2020 Hillsborough Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Survey

**** LET'S BE HEARD AS A COMMUNITY **** THANK YOU FOR TAKING THIS QUICK 3-5 MINUTE SURVEY ****

As concerned Hillsborough residents, the goal of this survey is to:

(1) Quantify the amount of noise & air pollution being generated by gas-powered leafblowers in general across Hillsborough

(2) Educate our community about gas-powered leaf blower ordinances in the Bay area *and* provide a channel for concerned homeowners “to be heard" ... also learn about WHICH communities are allowing ONLY electric leaf blowers

(3) Create momentum & dialogue to prohibit gas-powered leaf blowers at all times/days and encourage electric leaf blowers to protect our Hillsborough quality of life

BACKSTORY
**** Per Hillsborough ordinance 8.32.030, gas-powered leaf blowers are ONLY permitted Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Week-ends and holidays these are PROHIBITED.
**** To report ordinance violations, call Hillsborough police at 650-375-7470 and give approximate address.

Section A. HOW DOES LEAFBLOWER NOISE AFFECT YOUR “QUALITY OF LIFE"?


1A. Are you aware that similar Bay area communities such as Berkeley, Carmel, Los Altos, Mill Valley, Palo Alto, Portola Valley and Saratoga have successfully BANNED GAS-POWERED LEAF BLOWERS?



2A. How many times per day on average are you aware of SIGNIFICANT NOISE from gas-powered leafblowers affecting your Hillsborough household? [pick one]






3A. What are the most common TIME(s) OF DAY you experience significant LEAFBLOWER NOISE? [multiple choices = select all that apply]










4A. What are the most common HOUSEHOLD ACTIVITIES DISTURBED? [multiple choices = select all that apply]
















5A. How many times per year has your family reported to Town of Hillsborough police illegal gas-powered leaf blower noise (illegal = outside of 8am-5pm Monday-Friday)[single choice]




6A. Have the Hillsborough police ever responded to your complaint about ILLEGAL gas-powered leaf blowers and shut down the offending operation?






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7A. Which NEIGHBORHOOD or AREA do you live in? (needed to help pinpoint problem areas) [pick one of Hillsborough Neighborhood Network (HNN) neighborhoods]
















8A. How much would you be willing to pay ONE-TIME to pay your gardener/landscape service to switch to ELECTRIC-POWERED LEAF BLOWER? Note that ~90% of Hillsborough employ weekly gardener services. Across our ~3,900 Hillsborough properties, there are an estimated 150+ unlicensed landscape/gardener services contractors working an average of 4-5 yards per day for 5 days per week = > 150 such trucks with one or more gas-powered leafblowers per truck. If EACH homeowner stepped up and paid their weekly gardener $50 one time, each gardener would receive ~$1,000 which is sufficient for $500+ commercial grade electric leaf blower, plus extra batteries. This assumes they may be charging their spare batteries at your home while they are onsite (insignificant amount of electricity but critical to their business model)








9A. Do you support the concept of one-time TRADE-IN program (similar to other Bay area cities) for gardeners and homeowners to surrender their gas-powered leaf blowers and receive $150-$250 rebate from the town to purchase electric leaf-blower (must provide proof of purchase)? Estimated potential one-time cost to town of $20,000-$30,000 which can be used to effect the alternative equivalent of homeowners manually/directly paying their gardeners a modest $50-$100 one-time fee



10A. Do you support the concept of requiring all gardener services/landscape services to pay an annual $75-$150 business license fee? (currently architects, landscape architects and other professionals are required to be licensed; theoretically, *all* practicing businesses in town must be licensed but it apears 95% of gardeners are NOT licensed)





11A. How much do you pay your gardener/landscape service for "mow and blow” and/or general upkeep?







12A. How large is your property?






13A. Please share any OTHER IDEAS on how we might IMPROVE this survey or manage the issue of GAS-POWERED LEAF BLOWERS





Section B. ABOUT YOU


1B. CONTACT INFORMATION: If you wish to submit your response "anonymously" that is fine. All questions are "optional”.
However, if you choose to provide your name and address, then we can include that data as supporting documentation to our Hillsborough City Council as addendum.

If you would like a copy of the survey results
(which will *not* include the identifying names/addresses/phones), please include your email address below.

**** On behalf of our Hillsborough community, THANK YOU for taking the time to GET INVOLVED *and* SHARE YOUR DATA & OPINIONS ****

This survey is managed by the NO-MO-GAS-BLO grass roots organization of Hillsborough.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO VOTE FOR AARON ZORNES FOR HILLSBOROUGH CITY COUNCIL THIS NOVEMBER 3, 2020.

For more information on this issue and others that he is campaigning on, please see www.hillsborough-quality-of-life.com.


NOTE = Ballot stuffing does NOT work with this survey as we deduplicate based on your IP address ... therefore ONE survey per household maximum is permitted.

NOTE - If you have any technical difficulties after SUBMIT SURVEY button below:
(1) Please BACKPAGE to return to your submission data
(2) Use CONTROL/CMD-C to copy and CONTROL/CMD-V to paste into email
(3) Send to info@no-mo-gas-blo.com (use this email address)

**AFTER** you use SUBMIT button, you will be redirected to a web page for full notes on the other towns' ordinances, how to contact Hillsborough city officials, and more.