IN BRIEF: Parking Lot Tech, ‘Connect’ Our 1st-Years


Transportation Tomorrow Forum

Transportation Services will hold a forum next week on license plate recognition technology that the campus plans to install on select enforcement vehicles late this year. The forum, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, is the second in a series of Transportation Tomorrow Forums.

To monitor parking compliance today, officers visually scan vehicles for permits in a process that Transportation Services describes as inefficient, given the number of parking stalls on campus.  

License plate recognition technology will increase efficiency, allowing compliance officers to quickly scan license plates in parking lots and garages, determine which vehicles are abiding by permit regulations, and issue citations accordingly. License plate numbers will serve as parking permits — so, no more tags hanging from your rearview mirror.

For discussion at the forum: With the efficiency that license plate recognition technology will bring to parking enforcement, how do you see Transportation Services using the technology to increase compliance?  What are the long-term benefits of using the technology?

Perry Eggelston, executive director of Transportation Services, and Ramon Zavala, transportation demand manager, will be on the forum panel — and more panelists may be added.

Learn more and register here. The webpage includes a section to submit questions and comments.

The first Transportation Tomorrow Forum, on Maintaining Operations, took place Oct. 8. A summary page includes questions and response, and a link to watch a recording of the meeting.

‘Connecting’ our first-years

Faculty, staff and graduate students are being recruited to serve as facilitators for First-Year Aggie Connections, already considered an essential part of the first-year experience — and perhaps even more important amid remote learning.

Each “Connection” is built around a theme or common interest, bringing 25 or fewer students together for a minimum of six meetings during the quarter.

The program is all about “connecting students with new people, making friends and fostering opportunities that will empower them as they navigate their first-year at UC Davis,” the organizers said.

Facilitators should be knowledgeable about campus resources and passionate about connecting with and supporting new Aggies.

Interested? Check out this “Become a Facilitator” webpage and fill out the “Connection form” (due by Friday, Nov. 13).

Voluntary separation deadline: Nov. 10

One week remains in the application period for the Voluntary Separation Program, or VSP, announced Oct. 5 for career, policy-covered (nonrepresented) staff and other staff members in any of six bargaining units, and who work for the Davis campus, School of Medicine or Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

The VSP joins other programs like expanded administrative leave, the Vacancy Management Program and Temporary Opportunities for Work as ways the university is addressing budget challenges, while keeping people in their jobs.

Under the VSP, severance pay may be available to eligible employees who voluntarily elect to leave their jobs. The bargaining units that are included are Clerical (CX), Service (SX), Patient Care Technical (EX), Research Support (RX), Technical (TX) and Health Care Professionals (HX).

The VSP is not available at the UC Davis Medical Center due to operational factors. Also ineligible: senior managers, academic titles, and positions funded by grants and contracts.

Applications are due by Nov. 10 to direct supervisors. A department must be able to demonstrate permanent salary savings that justify the payment of severance. Voluntary separations under this program are subject to approval by department head, dean or vice chancellor/provost (or equivalent position), and Central HR. Approval will be determined based on the university’s operational needs.

Human Resources will communicate approvals or nonapprovals by Nov. 25. Employees must separate between Dec. 14 and Jan. 15, 2021.

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