I was coming into campus via 3rd street and passed an electrician changing a lightbulb in one of the street lamps by the road.
I’m glad that UC Davis still has some money to pay for these kinds of amenities in the budget crisis, but beside the electrician was a giant truck with a huge robotic ladder. The first question that came to my mind was “How big of a truck do you need to change a lightbulb?”. Apparently this big:
This electrician drove his huge vehicle across campus to change a lightbulb that only needed a step ladder, the bulb and probably a screwdriver. Why can’t these tools and supplies be stored close by and the guy just bikes over? Or why can’t he take a little electric golf cart over to do things like this? Or better yet, why don’t the electricians have a pedal powered ulitily cart like the one operated by Michael Griffith on the grounds crew?
Can’t we save tons of money by cutting these wasteful practices? Instead we continue to get fee hikes from the Regents rather than trying to save money in the things that we already do. When choosing vehicles to build up the fleet at UC Davis, we should attempt to purchase a wide range of vehicles so that we have different options for different travel needs and the employees need incentives to choose the appropriate vehicle for the task. Every tradesmen on campus doesn’t necessarily need a big truck with a full gamut of tools to cover every possible situation.