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