IN BRIEF: Yellow Ribbons, Police Accountability and Holiday Helping

Man and woman tie yellow ribbon around tree.
Elyse Ehlert, a first-year biological sciences major and a military dependent, and Army veteran Dean Dunn, who works in the College of Engineering, joined the ribbon-tying project on the Quad on Monday (Nov. 8). (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)


  • Yellow ribbons on the Quad in annual Veterans Day tribute
  • Police Accountability Board posts annual report for 202-21
  • Holiday Helping: Food and supply drives underway

Veterans Day tribute

The trees on the Quad are wrapped with yellow ribbons this week in a UC Davis tradition now 11 years old, honoring servicemembers past and present during the week of Veterans Day.

The Veterans Success Center called upon its community and others to help with the ribbon-tying, and they got the job done Monday. The holiday is this Thursday (Nov. 11).

Yellow ribbons on trees have long been a traditional way for people to display their hope for the return of loved ones from war.

Police accountability, 2020-21

The Police Accountability Board has posted its annual report and executive summary for 2020-21. Look for the links on the PAB website.

The required report details summary information and statistical data regarding the number of complaints filed, the type of complaints filed, analysis of trends or patterns, the ultimate disposition of the complaints (sustained, not sustained, exonerated or unfounded) and the percentage of complaints in which the board’s recommendations were accepted, rejected or modified by the chief of police.

According to the executive summary, the board received five inquiries from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, and closed all of them by end of the reporting period.

The board investigated only one of the inquiries. The others did not proceed through investigation because:

  • The concerns did not allege Police Department misconduct or policy violation; as a result, the board dismissed the complaints (three cases).
  • In the fourth case, in accord with the concerned party’s preference, the board connected the party with the police chief for further discussion.

The annual report also includes detailed summaries of the board’s recommendations along with its questions and comments to the chief. In addition, the 2020-21 report includes updates on the implementation of recommendations made following PAB pilot program review.

Holiday Helping

Two food drives are underway to benefit the ASUCD Pantry, and one of the drives is also seeking other supplies for the Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center.

The Pantry’s list of requested items applies to both drives:

  • Canned meat, fish and soups
  • Canned ready-to-eat meals
  • Canned vegetables and tomato products
  • Peanut butter (plastic container)
  • Iron-rich cereal (45% or more of daily value)
  • 100% fruit juice (48 ounces or less, plastic bottles)
  • Canned fruit (in juice)
  • Dry beans (any type)
  • Enriched rice or pasta
  • Powdered milk
  • Ramen
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese
  • Powdered milk formula
  • Baby formula (Similac, Enfamil, etc.)

And here’s how to donate:

  • 16th annual Holiday Food Drive — Begun by Mail Services and now operated under the banner of Supply Chain Management (including Mail Services). Mail personnel are still involved — they pick up the nonperishable food items you leave with your outgoing mail. It’s as easy as that. All donations will go to the ASUCD Pantry. Drive ends Friday, Nov. 19.
  • Supplies Drive — In this inaugural effort, the Employee Giving Committee invites participation by faculty, staff, emeriti and other retirees, as well as students, and suggests a team approach, asking departments and units to designate captains to serve as the primary contacts for donations. Teams are asked to register here. Besides the food items listed above, this drive also seeks nutrient-dense snacks such as almonds and granola bars. On the supplies side, the Employee Giving Committee seeks first-aid kits, toiletries (deodorant, shampoo, feminine products and sunscreen), laundry supplies and hand sanitizer. The Supplies Drive flier is available for download here. Questions? Contact Jenni Dingeldein of Employee Giving by email or phone, 530-754-0579. Drive ends Monday (Nov. 15).

Media Resources

Dateline Staff: Dave Jones, editor, 530-752-6556,; Cody Kitaura, News and Media Relations specialist, 530-752-1932,

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