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As budget outlook brightens, residents call for more leaf-blower enforcement

Original post made on Oct 27, 2021

Facing an unexpected revenue boost, the City Council began to pivot Monday from a protracted period of budget cuts to restoration. One area that will likely see more funding is code enforcement.

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Posted by Carol
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 27, 2021 at 10:34 am

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Any chance abandoned cars and green (usually) compost containers left in the street for the convenience of homeowners could be addressed. With parking such an issue, enforce the rule that vehicles can't stay in street more than 72 hours and containers can only be in street from day before pickup to day after pickup.

Posted by Don Kenyon
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 27, 2021 at 12:33 pm

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It is the responsibility of the home owners to ensure their gardeners do not use gas leaf blowers.
Carol Kenyon

Posted by jguislin
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 27, 2021 at 2:12 pm

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From Oct 25 New York Times: "Lawn-care equipment creates more pollution in California than cars do." There is more: read the piece by contributor Margaret Renkl.
The quickest way to address this issue would be to fine home owners if their garden service uses a gas leaf blower. I suspect gas blowers would disappear within 30 days.

Posted by cmarg
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 27, 2021 at 3:06 pm

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Is there a number to report those using gas leaf blowers? I see them frequently in my neighborhood. I spoke with one person and they said that another employee was using the electric one so he was using the gas leaf blower.
Certainly can smell the gas every time I go by someone with one! A phone number to call would be extremely helpful.

Posted by DTN Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 27, 2021 at 5:37 pm

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Can I just point out the absurdity of this statement: "Why are we sitting on all these dollars? … For us to do almost nothing in the reallocation and come at the end of this year with a big surplus, that just makes no sense to me."

We don't HAVE to spend money we have, do we?

Posted by DTN Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 27, 2021 at 5:41 pm

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I don't think we NEED to spend our surplus, but I'd argue that making library hours more reasonable seems like a better use of money than enforcing leaf blowers. Right now, the hours of the downtown library are:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 1:00 Pm – 5:00 Pm
Friday: 1:00 Pm – 5:00 Pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


Posted by Kevin
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 30, 2021 at 9:34 am

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I've filed 20+ complaints related to gas powered leaf blowers for properties near my downtown office. Not a single thing has been done. Extremely frustrating. Each time there is excessive noise and a cloud of fumes and dust for 30 minutes. Impossible to function during that timeframe. Put meetings on hold and close all the windows.

Posted by PleaseDon't
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 3, 2021 at 2:22 pm

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Gas Blowers, are you kidding me? Not one second of time should be spent on this. Constant construction all day is ok but gas blowers are a problem, right.

Posted by OldPAResident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 8, 2021 at 8:19 pm

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We bought an electric lawn mower and an electric leaf blower so our gardener can use them.

Hope others follow suit, they are quieter and pollute much less.

Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 9, 2021 at 7:38 am

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Another current headline: "Firefighters 'burned out' after years of staffing cuts
With smaller staff, department curtails services, stops participating in mutual aid".

If there really is a surplus, I hope the city prioritizes PAFD to benefit from that surplus. Top of the list. Bottom of the priority list: beefing up the City Manager's staff by adding two more assistants. There are many services, including the libraries and code enforcement, that should take priority over that.

Posted by TimR
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 9, 2021 at 10:43 pm

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Code enforcement against gardeners who are mostly people of color? That has trouble written all over it. The city better allocate some of that $250,000 for consultants and legal counsel on the business tax to preparing for another lawsuit from the ACLU.

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