KICK UP A LOT OF DUST …BUT NOW SANTA CRUZ IS CONSIDERING RULES AGAINST IT. THERE’S AN INDEPENDENT TASK FORCE LOOKING AT POSSIBLE SUGGESTIONS AND REGULATIONS ON HOW AND WHEN LEAF BLOWERS ARE USED. THEY’VE EVEN SET UP AN ON-LINE SURVEY TO GET PUBLIC INPUT. ACTION NEWS REPORTER PHIL GOMEZ, JOINS US LIVE FROM SANTA CRUZ WITH MORE ON THE PLAN
…PHIL??? THE SANTA CRUZ LEAFBLOWER TASK FORCE IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH THE CITY OR COUNTY. IT’S AN INDEPENDENT GROUP FORMED TO GET AS MUCH INPUT ABOUT WHAT CAN OR SHOULD BE DONE WITH LEAF BLOWERS. THEY’VE GOT AN ON-LINE SURVEY OUT. THE INFORMATION GATHERED WOULD BE USED TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AND LEAF BLOWERS. ALOHA LANDSCAPE OWNER PHIL ROBERSON ADMITS HIS TOOLS OF THE TRADE ARE NOISY AND BLOW AROUND DUST, BUT THEY MEET HIS CUSTOMERS NEEDS. So far, it’s the fastest and most efficient way for cleaning up and until there’s an alternative option, that’s it for now. A FEW MONTHS AGO KEN FOSTER OF TERRA NOVA LANDSCAPING SET UP A TASK FORCE.
THERE ARE NO PLANS TO BAN LEAF BLOWERS BUT THERE ARE PLANS TO EDUCATE ABOUT RESPONSIBLE USE. We quickly realized We just couldn’t ban blowers out right it would be a hardship for a lot of businesses especially if they’re not educated about the problems. THE CALIFORNIA LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION OPPOSES LEAF BLOWER BANS BUT ADDS “LEAF BLOWERS SAVE SIGNIFICANT TIME AND MONEY, BUT THEY SHOULD BE USED JUDICIOUSLY AND COURTEOUSLY.” ROBSONS COMPANY USES GAS POWERED EQUIPMENT BECAUSE ELECTRICAL PLUG-INS AREN’T CONVENIENTLY LOCATED …AND USING A BROOM JUST ISN’T COST EFFECTIVE OR FAST ENOUGH DURING CLEAN UP. If they did come uip with a battery operation solution that was powerful and effective, Great, we’d be happy to use it!” THE LEAF BLOWER TASK FORCE HAS SET UP AN ON LINE SURVEY ON LEAF BLOWER USE. IT’S A TEN QUESTION SURVEY ON SURVEY MONKEY DOT COM THAT ASKS QUESTIONS LIKE: Which of the following possible hazards are you aware of or cause you concern? AND In your opinion, how effective are leave blowers? The thing were’ looking at is gathering information in the community and then to look at an educational program that teaches people who insist on using a leave blower how to use it responsibly and respectfully in the community.
LIVE THE INFORMATION GATHERED FROM THE SURVEY WILL BE USED TO PETITION THE SANTA CRUZ CITY COUNCIL AND POSSIBLY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO FUND EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS AND THEY’RE ALSO ASKING LEAF BLOWERS TO PLEDGE RESPONSIBLE USE. THE LEAF BLOWER SURVEY CAN BE FOUND ON SURVEY MONKEY DOT COM. IT’LL BE UP UNTIL OCTOBER 15TH. THE LEAF BLOWER TASK FORCE ALSO HAS ITS OWN FACEBOOKPAGE WHERE YOU CAN FIND OUT ADDITIONAL
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