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Please, council, take a break

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From page A6 | February 12, 2014 | 6 Comments

Why stop with yard waste? Distracted and faintly lit bikers can also run into parked cars, crazy squirrels, loose pets and even trash cans. I propose eliminating all parked cars from the streets, eradicating the squirrel population, caging all outdoor cats and placing our trash on the sidewalks.

I love biking as well, but you have to watch where you are going. Car are expected to watch bikers, so bikers should be expected to watch where they are going. City Council: Davisites are tired of your new measures. Please, take a break.

Andrea Glasgow
Davis

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  • Jim LeonardFebruary 12, 2014 - 6:48 am

    Right. We're exhausted by being over-managed by ambitious incompetents.

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  • February 12, 2014 - 1:33 pm

    Would you be content with the idea if they listed other reasons for the decision and left out the argument of danger to cyclists? For example, it will make pick-up of yard waste more efficient by eliminating the need for the "claw" tractor which currently runs tandem to the waste collection truck itself. Street sweeping need will be significantly reduced with the exception of the fall and to a lesser extent the spring. The reduction in need for a claw driver, a faster collection time for the yard waste truck driver, and a reduction in street sweeping will also see savings in terms of personnel costs. The claw also has a tendency to wear down the roadway as it scrapes along the pavement, so that will no longer be a factor. Of course, the bins themselves are an initial investment, but aren't they made from recycled plastic and have a decades-long lifespan? It certainly seems like a reasonable system albeit with different pros and cons than the current system.

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  • SteveFebruary 13, 2014 - 4:36 am

    Good points. Not to mention the rest of the state uses containers. You did not mention the costs of yard waste into the storm water system and the fact that the city might have to develop a more expensive system to deal with it. Bottomline: Davisites are tired of reading angry posts from largely uninformed readers like Andrea Glasgow.

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  • andreaApril 09, 2014 - 2:58 pm

    Steve: I am not uninformed. As you said, there are pros and cons. I am voicing my concern. Who made you king, and what is your background?

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  • andreaApril 09, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    Allergens in the air??? We live in the Central Valley for pete's sake. Do you understand the amount of agriculture we have in this area, and dust? OMG. Take an antihistamine or move to the beach!

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  • February 12, 2014 - 6:30 pm

    When the mow-and-blow gardeners have to shovel yard waste into a garbage can, they'll charge more for their services. When they charge more, homeowners will reduce their schedule. When their schedule is reduced, they'll blow less dirt, allergens and toxins into the air. Win!

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