Tragic: Three University Of California Campuses Rank As The Most Dangerous In The USA

13 10 2018

 By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

The seemingly-innocent and idyllic University of California, Santa Barbara—perhaps the only college campus located directly on one of the world’s great oceans—has been ranked at the very top of a listing  of “America’s Most Dangerous Universities.”  Its sister campuses of UCLA and Berkeley rank as #2 and #19 respectively.[2]  This tragic “honor” demands immediate attention, remedies, “fixes,” and careful and unending scrutiny by all who care deeply about the University of California and its ten campuses.[3]

Instead of attacking the messenger or the study’s findings—and in keeping with the words that appear on the University of California’s seal, “Let There Be Light”—positive, proactive steps must be taken immediately to address the critical problems. Neither these three nor any other U.C. campuses should appear on this or any similar listings ever again. Actions must be taken now before life-changing or -ending tragedies occur.

The University and each of its campuses owe this to their students, parents, alumni, faculty members and other employees, the communities in which they are located, and to all Californians whom they serve. Clearly, the vast number of American universities have never appeared on this or any other similar listings. They must be doing something right; and arguably they can provide valuable lessons and guidance to the University of California, UCSB, UCLA and Berkeley.

Indeed, UCLA’s archrival in sports, the ghetto-bound University of Southern California, did not make the list.  Leadership is needed now, more than ever before.  It counts for nothing that UCLA was considered the most difficult American university to get into, for its entering freshman class in the fall of 2018.  Similarly, all of the U.C.’s Nobel Prize winners mean nothing if the campuses are not safe for students, faculty, visitors and the like.

University of California


© 2018, Timothy D. Naegele

[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass). He and his firm, Timothy D. Naegele & Associates, specialize in Banking and Financial Institutions Law, Internet Law, Litigation and other matters (see and Timothy D. Naegele Resume). He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g.,, and can be contacted directly at

[2]   See (“Ivory Tower Incidents: America’s Most Dangerous Universities”) [Ivory Tower Incidents-America_s Most Dangerous Universities-Insurify]

[3]  See, e.g. (“University of California”)

On a personal note, the author attended all three U.C. campuses; he has degrees from two of them, UCLA and Berkeley; and he has been deeply involved with UCSB—where he served as Vice President of the Freshman Class, President of the Sophomore Class, and Vice President of the student body.  Also, he has served on the Board of Directors of the UCSB Alumni Association (1980-86), and as a Trustee of the UCSB Foundation (1987-1990); and his family members are UCSB graduates.



6 responses

21 10 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

Tragedy Strikes At UCSB, America’s Most Dangerous University [UPDATED]


Gretchen Wenner has written for the Ventura County Star:

Authorities are investigating the death of a college-aged male whose body was found on an Isla Vista beach Saturday morning.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s officials say the body was found around 9:30 a.m. near the surf line just east of a beach access site at the end of Camino Del Sur. The area is along Del Playa Drive, a popular beachfront street in the unincorporated community adjacent to UC Santa Barbara. Isla Vista is densely populated with college students and some permanent residents.

Authorities said the body was found by a passerby who was walking on the beach. The death appeared to be recent and there were no signs of foul play, officials said. The man’s name has not yet been released pending formal identification and notification of his family.

“An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances surrounding his death,” the sheriff’s office said in a release. The Isla Vista Foot Patrol, a unit of the sheriff’s office, is investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Isla Vista Foot Patrol at 805-681-4179.

See (“Body found on Isla Vista beach“); see also (“20-Year-Old Downey Man Found Dead Along Beach in Isla Vista“) and (“Officials identify man found dead on beach in Isla Vista”—”[Alessandro] Esquivel had been a student at UC Santa Barbara, but he was not currently enrolled in classes”)

Before this tragedy occurred, UCSB had been found to be America’s most dangerous university, as discussed in my article above and the footnotes beneath it.

See, e.g., (“Ivory Tower Incidents: America’s Most Dangerous Universities”)

How many more life-changing or -ending tragedies like this will occur before positive, proactive steps are taken to address fully the critical problems at UCSB?

. . .

Lastly, instead of the Insurify article and study (cited at the link immediately above) being a negative for UCSB, its sister campuses of UCLA and Berkeley, and the 17 other colleges that are listed, it can become a positive by concentrating on “fixes” for the problems.

A “sow’s ear” can become a “silk purse,” by focusing adequate attention, personnel and other resources to address the problems completely.

And yes, most of the campuses’ safety issues may be based on unsafe, excessive drinking. None of the universities cited in the Insurify article and study can change behavior that has been set by parental guidance for 17-18 years of the students’ lives. They can only try to educate.

And student suicides are a rising concern.


21 10 2018
H. Craig Bradley


Today’s large college campuses are just like a small town or city and have their proportionate share of crime. Each UC Campus and State U Campus has their own dedicated police department ( Campus Police ) who investigate crimes on their campus and are state certified law enforcement officers just like City Police are. Its not out of control yet.

Even Cruise Ships, at least the large hotel-sized ones, are perfect places for petty theft, assault, drugs, and even a rape or two now and then. Few suspects are apprehended. Presumably, cruise ships have a “brig” to keep offenders in until they reach the next port and can turn them over to the local police for questioning.

Even private colleges such as Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon have their own campus security ( not police ). They must deal with ever present student violations of campus policy such as drinking and smoking marijuana in the dorms or allegations of sexual assault on campus.

I suspect rapes are not unheard of on college property either, even before the Senate Kavanaugh Judicial confirmation hearings. America is descending into chaos and increasing lawlessness. The current political environment is a perfect Sanctuary for criminals of all kinds to prey on the unwary, both on and off-campus.

The social and political problems of America are ubiquitous; and to a certain extent, you can not entirely escape from them anywhere. It matters not whether you live or move out-of-state or are visiting one of many National Parks or State Parks ( Most of which also have their own in-house Law Enforcement Officers, as well). Crime is everywhere and random. You take your chances if you let your guard down or are seen as a easy “mark” by a street thug or political extremist.


21 10 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig. Yes, I agree—especially with your last sentence.


1 11 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

Congratulations To UCSB

Halloween UCSB 2018

Halloween 2018 has come and gone, and the preparations undertaken by UCSB were impressive, to say the least. Indeed, Ryder Christ had reported on behalf of the local TV station, KEYT:

If you’re looking for some Halloween fun don’t come to Isla Vista, it’s locals-only.

Local law enforcement, UC Santa Barbara school officials, students, and community members have embarked on a plan to ensure a “Hometown Halloween.”

The hope is to dissuade out-of-town visitors from coming to Isla Vista by organizing campus and community events.

The Associated Students Programs Board will put on a major concert in the Events Center on campus for UCSB students only on Saturday, Oct 27.

Other special events slated for Halloween Weekend both on and in Isla Vista include roller skating, film screenings, and a men’s soccer game against Cal Poly at Harder Stadium.

“Students have changed the culture of celebrating Halloween over the past few years by creating fun UCSB-only events,” said Katya Armistead, assistant vice chancellor and dean of student life.

“These alternative events provide opportunities for UCSB students to celebrate and socialize in an organized and safe environment. Students are demonstrating their pride in their campus and their community by supporting the alternative Halloween weekend’s UCSB Students-only events.”

Don’t try sneaking into the “Hometown Halloween”; no overnight guests are allowed in any of the UC Santa Barbara residence halls and university-owned apartments from 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, through 8 a.m. Monday, Oct 29.

Don’t try parking in at UCSB, or Isla Vista, or the neighboring communities either. Parking restrictions have been set up for the Weekend before Halloween starting Friday, October 26. Only vehicles with valid permits will be allowed to park on campus between Friday and Sunday, October 28. For more information on campus parking restrictions, click here.

Don’t think about parking in surrounding communities in Goleta; there are parking restrictions there too.

Don’t try driving in either. Police roadblocks have will be in place at seven intersections in Isla Vista between 4 p.m. and 6 a.m. Friday, Oct 25, Saturday, Oct 27, and Wednesday, Oct 31. The blockades will prevent vehicle access to the 6500-6800 blocks of Del Playa, Sabado Tarde, and Trigo roads.

If you are lucky enough to be apart of the exclusive “Hometown Party,” a festival ordinance prohibiting amplified music at residences will be in place from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day between Thursday, Oct. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 4.

To make sure everyone has a safe Halloween, volunteers will be in Isla Vista to act as liaisons between the community and law enforcement. There will also be an emergency first aid tent for the public in front of the I.V. Theatre from 8 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct 26, through Saturday, Oct 27.

See (“Isla Vista hosts exclusive Halloween fun“)

One report indicated that it was “very quiet,” which is a tribute to those UCSB administrators and others who had planned ahead. Well done to all! 🙂


8 11 2018
Timothy D. Naegele

Tragedy Strikes At Student Hangout [UPDATED]


Paul Farrell has written at Heavy:

Alaina Housely, Tamera Mowry and Adam Housley’s niece, is missing after the Borderline Bar & Grill Shooting in Thousand Oaks, California.

. . .

At around 11 p.m. on November 7, a 29-year-old gunman shot-and-killed 12 people, including Ventura [County] Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Ron Helus. The gunman is dead. Authorities have said that the gunman was armed with a .45 caliber gun as well as some kind of smoke device. Speaking to CBS Los Angeles, the father of a customer at the bar said his daughter said the gunman “knew what he was doing” and had a “purpose.”

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Housley Is the Only One of Her Friends Who Is Unaccounted for.

@Amowreader, who goes by Ashley, had earlier tweeted that “Pls pray for my residence hall, a handful of girls went to line dance tonight and they’re not all accounted for.” Ashley later tweeted that Housley was the only student who remains unaccounted for. Just before 6 a.m. local time, Mowry tweeted, “We haven’t found her yet. It’s been 7 hrs since the shooting.” Ashley and Housley are both students at Pepperdine University. The Pepperdine University Graphic newspaper reports that there around 20 students from the school in the bar at the time of the shooting.

2. Housley’s iPhone Tracker Showed Her Location on the Dancefloor of the Borderline Bar & Grill

The Los Angeles Times’ Kimi Yoshino reports that Housley’s Apple Watch and iPhone “showed her location on the dance floor inside the Borderline Bar.” The Times’ Andrea Castillo tweeted that two of Housley’s friends “jumped through a broken window to escape and are at a hospital with major glass wounds. Castillo said that Housley’s friends believe they heard the gunman, Ian Long, 29, tell people to get on the ground.” Castillo also said that Adam Housley was at the Los Robles Regional Medical Center.

Adam Housley told the Los Angeles Times, “My gut is saying she’s inside the bar, dead. I’m hoping I’m wrong. She’s an amazing girl. I know you always hear those things. You just don’t think that – same stupid quote – you just don’t think it’s going to happen to you.”

Mowry’s husband, Adam Housley, tweeted in the aftermath of the shooting, “Please pray if you believe….pray.” When asked by a follower, “Pray for what?” Housley responded, “My niece. A beautiful soul.”

3. Housley Writes in Her Twitter Bio: ‘No Day But Today’

On her Twitter bio, Housley says that she is part of the class of 2022 at Pepperdine University. Housley adds a quote saying, “No day but today.” Housley wrote on November 1 that someone had made an account about her on Instagram. Housley tweeted, “Ummmm somebody made an account of me? I am confusion somebody explain.”

Housley wrote on her Instagram bio, “She is messy but she’s kind.” Housley includes a link to HIO Outreach, a soccer charity aimed at providing people with the equipment required for soccer. The “H” in HIO stands for Housley. Housley was a 2018 graduate of Vintage High School.

4. Housley’s Family Owns a Winery in Napa Valley

Housley’s family own a winery, Century Oak, in Napa Valley. A profile on the winery website says that the business was set up in 2000 and that the family has been working in Napa Valley for 35 years. Housley’s father, Arik, is also the owner of two Ranch Market grocery stores in downtown Napa. In 2014, he was interviewed by Fox News about the damage an earthquake caused to his stores. He was quoted at the time as saying, “I knew it was going to be bad. I didn’t expect it to be this bad.”

A Wine Spectator feature identified Housley’s parents, Arik and Hannah, as the co-owners of the winery, along with Adam Housley and Tamera Mowery, as well Adam Housley’s parents, Art and Judy.

5. Tamera Mowry & Her Husband Are Both Graduates of Pepperdine University

The bar was a popular hangout for college students, including those from Pepperdine University. Adam Housley, a former Fox News reporter, is a political science and telecommunications graduate from Pepperdine, class of 1994. Mowry told the Today show in August 2018 that she and her sister, Tia Mowry, attended Pepperdine University part-time while they filmed their hit show, Sister, Sister.

In July 2018, Housley explained to Yahoo Lifestyle that he and Mowry were set up by Pepperdine economics professor Robert Sexton. Mowry graduated from Pepperdine with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Abnormal Childhood Development.

Pepperdine is a private university that is affiliated with the Churches of Christ.

See (“Alaina Housley: A Tribute to Tamera Mowry-Housley’s Niece“) (emphasis added; Tweets, video and Instagram photos omitted); see also (“VIDEO: Gunfire Erupts At Borderline Bar & Grill In Thousand Oaks“) and (“Harrowing video from inside the Borderline Bar shows gunman Ian David Long shoot victims“) and (“Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adam Housley Niece Among Victims in California Bar Shooting“) and (“‘Sister, Sister’ Star Tamera Mowry-Housley’s Niece Among Victims in Thousand Oaks Shooting”) and (“President Trump calls mass shooting at club in Thousand Oaks, California, ‘terrible,’ says he’s been briefed“) and (“13 dead including sheriff’s sergeant and suspect in shooting in Southern California bar — live updates“) and (“Thousand Oaks bar gunman was suffering PTSD“) and (“Mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California“) and (“Cops Determined Marine Veteran Wasn’t a Danger Before Thousand Oaks, California, Shooting“) and (“Father of Thousand Oaks Shooting Victim Says Last Words to Son Were ‘I Love You’”) and (“Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Thousand Oaks, California“)

SO, SO SAD . . .

See also (“Law enforcement escort accompanies Alaina Housley’s final return to Napa“)


8 11 2018
H. Craig Bradley


Collegian recreation and death last night at a sports bar Thousand Oaks, California. Reportedly, many victims were students and other young people. The security guard on contract, probably a bouncer, was not armed. So, what good did he do? 13 dead bodies, including a Ventura County Sheriffs Deputy (Sgt). Clearly, living in liberal, Democratic, secular states and jurisdictions is not good for your health.

Did you know there has not be a single school mass shooting in the State of Utah, ever. Only one mass shooting has occurred in Utah, the Trolley Street Shooting (2007) in Salt Lake City, Utah. So far, they are rare there.


Admittedly, Utahans have been very lucky in this day and age. America has many social problems, too many for a healthy body politic in my opinion. Sure, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre ( 2/14/1929) was much worse in the age of gangsters and fully automatic weapons. Seems we are going back into a dangerous period in our history. Its global, not just at UC California Campuses. In Calif. Nobody “has your six”.

You are legally disallowed from carrying a loaded firearm in public for the most part anywhere in Calif. So, You are on your own in the public commons. Rots of Ruck.


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