A landscaping crew working for ValleyCrest Landscape has again annoyed East Bay residents with early morning tree trimming and mulching.
Earlier this year, San Ramon area residents were startled awake to the pre-dawn racket of high powered chainsaws, mulchers and other gas powered, heavy equipment.
Here is a video submitted by a reader on March 29, 2013 when the ValleyCrest landscaping crew started work at 4:00 AM:
ValleyCrest commotion started even before sunrise which left many San Ramon Valley area residents in shock and disbelief.
San Ramon Noise Complaint Against ValleyCrest Landscape
Despite noise complaints by area residents to the San Ramon Police department, a ValleyCrest crew again today showed up at the Plaza Gale Ranch Shopping on Bollinger Canyon Road.
Like last time, ValleyCrest Landscape started tree trimming at 4AM, again waking up the neighborhood.
Here is the video:
Video quality is impaired considering the low light conditions at 4:30 in the morning.
San Ramon Noise Ordinance
According to the San Ramon Police department, the City of San Ramon has a long standing noise ordinance which police officers enforce in accord with the San Ramon Code of Ordinances.
Section B6-81 of the ordinance states:
The city council finds that at certain levels, noises are detrimental to the health and welfare of the citizenry and in the public interest should be systematically prescribed. It is the policy of the city to prohibit unnecessary, excessive and annoying noises from all sources.
Section B6-121 which addresses “Violation” goes on to state:
It is unlawful and constitutes an infraction for a person to violate or fail to comply with a provision of this chapter. An infraction is punishable as provided for in Section A1-32 of this code.
And Section A1-32 addresses “Violation—Penalty” as follows:
A. Infractions. Except as otherwise provided by statute or this code, every infraction violation of this code is punishable, upon conviction thereof, by:
1. A fine not exceeding one hundred dollars for a first violation; or
2. A fine not exceeding two hundred dollars for a second violation of the same ordinance within one year; or
3. A fine not exceeding five hundred fifty dollars for each additional violation of the same ordinance within one year.
B. Misdemeanors. Except as otherwise provided by state law or this code, every misdemeanor violation of this code is punishable, upon conviction thereof, by imprisonment in the county jail for not over six months and/or by a fine of not over one thousand dollars.
Opinion — ValleyCrest Landscape Review
Most people would agree that operating power tools in a densely populated residential community at 4 in the morning is rude and annoying.
But repeating the behavior after having been warned by the authorities is taking it too far.
For the dreary eyed residents in San Ramon who were rudely awaken this morning, call the San Ramon police department and consider filing a noise complaint.
San Ramon Police Department