Blower ban will be back on

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
The Ojai City Council voted 3-2 April 11 to enforce laws prohibiting the use of gas-powered leaf blowers within the city’s residential areas beginning July 1.
The Council voted in 2014 to cease enforcement of the noise ordinance banning the use of gas blowers, that had been in place since 1999.
Councilmen Randy Haney and Paul Blatz voted in opposition to the April 11 motion.
“To my mind, it’s time to set a date and say, you know, while we’re looking at how to maybe change the law, we’re just going to end the suspension (of enforcement) on this date, and give proper notice,” said Councilman William Weirick, who noted that the 2014 suspension of enforcement was intended to be a temporary measure.

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