by Peter Gumbel
Dec. 3, 1997
To shut out the din of leaf blowers around her Brentwood
home, actress Julie Newmar first tried playing Mozart and
Handel at full volume. When that didn't work, she started
wearing industrial-strength earmuffs. But they made it
hard to answer the phone.
So Ms. Newmar, best known as TV's first Catwoman, has
gone on the attack.
"Ah, for the sound of rakes and brooms on a walk or driveway,"
read antiblower leaflets she has plastered around the neighborhood.
She has written to the mayor of Los Angeles, threatening to move to
New Zealand. And after one neighbor refused to stop his Latino
gardener from using a blower, she bought a can of black paint and
sprayed the word "ruido" - Spanish for noise - in big letters on the
alley outside his house.
The neighbor promptly filed a vandalism complaint. "At least I got
their attention," Ms. Newmar says.
The article goes on to note that because of complaints
like Ms. Newmar's, the Los Angeles City Council passed
an ordinance banning the use of gas-powered leaf
blowers within 500 feet of residences. But, gardeners
protested loudly, and the ban was delayed for 6 months,
until Jan. 1st.