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SB-50

It’s Back. The California Senate is reintroducing Senate Bill 50 on Tuesday January 7th. SB 50 will allow massive apartment buildings in single-family neighborhoods with no setback restrictions or parking requirements. And we will have no local control! Sacramento leadership is pushing our senators to vote yes on SB 50. We must stop SB 50 now!

SB 50 will have monstrous impacts on all California communities and every Toluca Lake neighborhood. Please immediately contact our Senator Bob Hertzberg and tell him to vote NO of SB 50: senator.hertzberg@senate.ca.gov by email and 818-901-5588 by phone.

Please contact all the Senators listed below. Tell your friends especially those who are constituents of these Senators to voice their objections and insist they vote NO on SB 50.

Senator Bob Hertzberg for Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Valley Village, and Van Nuys residents.
senator.hertzberg@senate.ca.gov by email and 818-901-5588 by phone

Senator Henry Stern for Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks, Encino, Tarzana, and Woodland Hills residents.
senator.stern@senate.ca.gov by email and 818-876-3352 by phone

Senator Ben Allen for Santa Monica, Westwood Village, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Manhattan Beach residents.
senator.allen@senate.ca.gov by email and 310-318-6994 by phone

Do It Now! Send emails and make calls by Friday, January 10th, 2020.

Thank You!

 



7th Annual Toluca Lake Turkey Trot raises $10,000 for LAPD PALS and Toluca Lake Beautification!

On your mark, get set….. go!

Written by Stephen Hampar

The 7th Annual Turkey Trot returned with a roar, (Or should I say Gobble!) attracting runners and local families to partake in the festivities.  Hosted by the Toluca Lake Homeowners Association, 100% of the proceeds go towards the East Valley PALS program and Toluca Lake Beautification Partners. 

We were fortunate to have with us David Ono, Multi-Emmy winning News Anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News as our Master of Ceremonies.  Festivities kicked off (Literally) with a choreographed demonstration by KMA Martial Art kids.  Next, trainers from the Toluca Lake Tennis and Fitness Club led the runners to an arsenal of stretches to prep them for the run.

A special sentiment of gratitude goes out to the Turkey Trot Committee, co-chaired by Ryan Kugler and Dana Boyd, including Beth Eras, Susanne Hayes, Kari Negri, Leah Mangum, Steve Hampar and Mary Vossler who rounded off the committee.  Of course there was Board Member Bob Wexler, our illustrious Turkey Mascot, who seemed to be everywhere during the event. 

TLHOA Turkey Trot Committee (L to R) Mary Vossler, Ryan Kugler (Co-Chair), Leah Mangum, Dan Boyd (Co-Chair), Bob “Turkey” Wexler, Councilmember David Ryu, Beth Eras, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Kari Negri, Steve Hampar.

The event could not have been possible without our generous Sponsors: NBCUniversal, Craig Strong, Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce, Toluca Lake Tennis and Fitness Club, Malbec Restaurant, A5 Events and Hampar Properties, Cindy Wexler Real Estate, KMA Black Belt Champions, Davis Education Services, Generales and Generales, Forget Me Not Florist, The Counter, A La Mutt, Sky Properties, Strength Code, Amarano, Trader Joes, Honey Baked Ham, Coffee Bean, Bob’s Big Boy, Romano’s Pizza and Veggie Grill. Thank you Councilmember David Ryu and Alice Roth, and Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian for your support and helping to coordinate with the City.  Thank you to Chase Bank for hosting the event.  Thanks to Officer Kurtis Delbar, and the LAPD for monitoring the race route.  You are all appreciated!

The Toluca Lake Turkey Trot was originally conceived by Toluca Lake resident Piper Welch in 2011, and ran and promoted through the TLHOA.  We hope to see you next year as the tradition continues!

 

The Toluca Lake Homeowners Association advocates and to gives a powerful voice to the Homeowners of Toluca Lake.

  

 


City Attorney Mike Feuer announced they are filing suit against the FAA in response to Burbank Airport’s new flight path

Dear UproarLA Supporters:

It’s a good day for our cause: Today, City Attorney Mike Feuer and the City of LA announced they are filing suit against the FAA in response to Burbank Airport’s new flight path, which as you know sends departing planes “in a singular, repetitive departure track” at extremely low altitudes over our new communities.  In addition, the City is suing the FAA under the Freedom of Information Act in order to obtain documents which might shed light on the reasons behind the illegal and devastating southerly shift. 

Mr Feuer had this to say: “FAA has allowed this change in departure flight tracks with no public notice, public comment or proper environmental review. The southerly shift has caused a significant increase in airplane noise and traffic, and the lawsuit seeks judicial action to require FAA to order its air traffic controllers to direct aircraft to depart the airport using historic departure tracks.”

“We’re fighting to get relief for tens of thousands of residents and businesses in the southeast Valley and Santa Monica Mountains who’ve borne the brunt of increased aircraft noise and other impacts. Today we’re urging the Court to order the FAA to return to previous flight patterns, and divulge information about Burbank Airport airplane traffic which the public has long been entitled to see.” 

Mr. Krekorian added, “While thousands of my constituents have their lives disrupted day and night by departing planes, the FAA refuses to give direct answers why the shift has taken place. This lawsuit is needed to compel the agency to provide critical information it continues to withhold.”

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UproarLA would like to thank you, our supporters, for making the time, for having the courage, for taking the leadership to SPEAK UP and SHOW UP time and time again. It is unlikely that these developments would have occurred without pressure from the community.

And we would like to heap thanks and praise upon Mr Feuer and his attorneys, and Councilmembers Krekorian, Ryu and Koretz for their courage, leadership and steadfast commitment to the health and well-being of their constituents.  

Show them some love!


UPDATE: From the City Attorney’s office

One month ago, we shared the hopeful news with you that LA City Attorney Mike Feuer had issued a cease and desist demand letter to the FAA, requiring that the illegal and devastating new flight paths out of BUR over our communities halt immediately.

To date, not only has the FAA NOT complied with the cease and desist demand — they have not even replied to the City Attorney’s letter.

While we are not surprised by the FAA’s arrogance and disregard for public health and safety, we are nevertheless angry at once again being ignored. Our strong belief is that the City of LA must take the next step and file a lawsuit against the FAA to halt this nonstop assault on our communities.We are in communication with the City Attorney’s office, who asked that we share this update:

“Please let the community know that our FAA team of lawyers is working overtime on strategizing the next steps that will be the most expedient, efficient and effective way to end the onslaught you and your neighbors are suffering.”

We THANK Mike Feuer’s office for their steadfast action to protect LA citizens and for highlighting what we all know is true: the FAA CONCEDED the path has moved SOUTH of the tracks previously established without public notice, comment or review. We respectfully plead with them to take the next necessary step: strong legal action against the FAA. As noted by Mr. Feuer, the FAA is OBLIGATED to use pre-Metroplex departure procedures, as the ones currently being flown over our NEW COMMUNITY are against their own policy and have never been studied.

UproarLA will continue working closely with our local representatives, our attorney, the media, the city of LA and all key stakeholders to fight FAA corruption. We are grateful for the support of the City, and we truly THANK YOU ALL for continuing to join us in standing up against the FAA and Burbank Airport.

We will continue to update you as events unfold.



Missing Cat

Update on the mother & daughter cats who were orphaned recently when our dear neighbor Fred passed away. Fred lived on Whipple between Ledge & Strohm.
 

Both cats are scared & will not come to you, so a trap with food was set in Fred’s yard, & we now have the daughter safe & sound. Now we need to find the mother & reunite them. They’ve always been together. She’s a grown black & white (mostly black) cat. If anyone sees her, please call or text my assistant, Perry, at 818-383-3242.

Thanks to all you wonderful neighbors for any help you can offer.



2019 Nov 6 – Noise Task Force Meeting

Let’s continue to be vocal so the FAA hears us loud and clear regarding the airplane noise from the Burbank Airport flight paths!  If you attend the next meeting, take a speaker card so you may say a few words about the noise issues you are experiencing.

Noise Task Force Upcoming Meetings
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport
2500 N Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
**Self-parking will be validated, valet parking will not be validated.**
 
Meeting 3: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Meeting 4: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  Meeting 5: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  Meeting 6: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.





THANK YOU! You did it again at the Noise Task Force Meeting #2!

THANKS to the hundreds who attended and spoke out at the second meeting of the Southern San Fernando Valley Airplane Noise Task Force last night at the LA Marriott Burbank Airport Convention Center!

UproarLA kicked off the meeting, and was given 20 minutes to present. They explained the devastating health effects on residents of the new BUR flight paths, as well as interim solutions — jointly presented with former BUR Executive Director Dan Feger. These solutions could be implemented immediately and without the need for FAA approval — providing immediate relief to suffering residents. UproarLA presenters also touched on our F.A.I.R. long-term plan, which will be discussed in more detail by Mr. Feger during Studio City for Quiet Skies’ presentation at the next Task Force meeting.


Task Force members were provided binders containing the presentation, along with hundreds of pages of supporting documents: emails, memos, government studies, sound scientific data — which support the facts laid out by UproarLA. UproarLA’s Powerpoint presentation, including Mr Feger’s remarks, can be found HERE.  All supporting documentation is available HERE.

We are incredibly grateful to Mr. Feger, who traveled to join UproarLA’s presentation, provide his expertise and elaborate on solutions to the problem.

Many Task Force members gave careful consideration to the facts presented, and were given an opportunity to pose questions to the FAA, BUR and VNY. Many of the questions were suggested within UproarLA’s presentation, including: 

  • Why did the FAA violate its own policy and shift noise over a NEW community? 
  • When and why were the flight paths changed? 
  • By whom, how, and when are aircraft vectoring (turning) decisions made? 
  • Why has there been no official noise monitoring in the new affected community? 

We need the Task Force members to insist on timely, complete, and honest answers from airport staff and the FAA. We, and all of our elected officials, must keep the pressure on BUR and the FAA. Because of the FAA’s/BUR’s history of lies and obfuscation, we all must be diligent in demanding meaningful answers, transparency and accountability by those organizations.

Absent from the meeting were the Mayors of Glendale and Pasadena, who are voting Task Force members. We hope they or their representatives will be able to attend these important meetings in the future.

Each of 65 speakers was then given 90 seconds to voice concerns over the effects of the deafening, nonstop noise, pollution, and increased fire hazard. We are grateful to you all for sharing your personal stories with the decision-makes in the room. Your voices are being heard!

NOW we must keep up the pressure!

Call your local officials (contact info below) and 

  • Thank them for participating in the Task Force
  • Ask them to advocate for the New Community being devastated by the new flight paths
  • Insist on full disclosure and answers to all questions from the airports and the FAA
  • Demand the FAA fix this problem now: it has the tools to do so immediately, but as of yet, has refused.

And contact Southwest Airlines, whose flights represent an astonishing 70% of the ultra-low flights over our neighborhoods — tell them how their noise and pollution is upendcing your lives! Tell them about the F.A.I.R. solution:

And please take a minute out of your day to call our elected representatives — they are listening! — and tell them you join LA Councilmembers Krekorian & Ryu in supporting UproarLA’s FAIR plan for SFV aircraft traffic!

LA Councilman Ryu: Justin Orenstein  213-473-7004
LA Councilman Krekorian: Doug Mensman  818-755-7676
City Attorney Feuer: Rob Wilcox  213-978-8100
Mayor Garcetti: David Reich  213-978-0331
Sen. Feinstein: Peter Muller  310-914-7300
Sen. Harris: Heather Hutt  310-231-4494
Cong. Sherman: John Brodtke 818-501-9200
Cong. Adam Schiff: Joe Jankiewicz 818-450-2900


Defeat SB 592 and SB 330!

SB 592 and SB 330 have cleared committee hurdles and will be headed to the Assembly and then the Governor’s office by, or around, September 13th.

We must let our representatives know that we DO NOT SUPPORT ANY BILL THAT DESTROYS SINGLE-FAMILY NEIGHBORHOODS.

Furthermore, neither of the Bills addresses the real problem in California which isn’t a housing shortage, but a shortage of affordable housing.

Please feel free to let our State Representatives, and the Governor, know that there are better ways to solve this problem than ruining neighborhoods.

We can up-zone commercial corridors, develop underutilized state property (thousands of lots), encourage employers to establish their companies further

out in the suburbs in order to change commuting patterns…. We just need the time to RESPONSIBLY figure this out.

PLEASE WRITE, OR CALL, IMMEDIATELY to oppose the passage of these bills.

assemblymember.nazarian@assembly.ca.gov  (818) 376-4246 or (916)319-2046

senator.hertzberg@senate.ca.gov  (818)901-5588 or (916) 651-4018

governor@governor.ca.gov  (916) 445-2841

gavin.newsom@gov.ca.gov


2019 Aug 28 – SB 330 SB 592 SB 50

Just a reminder that SB 330 and SB 592 are being heard on Wednesday, Aug 28 in the Appropriations Committee of the Assembly, chaired by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez and sitting on that committee are Richard Bloom( BH) and Jesse Gabriel (Encino).

assemblymember.gongalez@assembly.ca.gov  

assemblymember.bloom@assembly.ca.gov;

assemblymember.gabriel@assembly.ca.gov

Also letting Senator Portantino know that we support the suspension of SB 50 is important because Wiener is trying to reintroduce this bill.

senator.portantino@senate.ca.gov

Our representatives in both the Senate and the Assembly are under great pressure to support Wiener’s bills.   Our representatives need to hear that their constituents oppose them.

If these bills get through the Appropriations Committees then they get full Senate and Assembly votes before going to the governor.  We don’t have much time.  September 13 is the date that these bills must be approved and sent to the governor or they die.

Encourage everyone to reach out to their representatives and to this committee chair and voice your opposition.  Everyone’s voice matters here, there is a lot of monetary support behind the bills from the Zuckerberg Initiative. So fighting to keep our local control and single family neighborhoods from upzoning needs a lot of voices in opposition to make the difference.


2019 Aug 28 – Task Force First Meeting – Your Attendance is Crucial!

URGENT: PLEASE ATTEND THIS CRUCIAL MEETING!

As many of you know, a “Task Force” has been formed to address community noise concerns and the horrendous new flight paths which are devastating our communities.
The first meeting of the Southern San Fernando Valley Airplane Noise Task Force is:
 
Wednesday, August 28th, 6:30 pm
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport
2500 N Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
 
Click here for more details:
https://hollywoodburbankairport.com/noise-environment/joint-task-force/
 
The Task Force was formed without including one single impacted resident or community group representative – but residents will have the opportunity to speak at this meeting.
 
Please plan to attend, even if you do not plan to speak! Many of our elected representatives and their staff will be there, and they care about numbers. Make your voices heard and show those in power how you feel about the constant barrage of noise and pollution in your once-quiet neighborhood!
 
Please arrive by 6:10 to allow time to park and fill out a speaker card if you wish to speak. Self-parking will be validated, valet parking will not be validated.

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Thanks for being part of our group and your continued support! Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, we’ll be happy to answer when we can.  You can also find out more information or join us in social media (links at the bottom of the email): 

 


2019 Aug 17 – Concept Workshop

 

Our second Concept Workshop is this Saturday, August 17! Come join us at the Marvin Braude Building anytime between 9:00AM and 2:00PM where we will be revealing initial land use concepts for the Southeast Valley communities!

These will be open house style events where attendees can view the information on display and provide feedback to planning staff. The initial concepts are based on the outreach we have conducted in the last 10 months and our own technical analysis. 

There is 2-hour metered parking available along Van Nuys Boulevard and Sylvan Street. The event is also accessible via the Van Nuys Orange Line Station at the corner of Van Nuys Boulevard and Aetna Street (about a 5-minute walk from the venue). Hope to see you there!

 


Together with Studio City for Quiet Skies, we are providing this update to you about some very disturbing developments regarding the new Van Nuys Airport (“VNY”) “fix.”  We have reviewed the FAA materials produced online and watched the FAA presentation of August 6, 2019.  Shockingly, this “fix” appears to create a second superhighway of departures out of VNY running along almost the exact same path as the Burbank Airport (“BUR”) proposed procedures that our communities have vehemently opposed – just in reverse. 

The graphic above is from the FAA 8-6-19 presentation which originally only depicted VNY flight tracks and proposed VNY Waypoint 3. For your reference, we have added street names, BUR proposed procedures waypoints JAYTE and TEAGN, and the BUR path in white.

Under this “fix” many areas of Sherman Oaks and Studio City will receive the majority of VNY departures – running first along Valley Vista and then Ventura Boulevard, as the path travels east from Sherman Oaks through the heart of Studio City, bringing noise and pollution to all under its path.  Neighborhoods along Ventura Blvd and Valley Vista will be severely impacted.
 
And since the revised VNY departure path (and the proposed BUR path) will be up to 0.5 nautical miles wide, per FAA regulations, even neighborhoods and schools deep in the Santa Monica Mountains and along the Mulholland Corridor will continue to get jet traffic (click HERE to see FAA regulations).Our community is already decimated on a daily basis by the BUR flight path and the current VNY path.  Concentrating the VNY path through Sherman Oaks and Studio City would be unimaginable.
 
The FAA claimed in their 8/6/19 presentation that this “fix” can only occur if Los Angeles World Airports and the City of Los Angeles formally request it.*  Therefore, we are asking all of you to write to your LA City Council Member, Mayor Garcetti, LAWA, and the LA City Attorney and let them know this “fix” is completely unacceptable. They must tell the FAA to stop this madness and come up with real, meaningful solutions for both BUR and VNY – simultaneously.
 
And those solutions need to happen NOW!
 
Easy copy/paste email list of officials:
doug.mensman@lacity.org
Nicholas.greif@lacity.org,  
Milene.Minassians@lacity.org
justin.orenstein@lacity.org
joan.pelico@lacity.org
ana.guerrero@lacity.org
David.Reich@lacity.org
Matt.Szabo@lacity.org
Mike.N.Feuer@lacity.org
rob.wilcox@lacity.org,
laxboac@lawa.org
 
*Please note this is contrary to the information provided on the FAA’s IFP Gateway, which provides more details about the procedures including: the CURRENT OPEN comment period through 8/29/19 (public not permitted to comment), and a scheduled publication date of 12/5/19). 

 


2019 July 27 – Concept Workshop

 

Our first Concept Workshop is this Saturday, July 27! Come join us at Harmony Toluca Church anytime between 9:00AM and 2:00PM where we will be revealing initial land use concepts for the communities in the Southeast Valley!

These will be open house style events where attendees can view the information on display and provide feedback to planning staff. The initial concepts are based on the outreach we have conducted in the last 10 months and our own technical analysis.

See Concept Workshop Flyer Here

There will be parking available on adjacent streets. Please do not park in the church parking lot. Also, the venue is about a 15-minute walk from the Universal City/Studio City Red Line Station.