Corona del Mar Today: Leaf blower ban on upcoming City Council agenda

March 19, 2011|By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today

The Newport Beach City Council will consider banning gas-powered leaf blowers at its Tuesday meeting, according to city and resident group websites.

In its current draft, the ban would not include electric blowers, going against Council's directive to staff at a November meeting.

The ordinance as drafted would ban gas-powered leaf blowers in residential areas throughout the city, as well as in commercial areas and city parks and medians. It also would allow formal homeowners associations to opt out, and there would be a phase-in period for implementing the ban, according to the Newport Beach website.


The leaf-blower issue has been debated for more than two years in Corona del Mar, where several residents have testified and complained that leaf blowers cause noise and air pollution. One resident even started a petition to ban all blowers.

The city's Environmental Quality Affairs Committee also studied the issue and sent recommendations to the City Council in October 2009.

The City Council has discussed leaf blowers at least twice at meetings, and at one point there was discussion of letting voters decide. In the November 2010 meeting, council members asked staff to draft an ordinance banning all blowers in most areas of the city, with a few exceptions.

The Corona del Mar Residents Assn., which conducted a member poll about leaf blowers in 2009, sent e-mails to 567 members and received 104 responses.

"The responses indicated that 55 percent of the association members that participated in the poll favored a ban on leaf blowers in the community and 85 percent wanted to ban or limit emissions, days/hours of operations, or decibel levels in residential areas," according to the CdMRA website.

Tuesday's council meeting is open to the public, and public comments are welcome. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall at 3300 Newport Blvd. The meeting also will be streamed live at the city's website.


Tree trimming in CdM

Recent tree trimming by Southern California Edison crews have left some residents and city officials wondering what if anything can be done to protect Corona del Mar's trees.

One Newport Beach official called the recent tree trimming "severe and hideous" and said it's nearly impossible to restore the tree's canopy and natural appearance — but that Edison crews have a state mandate to keep plant foliage clear of power lines to protect service.

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