Isla Vista: A Citizen's History
"The book is gorgeous and vividly authentic, a grass-roots people's history in the tradition of Howard Zinn. Congratulations!"
Prof. Emeritus, UCSB
Co-author, The Campus by the Sea Where the Bank Burned Down
"Carmen Lodise is an Isla Vista legend."
Santa Barbara Independent
"This is outstanding! Thanks! I just ordered a copy through Amazon. What a labor of love on your part. The legacy of Isla Vista owes you a tremendous debt of gratitude and on a personal level, so do I."
Cloe Mayes Yocum,
UCSB student, mid-1970s
Just started the book. Enjoying it very much. Much of it not new to me yet -- but it reminds me a lot about how much I owe Isla Vista. I think someone could never really know me without knowing what our community was/is like.
Isla Vista Community Council, 1983-84
I.V. Park District GM, ~1985-93
"Received your book just yesterday. I am very happy and showed it to just about everyone I could, people couldn't stop telling me how cool that was. Just wanted to let you know I appreciate it a lot and hope it sells well. It seems to be the only book on isla vista, is that true? If not it still must be the most complete and have the most information/inside perspective!! Thanks a million."
UCSB student, 2008
"GREAT JOB. You've done a great service not only to IV but USA and world by writing it."
Chair, The Committee to Save Perfect Park
"Thanks again for the book, i'm totally honored to have a personal copy! my level of isla vista history pride is pretty insurmountable, so that was possibly the most exciting thing i ever could have received!"
Marketing Manager, Isla Vista Food Co-op
"Thank you so much for the copy. It's fabulous looking -- actually I haven't been able to pry it away from Frank to read it yet. What a great job."
Isla Vista Medical Clinic Board, 1980-1997
I.V. Park Board, 1980-84
and author of Chapter 10: "Water Politics and the Third Isla Vista Cityhood Campaign"
"For the thousands of students and non-students that have called Isla Vista home at some point since the 1970s, this book is for us. Carmen Lodise fills in the political and cultural history many of us have known on some level, but never fully understood. His clarity of vision of what he fondly refers to as "The Isla Vista Adventure" reveals clearly the heroes and villains behind Isla Vista's successes and defeats and helps point us to what I.V. could be if more self-government were made possible for its residents."
Author of the book "Don't Bank on Amerika,"
and author of Chapter 2: The Civil Disturbances of 1969-70
"Congratulations! I just ordered two copies..."
UCSB student, late 1970s.
I.V. Park District staffer during the 1980 Homecoming Celebration
"For a town with so many people simply passing through, Carmen has inspired me and many other activists with care and love for our community."
UCSB graduate, 1998
Isla Vista Park Board, 1996-00.
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About the Book
is a spirited college town of 20,000 people crammed into a half-square mile of the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. This book tells the story of how local politicians, greedy developers, and conniving University officials conspired to build a company town that 40 years later remains 96 percent renters and 33 percent paved over. It's the gripping tale of how residents rose in rebellion during the tumultuous year of 1969-70, burning down the local Bank of America and putting Isla Vista on the front pages of newspapers across America.
Isla Vista: A Citizen's History
is also the only account of how a community rose from the ashes of that fire and how its youthful planners created a vision of a self-governing and environmentally sound village that continues to resonate with each new generation of students, but whose implementation has been repeatedly thwarted by the same cabal that created the town.
Table of Contents
Dedication & Acknowledgments
Maps of Isla Vista in Relationship to California, Santa Barbara, and Goleta
Introduction: The Campus by the Sea
Chapter 1 From Indian Settlement to Student Ghetto
Chapter 2 The Civil Disturbances of 1969-70 by Malcolm Gault-Williams
Chapter 3 The Aftermath:
Analysis & Retrospective: An interview with Dick Flacks
Five Activists Look Back at the Events of 1970
The Causes of Conflict in Isla Vista: UCSB Vice-Chancellor
The Lessons of Isla Vista: the Chairman of the Bank of America
The 1970 Trow Report: UCSB's Responsibilities to Isla Vista (abridged)
Chapter 4 Building a Community
Chapter 6 The Isla Vista Park District
Chapter 7 Tipi Village
Chapter 8 The Joint Rolling Contests
Chapter 9 The People in the Green Area
Chapter 10 Water Politics & the Third Isla Vista Cityhood Campaign by Carrie Topliffe
Chapter 11 The Isla Vista Medical Clinic's Intriguing Building
Chapter 12 The St. Athanasius Church and Saving Perfect Park
Chapter 13 Policing Isla Vista:
The Man Behind the Badge
The I.V. Foot Patrol by Andrew Shulman
May 4, 1989 Community Meeting with Police
Chapter 14 The Legacy of the Student Activists of the 1980s
Chapter 15 The Isla Vista Tree: Gone but Not Forgotten
Chapter 16 The Isla Vista Adventure
Afterword "The People, Yes" by Carl Sandburg
Appendix A: The 1970 Trow Report: UCSB's Responsibilities to Isla Vista
Appendix B: Bob Potter's speech at the dedication of the Monument in Isla Vista's Perfect Park to the worldwide Peace Movement during the Vietnam War, June 10, 2003
Appendix C: Primary Sources of Photographs
About the Author
About Carmen Lodise, Author
Carmen Lodise was an activist in Isla Vista for over 30 years. As an elected official he participated in establishing Isla Vista's first parks and was a leader in three campaigns to create a City of Isla Vista. He was also the publisher of the town's longest running community newspaper - the Isla Vista Free Press. In 2005, Lodise retired to a fishing village in Mexico.
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