Electrify Your ‘No Gas South Pas’ Lawn Saturday at Garfield Park | South Pasadenan
A celebration officially enacting a ban on gasoline leaf blowers will include model demonstrations of battery-powered devices, as well as food, music, children’s activities and a family bike ride on Saturday, November 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. in Garfield Park in South Pasadena.
Billed as Electrify Your Lawn “No Gas South Pas”, the event is part of an effort over the next 11 months to notify independent gardeners and residents of a new ordinance that will come into effect on October 1, 2022.
“We encourage everyone to come and see some of the new battery-powered lawn and garden care equipment replacing the gas-powered polluters that are a major contributor to air pollution – nitric oxide, monoxide. carbon, hydrocarbons and particulates, ”said Michael Cacciotti, the current deputy mayor of the City of South Pasadena who has served on city council since 2001.
Cacciotti, who spearheaded the ban on gasoline leaf blowers, is also a long-time member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District Board of Directors, which offers 75% discounts on leaf blowers, lawn mowers and other non-polluting garden tools. .
Dan Mabe, founder of the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA), will join Cacciotti at the event.
State Senator Anthony Portantino, whose district represents South Pasadena, will be on hand, encouraging the public to switch to electricity.
He also plans to join Cacciotti and others in pedaling the streets of South Pasadena in a cycling event for all ages. Portantino and the mayor pro tem will meet cyclists on Stratford Avenue and Grevelia Street, taking participants along a mostly flat, tree-lined route through the city’s residential areas. Helmets are mandatory and other bicycle safety gear is strongly encouraged, organizers say.
Individuals who complete a passport after visiting a range of vendors during the event will be eligible to participate in a raffle. Among the items to be won will be a 24-inch cordless hedge trimmer donated by AGZA and a $ 100 gift card donated by Armstrong Gardening Centers.
The South Pasadena Natural Resources and Environment Commission was instrumental in approving the ban on gasoline leaf blowers before securing unanimous support from City Council.
While South Pasadena City Council has made efforts to eliminate gasoline-powered leaf blowers, a new state law, AB 1346, will ban their sale, along with other tools, which will come into effect. in 2024.
“It is high time to ban them in our city,” Cacciotti said. “Now is the time for our residents not to have to listen to those noisy machines and breathe in all this polluting air. “
For more information on the “No Gas South Pas” event, call (626) 403-7253. To register for the bike ride, go to SoPasBikeTrain.eventbrite.com