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June 25, 2012
Sacramento City Council adding to packed November ballot

Another week, another ballot measure from City Hall.

The City Council is expected Tuesday to draft a November ballot measure to repeal 1977's Measure A, which prohibited the city from requiring yard waste containers. Repealing Measure A would allow the city to move forward with a much broader revamping of waste collection in the city, including cutting back on yard waste collection by The Claw.

Just last week, the council decided to place an elected charter commission on the November ballot. The council is also discussing a possible sales tax measure in November, and two council races will be on the ballot as well.

As for The Claw, city officials want to limit its regular weekly service to November, December and January - the heaviest leaf months. The city could then require yard waste containers the rest of the year.

Officials also want to bring back a popular appointment-based program that would allow The Claw to pick up waste at city homes from February to October. Recycling pick-up would be scaled back to every other week, but residents would also get coupons to bring up to five cubic yards of waste to the Sacramento Recycling and Transfer Station for free.

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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