Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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In Davis, clap your claws

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From page A8 | July 02, 2014 |

The “claw” was invented in Davis, a beautiful city with trees and gardens. It is a vital tool. 

This week I counted 10 piles of cuttings on the block where I live, each measured about 5 feet in diameter and about 4 feet in height. The Davis Waste Removal claw crew quickly and efficiently picked up all those piles. The “claw” was invented in Davis by the Hart brothers. Years ago, Bill Hart described to me the history of its development and patent submission.

It is not too surprising that some cities may not use it, but it is a boon to Davis and it was invented here!

Otto G. Raabe
Davis

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  • Paul BradyJune 28, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    Here, here! We love the claw in Willowbank! We will not be able to stuff our prunings into a can!

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  • JaxJuly 02, 2014 - 11:57 am

    It doesn't matter if you like the claw or not, it's our local liberal environmental zealots who have the council's ear who are getting their way on almost everything they want. More to come, this is just the beginning.

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  • Rich RifkinJuly 02, 2014 - 9:07 am

    Hopefully, our Council has enough sense to not retire the claw in favor of inefficient green waste containers. A small number of activists are pushing the City to get rid of the claw, largely because they think that piles of cuttings interfere with safe bicycle passage. If this were a serious problem, there is a far more sensible solution: Enforce the Municipal Code Section 32.01.090.a.1, which reads, "Yard refuse waste shall be placed or maintained in piles immediately adjacent to the property from which they originated, such piles in no event to exceed five feet in width or five feet in height or five feet in length, the same to be so placed and maintained as not to restrict reasonable gutter drainage or use of bicycle paths or bike lanes." ............ If the law were enforced, there would be no problem. Moreover, the solution is overreach. It would require green waste containers be used on small side streets (where most homeowners in Davis live) which have no bike lanes to be blocked at all.

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  • Elaine Roberts MusserJuly 02, 2014 - 10:40 am

    Rich, I couldn't agree with you more!

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  • SFJuly 02, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    Are any of the tree/foliage cuttings appropriate for the Sacramento Zoo? Recall they were asking for donations of such last week.

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  • -July 02, 2014 - 8:44 pm

    Otto, your theme here seems to be that we should keep the claw because it was invented in Davis. Whether you like the claw or not, why does the fact that it was ":invented here" matter?

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  • ZabaJuly 02, 2014 - 10:48 pm

    Hyphen: I don't think Otto said what you said he said.

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