Sunday, March 29, 2015

Capitol-to-Capitol advocacy trip has a regional focus, local impact

From page A5 | May 06, 2014 |

By Rob White
The 2014 Sacramento Metro Chamber Capitol to Capitol advocacy trip (Cap-to-Cap) began on Saturday with a day of travel back to Washington, D.C. Most delegates arrived and began settling in and the remainder arrived Sunday.

Representatives from the Davis area include Davis City Council member Rochelle Swanson, chief innovation officer Rob White, and deputy innovation officer Sarah Worley. There is also representation from Yolo County (Supervisor Don Saylor and several staff), the cities of Woodland and West Sacramento, UC Davis and the Davis Chamber of Commerce.

This year, the city of Davis is leading the Innovation Team, one of the 14 policy teams on the trip. Davis representatives are also engaged on the Food & Agriculture and Transportation teams. You can review all 48 regional policy papers by going to the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s website at and searching for “2014-cap-to-cap-team-papers.”

You might recall that last year Davis and Yolo County representatives came to Washington early to have preliminary meetings with agencies and elected officials. That effort resulted in some significant progress on several policy areas, including relocation of Yolo’s freight rail line and rural-urban connection strategies.

This year, those policy discussions have been picked up by the broader regional effort and the need to have a Davis/Yolo-centered effort was determined not to be essential to accomplishing our immediate goals.

With respect to Yolo freight rail relocation project, here are details from the policy paper written by Woodland representatives and advocated for by West Sacramento team members:

“The Yolo freight rail relocation project includes construction of new rail, enabling the relocation of short-line rail traffic in downtown Davis, Woodland and West Sacramento. Completion of the project will allow removal of 19 at-grade crossings and open nearly 100 acres of infill redevelopment property in the three cities, allow removal of the Fremont Trestle to improve the floodwater flow capacity of the Yolo Bypass and increase cargo capacity and operational efficiency at the Port of West Sacramento and within Yolo County.

“The proposed project’s next phase includes an economic development cost-benefit analysis and alignment study establishing the specific route for the new rail. Later stages include an environmental assessment to ensure that the proposed alignment will avoid sensitive areas, complete project design and engineering, full environmental documentation and a comprehensive cost estimate.

“The project is currently pursuing an economic development administration grant to fund a cost-benefit analysis for the project.”

Sunday’s activities for delegates included team meetings to go over final schedules and discuss any remaining policy issues. We are still finalizing some of the meetings as we plan for 14 teams to visit elected officials, agencies and advocacy organizations.

In the case of Innovation, we are carrying a policy paper that addresses the topic of patents, which is timely because there is a lot of discussion about this at the Capitol. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in real time as we are here advocating our regional views.

One hallmark of the Cap-to-Cap trip continues to be the concentrated opportunity to create and strengthen networks with people who have impact on our local efforts. For Innovation, this includes regional investors and banks, entrepreneur support organizations, education and workforce organizations, and, of course, technology and startup companies.

Follow the Davis efforts on Twitter at #InnovateDavis and my Twitter account of @mrobertwhite or the entire delegation at #Cap2Cap14 and twitter account @Metro_Chamber.

— Rob White is the city of Davis’ chief innovation officer.



Enterprise staff



Where do Davis recyclables go?

By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

UCD faculty receive lowest pay in the system

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A1

Motive for murder-suicide remains a mystery

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Davis sewage to get new digs

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

Human Relations Commission hosts Chávez celebration

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A2

Friends search for shooting victim’s lost pets

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A4

Davis Flower Arrangers meet Wednesday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

‘Music as Medicine’ is radio show topic

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

Friendship the topic on radio program

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6



These results were meaningless

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

Survey not representative

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

Answers on the green waste program

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

A phone call could have fixed this

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

Milt Prigee cartoon

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

Some ‘survey’ …

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

Mayor’s corner: Looking ahead to spring

By Dan Wolk | From Page: B5 | Gallery

A Little Respect for Dr. Foster

By Nicholas Kristof | From Page: B5

Universities need more funding

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

Father of the bride snubbed

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

Which experiences count as ‘once in a lifetime’?

By Marion Franck | From Page: A8

After a month of no TV news, I’m feeling much better

By Debra DeAngelo | From Page: A8

Take a hike for your heart

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8



Republic stun Galaxy with repeated history

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

Bad fourth quarter sinks boys lacrosse

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

Aggies’ walkoff win clinches series against Riverside

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Aggie softball splits doubleheader

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

Burns scores shootout winner to lift Sharks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

UCD women’s tennis dominates at home

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B10 | Gallery







Millennials are changing our community

By Rob White | From Page: A9

With new owner, DAC will Get Fit

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Grant writing for non-profits workshop set

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9





Comics: Sunday, March 29, 2015

By Creator | From Page: B8