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Mayor May Veto Proposed Leaf Blower Ordinance

The Redondo Beach City Council votes to reduce the permitted operating hours for leaf blowers within city limits.

Though the Redondo Beach City Council voted 3-1 Tuesday night in favor of passing an ordinance that would reduce the hours of operation for leaf blowers within city limits, Mayor Mike Gin indicated that he may veto the measure due to the lack of outreach performed by city staff prior to the vote.

If he does choose to exercise his veto power, the mayor has five days to write a letter vetoing the ordinance, according to City Clerk Eleanor Manzano.

The ordinance, which must be read and approved one more time by the city council before it becomes law, requires leaf blower operations cease at 5 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. In addition, the ordinance prohibits the use of leaf blowers on Sundays.

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"This started because people complained to me that there was a leaf blower going on at 7:30 on a Friday night, and they were having dinner," Councilman Bill Brand, who represents District No. 2, told Gin after the mayor expressed concerns over the lack of outreach to the community. "It just doesn't strike me as a big, huge policy change that needs all this discussion."

Gin had asked whether city staff had reached out to the , local landscapers and residents about the proposed changes, and when they said they had not, he indicated that he would reserve the right to veto the proposed ordinance.

He also asked if city staff could post a notice about the proposed ordinance's second reading on the city's website; they indicated that the would.

District No. 4 Councilman Steve Diels, who was the sole dissenting vote, said that while he respected the ordinance's intent, he did not support it, partially because of the potential for loopholes in the law.

"I want everyone to live in peace and happiness, but banning leaf blowers isn't going to do it," he said.

If Gin does veto the measure, it would be the second time in recent memory that he vetoed a vote about leaf blowers. At the beginning of August, Gin vetoed a request to direct city staff to bring an ordinance banning leaf blowers to a council meeting in October. He said he wanted to know more about the impacts of such a ban.

Planning Director Aaron Jones said city staff planned to report to the mayor and council in October about the impact of a partial or total ban on leaf blowers.

Councilman Steve Aspel, who represents District No. 1 and who was an outspoken opponent of leaf blowers at the August meeting, did not attend Tuesday's council meeting.

Clnton G. Smith September 05, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Please veto, 5:00pm is not reasonable! I am surprise the City Council pass the proposed ordinance, this is not reasonable nor logical.
Jill Morales September 06, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Please DON'T veto! My neighbor's gardener starts his very loud leaf blower at 7:30 am every Tuesday morning, waking me (I'm retired). My own gardener's leaf blower is much quieter and it's next to my house. These things just blow dirt, insects and debris into the air and who knows where it lands. I watch my neighbor's gardener blow the final debris into the street and over to my property. Please, Mayor Gin, don't veto the proposed ordinance to set better hours.
Martha Alonso September 06, 2012 at 01:50 AM
5:00pm seems a little extreme why not work until 6:00pm. I agree all landscapers and gardeners should have quieter equipment if they would like to work on Saturday mornings.
Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry September 07, 2012 at 07:10 AM
Any work that generates enough noise that's loud enough to disturb slumber should not be allowed on any day before ten o'clock in the morning. Folks who worry about dust pollution from leaf blowers should find a topic more worthy of complaint. To fret about that is absurd.
Michael E. September 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM
You know, there was a time when elbow grease, and a broom & dust pan were sufficient to get the job done! Chances are, most of the laborers who run leaf blowers, and who would complain about the loss of productivity that a total ban on leaf blowers would impose upon their bottom line, DO NOT even live in Redondo. And here, we're only desiring to limit their racket to a more decent time period. I have hated the use of leaf blowers since their inception--they pollute our personal space with noise, fumes, AND dust & allergens. The users don't even pick up what they blow around, simply 'relocating' it to someone else's property, putting it into the air for it to settle on my patio, or blowing all this 'crud' into the street! I used to get awakened every week at 7 A.M. with one of these things running right outside my window! Having millions of little polluting two stroke engines running amok is just another example of a reduced quality of life for the masses, so that a few might profit from it. So if the council has the cajones to stand up for what makes better sense for the benefit of the VAST majority, Mayor gin should have the good sense to go along with,,,,,,,NO VETO, MR. MAYOR!!!
Michael E. September 17, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Really? What planet are you from?

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