Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Email To the City Council About Picnic Day (30), by Richard Wall

From:    thewalls522@comcast.net
To:         jkrovoza@cityofdavis.org, rswanson@cityofdavis.org, dwolk@cityofdavis.org,
              sgreenwald@cityofdavis.org, ssouza@cityofdavis.org
Sent:      Tuesday, April 19, 2011 8:16:16 PM
Subject: Picnic Day 2011

Dear City of Davis Officials,
Davis Enterprise, April 20, 2010, A1
I’m writing to give you my perception of Picnic Day 2011. I have lived in Davis for about eight years, so my opinion does not have the insight of the earlier “history” of this day and any benefits the past may have provided.
        The first few years, my wife and I would watch the parade, walk around town, and visit the various activities on the UCD campus, generally enjoying the day. In the later years, the crowds and increasing emphasis on public drinking with the attendant rowdy behavior caused us to cut the time in public to a minimum. Some years we just left town.
Davis Enterprise, April 22, 2010, A12
        Unfortunately, we had a front row seat to last year’s Picnic Day. The public uproar over that day gave me the hope that major changes would be made. Major changes did not occur and certainly major changes did not occur in the conduct of the young participants.
        This year, the parade of young people carrying 6- and 12-packs of beer on our block started about 8:00 AM Saturday. Houses near me began setting up tables for bars and beer pong at about that time. As the morning and afternoon went on, more and more young people poured onto the street in various stages of intoxication.   
Davis Enterprise, April 23, 2010, A8
       About 5:00 PM a group of young girls were standing in front of my house yelling at a friend to stop “peeing” there. I did not look to see if it was occurring on my property or a neighbor’s. At about 6:00 PM a group of girls were sitting on the curb in front of my neighbor’s house consoling a friend who was sick. All were very intoxicated.
       Speeding cars and trucks were a continual concern. The sirens from fire trucks stationed near us was a constant sound, along with related ambulance and law enforcement vehicles.
       The noise level of the “Picnic Day participants” from 10:00 AM to 8:00-9:00 PM cannot be described. The times we ventured out beyond our street showed us the same conduct was occurring elsewhere.
Dav. Ent., April 23, 2010, A1
       Picnic Day has become an opportunity for 18-22 year olds to ignore the rights of individuals, common decency, and laws of the community. There is no amount of dachshund races, campus tours and exhibits, and community financial success that can counterbalance the harm that this day does to the citizens of Davis.
       But more importantly, what kind of message is it sending to the young people we allow to conduct themselves this way and the even younger people who see this conduct allowed and can’t wait to participate?
       Picnic Day has outlived its usefulness and should be discontinued.

Richard Wall
522 E Street
Davis, CA 95616