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In stark contrast to 1980s, Isla Vista quiet over Halloween weekend

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office reports the streets of Isla Vista were most quiet over Halloween weekend, unlike the 1980's and 90's when large, unsanctioned parties took place around Halloween.

Public safety officials report no issues with large-scale street parties like in the past.

Efforts to curb an event in Isla Vista which had become one of the largest unsponsored, unsanctioned Halloween parties in the nation were again successful this year.

During the 1980s, what was known as Isla Vista Halloween attracted as many as 30,000 people. It also led to massive problems for the community, with hundreds of mostly alcohol related arrests.

Efforts by UC Santa Barbara, students, and Santa Barbara County to discourage out of town partygoers have whittled down the crowds over the years. Efforts included banning out of town guests in residence halls over the Halloween period, as well as temporary noise and parking restrictions.

No issues were reported over the weekend, with just two arrests for outstanding warrants. Four people were cited for alcohol-related offenses.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.