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2010 Gubernatorial Debate at UC Davis

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334 Mrak Hall
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

(530) 752-1930

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Information for the media

Following were details given to credentialed media who covered the Sept. 28 gubernatorial debate at UC Davis. The debate took place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on campus.

When to arrive

You may pick up your media credential and outdoor live shot location assignment anytime between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The filing center/spin room will open at 3 p.m.

Journalists who have reserved an outdoor live shot location should arrive no later than 4 p.m., as protesters are expected to begin crowding the area at 4:30 p.m. Earlier arrival is strongly encouraged.

Journalists who have reserved a workspace in the filing center/spin room, or a seat in the working press seating area of the debate hall, should arrive no later than 4:30 p.m.

Credential pickup

The credential pickup desk will be located inside the doors of the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts (to the right of the main entrance to the Mondavi Center, as you face the building). The desk will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the day of the debate. You will be asked to show a press badge or employee ID card to pick up your credential. Freelancers will need to show an assignment letter from an editor of the media outlet for which they are working. Early pickup is encouraged. Expect a delay for credential pickup if you arrive after 5 p.m.

Directions

From I-80 West (from Sacramento): Take the UC Davis/Mondavi Center exit. Turn right onto Old Davis Road and continue north to the parking structure entrance on the right.

From I-80 East (from Bay Area): Take the UC Davis/Mondavi Center exit. Turn left onto Old Davis Road and continue north to the parking structure entrance on the right.

From Highway 113 South (from Woodland): Take the I-80 east off-ramp towards Sacramento. Take the UC Davis/Mondavi Center Exit near the end of the ramp and turn left onto Old Davis Road. Continue north to the parking structure entrance on the right.

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Parking

Cars and non-satellite trucks: Media parking is in the South Entry Parking Structure across the street from the Mondavi Center. You will need to show a press badge or employee ID card to get into the parking structure. Freelancers will need to show an assignment letter from an editor at the media outlet for which they are working. Expect delays to enter the parking structure if you arrive after 5 p.m.

If the parking structure fills up (debate ticketholders also will park here), media will be diverted to Lot 1 or Lot 2. The lots are located immediately south of the structure, about a 5-minute walk to the Mondavi Center.

TV satellite trucks: Parking for "live" trucks is in the fenced construction lot immediately to the west of the South Entry Parking Structure. Security will be provided for vehicles within the fence. Portable toilets will be located at the rear of the construction lot.

Security check

Media representatives will enter the Mondavi Center through a metal detector. Cameras and other equipment will be searched for explosives. You will be asked to turn on your laptop.

Getting your workspace in the filing center/spin room

There are 105 workspaces in the filing center/spin room. Those who requested and were assigned a workspace received a confirmation e-mail between Sept. 18 and Sept. 22. A workspace includes a table, chair and electric outlet. For questions about workspaces, e-mail debate@ucdavis.edu.

Working press seating in Jackson Hall

Those who requested and were assigned a seat in the working press seating area of the Mondavi Center's Jackson Hall, where the debate will take place, received a confirmation e-mail between Sept. 18 and Sept. 22. After you pick up your media credential, an usher will show you to the seating area. You must be in your seat by 5:30 p.m. Doors close at 5:45 p.m.

Note: Use of cameras, videocameras, audio recorders, cell phones, laptops and all other electronic devices is prohibited in the working press seating area. Once the debate begins, you will not be allowed to leave the hall until it is over.

Some journalists requested access to both the working press seating area in Jackson Hall and the filing center/spin room. Your media credential will indicate this access. You will need to show your credential in order to enter the filing center/spin room after the debate.

Note: Maximum occupancy in the filing center/spin room is 135.

Wireless

UC Davis is providing free wireless connections the day of the debate. When you set up your laptop, scan for available wireless networks and select GOVNET. No password is necessary.

Cellular

Cellular service will be available at no cost.

Mult box

Mult box jacks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Getting your outdoor live standup location

Outdoor live standup locations are across the street from the Mondavi Center and will be assigned on a first-come basis. After you pick up your credential, check in with UC Davis News Service staffers Paul Pfotenhauer (cell: 530-219-4544) or Sylvia Wright (cell: 530-219-8849) outside the Mondavi.

Running/covering cable

The cable run from the gate of the TV truck parking lot to the outdoor live stand-up area is between 80 feet and 250 feet, depending on the location. The cable will cross a street that will be open to limited car traffic; considerable pedestrian traffic is expected.

Note: You will be required to cover your cable with Yellow Jacket, which we will provide. The rental cost for cable cover is about $100 per station. Please contact Sylvia Wright at swright@ucdavis.edu or (530) 219-4544 with any questions about cable cover.

Pool arrangements

Photography: The Sacramento Bee is the pool photographer. Photos will move quickly and be provided promptly to AP. They will also be posted on a website where media outlets can retrieve them directly. For information, contact Mark Morris, senior editor/visuals, at (916) 321-1166, mmorris@sacbee.com.

Radio: Public and commercial stations can receive a live, “clean” debate feed without market restrictions. Stations may air excerpts of the debate while it is in progress, with a mandatory Capital Public Radio courtesy. Stations may air excerpts from the debate after the broadcast, with a mandatory courtesy. Reporters in the media filing center/spin room may record the live debate via mult boxes. They may not transmit the live feed outside the building. For more information, contact Joe Barr at Capital Public Radio: (916) 278-8969, joebarr@csus.edu.

Television: KCRA is making the debate television broadcast available on a market-exclusive basis. No television station may carry the debate live in total or in part without permission from KCRA. A live switched pool feed of the debate will be made available at the debate site and by satellite. All feeds will contain graphics. A clean feed of the debate will not be available. Satellite coordinates and use restrictions will be provided by KCRA prior to the debate broadcast. For more information contact Jim Stimson (jstimson@hearst.com) or Anzio Williams (amwilliams@hearst.com) at KCRA.

Food and accommodations

Coffee, water and light snacks will be available in the filing center/spin room.