

"Name another town that tolerates partying like Isla Vista." - San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, Boulder, Austin? Yeah, awful and useless towns.....

Give it a rest folks. College kids party. Period. You're not going to stop them.

Chip of SB Apr 03, 2022 01:33 PM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

Perhaps we should consider the root cause of the self destructive behavior that persists in isla vista. The majority of the participants are UCSB students, so we should start by asking who they are and why they are attending UCSB in the first place. Are they attending due to a sincere interest and passion for the subjects they are studying? Probably not for most. Are they attending due to social pressure to get a college degree? This is why the majority of UCSB students are there. For those genuinely interested in their chosen studies, UCSB can offer excellent academic instructions and an exciting college experience. However, for those who lack academic interest it’s another story. Events like deltopia suggest a substantial portion of the student body is discontent. These unfortunate students will incur crippling debt in exchange for a degree they have little interest in. Rather than helping them improve themselves, their college experience will be result in boredom, frustration, and diminished long term financial success. So what is the solution? We need to fundamentally change our approach to higher education. College is not right for everyone. Most students would be better off starting a career after high school. We need to change our focus to helping young people start careers and become self sufficient, and we need to stop universally pressuring young people to attend college. College today is a poor life decision for most students.

a-1649093439 Apr 04, 2022 10:30 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

@4:48 the opposite is true. Those who you claim are "intellectuals" are a bunch of elitists, and think they know what's best for everyone else. Just look a the intellectual powerhouse pair we have in the white house right now!

letmego Apr 04, 2022 10:09 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

Even people who were/are engaged, studious college students like to party and burn off steam sometimes. UCSB is not easy to get into these days. Shoot, in college I worked hard, studied hard, AND partied moderately.

sacjon Apr 04, 2022 10:19 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

VOICE - It's off topic and no, not BS - "Voters who identify with the Democratic Party or lean toward it are much more likely than their Republican counterparts to have a college degree (41% vs. 30%). "

There's verifiable evidence that a higher percentage of undereducated voters sided with your guy.

a-1649093250 Apr 04, 2022 10:27 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

You would think just because someone has a college degree they're "intelligent" or an "intellectual", and you'd be very wrong (and Chip of SB is absolutely correct). PS, just because I call out the BS on the left certainly doesn't make him "my guy".

sacjon Apr 04, 2022 10:46 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

10:30 - Why are smart liberals called "elitists," but billionaire Republicans are not? Seems like the term "elite" has morphed into a political insult for liberals with an education.

or é·lite
[ ih-leet, ey-leet ]SHOW IPA

(often used with a plural verb) the choice or best of anything considered collectively, as of a group or class of persons.
(used with a plural verb) persons of the highest class:
Only the elite were there.
a group of persons exercising the major share of authority or influence within a larger group:

So tell me, how do Republican billionaires not fall into this category?

a-1649095103 Apr 04, 2022 10:58 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

UCSB has a pretty high graduation rate of some where between 70 and 80%. Hard to imagine that most are not serious about finishing their coursework. As packed as IV is, it is easy to make a crowd and chaos look overwhelming. Agree that 6 arrests and 40 citations seem pretty tame for the thousands of kids squeezed in the area.

sacjon Apr 04, 2022 11:06 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

CHIP - "Events like deltopia suggest a substantial portion of the student body is discontent." Ah yes, the old "Deltopia is a protest" theory..... Absurd. Events like this are evidence that college aged kids like to party. You get thousands of young adults in a relatively small space with alcohol and drugs, this is what happens. It's hardly a "protest" by "dissatisfied" or disgruntled students.

sacjon Apr 04, 2022 11:46 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

VOICE - so ALL liberals with power try to dictate how others live, but less than most Republicans with power do? "For the most part?" How many Republican billionaires/politicians or others in powerful places have come out to publicly disagree with/disavow/condemn the topics SBSURFERLIFE brought up?

Further, are you really saying there's only liberal "elitists [sic]" and not conservative ones?

SBsurferlife Apr 04, 2022 11:37 AM
Isla Vista Deltopia Weekend Ends with Four Confirmed Arrests

@1123/Voice - what about the republican elite that are advocating for women to go to jail for having abortions, or republican lawmakers that want it to be illegal for people under 25 to identify as LGBTQ, not count towards "dictating how others should live their lives" ??


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