On The Agenda: Silver Lake council to take up leaf-blower enforcement tonight

By Tony Cella

The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council is scheduled to discuss a proposal tonight  to assist the Los Angeles Police Department in enforcing a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers.

Other items of note on tonight’s agenda include:

  • The Department of Water and Power will provide information about an upcoming meeting on the Silver Lake Reservoir Pipeline replacement project, which will involve draining the reservoir and diverting part of the award winning jogging path.
  • Proposal to support a listing of transportation accommodations for neighborhood council meeting places.
  • Proposal to create an ad-hoc committee to research issues of transgender discrimination.

The council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Micheltorena School, 1511 Micheltorena Street.

Tony Cella is a freelance reporter who has covered crime and grime in Los Angeles, New York City and the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Click here to contact Cella with questions, comments or conce


  1. Gas-powered leaf blowers are as apparent around my area of Silver Lake as is my hatred of the infernal pollution machines whose main purpose is to blow stuff off a lawn and either onto someone else’s property or into the streets.

    It’s the rare day of the week that goes by without one screaming somewhere in my vicinity. And while I’d like nothing better than to see citations given to both the gardeners who use them as well as the property owners who allow them to do so, I question putting this on the plates of our already over-burdened LAPD officers on patrol.

    I would much rather see some sort of public service campaign that raises education and awareness of both the ban and the devices harmful effects, coupled perhaps to some sort of buy-back program — something that rewards rather than penalizes.

  2. This is a great day! Clearly every other crime problem has been solved in the city of Los Angeles so that we can concentrate on trivial bullshit as this.

    • Courtesy and quality-of-life issues ARE important. Other more serious problems can be a symptom of quality-of-life issues – such as rampant ignorance or defiance of the gas-powered leaf blower ban.

  3. I really appreciate the SLNC taking up this issue. Leaf blowers don’t bother folks who are away at the office while they’re being used, but for those of us who work at home they’re a real nightmare. And the pollution they cause (both the 2-stroke engine exhaust they emit and the dust/dirt/poop they throw in the air) is no joke.

  4. I personally don’t know the difference between gas powered, and any other powered leaf blower. I just know that we are breathing that crap that floats after this activity. Brooms used to do the job. Why no longer? So what It if there is a leaf, or blade of grass on your drive, or path way? I’d like to ban leaf blowing by any machine in South Orange County. Comments appreciated.

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