IN BRIEF: Wine-Sale Legislation, Round 2


Legislation allowing UC Davis to sell up to 20,000 gallons of student-produced wine annually is headed to the governor’s desk — again.

Senate Bill 918, introduced by Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa), passed the Legislature Sunday night (Aug. 30), the second-to-last day for bills to be approved by both houses this session.

Under existing law, UC Davis is required to dump wine produced by students, a process that Professor David Block, chair of the Department of Viticulture and Enology, called “neither environmentally nor fiscally sustainable.”

“For the most sustainable winery in the world, this [legislation] would be a big and important change,” he said.

“I appreciate everything that Sen. Dodd and his staff have done to get the bill this far and am also extremely grateful for the groundwork laid by former Sen. Lois Wolk. The passage of SB 918 will go a long way toward helping us to maintain the excellence of our core missions of teaching, research and extension.”

Former Sen. Wolk (D-Davis) successfully routed SB 683 through the Legislature in 2016, and then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill in 2017, creating a process for UC Davis to receive a permit to sell the student-produced wine.

The new legislation is a technical cleanup bill clarifying language in the previous bill. Gov. Gavin Newsom has until Sept. 30 to sign or veto the new bill.

Professor Block said: “As we face uncertainty from the current wildfires and pandemic, the passage of this bill by both houses gives us hope that we will have the opportunity to recover a portion of our winery’s operating costs through wine sales.”

Fall Welcome calendar

Student Affairs is preparing its Fall Welcome calendar and invites departments to submit their events, using this form.

The calendar page reflects the remote experience of most students in the upcoming quarter. “Kick off your college experience with Fall Welcome. No matter where you are — on campus or across the world —  it’s a new beginning, together.”

For inclusion, your event should be open to current UC Davis students and occur during the months of September and October. Events must be sponsored and submitted by UC Davis departments.

Student Affairs Marketing and Communications, or SAMC, suggests getting your events in by Monday, Sept. 14. “Events submitted after this date can still be added to the calendar, but they will likely miss a large share of the promotional push to students,” said Jen Butler, SAMC director.

Registered student organizations should submit events in Aggie Life

goClubbers eligible for parking passes

Transportation Services has reinstated a goClub benefit that provides a limited number of complimentary parking passes to club members, who, as a condition of membership, must forego parking permits. Sometimes, though, say, during inclement weather or smoke events, goClub members may wish to drive — and now they can do so up to 10 times through the end of the year without incurring a charge.

The transportation and parking unit put a hold on goClub benefits earlier this year, due to public health guidance and budget challenges during the pandemic. Besides complimentary parking passes, benefits include transit subsidies, over-the-counter transit pass sales, and student-shared carpool permits.

Complimentary parking passes for 2020 are available to all goClub members: existing, returning and new. Remember: You cannot have a parking permit. The registration form asks you to declare your alternative mode of travel (other than driving), or if you are working or learning remotely.

You can choose to have your complimentary parking pass mailed to your home or you can pick up your pass on campus.

More information is available on the Transportation Services websit

58-pint day at the blood drive

Vitlant collected 58 pints of blood during the Aug. 26 blood drive in The Pavilion at the ARC. Seventy-six people, including 18 first-time donors, registered for the drive.

“We thank UC Davis for its continued support in hosting campus blood drives so we can continue with our mission of saving lives,” said Sandra Harper, donor recruitment representative with Vitalant.

Vitalant’s next UC Davis blood drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in The Pavilion.

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