Effective enforcement of the gas-powered leaf blower ban: Fine the property owners
Original post made by Craig Laughton on Sep 5, 2013
on Sep 5, 2013 at 2:38 pm
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on Sep 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm
powermax is a registered user.
I am glad you posted this. While I do believe people should obey the laws we have on the books, like this or the leash law, I disagree with the law. The most absurd thing I have ever seen is a landscape contractor at Seale Park with a gas powered generator connected via an electric cord to an electric blower. How does that make any sense? It takes longer for them to finish the job, and creates a very real tripping hazard. It may sound silly, but people are injured every day from tripping. Its unlikely that anyone will die, but twisted ankles and broken elbows/wrists are a major inconvenience for kids (and their parents) as well as the elderly and can result in hundreds of dollars of out of pocket expenses even for people with insurance.
What exactly is the reasoning behind the law? noise? pollution? Does the law really have any measurable impact on these problems? There is plenty of noise from mowers, cars, motorcycles, airplanes. Pollution? I highly doubt these tiny engines really contribute much in the way of pollution. Yes, I'm sure they contribute some, but they also provide speed and convenience in doing landscaping, which is something that we all benefit from.
Its a dumb law, and we should take it off the books. However, out of principle, I would say people should follow it until it is removed. While you are at it, stop forcing stores to charge 10 cents for paper bags!!
on Sep 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm
curmudgeon is a registered user.
Leaf blowers are great for dispersing dried-up powdered dog poop into the air. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff]