As Robert Alex
Baron says in The Tyranny of Noise:
"Noise is not the price of progress. Noise is not the inevitable by-product of technology. Noise is the price you and I pay for greed and insensitivity, and our own indifference."
"...it shall be unlawful for any person within the City to use or operate any portable machine powered with a gasoline engine used to blow leaves, dirt, and other debris off sidewalks, driveways, lawns, landscape areas or other surface." (Los Altos, CA)
"It shall be unlawful for any person within the City to use or operate any portable machine powered with a gasoline engine, or gasoline powered generator, to blow leaves, dirt, and other debris off sidewalks, driveways, lawns, or other surfaces." (Santa Barbara, CA)
"No person shall operate any motorized leafblower within the City." (Santa Monica, CA)
California cities that have banned blowers include Belvedere, Berkeley, Carmel, Claremont, Del Mar, Laguna Beach, Los Altos, Los Angeles, Malibu, Mill Valley, Piedmont, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood. These cities have found satisfactory alternatives to noisy leaf blowers--so can Sacramento!
CQS Rebuttal to the CLCA Position on Leaf Blowers
CQS Response to 3/31/98 letter to the editor of the Palo Alto Daily News about leaf blowers
Citizens for a Quieter Sacramento:
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