Why did Palo Alto pass a law against the use of leaf blowers when they never enforce it? The racket they cause is painfully annoying, disruptive, and impossible to reduce. We have a house that has sound-dampening insulation and dual-paned windows, yet the cacophony comes through loud and clear. Many of us and our neighbors work at home, and the noise just goes on and on, making it impossible to work, or put a baby down for a nap. Some of these gardeners start at 7:00 am, even on weekends, and in the summer continue to 6:00 pm. I am surprised no one has clunked a leaf-blowing gardener over the head with they guy's own leaf blower!
I just asked the gardener next store if he knew about the ban on leaf blowers, and he said that was only for gas models, that the electric ones were legal. Was he making this up? the electric one is only a few decibels quieter. He was still wearing ear protection.