Veteran readers know we have a thing about unnecessary noise. We try not to give voice to it much anymore because, well, things are quiet around the News Bunker and people don’t like a Squeaky Wheel squeaking about the same thing over and over again.
We’ve just said local noise pollution is a problem, it has a detrimental effect on the population and that it is going to get worse. And it is.
And we know many of you wags are going to shrug and peck out “First World Problem” on your keyboard, but others are not looking away.
Our first contact this morning, by the way, was at O Early Thirty and comprised of contact by the head of a Danville Family who, by the look of his photos and the tone of his note to us, set his cap and went out to find the inconsiderate Visigoths who dared to fire up a wood shredder outside his house at 5:30 am.
It must be said that this particular gentleman is a working man who understands the plight and limitations of the working man but 05:30 was just a weeee bit early even for him. He did what several of us have done when confronted by a D9 Caterpillar tractor clearing its throat in Moraga at 5 a.m., or the crew of Leaf Chasers pursuing their interests in a condo complex in San Ramon on a previously sacrosanct Saturday morning.
He reacted. See, some people still work regular hours, fighting and clawing their way to work – and they look forward to some paid-for peace and quiet on a weekend. But nope, uh-uh, ain’t gonna happen no more folks – the Modern World is catching up and threatening to crash over us like a cresting tsunami.
Our Angry Danville Guy jumped in his trusty vehicle to pinpoint the source of this morning’s WhirrrrrWhirrrrrwhrrrr and found a crew of tree trimmers plying their craft near the Danville Lunardi’s store making foliage disappear with singleminded dedication – at 5:30 a.m.
ADG engaged the crew – as others have done recently in San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill and Orinda – and was shocked to learn they were operating with the sanction of the town, telling him they had a permit to do the work.
Others have been told much the same, and probably registered the same disbelief as Angry Danville Guy – although he did not snatch a cell phone out of the hands of an (in his eyes) offending Mow-and-Blo worker in San Ramon; snatch a leaf blower out of the back of a “gardener’s truck” in Walnut Creek, or stand off with a puffed-up and angry, 220 pound Caterpillar operator in Moraga – as others like him have done.
Our hero was left questioning the name of his particular Offender’s company, mocking him from its position on the side of their truck, and to peck out the following to us: Danville gives Lunardi’s permit to cut down trees @ 5:30 AM WITH OUT NOTIFYING 26 RESIDENTS living with in 300 ft!!
Hey, Angry Guy, we feel. We really do. This noise thing, well, it’s a thing – and it’s getting worse, with biologists in some areas reporting that birds in areas where noise is prevalent adjusting their singing in order to compete. When nature starts getting angry at us, people, look out – she’s already plenty yanked off about what we’re doing to her oceans.
As for Noise Pollution, some (like us) will stomp their feet and ball their fists and our heart rates will go up like the scientists say it and other detrimental effects of noise will kick in – and we’ll call the police, our towns, or write an angry letter or email to the local pape… news site.
Will anything be done? That remains to be seen. We’ve had other problems illuminated for us and we haven’t done much to correct them now, have we?