So far, Concerned Citizen, the mystery organizer of this petition drive, has gathered 49 signatures calling for a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers in Walnut Creek city limits.
The petitioner is hoping to gather 10,000 signatures. The petitioner certainly has a ways to go, and so far a fair number of the signatures come from people outside of Walnut Creek. But these things can take time, the Quiet Orinda folks told me at one point.
Once the petitioner reaches the 10,000 mark, the petitioner will present the signatures to the City Council and to landscapers who use leaf blowers to clear clients' yards of leaves and other debris.
It will be interesting to see how far the petitioner gets with this, and I'd love to find out who this mystery person is. So call or email me!
A lot of my neighbors use leaf blowers, and a lot of my other neighbors hate them. Here's the video I shot of the leaf blower guy doing his work in my cul-de-sac. The video is not so great, but the sound! The sound!
Let the leaf blower debate begin! Hey, maybe Walnut Creek can earn its way into the feature well of a national magazine, as Quiet Orinda did with The New Yorker. I always want to find ways to push Walnut Creek into the national consciousness, especially on issues pertaining to suburban life.
Here's some of what the petition says:
"We should not have to tolerate the deafening sound of leaf blowers outside our homes every single day of the week. Not only do they disturb the peace but according to Quiet Orinda, a group that is raising interest in the subject, they "pollute the air with unburned fuel and hydrocarbons." As well as pollute the air by blowing "matter containing animal fecal matter, molds, spores, fungi, diesel soot, and many allergens," into the air.
Being forced to tolerate this type of sound at the level it is produced, for extended hours, on a daily basis is unreasonable. There are alternatives that are cleaner, quieter and more considerate of the residents, whom the service is intended to assist."