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ORDINANCE NO. 1491 <br />ORDINANCE OF THE COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF LOS GATOS <br />PREVENTING AND REGULATING THE AERIAL SPRAYING OF <br />PESTICIDES WITHIN THE TOWN LIMITS OF THE TOWN OF <br />LOS GATOS - URGENCY. <br />WHEREAS, the Town of Los Gatos has previously stated its opposition to <br />aerial spraying of chemicals to mitigate and /or eradicate the Mediterranean <br />Fruit Fly; and <br />WHEREAS, the Council of the Town of Los Gatos has previously indicated <br />its strong support for alternative means of eradication and mitigation of said <br />pest including the stripping of fruit within the Town of Los Gatos; and <br />WHEREAS, the discharge of pesticides by aircraft flying over a large and <br />densely populated community such as the Town of Los Gatos raises problems of <br />potential harm to persons and property; not only from the pesticide itself but <br />from accidents resulting from use of such aircraft; and <br />WHEREAS, the magnitude of these concerns, coupled with the fact that aerial <br />spraying may soon be proposed over the Town of Los Gatos, requires immediate action <br />in order to protect the life, health, safety and general welfare of the Town's <br />inhabitants; <br />NOW, THEREFORE, the Council of'the Town of Los Gatos does ORDAIN as <br />follows: <br />SECTION 1 . Sections 22 -1 through 22 -4 of the Town Code are hereby designated <br />as Article I. Head Shops. <br />SECTION 2 . Article II is hereby added to Chapter 22 of the Town Code as <br />follows: <br />"Article Ii. Aerial Spraying. -- <br />"22-5. Aerial Spraying of Pesticides. <br />22- 5.010. Findings. The Town Council hereby finds and deter- <br />mines that the discharge of quantities of chemical pesticides over the Town of Los <br />Gatos, a densely populated municipality, will render the air difficult and injurious <br />to breathe, causing physical discomfort, allergic responses, and possible injury to <br />many persons, damage to property, including automobiles, and otherwise producing <br />inconvenience and annoyance to inhabitants of the Town by depriving them of pure, <br />uncontaminated and inoffensive air and is, therefore, a public nuisance. <br />