One-Time Use of a Leaf Blower in Manhattan Beach Could Land You in Jail
... the City Council has now voted in favor of letting police issue misdemeanors upon first encounter, leading to jail time or a fat fine.
Now, we're no friend of the leaf blower. Whoever thought it was a good idea to reverse-vacuum your unwanted plant matter (like a non-absorbant napkin, the stuff you wish to get rid of is only displaced, not cleaned, to absurdly frustrating effect) needs to be leaf-blowered to death, without a doubt.
But former Councilmember Mitch Ward may be onto something when he argues to the Easy Reader that the harsh ordinance would make "criminals of hardworking laborers."
Ward continues: "[The council] should know better especially at a time when local jobs are extremely scarce."
But this is obviously about peeved residents, and #whitepersonproblems, and Manhattan Beach cops trying to make their jobs easier. Via the Reader:
Eve Irvine, chief of police of the Manhattan Beach Police Department, said eliminating the sliding scale of violations will lift a burden off of the police department. "It lessens the tracking system, which is kind of a nightmare," she said, adding, "We don't have to worry about somebody violating this infraction twice, getting convicted twice within a 12-month period, and in the third time infraction becomes a misdemeanor. It just becomes a lot easier for us as well, when it comes to citing."
Imagine if we made that argument about every city ordinance?
Los Angeles is much more lax on the practice. A rep for Street Services' investigation and enforcement division tells us that the first three times you're caught leaf-blowing within 500 feet of a residence, you'll be sent a letter. Then you'll get a hearing -- and "if you stay you'll stop, you're probably fine."
Then again, that's probably the reason everyone's moving to Manhattan Beach.