• Petitioned Christina Gilmore

This petition was delivered to:

Community Development
Christina Gilmore
Director Community Development
Lisa Grote
City Manager
Susan Loftus
Mayor of San Mateo, CA
Brandt Grotte
San Mateo City Council Member
Robert Ross
Vice Mayor of San Mateo, CA
David Lim
San Mateo City Council Member
Maureen Freschet
San Mateo City Council Member
Jack Matthews

Ban all leaf blowers

    1. John Ebneter
    2. Petition by

      John Ebneter

      San Mateo, CA


The public health benefits for banning  all leaf blowers are greater than private right to inexpensive garden maintenance. There are cheap, viable, zero emissions options for people who prefer perfectly manicured landscapes. It is fair to expect these individuals to pay a slightly higher service cost as opposed to allowing them to pollute the environment in pursuit of their aesthetic ambition.

Leaf blowers pose the greatest threat to the health and hearing of the untold numbers of landscape workers who use them on a daily basis, in most cases without adequate protective equipment, for intervals that far exceed OSHA guidelines.

A leaf blower ban will reduce carbon emissions in our community and therefore improve the health and quality of life of its citizens.

Because they are designed to be air-cooled, the engines release 100% of their tailgate emissions directly into the environment. Small sources of emissions, such as leaf blowers, can add up to be large polluters. By banning leaf blowers the City of San Mateo can make a positive stride towards upholding state and national emission reduction goals.

Leaf blowers are a significant source of noise pollution in our community.

Leaf blowers depredate soil quality

Gasoline-driven leaf blowers have been banned in scores of California counties, including Los Angeles and hundreds of municipalities across the U.S. and Canada, and none of the horrors that were predicted by landscapers - untidy lawns, escalating costs, declining property values - have ever come to pass.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Joyce Jillian SAN MATEO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Noise pollution and they don't do more than blow leaves in someone else's yard.

    • Clare Barnes SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      It's very annoying and toxic. My baby can't nap well. Many leaf blowers are powered by a mixture of oil and gas.

    • Samuel Barnes SAN MATEO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I have a home office and we are inundated each day with multiple blowers from each side of our building. Our child can't nap well either.

    • Joyce Bichler SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      There are less noisy, less polluting options. In our community we live so close to each other so our neighbors choice of using leaf blowers directly affects me - this is why I feel we need regulation of use of these highly intrusive and polluting equipment.

    • carol wilhelmy SAN MATEO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      do the right thing. ban the disease and feces blowers. use rakes and brooms.


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