The Santa Barbara News-Press published a photograph on Jan. 3 of some Latino people at the DMV with the accompanying headline, "Illegals Line Up For Driver's Licenses." Things moved quickly after that. The gloves are off and the game is on -- the sexagenarian billionaire McCaw in one corner and PODER in the other.
With regular concerts in the parks and a plethora of student organizations, Isla Vista seems like paradise on the outside. But once you look past the sea of beautiful people, the organic foods, and kegs lining Del Playa, you'll find a community where darkness easily hides, overshadowed by dub-step and glistening sunsets.