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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Henry Sarria Apr 06, 2022 02:24 PM
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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.

sacjon Apr 06, 2022 09:15 AM
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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.

CoastWatch Apr 04, 2022 11:32 AM
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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
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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!

SantaBarbaraObserver Apr 04, 2022 09:42 AM
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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...

Olde Mann Apr 05, 2022 09:09 PM
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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.

sacjon Apr 05, 2022 12:31 PM
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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 12:14 PM
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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?

dukemunson Apr 04, 2022 11:19 PM
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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 04, 2022 10:15 PM
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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.

Olde Mann Apr 04, 2022 10:08 PM
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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.

sacjon Apr 04, 2022 04:27 PM
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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!

a-1649114198 Apr 04, 2022 04:16 PM
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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 09:51 AM
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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.

Chip of SB Apr 03, 2022 01:33 PM
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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.

Voice of Reason Apr 05, 2022 04:48 PM
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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.

SBsurferlife Apr 05, 2022 04:42 PM
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@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 03:54 PM
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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.

sacjon Apr 05, 2022 01:40 PM
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SBSURFERLIFE - Here's another, recent example of Republican-backed legislation attempting to control the masses:

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

SBsurferlife Apr 04, 2022 12:13 PM
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@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)
(source :

a-1649098044 Apr 04, 2022 11:47 AM
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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 11:37 AM
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@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" ??

sacjon Apr 04, 2022 11:46 AM
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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?

sacjon Apr 04, 2022 11:06 AM
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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.

a-1649095103 Apr 04, 2022 10:58 AM
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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 10:46 AM
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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-1649093250 Apr 04, 2022 10:27 AM
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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 10:19 AM
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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.

letmego Apr 04, 2022 10:09 AM
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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.

a-1649093439 Apr 04, 2022 10:30 AM
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@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!

sandsbeach Apr 03, 2022 10:30 AM
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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
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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.


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