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Quiet Orinda is back

By Jonathan Morales
Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 4:21 pm in Orinda.

Quiet Orinda founder Peter Kendall holds a leaf blower up to a decibel meter during a demonstration at his home in June 2010.

And they’re ready to compromise.

Several Quiet Orinda members spoke during the public comment part of Tuesday’s Orinda City Council meeting, asking council members again to take heed of their complaints about leaf blower noise and pollution.

Rebuffed in their efforts to ban the devices last November, Quiet Orinda members are now asking the council to form a citizens committee that can look for ways to compromise on the leaf blower issue by, for example, limiting blower use to certain hours or days or banning only gas-powered blowers.

The group also wants to partner with the city on a “green gardening” initiative that would encourage residents to hire landscape companies that use environmentally sustainable gardening methods.

Because the request came during the meeting’s public comment period, the council was not allowed to discuss it. We’ll see if the topic shows up on a future agenda.

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2 Responses to “Quiet Orinda is back”

  1. Evan Says:

    Peter Kendall is hoping that the average person doesn’t realize that the decibel level at the source of a leaf-blower is much, much higher than the level in your ear 100+ feet away.

    When you move to a town that has vast amounts of foliage, you’re effectively signing a social contract to which you agree that people will manage that foliage. Virtually every large-garden management tool will produce noise at or above the level of a leaf-blower. Anyone who thinks using a rake to manage green-waste on large properties is a good idea, is clearly delusional and not in touch with reality.

  2. Barbara Says:

    I notice no mention of Kendall’s supposed problem with “sleep apnea” this time around. Does he drive? If he does, is DMV aware?

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