What About Street Sweepers?

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We've been told about not using leafblowers to get rid of street and yard ash residue, but there will soon be a much bigger threat in that regard—city street sweepers. For those of you who haven't seen these behemoths in action, here's what happens: the sweepers lumber down the streets with huge swirling brushes churning up everything in their path, creating huge dust clouds. The streets are thick wish ashes right now.

Once the sweepers go into action, they will stir up a huge barrage of toxic elements into the air that will be far worse than just letting the ashes settle. Hopefully, someone from Public Works will figure this out before the sweepers get going tomorrow (Monday). If they don't, and you see street sweepers on duty, please call public Works and tell them to stop immediately. The ash particulates aren't as "harmless" as regular street dust. They can actually kill people with acute respiratory conditions.

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oceandrew Dec 12, 2017 04:49 PM
What About Street Sweepers?

I just saw a UPS truck drive by and set off a cloud of ash like you wouldn't believe. Unlike the sweepers all that ash is just going to be blown around and may end up right where it started. Anyone with life threatening respiratory ailments who could DIE FROM EXPOSURE to the ash and dust would be wise to remain indoors and avoid house chores or even moderate physical exercise and certainly not go outside after the UPS truck has gone. And UPS trucks drive by every day and if you factor in DHL and other shippers it would be multiple times a day. Whining about sweepers that actually REMOVE ash, dust and debris is hideously short sighted.

GeneralTree Dec 12, 2017 01:54 PM
What About Street Sweepers?

Please stop the leaf blower comments. People will do whatever they want without your whining. What do you think happens when people drive down the street with those ashes? The Nanny state and helicopter parenting must be stopped.

GeneralTree Dec 12, 2017 01:54 PM
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You're the one calling names because of your horrible upbringing.

Joe G Dec 11, 2017 03:00 PM
What About Street Sweepers?

Unless they're electric, leafblowers are illegal within the City of Santa Barbara. 24 hours a day, every day of the week, all year long. The law has been in place for over 20 years. If you see anyone using a gas powered leafblower, please call the Police Department non-emergency number and report it: (805) 882-8900.

420722 Dec 14, 2017 08:20 PM
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Actually it has been dummy..21 years and counting. Have you even been here that long?

a-1539776313 Dec 11, 2017 04:47 PM
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I'm fairly certain that the leaf blower "law" is no longer in effect, so electric or gas are okay (not that I agree that they should be used). So many professional landscapers and gardeners rely on the leaf blowers, that taken them away would be like taking the knife away from the butcher, or something like that.

ZeroHawk Dec 11, 2017 02:45 PM
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right....the city won't do that, nor will they do much of anything as that is their way. in order to do multiple days of street sweeping, they would have to notify people all over town. most of us that live downtown park on street in front of our houses as the driveways were never built in the older homes. So two days a week we have to watch where we park or get fined by the city. which is pure BS and robbery. So that would be double? Where the hell do you expect people to park? I assumed you didn't think that far ahead... "washing it into our oceans is polluting" right....and ash that falls from the sky doesn't fall on the ocean? A whole lot of dim bulbs online today....

a-1539776313 Dec 11, 2017 01:51 PM
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Saw a guy at an autoshop blowing ash with an air gun this morning... that was nice. I say we need as much street sweeping as possible. They should be running double time to keep this from building up.

tagdes Dec 11, 2017 01:45 PM
What About Street Sweepers?

The sweepers use water and provide containment of the toxic ash as they vacuum it up. This is far better than "letting the ash settle" and wash into the drains and creeks when the rains come and having what was in the street blown into yards by passing vehicles.

CivilEngineer Dec 11, 2017 01:39 PM
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Street sweeper uses water as part of their work, this would minimize the dust. If we don't try to get rid of it, what do you think happens to it? Magically disappears? Washing it into the ocean would be a tremendous waste of water and also be terrible for the ocean. Sea creatures probably would vote against it, as the ash is due to land creature behavior, not theirs. If we don't do anything, then the next time it is windy it will be remobilized. Better hang on to your N95 masks!

Ehdat Dec 11, 2017 01:32 PM
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Yeti, it is not a daily parking roulette. Every week has 168 hours and you must move only for 3 hours in that time frame. (or both sides ; 6 hours on every street in 168 hour week) The revenue it collects from tickets pays for the sweeping contract and administration, and enforcement. It takes tons of debris off the street and crap from the storm drains.. ok, ok.. i agree with you.. a waste and a hassle!

truiz992 Dec 11, 2017 01:32 PM
What About Street Sweepers?

The ash should be washed away. Sweeping would create an already bad situation.

pxn Dec 11, 2017 01:27 PM
What About Street Sweepers?

If the ash is covering the street, passing cars stir it up. Let the sweeper vacuum most of it up. The streets are dirty due to tree debris too. I like the program to keep the streets swept up.

a-1539776313 Dec 11, 2017 01:25 PM
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Between lack of cancellation of street sweeping and use of leafblowers, I think it is time the City made a policy to automatically halt those operations during poor air quality days. Other cities already do this.

GeneralTree Dec 11, 2017 01:03 PM
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Weaponized weather has brought us to this sad state of events.

REX OF SB Dec 11, 2017 04:38 PM
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GENERALTREE: I initially posted my question over the weekend. I DID call the City, but there was no one who could answer my question.

a-1539776313 Dec 11, 2017 01:10 PM
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Please don't inject conspiracist fantasy into a real-life problem.

Always_Running Dec 11, 2017 12:48 PM
What About Street Sweepers?

I support the street sweepers! Americans aren’t like Italians. I rarely see residents or shop keepers sweeping the sidewalk or street. Public Works has covered some of the storm drains. Where do you expect the ash to go if no one is willing to sweep it up? Maybe your front yard, the city park, or the schools playground

a-1539776313 Dec 11, 2017 01:23 PM
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Really? I see people, both residential and business owners, sweeping the gutter and sidewalk quite often. Perhaps you aren't awake early enough in the morning to witness it, especially by businesses?

Yeti Dec 11, 2017 12:21 PM
What About Street Sweepers?

The street sweeping program really is a bad joke. It is part of the only local government department that turns a PROFIT each year from the parking fines. This really is the only reason for its existence. It is a very disruptive program forcing the daily game of parking roulette. Just as the Rex states, it really does more of a job of kicking up dust than it does cleaning the streets. Most of the streets in this town don't have a trash problem and thus have no need for street sweeping. Add up the dust and diesel smoke from the vehicle trips all over town daily, it really does not make sense, except for the revenue stream to the local government.

migak5 Dec 11, 2017 02:25 PM
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I love driving into my driveway on Tuesday evenings and that whole side of Olive St is swept and clean. The parking tickets pay for the service; seems like a great relationship. Only those too absent minded get the tickets, and once they get 1, they probably remember to move their cars for at least a year. I sweep the sidewalk in front of our house, and I am glad to see the city sweeps the street.

a-1539776313 Dec 11, 2017 01:23 PM
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Eh, there are a few streets over by Cottage that are never street-swept, and there is a BIG difference.

truiz992 Dec 11, 2017 12:20 PM
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I want to personally thank all the gardeners in my West Side neighborhood for this mornings Ash Storm thanks to the use of their leaf blowers. This shouldn't be allowed and I'm surprised these people think it's ok. My first Rant.

truiz992 Dec 11, 2017 03:30 PM
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Really ? Like you wouldn't be upset if your neighbors blew their ash your way. Get real. I water my ash down and don't blow it into the neighbors space. Let me guess, you sweep your sidewalk off and straight into the street for the street sweepers to take care of. Maybe it's not illegal but it sure is Inconsiderate.

ZeroHawk Dec 11, 2017 02:47 PM
What About Street Sweepers?

why shouldn't it be allowed? those guys are paid to do a job (that none of you would do) and they do it, even in the middle of a fire storm. Life goes on. How about being proactive and getting rid of the ash yourself in your neighborhood. That way, you can do it the way you prefer and don't have to get online and cry because someone else is doing it their way *gasp*....

a-1539776313 Dec 11, 2017 12:08 PM
What About Street Sweepers?

No need to worry about street sweeper. In SB we're more likely to be harmed by a clueless texting cyclist running a stop sign or red light.

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