Blow back: Council postpones action on leaf blower ordinance

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Ojai Valley News photo by Andra Belknap

Ojai Public Works Director Greg Grant demonstrates leaf blower technologies to a crowd of approximately 25 outside Ojai City Hall March 14.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

The Ojai City Council tabled a draft ordinance March 14 that would ban the use of leaf blowers within the city limits. City officials pledged to take up the issue once again after six months with the hope that they will arrive at a compromise ordinance.
Since 2014, the city has taken up the leaf blower issue at least once a year. 
Since 1999, 18 city staff reports have been generated on the issue, confirmed city administrative analyst Amber Young.
After nearly two hours of public comment and testimony, Mayor Johnny Johnston asked, “How did we get here?”
Councilwoman Suza Francina responded, “I made a motion to ban gas-powered leaf blowers in 1998,” with a laugh.

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