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ORDINANCE 2231 <br />AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF <br />LOS GATOS AMENDING SECTION 16.20.60 OF THE LOS GATOS TOWN <br />CODE RELATING TO RESTRICTIONS ON LEAF BLOWER <br />OPERATIONS AND ADDING SECTION 16.20.70 <br />WHEREAS, the use of motorized leaf blowers adversely impacts community health and <br />welfare; and <br />WHEREAS, motorized leaf blowers generate high noise levels, which disrupt <br />neighborhood tranquility, disturb residents, workers and visitors, and thereby degrade the quality <br />of life in Los Gatos; and <br />WHEREAS, the use of motorized leaf blowers increases the volume of particulate matter <br />in the air and thereby exacerbates allergies and respiratory ailments. <br />NOW, THEREFORE, THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF LOS GATOS <br />DOES HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS: <br />Los Gatos Town Code Section 16.20.60 is hereby amended to read as follows: <br />Sec. 16.20.060. Powered equipment. <br />a) Gasoline leaf blowers shall be prohibited from use in all residential, <br />commercial, and industrial zones or public space. <br />b) Electric leaf blowers in excess of 65 decibels shall be prohibited from use <br />in all residential, commercial, and industrial zones or public space, <br />measured 50 feet from the source. <br />c) Miscellaneous nonstationary noise sources such as; electric or gasoline <br />lawn mowers, electrical leaf blowers, edge trimmers, hedge trimmers and <br />other similar moveable noise sources shall be operated only during the <br />hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. <br />weekends in residential, commercial, industrial, public spaces or noise <br />sensitive zones. Leaf blower use is prohibited on Sundays and holidays. <br />d) The provisions of this section shall not apply to emergency work as <br />defined in article I of this chapter. <br />