Leaf Blowers Worth Reporting

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I had to report two leaf blowing incidents today. It is not okay to use a leaf blower to clean up ash. Ever. I don't care whether or not it's illegal, it is ignorant and dangerous to our health. And to those people who think dry sweeping is okay---it is not and is not all that useful. Mist it down first. Works far better.

Please immediately report leaf blowers to SBPD Dispatch: 882-8900.

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a-1526983124 Jan 04, 2018 04:05 PM
Leaf Blowers Worth Reporting

To get around all this legal vs illegal leaf blower business, we just bought a super powerful indoor/outdoor vac from Sears. We placed the suction hose on the exhaust port....voila...blow away your leaves and ash alllll day long without the "Barney" or "Betty" on your block callin' in the heat.

SBPaul Jan 04, 2018 03:36 PM
Leaf Blowers Worth Reporting

I can tell you that it is a waste of time reporting. I think the most effective way to resolve this is with public shaming. People do this all the time and there are no immediate consequences. They pay for a gardener to blow dirt and whatever in their neighbors yard and the neighbor returns the favor a few days later. The only way to stop it is by providing a consequence for the guilty parties. Most gardeners use a blower for less than 5 minutes. If you called the emergency line about a man trying to break in your house you would likely not get a response in that amount of time. If they even respond it is going to be because they were already in the area... And maybe we could ask our police to enforce that ordinance proactively along the long list of other common sense regulations like you can't park a RV bus in front of your home. I would speculate that the same logic is used for why the gardeners cannot be confronted. You don't want to scare away all your "law abiding" informants. This sanctuary state stuff has consequences and like it or not this is one of them. If you say don't worry about breaking into your home and then your asking the intruders to mow the lawn, don't be surprised when you ask your new roomie to do the job neighborly and responsibly and they laugh in your face and reply "No se" This has nothing to do with DACA and everything to do with people hiring cheap labor that is not verified and allowing the labor to break whatever rules they can get away with. If there were actual fines for the land owners this would not be an issue. But we are all glad to complain to the police instead of making it unfashionable and embarrassing to polite your neighborhood.

a-1526983124 Jan 04, 2018 03:04 PM
Leaf Blowers Worth Reporting

First of all, we are discussing the illegal use of gasoline blowers. Secondly, we are "talking" about illegally or legally using blowers to move ash around. *******The ordinance against using gasoline blowers within City Limits of Santa Barbara was passed by the voters on Nov. 1997. That's 20 years ago, as was pointed out by JOEG. There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for anyone to be using a gasoline leafblower anywhere within the City Limits of Santa Barbara. If you witness a person using a gasoline leaf blower within our City Limits, call SBPD at 897-2410 and report this illegal activity.***** There's a reason gasoline leaf blowers were banned: they are filthy----spewing out exhaust created by their fuel which consists of gasoline and two-stroke oil mixture.*****Gasoline leaf blowers are noisy. They serve to move dust and dirt and leaves from A to B, thus riling up the air and filling it with particulate matter. It was a smart move on the part of Santa Barbara voters to ban these polluting machines.*****Please note that even the use of electric blowers within our City Limits has time limits/restrictions: No use before 9AM or after 5PM. Never on Sunday and never on a National Holiday.***** As for blowing the ash around using any kind of blower, that's just plain wrong. We are going to have some good rain soon, good enough to wash off our plants and add some potassium to the soil. Please do the right thing and do not use gasoline blowers, do not condone the use of gasoline blowers by your yard crews. Utilize common sense and don't pollute our air if you can help it.

JoeG Jan 04, 2018 11:18 AM
Leaf Blowers Worth Reporting

Gas blowers are illegal to operate in the City of Santa Barbara. It's been that way for 20 years. We live in a town where we've outlawed plastic grocery bags and public smoking. It's quite surprising that some folks try to make excuses for the use of gas blowers. The (indisputable) gross pollution from exhaust, and the particulate pollution from the kicked-up dust are two excellent reasons to make sure these machines go away permanently. The City has directed the community to call the SBPD non-emergency number (805-882-8900) to report the illegal use of gas blowers. If you want to call to make a report, please feel free to do so. I think our first responders at SBPD are professional enough to decide themselves if they have the time and resources to respond to calls for service.

RHS Jan 04, 2018 10:46 AM
Leaf Blowers Worth Reporting

Now that the rains have damped things down and washed out a lot of gutters and roof tops and such, can we move on to some other hysteria?

tagdes Jan 04, 2018 02:31 PM
Leaf Blowers Worth Reporting

It may have washed out a few gutters and roofs but we were in several different parking lots and it just turned them into stinky sticky soggy ash that got tracked into businesses and onto car mats and will just dry back to the previous issue. Hope for the predicted heavier upcoming rain to actually wash things down.

gummybear Jan 04, 2018 09:40 AM
Leaf Blowers Worth Reporting

It is obvious to me that the city does not care about this issue. I was at Francheschie (spelling?) park this morning and witnessed a city worker using a leaf blower in the parking lot. The part that really got me was that it was sprinkling rain at the time. I have it on video.

GeneralTree Jan 04, 2018 09:37 AM
Leaf Blowers Worth Reporting

There are literally so many other important things going on more important than someone using a leaf blower.

jqb Jan 04, 2018 09:37 AM
Leaf Blowers Worth Reporting

People who aren't sociopaths understand why this is important and what is so dishonest about your framing.

a-1526983124 Jan 04, 2018 11:35 AM
Leaf Blowers Worth Reporting

BOOKMAN, do you drive? You inhale more particulates from that activity than any leaf blower can force down your lungs. Heck you don't even have to be driving, just have lunch at a nice curbside diner and all the stuff you're worried about is naturally blown around by the typical road traffic. Just sayin'.

gunther Jan 03, 2018 08:02 PM
Leaf Blowers Worth Reporting

I think the SBPD might be busy doing actual crime work. So, let’s take a deep breath (no pun intended). It’s going to be ok. The amount of time it would take you to file a police report, you could probably write a polite note to the property owner and ask them to instruct their gardeners. Perhaps the minimal precipitation was enough to ‘mist’ the ash so all leaf blowers are will be safe now. PS ~ gas blowers are prohibited, electric blowers are ok.

Roger Jan 03, 2018 08:54 PM
Leaf Blowers Worth Reporting

That is why I don't call the police very much Why when I can take care of it myself.

420722 Jan 03, 2018 05:54 PM
Leaf Blowers Worth Reporting

I don’t mind leaf blowers to move natural debris around but when your using it to blow this ash away your not blowing it away your just blowing it to your neighbors home, in the street for cars to stir up or just stirring it up for people passing by to breathe in. I know for some of you the smoke and ash didn’t harm you but I have several customers that got really sick from ash inhalation and it’s no joke. Other people lives matter too not just yours what’s wrong with some of you!!!?

a-1526983124 Jan 03, 2018 05:05 PM
Leaf Blowers Worth Reporting

How about spritzing first, and just using the lowest setting on the blower? I would think that would be the best of both worlds, not to mention the time savings.

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