Los Gatos leaf blower ordinance

Leaves mapleMost likely, everyone in the town of Los Gatos is aware that gas powered leaf blowers are no longer legal to use here. What some may not know is that the “grace period” ended January 1st, 2014.

I don’t know about your neighborhood, but in mine, the gas blowers are continuing like nothing has changed.

We spoke with our gardeners when the law passed.  There was some grumbling and a comment that the consumer would pay more in the end, but it was understood.  But guess what – nothing changed: nothing, nada, zilch, zip, niente.

This week I spoke about this with our gardener, whom we have hired to mow and blow for years.  He shrugged it off, saying that he worked in all kinds of places with leaf blower ordinances, and they were NEVER enforced.  And besides, the electric ones don’t do a good job. Oh, and he doesn’t own an electric one to boot.

I let him know that it does matter to me and that I don’t want gas blowers used.  He said he’d use a rake and buy an electric blower.

My sense is that this is what it’s going to take – not a law so much as home owners saying that we care about the noise and the pollution.

That was last week.  We will see what this week brings.  Meanwhile, my neighbors’ gardeners are continuing to make a racket.  I’m hoping that they will step up and talk to their gardeners, too.

 

FAQs on the Los Gatos Leaf Blower Ordinance:

http://www.losgatosca.gov/2059/Leaf-Blower-Ordinance

Opa! Authentic Greek Cuisine in downtown Los Gatos

October 14, 2011

Opa! Greek Restaurant in downtown Los Gatos CAOpa! Authentic Greek Cuisine is a small, local chain of restaurants offering great Greek food at fairly moderate prices.  Earlier this month, I took a friend, who’s also in the real estate industry, to lunch at the Los Gatos Opa in downtown to celebrate her birthday.  I’d never been to any of the Opa restaurants but heard about them a long time ago, so it was a great excuse to give it a try.

We were there on a busy weekday but found the service to be quite good – both fast and pleasant. The food was excellent – and portions huge!  She and I split a salad and even with that, we could not finish it all.  I don’t  know if the serving size is similar on regular entrees or not.  But the taste can’t be beat.  Overall, it’s a very good value.

The one issue that I had with Opa is the noise.  The acoustics are not good and the sound can be deafening – very unpleasant.  This isn’t Opa’s fault – this was also the case when the same location functioned in the past as Pigalle French restaurant and also Vittoria Ristorante Italiano.  Loved both of those restaurants too, but the crashing noise kept me from returning after one try each. Opa actually has added some things to the walls and ceilings which I suspect are there to absorb noise.  It’s a good effort but for me it’s not enough. I could go back if the restaurant were not so full, but wouldn’t want to be there when it’s packed.

 Opa also has locations in Willow Glen and Los Altos (with Walnut Creek opening soon). I want to visit these other two local eateries soon and introduce Jim to their fine food.  Additionally, Opa now does take-out.  Might be a great idea to simply bring some of that wonderfully authentic Greek food home.

Opa! Authentic Greek Cuisine
27 North Santa Cruz Avenue
Los Gatos, CA 95030-5916

(408) 399-7417