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Encinitas to hold forum on proposed gas-powered leaf blower ban

ENCINITAS — The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce and the city of Encinitas will host a community forum tonight to discuss a proposal to eliminate the use of gas-powered leaf blowers.

The Encinitas City Council is scheduled to discuss the ordinance next month.

Today’s forum will include presentations by city staff members on how the ordinance will benefit the city and help it achieve the goals set in its climate action plan.

City officials also believe the ordinance will decrease levels of noise, dust and allergens.

A violation of the ordinance would result in a fine of at least $100 after a warning, increasing for each violation.

Only electric or battery-powered leaf blowers would be allowed within the city going forward, should the ordinance be adopted.

The forum will be held at the Encinitas Community Center’s Banquet Hall, located at 1140 Oakcrest Drive. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

3 comments

Bill Cavanaugh May 13, 2019 at 8:22 pm

Hmm…I grew up in Connecticut with more leaves in our yard than all of Encinitas combined. We used brooms and rakes to clean yard. We didn’t blow leaves and dirt on our neighbors property. Ban the blower and begin pushing a broom

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Tanesha May 14, 2019 at 7:49 pm

I would love some peace and quiet. Quieter streets and slower moving cars should be next on the agenda. Everything is such madness lately. This is a move in the right direction.

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Bob Dyer May 14, 2019 at 11:40 pm

This ridiculous. It will do nothing for climate change. Electric blowers make almost as much noise and create just as much dust, etc. Are they going to ban lawn mowers, hedge pruners, chain saws, weed trimmers next? Why lead blowers?
The city council has way too much time on their hands if this is what they think is important. This skin to the California legislature that considered banning cow flatulence.
Meanwhile, the city council is going all it can to make encinitas, once known as the flower capital of the world, into the pot capital of the world.

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