Press Democrat Enthusiastically Endorses Measure V. YES on V!

Now all three local papers have endorsed Measure V — The Sonoma Valley Sun, The Index-Tribune, and The Press Democrat.

The Press Democrat’s Editorial Board wrote an excellent piece endorsing a YES vote on Measure V. It provides a clear and accurate summary of the issue. Bravo PD! And thank you!

Measure V is also endorsed by The Sierra Club, Sonoma County Conservation Action, the Sonoma County Democratic Party, and many businesses and individuals.

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Why I’m Voting YES on Measure V

Measure V upholds an ordinance passed by the City Council, and is on the ballot due to a referendum challenge. Voting YES on Measure V prohibits only gas-powered leaf blowers, while allowing quieter and emissions-free battery/electric blowers.

Some common misunderstandings:

“Will my rates will go up? Will workers lose their jobs?”

In the 20 plus California cities with leaf blower bans, there was NO reported job loss or increases in landscape costs.

“What’s next? Lawnmowers?”

Not a single city that banned gas blowers went on to ban other lawn equipment, motorcycles, or anything else.

“How can my property be maintained without a gas blower?”

Rakes and brooms worked fine for generations. Other options include sweepers and battery blowers. Also, leaves aren’t garbage—leaving them under shrubs and trees provides habitat for amphibians and pollinators, enriches the soil, and decreases water use.

“Batteries don’t hold a charge, and wind up in the landfill.”

The new lithium ion batteries hold a charge for hours, and are fully recyclable.

“I don’t want to have to buy an electric.” The investment in a battery blower is soon recouped in savings for fuel and maintenance that is no longer needed.

“Electric are louder!”

Consumer Reports and other sources confirm: gas blowers are louder. But noise pollution involves more than decibels; frequency and other sound components are what make gas blowers uniquely disruptive.

“The health claims are fabricated.”

The American Lung Association, Mt. Sinai pediatricians, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Harvard School of Public Health, Scientific American, and many such organizations have cited the health risks associated with gas leaf blower use. That’s why the School District and Hospital stopped using them!

“Gas leaf blowers don’t pollute that much.”

Unlike cars, gas leaf blowers are unregulated. 30% of the fuel is emitted unburned from their two-stroke engines. The exhaust contains carcinogenic particulates like Benzene. Other components form ozone, a greenhouse gas 100 times more potent than CO2.

“Why should taxpayers cough up money for a leaf blower Enforcement Officer?”

The Code Enforcement Officer enforces the entire Municipal Code.

“We’ve wasted $100,000 on this issue; there are more important issues!”

That figure was never substantiated. Yes, there are many important issues, including climate change, and air and noise pollution, which Measure V addresses overnight!

“Sounds good! So does Measure V finally prohibit blowing into the street or onto neighboring property?”

YES!!

VOTE YES ON MEASURE V to prohibit gas leaf blowers and improve the quality of life for all Sonomans.

YES ON MEASURE V – Endorsements

 

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Sonoma CALM Committee, Yes on Measure V – Endorsements to Date (partial list):

The Sierra Club

Sonoma County Conservation Action

Sonoma County Democratic Party

Bill Lynch

Nicki Naylor

Katherine and Bernie Krause

Wild Sanctuary

Catherine Sevenau, Century 21 Realty

Tiffany Knef, Sotheby’s Realty

Laurie Gallian, Mayor of Sonoma

Madolyn Agrimonti, Mayor Pro Tem

David Cook, City Council, former Mayor

Joanne Sanders, former Mayor

Steve Barbose, former Mayor

Larry Barnett, former mayor

Bob Edwards and Joan Tillman

Fred Allebach

Ben Boyce

Randall Cook

Tom Conlon

Tim Boeve

Deb and James Fallows

Lucy Weinstein, MD

Chantal Jaycox, RN and Russ Jaycox

Nadja Levesque, RN and Greg Levesque

Dr. Jamie Banks

Grant Dobson, DC, Valley Sport & Spine

Dr. Val Forsythe, DVM

Nicole Abate Ducarroz, School Board Member

Gary DeSmet, School Board Member, and Vicki DeSmet

Georgia Kelly, Praxis Peace Institute

Denise Wilbanks

Inge Hutzel

Peter Coster

David Boger

Veronica Brooks

Dayna Lee

Karin Skooglund

Paul and Kristine Benson

Steven and Andrea Bossio

Paul Maysonave

Thomas Thornley and Robin Nelson

Ed and Debra Vaughn

Liz and Brian Jenks

Sheana Davis

Laura and Rich Stanfield

Mary Favaro

Annie Cassidy and Sam Turner

Cindy and Michael Kenton

Jaime and Rick Love

Darryl and Cecilia Ponicsan

Yannick Phillips

Adam Cottingham

Lori and Kevin McGovern

Terry and Nickolai Mathison

Jaime Peckham and Betsy Griggs

Lynn Clary

Tom Wright

David Eichar and Josette Brose-Eichar

Shannon and Ben DeWeese

Steve Meloan

Connie Rhodes and Mark Janofsky

Pat Coleman and Rick Suerth

Rosemary Hakim

Jules Abate

Mara Lee and Fred Ebert

Sarah Ford and Nick Monroe

Sterling Stevens, Get Reel Lawncare

Renee Wiggs, En-Er-Gy Studio

Zac McCormick, Fine Line Art Supplies

Alex Leader, Leader Glass

Sonoma Old School

EJ 588 Salon

Gigi Phleger, GT Designs

John Micklewright Design

Huntington CALM

Quiet Communities

Organizations choosing not to use gas leaf blowers, for the health and comfort of their students, patients, and customers (partial list):

Sonoma Valley Hospital

Sonoma Valley Unified School District

Vintage House

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

MacArthur Place

Sonoma Market

Williams-Sonoma

Bolt Staffing