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FAQs

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Board Members Bertrand, Brandt, and Freeman here to answer your Questions!

What is the IVCSD? 

The Isla Vista Community Services District is your local government here in Isla Vista. The CSD is here to provide governance, support, and resources to residents of Isla Vista. We are made up of a Board of Directors (5 members elected by community, 1 member appointed by UC Santa Barbara, and 1 member appointed by the county of Santa Barbara)

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Who does the IVCSD serve?

We serve all residents of Isla Vista. That includes families, students, long-term residents, etc from the 65 block that touches the University all the way to where the 68 block meets Sands beach. This is a map of our service area!

What does the IVCSD do?

Our mission is to offer our community as many services and resources that we can. We are currently working on improving public safety, expanding lighting, offering community programs, and continuing to work with community members to keep IV the beautiful community that it is. We hold Board meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 6pm to discuss future improvements to the community.  For more information and current projects, please contact us directly.

Where are my tax dollars being spent?

A: If you are a resident of Isla Vista, part of your monthly utility bill goes towards funding the CSD.  Those funds are then directed towards the services provided by the CSD, and funding the everyday functions of the CSD.  For a more detailed breakdown, visit the District Finance page

When were you created?

A: Please visit the How We Got Here page to learn more about how the IVCSD was founded.  A more thorough history can be found in Carmen Lodise’s “Isla Vista: A Citizen’s History.”

What is the Tree in the IVCSD logo symbolize?

A: The Isla Vista Tree was a landmark in Isla Vista as a symbol of self-governance.  During IV’s first attempts at creating its own local government, the tree was used as the symbol of their campaign.  While the tree fell in 1983, it continues to be the symbol of IV and its history of community-based action. With the IVCSD being the first local governing body in Isla Vista, it seemed fitting to utilize the symbol of self-governance for IV’s first local government.