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Q: What is the IVCSD?

A: The Isla Vista Community Service District (IVCSD) is the local governmental body in Isla Vista.  It provides public services to better the community of Isla Vista and its residents. It holds Board meetings every other Tuesday night in which the IVCSD Board meets to discuss future improvements to the community.  Other updates and news can be found throughout the website.


Q: What do you do in Isla Vista?

A: The IVCSD provides resources to improve the safety and public well being in Isla Vista.  These services can be found under the Resources for You tab.  For more information and current projects, please contact us directly.


Q: 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 link


Q: When were you created?

A: Please visit the How We Got Here link 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.”


Q: Why is the CSD not well known?

A: The IVCSD was formed in 2017, so it is a recent addition to Isla Vista.  Additionally, many of the services we offer are for the community benefit, and not advertised as IVCSD programs.  As such, we are hard at work marketing ourselves and our services to the community through community outreach events.  To learn more about us, please visit us at one of our scheduled events. 


Q: 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.  For more information, please see Carmen Lodise’s “Isla Vista: A Citizen’s History.”