A couple of my friends' brothers live down there, both I think went to UCSB, one for sure, and have stuck around. I like the Valley's closeness to everything I could want to get to and a fair COL. There are a million reasons to not want to live here, and I agree with probably just about all of them, it's just that this is home. I got the joke, by the way, I'm used to it. I make the same ones about Bakersfield.
For VTC there are really 2 ways to go, do you want to pay long distance using your phone (which is the best way to go actually because of quality) or use the internet (which has hiccups here and there).