Los Angeles has not adopted any leaf blower regulations because there have been few complaints, Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky said.
That doesn't mean that the councilman is a defender of the machines.
'All the Pollution'
"They aren't a pleasant device. My gardener uses one. I can't count the number of times I've been awakened by them early in the morning. And not only that, here comes all the pollution wafting through the bedroom window."
The Air Quality Management District considered banning leaf blowers in 1982 as part of an air cleanup plan for the Los Angeles Basin. Because of strong opposition from the gardeners' federation and because the gas-driven machines are such a small source of pollution, however, the idea was tabled, agency spokesman Jim Birakos said.
Some critics have suggested that electric leaf blowers would solve the problem for everyone. Gardeners, however, say that the electrical cords are unwieldy, making for slower work, and that most homes do not have outside electrical outlets.