THE LOS ANGELES LEAF BLOWER ORDINANCE VIOLATION REPORT PHONE NUMBERS
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ZAPLA.ORG MISSION STATEMENT: To encourage compliance with leaf blower
bans and restrictions by providing facts, opinions, and access to sources
and to resources.
This web site is intended as a public service, and is provided by volunteers,
with their own donations of time and money. It is a record of our research
and our experiences, which mimic those of other towns across the nation
that have sought blower bans. It is an alert to, and support for,
those who contemplate bans. It may serve as warning not to compromise
Los Angeles Residents, if your neighbors cant or wont control
their gardeners after your polite requests, REPORT a blower in progress
to 877-275-5273 and select number 1, Non-Emergency Crimes. This
is a toll-free non-emergency police assistance number. It is more easily
remembered as 877-ASK-LAPD. Please place it around your house, on
telephones, for use when there is not a life-threatening emergency, but
you need to speak to the Police.
Report every occurrance of ongoing VIOLATIONS TO 213-485-3711.
The previous 800 report number was discontinued by the year 2003.
Also report to your local Neighborhood Prosecutor. This program
was established about 2002 to put L.A. residents in closer touch with
the City Attorney's office. Tell the Prosecutor that this is a quality
of life issue for you, which includes health concerns. Invite the Prosecutor
to a Community Council or other neighborhood meeting. Again, see our Reference
Links and Sources.
|WHO WE ARE
Most Zero Air Pollution (ZAP) members had supported the effort
to ban blowers in Los Angeles for several years before the formation
of ZAP. ZAP is a grassroots group created in 1995 in response
to the formation of a gardeners association that united with
manufacturers and others to challenge a blower ban in Los Angeles.
All ZAP members are volunteers.
With no income or funding, ZAP does not have reason to claim non-profit
status. Either all members chip-in whatever they can towards
a project, or the individual or individuals who conduct a project
pay for its expenses, themselves.
Most of our volunteers are also involved with other volunteer work.
Work on this site has been honored by a Pacific Palisades Community
Council Golden Sparkplug Award, recognition from California State
Senator Sheila Kuehl and Assemblymember Fran Pavley, and Appreciation
from Los Angeles City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski.
|ABOUT OUR INTENT
ZAP discourages use of any and all leaf blowers.
We acknowledge that newer gas blowers made to meet the California
Tier II Air Resources Board requirements are much less polluting
than older models, and that noise levels on some models have dropped
significantly, as measured by ANSI standards, at a 50 foot distance,
facing different directions and then averaged. However, older,
polluting blowers continue to be used. And, though electric blowers
avoid gasoline emission dangers entirely, they still create fugitive
dust and air velocity noise.
There is no containing fugitive dust and Particulate Matter, once
it is disbursed through the air in such a violent manner by any
of the blowers.
Where blowers are used, or in municipalities that have no restrictions,
we hope the information contained in this site will encourage the
wearing of safety gear, and work habits that keep down the distribution
of irritating and harmful fugitive dust and noise.
Most of the information and suggestions on this web site refer to
blower use in residential zones. Blower use in public spaces,
as long as it stops before 500 feet from a residence, is not banned
in Los Angeles.
We urge viewers to follow-up their interests by going to our table
of links to reference source web sites, and our table to which press
references are linked, to see the source of facts that interest
them and for opposition views. Go to original sources. That is why
we provided links to them. Some of the sites in the reference source
table are not actually cited within our web pages, but may prove
of interest to our visitors.
|ABOUT THE LEAF
The issue of leaf blower use is ongoing, especially in areas where
it is a year-round issue. There is a need for the public to show
support of blower restrictions and bans. Continue to let your legislators
know that these laws are appreciated. In the future, manufacturers
may lobby legislators to revisit the issue, claiming the law is
outdated due to new technology. To be reconsidered, we believe new
technology must eliminate air pollution from emissions, noise, AND
fugitive dust. Results should measure blower use in the real world,
rather than hypothetical test conditions.
See a sampling of California
Laws and Definitions of Machines. They are not all bans, but
their definitions of a leaf blower are more precise than the Los
Angeles ordinance. The California
State Health and Safety Code Sec. 41700 Regarding Air Contaminants,
and Motor Vehicle Code 27156
Regarding modification of motors may also be helpful.
Los Angeles City Municipal Code 112.04( c )
The following is considered to be the gas-blower ban.
We recommend you see the whole Noise
Regulation code section.
Effective on February 13, 1998.
(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection (a) above, no gas
powered blower shall be used within 500 feet of a residence at anytime.
Both the user of such a blower as well as the individual who contracted
for the services of the user, if any, shall be subject to the requirements
of and penalty provisions for this ordinance. Violation of
the provisions of this subsection shall be punishable as an infraction
in an amount not to exceed One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), notwithstanding
the graduated fines set forth in L.A.M.C. Section 11.00(m).
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