Wednesday, December 24, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Bob Dunning: Too bad Davis isn’t good enough for UC Davis

BobDunning2W

By
From page A2 | June 08, 2014 |

“UCD World Food Center in Sac?” asked the front page, above-the-fold headline over Cory Golden’s byline in this very newspaper one day last month before we all got temporarily distracted by our recent election.

“Railyards, West Sac are options for third campus,” read the sub-head.

“UC Davis is eying the Sacramento railyards and West Sacramento riverfront as possible sites for a third campus housing an extension of the World Food Center and focused on education, policy and clinical outreach,” Golden’s story begins.

“ ‘A lot of people have been talking to (Chancellor Linda Katehi) about the World Food Center. She is committed to having some kind of location in Sacramento,’ Luanne Lawrence, associate chancellor for strategic communications, said this week.”

So there you have it. UC Davis at Sacramento. Just like the Med Center.

Added Golden: “First announced in spring 2013, the World Food Center is meant to bring together experts at UCD and from around the world in food, agriculture and health to find ways to meet the needs of the world’s growing population.”

Given that most California crops are used to feed the world, not just Californians, one can assume that this will not be a farm-to-fork venture.

According to World Food Center director Roger Beachy, “We think that Sacramento — because of its growing importance as the capital of a state that has an enormous amount of influence in food and food policy nationally — seems to us quite logical to take on an increasingly international position, and UC Davis can help with that.”

That’s just peachy, Dr. Beachy, but what about locating the UC Davis World Food Center in, say, Davis?

Beachy added that the new campus will need large-scale “hospitality and conferencing capabilities, to bring the brightest and the best for symposia, and then to host relatively large national and international meetings that could be part of a bigger venue than coming to the campus.”

Translation: Davis is a cute little college town, but it’s certainly not up to hosting smart people from around the world.

My friend Dan Ramos, vice president of Ramco Enterprises, told Golden he “would like to see the new campus land in the Bridge District of West Sacramento or on 200 acres on the east side of Mace Boulevard in Davis, of which Ramco also owns a portion, but not across the river.”

Added Ramos: “I would just love to see it in Yolo County. Yolo County has always been the leader in the region, in terms of ag, and UC Davis has a strong commitment to ag, so I think it’s very important that it’s located in Yolo County. I don’t want to say it would be a slap in the face, but it would be a tough, tough loss for Yolo County.”

Actually, Dan, I’d say “slap in the face” sums it up nicely. In fact, while we’re at it, why don’t we just move the whole damn campus? There must be better locations for all this world-class teaching and research than this sleepy little backwater once known as Davisville.

It’s time to move the Mondavi to Las Vegas to be closer to world-class entertainment. Transfer the department of viticulture and enology permanently to Oakville and take the vet school to Churchill Downs where the important horses live, California Chrome notwithstanding.

The School of Law’s King Hall would really be better situated in Washington, D.C., where it would have close access to the Supreme Court, while animal husbandry can move to Coalinga to be near Harris Ranch, and avian sciences can merge with the Foster Farms plant in Livingston.

Let’s put Aggie football in the world-class Levi’s Stadium and see if we can’t win a national championship or two, and relocate the Aggie basketball team to the new Kings Arena in downtown Sacramento, potentially right across the street from Sacramento’s new World Food Center.

Picnic Day, meanwhile, moves to Chico.

It’s an idea whose time has come. Probably sooner than you think.

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

Comments

comments

.

News

Make that box bark: Studies show pets are good gifts

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Want some company? Enjoy food, fellowship at Holiday Meal

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

Hit-and-run victim hopes for driver’s arrest

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
No reindeer games for this student researcher

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Travel looks rough into Christmas Day

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Applications for jobless aid fall to 7-week low

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

Gary Lee Yoder featured on ‘Davisville’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Seniors set to stroll through Arboretum

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Pedal around Davis on weekly bike ride

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Supplies collected for victims of abuse

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Luminaria display planned in West Davis

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Nobel Prize winner will discuss research related to autism

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Why not give a shelter pet as a gift?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Merry Christmas!

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

 
.

Forum

He isn’t ready to listen yet

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Davis comes through again for UNICEF

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
There was much to think about

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Thanks for the winter shelter

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Great experience for students

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

.

Sports

Carrs drive DHS wrestling weekend

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
River Cats to show off Giants World Series trophies

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Legacy announces huge add-on to youth soccer complex

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
College Bowl roundup: Navy nips Aztecs in San Diego

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Devil JV hoopsters take third at Les Curry

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

 
Busy 2015 tourney slate unveiled by Legacy soccer

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B8

.

Features

.

Arts

Plenty of local party options on New Year’s Eve

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
Wineaux: Here’s to a sparkling new year

By Susan Leonardi | From Page: A7

.

Business

.

Obituaries

James J. Dunning Jr.

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Floyd W. Fenocchio

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

.

Comics