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Portola Valley 'quieter' after gas-powered leaf blower ban

Original post made on Aug 3, 2021

Portola Valley officials say the town is reaping the benefits of its gas-powered leaf blower ban, while Atherton is still working on changes to its policy.

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Posted by MM
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 3, 2021 at 1:24 pm

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Why not go back to rakes... best for the environment. And while we are at in asking people to decrease the water they are wasting on extensive green lawns that no one uses.
Climate change is here, we should act like it

Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Aug 3, 2021 at 3:38 pm

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It’s also quieter because the pandemic decreased air travel exponentially, which has been amazing. Since the implementation of NexGen, which moved the flight path of descending jets to directly over our town, the SFO air traffic over Portola Valley has quadrupled. The jets still flying over (UA in particular) often completely disregard the 8,000 foot rule they agreed to some years back, coming in routinely at and below 5100 feet.

Posted by Ms Walker
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Aug 4, 2021 at 1:09 pm

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I despair of we as a society ever doing anything about climate crisis if we can’t even ban the use of a “gardening” tool that the California Air Resources Board has determined is a major source of air pollution and that has an electric alternative tool already available to use. If we can’t even take this simple step (which would have a beneficial effect on our health), what does it say about our ability to take bold action?