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Redondo Beach Considers Leaf Blower Ban
City Attorney Told to Draft Amendments to Municipal Code


Gasoline-powered leaf blower bans are becoming popular across the nation, with cities in multiple states proposing restrictions or bans on their use. Electronic and battery powered blowers are favored for their reduced noise and environmental benefits, and residents appreciate the effect bans have on noise.

Following in the footsteps of multiple cities across the nation, Redondo Beach, Calif., is now considering a complete ban on gasoline powered leaf blowers.

After a 4-1 vote in September 2012, the city council placed restrictions on days and times leaf blowers were permitted use.
Currently leaf blowers are banned from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday and 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Beginning with Beverly Hills, Calif., in 1975, other cities have enacted bans across the nation, including; Maplewood, N.J., Palm Springs, Calif., and Santa Monica, Calif.

Gas-powered leaf blower bans have gained momentum recently, with residents and localities pushing for bans due to noise and environmental impact. The EPA reported in 2015 that gas powered lawn equipment can increase worker and public health risk.

The California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) has acknowledged the public opposition to the use of gas powered leaf blowers, but believes an outright ban should be the last resort.

"Gasoline powered leaf blower bans haven't yet proven to be effective," CLCA executive director Sandra Giarde said. "Current restrictions aren't working. Take Santa Monica for example, people still use those leaf blowers."

City councilman John Gran voted against the ban, citing the potential cost for the city's public works department, which could cost upwards of $200,000.

"We are glad the city recognizes the potential costs of the ban, both to the city and the commercial side," Giarde said. "We will continue to monitor Redondo Beach since it has yet to be approved."

The city council posted a notice on their website asking for public comments and potential amendments to be submitted to the city planner.

At the meeting on Jan. 9, a 3-2 vote determined city attorney Mike Webb would amend the city's noise ordinance, but it would still need approval at least two more times before being enacted.

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December 10, 2019, 7:00 pm PDT

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