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Leaf Blowers at 7 AM on Weekends -- REALLY???

Original post made by quiet resident, Pleasanton Heights, on May 12, 2013

Dear thoughtless neighbor,
You have your yard service come out at 7 AM on every Saturday and I have put up with the endless leaf blowing for months. Get them a rake and a broom. But you topped it off today, Sunday, by having your "contractor" show up before 8 AM to set up power tools.
There is a noise ordinance in Pleasanton and I will have the police department remind you of it next weekend. NO NOISE at those decible levels before 9 AM on Sat, or before 10 AM on Sunday. And if your so-called contractor is really licensed he cannot do work like that on weekends at all.
I have tried talking nicely with you. I am done.

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Posted by nancy s.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm

and no barking dogs that early on weekends either. We have a neighbor that plays in his front yard with his yapping dog at 7:30 Sunday mornings. I call the police.


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Posted by Really
a resident of Birdland
on May 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Why don't you approach your neighbor politely and ask them to be considerate. If they still proceed to not care then call the cops.


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Posted by quiet resident
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on May 12, 2013 at 3:17 pm

"Really" -- try reading the post before commenting.

"I have tried talking nicely with you. I am done." Talking with them, more than once, has accomplished nothing.


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Posted by nancy s.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 12, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Didnt work with the barking dog either


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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

mooseturd is a registered user.

Dear QN,
Where did you come up with those weekend quiet hours? (Comment partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff)


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Posted by AnnaS
a resident of Foothill High School
on May 13, 2013 at 9:06 am

Dear Cecil,
You forgot that the fundamental rights given to you by the Constitution of the United States don't include the right to ignore the Law of United States or your local laws. According to this law you may not drive when you are drunk or open a whore house in a residential area. Also, according to the law you may not ignore noise standards of the Alameda county. If you choose to ignore this law, you neighbors have the right to call the police and to sue you for disturbance.


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Posted by Dear OP
a resident of San Ramon
on May 13, 2013 at 9:20 am

Dear Original Post,
You can move.


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Posted by dear dear OP
a resident of Parkside
on May 13, 2013 at 9:26 am

Yes, move to San Ramon. They have lots of ordinances to prevent bringing day laborers into neighborhoods to perform work they are fully capable of doing themselves, but are to lazy to do, or are afraid of getting their hands dirty. Go post on the San Ramon forum, loser.


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Posted by Cecil
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2013 at 9:39 am

Local laws? What a bunch of rubbish. Just more regulations from the socialist crowd. See West, Texas.


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Posted by Rose
a resident of Parkside
on May 13, 2013 at 9:40 am

Unbelievable...sad...what ever happened to common courtesy being reasonably considerate, folks?? It actually used to be pleasant to live in Pleasanton. Can't we all - as individuals - move back in that direction? Self-serving, self-centered individuals who mistakenly fail to understand what reasonable, civilized people instinctively do understand - one's rights do not entitle you to encroach on the rights of others to enjoy safety, peace and happiness - a lack of self-control or concern for the bigger good makes life miserable and unnecessarily stressful for victimized neighbors and our community. Just a little thoughtfulness goes such a long way. Don't forget - your chilren are watching you all the time and taking their cue from you. We all have to live together - let's do it pleasantly. - what a great place we have - let's make it better!


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Posted by LJ
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 13, 2013 at 9:44 am

Having crews with leaf-blowers come early on Saturday mornings is just bad neighboring.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

"Having crews with leaf-blowers come early on Saturday mornings is just bad neighboring."

I agree. But I don't understand what is accomplished by writing an anonymous open letter about it in the Pleasanton Weekly. I doubt that the target of this open letter has read it. So a note to "Quiet Resident": If talking to your neighbor didn't accomplish anything, take your complaint to the police (I'm pretty sure that they'll support you in view of my understanding of Pleasanton noise ordinances) and then, if necessary, to your other neighbors. I'm sure that they're not happy about the noise, either.


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Posted by PW Readers Husband
a resident of Birdland
on May 13, 2013 at 10:26 am

At least the blower noise lasts only a few minutes. We live next to sports park. The noise there also starts at 7 AM and lasts all weekend and into the evening and most weekdays during the summer. And yes, it's as loud as a leaf blower at times, particularly with loud screams, en masse cheers and people using air horns (thank you Park & Rec for reminding teams not to use them). Sometimes it's difficult to enjoy our own back yard recreation. But public noise is one of the distractions we have for living in one of best 5 climates areas in the world and one of the best cities in the U.S. So remind yourself how nice you have it.


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Posted by AnnaS
a resident of Foothill High School
on May 13, 2013 at 10:35 am

Unfortunately, Pleasanton Weekly doesn't have the option to like peoples' comments, so I Like Rose's comment here.
But, since it's very difficult to find a time for noisy work, which would be suitable for everyone, including old people and babies, noise regulation policies are adopted by almost every community. And unless you believe that America doesn't have to have any laws, or that respect for others is not necessary in American society, please don't confuse socialist regulations with peoples' requests for a quiet weekend rest.
By the way, you can check Section 21-56-d of the San Antonio Noise Ordinances to find out what they will do with your dogs if you will not teach them be quiet.
Web Link


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Posted by Nellie Winfield
a resident of Stoneridge
on May 13, 2013 at 10:38 am

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

Noise is such a problem in the AM or PM. I have party neighbors that start up every summer around noon and at 10 pm they are still at it. After 10 pm I ask them to quiet down as their noise comes right into my bedroom and I can't sleep. Sometimes they do it. If not I call the police and they take over.

After years of this I'm ready to move. Anyone else got noisy neighbors on a regular basis? Have you solved it?


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of West of Foothill
on May 13, 2013 at 11:02 am

Below are Alameda County & Pleasanton's Noise Ordinances. But to summarize, Alameda County is roughly "quiet time" for leaf blowers between 7pm-7am on weekdays and 7pm-8am on weekends. Pleasanton is no leaf blowers between 10pm-6am unless during 6am-8am you have a blower that doesn't generate 73 dBA at 50 feet on weekdays. Weekends & holidays are 10pm-7am no leaf blowers unless from7am-8am the leaf blower doesn't generate more than 73 dBA at 50 feet.

Here is Alameda County's Prohibited Noise Disturbances Ordinance (6.60.050). Web Link

6.60.050 - Prohibited noise disturbances
Electric/Gas Powered Tools in Residential Areas: Vehicle Maintenance.
a.
Operation or use in residential areas between the hours of seven p.m. and seven a.m. on a weekday or between the hours of seven p.m. and eight a.m. on a weekend, of any electric or gasoline powered leaf blower, sweeper, vacuum, lawn mower, trimmer, edger, hedger or similar tool or device which produces sound which is plainly audible at a distance of fifty (50) feet from such device.
b.
Repairing, rebuilding, modifying or testing any vehicle in residential areas between the hours of seven p.m. and seven a.m., in such a manner as to produce sound which is plainly audible at a distance of fifty (50) feet from the vehicle.



Pleasanton's Noise Ordinance is not as clearcut as they have exceptions for how many dBAs the Leaf Blowers are. Here's a link to get to Pleasanton's Municipal Codes: Web Link

9.04.045 Leaf blowers.
Weekdays.
1. On Monday through Friday, no person shall operate a motor powered leaf blower between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
2. On Monday through Friday, between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. no person shall operate a motor powered leaf blower unless the city has determined that the model in use cannot generate greater than 73 dBA at 50 feet. The Echo PB4500 leaf blower has been determined to generate less than 73 dBA at full throttle at 50 feet.
B. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.
1. On Saturday, Sunday and holidays, no person shall operate a motor powered leaf blower between the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
2. On Saturday, Sunday and holidays, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. no person shall operate a motor powered leaf blower unless the city has determined that the model in use cannot generate greater than 73 dBA at 50 feet. The Echo PB4500 leaf blower has been determined to generate less than 73 dBA at full throttle at 50 feet.
C. Business Parks. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, motor powered leaf blowers may be operated at any time within the area bounded by I-580 on the north, Foothill Road and Hopyard Road on the west, Santa Rita Road on the east, and Stoneridge Drive (between Foothill and Hopyard Road) and Arroyo Mocho boundary on the south and also the two business parks commonly referred to as Koll center and valley business park. However, this subsection shall not be effective for those portions of the areas described above which are within 300 feet of a residence. (Ord. 1384 1, 1988; Ord. 1356 1, 1988)


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Sycamore Heights
on May 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

Rose says it very well. The bottom line is we live in a world where selfishness exists on so many levels.

We speak out when others don't care because we hope for a listening ear and for ideas from others when our efforts have been unsuccessful.

I sympathize completely with the concerns and frustrations of "Quiet Resident" (and their choice to be anonymous if that is what they want) because when my friend was dying and struggling with chemo, we dreaded early Friday mornings until noon!
Having peace and quiet disturbed while enjoying your morning or your sleep takes a little pleasure out of life or can even make one sicker.
You can't stop selfish people from being inconsiderate, and those sorts don't listen even to the laws or the police. That is sad for the decent folks on this planet and in our town.
For now, we do what we can to stop them or possibly even reason with them.
Or...use good earplugs or something that is enjoyable listening to cover up the noise if you know it's coming. :-)


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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on May 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Good posts, Rose and Sharon. Our noisy, partying neighbors were driving us nuts, They refuse to grow up and consider they live in a densely packed neighborhood. I guess they are trying to keep up with their college age kids.
In any case, we having mostly resolved the issue by calling the cops, since reasoning with these 'adults' has proved pointless. In addition, we had triple paned windows installed, which cut out a lot of noise and better insulated the house (plus we got a tax credit). We also use earplugs and sometimes leave a fan going to generate some white noise to drown out their screaming from their hottub at 2AM.
When that doesn't work, we let our dogs out at 6am and make sure they bark near their fence, under their bedroom window. paybacks are a beeyatch.


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Posted by ccwc
a resident of Jensen Tract
on May 14, 2013 at 7:39 pm

ccwc is a registered user.

Quit Your Bitchen......the city law is they CANNOT start before I believe it is 8AM....Just call the city....they will put a halt to it. Don't stress - just HANDLE it!! MY GODDNESS!!!!! Life is too short!!


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