Bailing out the party crowd
Each year on Halloween, tens of thousands of partiers descend on Isla Vista near the University of California, Santa Barbara, and most stores within a 10-mile radius stock up on booze to meet the swell in demand.
The results this year: 25,000 revelers, 311 arrests and 701 citations, according to the Santa Barbara County Sherriff’s Department. “Alcohol played a role in a vast majority of incidents,” the department said in a news release at the end of the partying.
Two enterprising former UCSB students have decided to test demand for a service that seems like a natural fit: lawyer referrals to help students and other Isla Vista locals find an attorney to deal with their arrests or citations.