City reinstates gas leaf blower ban

City reinstates gas leaf blower ban

There are 3 comments on the Palo Alto Daily News story from Feb 7, 2007, titled City reinstates gas leaf blower ban. In it, Palo Alto Daily News reports that:

Palo Alto will once again crack down on gas-powered leaf blowers - at least for now.
Palo Alto will once again crack down on gas-powered leaf blowers - at least for now. <br/> <br/>City Manager Frank Benest announced Monday that the police department had found a "creative solution," enabling it to enforce the ban on gas-powered leaf blowers. The City Council instituted the ban in residential areas in July 2005 following years of debate, but enforcement of it was scrubbed last week due to budget cuts. <br/> <br/>Police Chief Lynne Johnson said that starting next week, a parking enforcement officer will respond to leaf blower complaints. A part-time temporary officer will be hired to cover the parking enforcement position, she said. The officer taking leaf blower calls will respond first to areas with the most complaints. <br/> <br/>"We are still not responding to anything unless we get three independent complaints," Johnson said. <br/> <br/>Johnson described the shuffling of officers as an interim fix until the City Council approves the police department's budget for next year. <br/> <br/>"The council will ultimately decide whether to keep the position," she said. <br/> <br/>In an e-mail to Benest last week, Johnson said the department had to eliminate the position because of budget cuts. The officer who handled abandoned vehicles and habitual offenders retired Dec. 31 and was replaced by the officer assigned to respond to leaf blower complaints. Fees from abandoned vehicles and habitual offenders generate roughly $65,000 to $70,000 annually, Johnson said. <br/> <br/>The police department's proposed budget suggests eliminating the leaf blower ban enforcement position, but Johnson said there are "some other potential things in the works." <br/> <br/>Benest said the lack of police resources was the "first of many concerns" now that the city is "really looking to cut services." <br/> <br/>In the upcoming budget cycle, the city plans to transfer $3 million from services to address city upkeep. <br/> <br/>"The public feels that the city has suddenly gutted an ordinance, but in fact all of our enforcement activities depend on the resources we put into it," Council Member Bern Beecham said. "We have got to look for additional sources of revenue if we want to maintain the level of services we've had and take care of the infrastructure requirements that demand our attention as well." <br/> <br/>"The city is always balancing services against income - always," Council Member Dena Mossar said. "I personally find leaf blowers pretty offensive. I think the community deserves enforcement of that ordinance for their health and environmental protection." <br/> <br/>Resident Steve Eittreim discovered through a police department telephone recording Friday that the ban was no longer being enforced <br/> <br/>"It's a good law," he said. "They should figure out how to make it work." <br/> <br/>Eittreim said he sees violations of the ban frequently. <br/> <br/>"Not a day goes by that I don't see a gas-powered leaf blower." <br/> <br/>E-mail Kristina Peterson at <br/> <br/>[email protected] <br/>
Francisco Deleon

AOL

#1 Feb 7, 2007
Its a law that does not work, because is low priority, they do not have the manpower, and it only satifice a few, a waist of time.
Rudolph

Stanford, CA

#2 Feb 7, 2007
The city quickly caved and will have someone to handle complaints.
Interestingto read the city link re the leaf blower ban:
http://www.papd.org/topics/leaf_blower_faqs.h...

A number of things stand out--first of all gas powered leaf blowers are only banned in residential areas--they can be used in non-residential areas at will.
ALos there is a ban on sunday use of all leaf blowers--this smacks of an endorsement of a certain religious group which observes sunday as their sabbath.

If Mossar finds leaf blowers "pretty offensive" then why not ban them completely--gas or electric.
This is another example of double talk from our elected officials trying to placate the vocal elements in our city.
Send them back

Sunnyvale, CA

#3 Sep 4, 2013
Francisco Deleon wrote:
Its a law that does not work, because is low priority, they do not have the manpower, and it only satifice a few, a waist of time.
The only people it doesn't satisfy are the dirtbag leafblower operators who are too lazy and stupid to pick up a broom or a rake, and too stupid to know the difference between removing leaves from a lawn, and blowing dust all over every surface.

Leafblower operators and their supporters are some of the stupidest, most inconsiderate "people" one can ever meet.

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