Thursday, July 14, 2016

If Enforced, City Waste Container Placement Laws Gobble Up Parking Spaces & Disrupt Parking (253)

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The City has recently increased the number of waste containers in its collection system by a whopping one-third. On the face of it, this is a major expansion of problematic objects in public places. But, oddly, hardly anyone seems concerned about this mass invasion of obese barrels.

It has made me wonder, however: exactly how are we supposed to configure these new thousands of fat rolling vats when we rumble them out every week?

Seeing hardly anything on this aspect in the color picture brochures focused on “organics,” I have sought the guidance of the Davis Municipal Code. As seen in Image 1, we find that one is supposed to keep a minimum of three feet from each side of each container and to place the wheels of each against the curb.
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The Individual Configuration Level
This required configuration is displayed in Image 2, where the standard three containers have their wheels against the curb and there is three feet from each end of the line of containers, as required, and three feet between each container.

This arrangement consumes a total of 12 feet between and next to the containers. The three containers themselves consume almost 7 feet. Therefore, we are looking at a City-required line of containers that is almost 19 feet long.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

75% of the 16 E-500s Properties Have Been Importantly, Substantially or Basically Rebuilt (252)

In recent months, the new owners of 516 E Street -- the Pena Home built circa 1919 -- have
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 virtually rebuilt it.


The basic systems -- plumbing, electrical, and the like -- has been reworked or redone, the foundation realigned, the roof replaced, and so on. It is pretty much a new home -- despite the fact that the original layout and “look” have changed hardly at all.

That miracle prompted me to notice that this is not the first time in the recent period that this kind of transformation has taken place in the E-500s.  Indeed, it has happened twice before over the last several years.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Stolen Old North Street Signs Recovered (248)

Walking one of my dogs after dark Saturday, March 14, I passed a home that appeared to
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have a stacked set of three Old North street signs on view in its well-lighted living room.

Using the flash on the pocket camera I always carry, I achieved a clear photo of the specialty Old North sign attached to two other signs, the bottom one of which starts with the text “5 TH.” That photo is reproduced as Image 1. (The flash distorts the room lighting.)

The supply of the specifically Old North signs is running low and my first thought was to try to get this sign back.

To that end, I contacted the Davis police and met with Officer Edward Ellsworth at my home late Sunday morning, March 15. I told him I did not desire to identify or prosecute whoever stole the signs. I, acting as a founding member of the Old North Neighborhood Association and organizer of the sign program, only wanted the Old North sign back.