As a UC Davis graduate and former Davis resident, I was absolutely disgusted by what I experienced at this yearÕs Picnic Day. By 2 p.m., the streets were completely covered in trash, there were people falling down, throwing up and passing out along the sidewalks, both males and females were urinating in plain view, and extremely violent fights were breaking out like wildfires.
The situation was so out of control that police officers were called in from West Sacramento, Woodland and other jurisdictions. So, not only did this event compromise the safety of the Davis community, but all of the surrounding jurisdictions, as well. And who is footing the bill for the aftermath? Certainly not the university.
Downtown businesses and Davis residents need to hold the university accountable, and ensure that this doesnÕt happen again next year. If they canÕt figure out a way to get it under control, then to hell with the Òtradition.Ó It has become very far removed from the family-oriented event it was intended to be anyway.
Write to both your city and university officials and insist that they offer a solution for next year, or abolish the event altogether.