City’s leaf blower discussions put on hold

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Ojai Valley News Photo by Ashley Wilson

Ojai City Councilman Randy Haney (right) smiles during his swearing in ceremony in December 2014 with fellow Councilman Paul Blatz. A complaint has been filed against Haney for participating in leaf blower deliberations because he owns a landscape design company.

Kimberly Rivers, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Discussions regarding a leaf blower ordinance was taken off Tuesday’s Ojai City Council meeting indefinitely due to a complaint filed with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) by Ojai Valley resident Michael Shapiro.

Shapiro, who lives approximately 100 yards out-side the Ojai city limits, said he co-filed the complaint with two city residents, Steven Colomé and Sheri Ann Cate. Together they, along with Ashley Osher, are applying for nonprofit status for a new group — Ojai Citizens for Clean Air — with the goal of instituting a complete ban on all leaf blowers in the city limits.

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