News in Brief: Nov. 1 to Nov. 7

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Libertarian student organization Young Americans for Liberty will host a public debate on Wednesday about whether abortion is an ethical practice. The event, titled “The Forum: Is Abortion Ethical?” will be open to the public, and attendees can speak about whether they believe abortion is justified. The debate will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. in The Hub.

Associated Students Bike Committee will give away free bicycle lights to students on Wednesday at the Pardall Center in Isla Vista. Over 500 pairs of bicycle lights will be available to students, who can claim them in exchange for some basic bicycle and traffic safety lessons, according to the event’s Facebook page. California Highway Patrol and the University of California, Santa Barbara Police Department are among the event’s sponsors.

After an extended lecture series in 2016, the UCSB MultiCultural Center will on Wednesday present Living Lives of Resilient Love, featuring a panel of diverse speakers — many of them UCSB faculty — at Corwin Pavilion. The lecture is a follow-up to Resilient Love in a Time of Hate, a lecture series the MCC hosted during the 2016-17 school year. Among the relevant topics of discussion will be spreading activism for marginalized communities in the wake of the 2016 election, according to the event’s Facebook page.

ISLA VISTA

About 67 properties are up for sale in I.V., including 37 properties owned and operated by Del Playa Rentals proprietor James Gelb. The properties, valued at nearly $80 million, were listed on the market last week by investment group Radius. Gelb, who owns a large portion of housing on oceanside Del Playa Drive, had been forced to cut back his properties at various times over the years due to cliff erosion on I.V.’s coasts. Gelb declined The Bottom Line’s request for comment.  

COUNTY

Political satirist Samantha Bee will speak on Thursday in a UCSB Arts & Lectures event at the Arlington Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara. Bee is the host of Full Frontal, an Emmy Award-nominated news comedy series on the cable network TBS. Previously, Bee worked as a correspondent for The Daily Show on the cable network Comedy Central, during comedian Jon Stewart’s tenure as the show’s host. Bee’s lecture at the Arlington costs $28 for UCSB students to attend.

TEDxSantaBarbara will return to the city for another year on Saturday, hosting an array of speakers at The New Vic Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara. The topics range from stem cell research to human trafficking. TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conferences have been widely popular over the last decade for their extended format and diverse speaking rosters. Husband-and-wife duo Mark Silvester and Kymberlee Weil have organized the conference in Santa Barbara since 2009.

NATIONAL

The University of California and other organizations filed a joint motion with a federal judge on Nov. 1 to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program going while a lawsuit between the UC Office of the President and the Donald J. Trump administration proceeds. If the judge grants the motion, the DACA program will be allowed to continue for at least the duration of the lawsuit. UC President Janet Napolitano announced the lawsuit in September, days after Trump signed an executive order bringing the program to a gradual end. DACA — which Napolitano helped usher in during the Barack Obama administration — allows the children of undocumented United States immigrants to obtain work permits without fear of deportation by the federal government.  

Shomik Mukherjee
Shomik Mukherjee has worked at The Bottom Line since the first week of his first year at UCSB. In his spare time, he enjoys telling people that. Mukherjee can be reached at news@bottomlineucsb.com.

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