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Gas-powered leafblowers are still pervasive in Los Altos, despite a 32-year ban on their use. The city council was set to discuss the issue Tuesday.

More than 30 years after the Los Altos City Council passed a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers, their use persists. While environmentally minded residents tout the virtues of electric- and battery-powered alternatives, others say those alternatives have yet to match the affordability and efficiency of the noisy, air-polluting originals.

“We shouldn’t blame our gardeners and say they don’t want to change. They are just trying to make a living,” said Los Altos resident Anne Dumontier. “But right now, the electric alternative is not good enough and too expensive for professional blowers.”

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