News In Brief: May 4 to May 11



Extravaganza music festival, taking place on Sunday, May 15, will feature electronic sets from duo ODESZA and producer Emancipator, along with hip-hop acts Anderson .Paak and Rae Sremmurd, according to a spray-painted reveal by Associated Students Program Board near the foot of Storke Tower last Thursday. Program Board later announced that singer-songwriter Zella Day will also perform at the Harder Stadium event, which is free for University of California, Santa Barbara students.

The UCSB Family Student Housing Tenants’ Association called last week for a freeze on rent hikes within family housing — namely a 12 percent increase at the West Campus Apartments — that are currently scheduled to take effect July 1. The tenants’ group, along with the UCSB Graduate Student Association and UC Student Association, has demanded infrastructure updates and increased investment in tenant quality of life before such increases are made.


Third-year geography major Paul Gusman was arrested Saturday, May 7, after forcing entry to Father Jon-Stephen Hedges’ house in Isla Vista and physically assaulting him at approximately 2:15 a.m., according to the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office. Gusman, arrested on $500,000 bail, is believed to have been “under the influence of a controlled substance(s) and possibly intoxicated,” and has since pleaded not guilty to his charges. Authorities believe the attack was random and that Gusman did not know Hedges previously.

Two new restaurants, Dumpling King and HiWi Fusion, are slated to open in Isla Vista in coming months. Dumpling King will occupy the suite once rented by The Cantina, where it will inherit the Mexican restaurant’s license to serve beer and wine, according to a Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control notice posted on the premises. The “tropical fusion” cafe, which will offer dishes like loco moco and poke bowls, will move into 6555 Pardall Road in the hub of downtown I.V.


UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi will remain on paid administrative leave through the end of July while her alleged university violations are investigated by former United States attorney Melinda Haag, according to the UC Office of the President. Katehi has faced scrutiny in recent months for accepting employment with an online for-profit college and spending $175,000 in UC funds to bury internet search results pertaining to the 2011 pepper spraying of student protesters.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order on Monday, May 9 to enhance California’s long-term water conservation and further curb the state’s five-year drought. The order places a permanent ban on “clearly wasteful” practices that were temporarily restricted when emergency conservation began in 2014, like watering lawns in ways that produce runoff and hosing down cars and concrete surfaces without a shut-off nozzle. Emergency regulations will extend at least through January 2017, according to a press release from Brown’s office.