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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 Nov 10 -Toluca Lake Turkey Trot

7th Annual Turkey Trot attracts runners and local families to partake in the festivities. Hosted by the Toluca Lake Homeowners Association, it was decided all proceeds would go towards the East Valley PALS program. East Valley Pals is a non-profit booster organization for the North Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. They provide financial support for the men and women of the LAPD. It often comes as a surprise to the average Angeleno how difficult it is for the city to pay for some essential equipment, training, and special events. PALS attempts to bridge that gap. The North Hollywood Police Dept. has always been there to support Toluca Lake, so this was an opportunity to give back.


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.


2019 July 27 – Proposed Development Scoping Session

Proposed Development at 10063 Riverside Drive

Currently there are plan to build 38 residential units and roughly 10,000 sq. ft. of retail where our Post Office, the UPS Store and the Riverside Restaurant/Red Door stands. They propose providing only 28 parking spaces (1/2 space per unit).

Attend the scoping session at Harmony Toluca Lake Church, 4301 Cahuenga Blvd., Toluca Lake on July 27th. 9AM to 2PM to weigh in on this development, as well as future zoning plans for Toluca Lake.  Note that Councilmember Ryu will be in attendance at 10AM.  https://www.southeastvalleyplans.org/updates.html

Saturday, July 27, 2019  9:00 am
Toluca Lake Church
4301 Cahuenga Blvd.


2019 August 6 – National Night Out

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.


Happy Fiscal New Year: The 2019-’20 City Budget Begins

Happy Fiscal New Year: The 2019-’20 City Budget Begins

The new fiscal year began on July 1, and with it came a number of new budget items that our Councilmember, David Ryu, has been fighting for. The new budget includes an additional $25 million for tree maintenance and increased staff at the Urban Forestry Department, $47 million of sworn overtime of LAPD officer overtime to increase neighborhood patrols, $25 million for repairing broken streets, concrete streets, and alleyways, and greater allocations into addressing homelessness and the City’s reserve fund. A more in-depth analysis of the City Budget can be found here.



2019 July 9 – New Bus Line Scoping Meeting

LA Metro to Hold NoHo Meeting
Re: New Bus Rapid Transit Project

The LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold a series of public meetings regarding a $267 million bus rapid transit project

By Mark Nero, Patch Staff

 

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is inviting the public to attend a series of public meetings regarding the North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Project.

At the meetings, which are being held next month in North Hollywood, Pasadena, Eagle Rock, Burbank and Glendale, Interested members of the public can learn about the project and provide input for the project’s upcoming environmental impact report.

The $267-million, 18-mile project aims to build a Bus Rapid Transit line that would connect the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, traveling east-west between the North Hollywood Station and Pasadena City College with stops in downtown Burbank and Glendale.

The project’s goal is to provide a fast and affordable bus line that will service a corridor that sees more than 700,000 daily trips. The new line would utilize electric buses.
Metro recently completed an Alternatives Analysis and is now evaluating a refined set of routes and station locations as part of the Environmental Impact Report. Throughout the environmental process Metro will continue collaborating with cities and communities along the corridor.

The public meetings are designed to solicit input from the community pertaining to environmental issues, route options, mitigation measures and other issues that should be addressed in the Draft Environmental Impact Report.

Content will be the same at all five scoping meetings.

The meetings are planned for:

North Hollywood
Tuesday, July 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Lankershim Arts Center
5108 Lankershim Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 91601

Pasadena
Wednesday, July 10, 6-8 p.m.
Pasadena Senior Center
85 E. Holly St.
Pasadena, CA 91103

Eagle Rock
Saturday, July 13, 1-3 p.m.
Eagle Rock Plaza
2700 Colorado Blvd., Suite 236
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Burbank
Monday, July 15, 6-8 p.m.
Buena Vista Branch Library
300 N. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91505

Glendale
Wednesday, July 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Glendale Downtown Central Library
222 E. Harvard St.
Glendale, CA 91205

Spanish translation will be provided. ADA accommodations and other translations are available by calling (323) 466.3876 or California Relay Service at 711 at least 72 hours in advance.For additional project information or to provide feedback, visit the NoHo-Pasadena BRT Project website at https://www.metro.net/projects/noho-pasadena-corridor.



2019 July 15 – Airplane Noise Meeting

Airplane Noise from Burbank Airport- If you are affected by Airplane Noise from the new flight paths originating from the Burbank Airport, it is important you attend the meeting on July 15th at 9AM. Let them know you want to speak when you check in.

Monday, July 15, 2019 9:00 am
Burbank Airport Sky Room
2627 Hollywood Way


2019 July 16 – 10063 Riverside Drive Development Update Meeting

10063 Riverside Drive
Mixed use Development plans are in the works!

There are plans to build roughly 38 residential units with approx. 10,000 sq. ft. ground floor retail on the north side of Riverside Dr. east of Mariota, where the Post Office, UPS Store and Riverside Restaurant/Red Door currently stand.  Representatives from the City Planning Dept. will be available to give updates and answer questions.

To hear more about the project, ask questions and voice your concerns, it is important you attend the upcoming GTLNC Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 16 from 7-9PM, located at Toluca Lake Elementary School, 4840 Cahuenga Blvd (Between Camarillo St. and Huston)


Legal Update: Letter to FAA

Matt Adams, our nationally recognized attorney, continues his work on our behalf- aggressively fighting for our community.  He is coordinating with the L.A. City Attorney’s Office, routinely communicating with the FAA, and monitoring any issues that may impact our efforts.
 
Yesterday, Mr. Adams sent a letter to the FAA’s legal counsel pushing forcefully for a resolution to the existing departure routes that are decimating our community.  
 
He also protected a Burbank Airport (“BUR”) solution in light of new flight path changes at Van Nuys Airport (“VNY”).  Mr. Adams noted that UproarLA supports the FAA’s efforts to address noise impact issues at VNY but knows of “no defensible reason why the noise concerns at the two airports would be treated differently.”   
 
He preserved our community’s options for an optimal solution at BUR by reminding the FAA that:
 
A solution at one airport risks creating additional complexity at the other. With that possibility in mind, we note that [federal regulations] explicitly prohibits the FAA from taking any action that would ‘have an adverse environmental impact’ or ‘[l]imit the choice of reasonable alternatives’ until the agency ‘issues a record of decision’ with respect to the proposed New Routes at BUR.  In other words, changes at VNY will not provide a defensible justification for eliminating from consideration-or refusing to adopt-alternatives to the New Routes at BUR.

Read Letter Here

The work Matt Adams does, and will continue to do, is what will get us out from under this horrendous BUR flight path.  But we need your help to fund his work, so please consider making a tax-deductible donation (per I.R.S. guidelines) to our Legal Fund.

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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.


ACS Security

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and as we celebrate America’s independence with family and friends, it’s natural to relax and let down your guard. Rest assured that we won’t!

ACS has been in the business of providing your community full-service home security and patrol for more than 20 years. We remain one of the only local companies that monitors, dispatches, and responds to alarms ourselves.

Here are some tips and reminders to help you enjoy a safe and happy Independence Day:

Make sure your security system is armed when you head out for the celebration!
If you host or attend a barbecue, beware of possible fire hazards and outdoor food spoilage.
If you’re having a pool party, identify a responsible adult to be an honorary lifeguard or search for lifeguard companies in our area like The Swimming Swan at theswimmingswan.com.
Leave your pets at home. Loud noises from fireworks can cause a pet to run away from you. Keeping your pets indoors and secure will keep them safe from dangerous roadways.
Pets should wear I.D. tags with current information at all times. It is the best way to ensure a happy reunion if they go missing.
Lock up valuables in a safe or, if you do not have a safe, hide them in an inconspicuous container in an unexpected location. (i.e. not your bedroom closet!)

 
If you hear or see any illegal fireworks, please report it! Fireworks are a fire hazard in our community. There are plenty of community events to get your fill of fireworks, throughout Los Angeles or in Malibu.

As the one source for all of your security needs, we proudly deliver expedited service to you and your community. Thank you for choosing ACS and allowing us to serve you, your family, and your community.
Sincerely,
ACS Security
100 Bel Air Rd
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Airplane Noise Update

THANK YOU! AND NEXT STEPS

Dear UproarLA Supporters:

What an amazing turnout this morning at the BUR Authority meeting yesterday! About 200 people showed up and packed the room, hallway and stairwell to be heard and share their personal, moving stories. Thank you to all of you who attended and sent letters of support- you represented so energetically and wonderfully the thousands who could not make it.

You can view the meeting in its entirety below:

This meeting resulted in numerous critical first-time admissions by the BUR Authority:

  • The flight path has shifted over areas that never before received aircraft previously and the aircraft are too low.
  • They would return to the historical flight path if they could.
  • It is an emergency and requires immediate action by BUR staff and the Authority.
  • This is the number one issue now for BUR and will be on the agenda every meeting moving forward.
  • They will reach out to the FAA and airlines to start looking for solutions, now.

UproarLA will follow up on the many issues/suggestions raised at this meeting. We will continue to attend every BUR Authority meeting and seek answers and specifics as to what BUR staff and Commissioners have done in the intervening period. We will continue to assure your voices are heard and pressure is applied as aggressively as possible. We will also continue our dialogue with City and Federal officials to pursue specific next steps.

We cannot do this without you, and appreciate your time, efforts and passion. Please keep the pressure on BUR, City of LA and Federal officials- it is paying off!

UproarLA will be sending more specifics on actions you can take shortly.

Thank you for everything you do!


May 15-June 9   Garry Marshall Theatre Discount for THLOA Members


Extended to June 9

The Garry Marshall Theatre has offered TLHOA Members a generous discount for their upcoming production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway play LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL – A Billie Holiday Story, May 15-June 9.

Over a dozen Billie Holiday hits are interlaced with salty and humorous reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.  Continue reading “May 15-June 9   Garry Marshall Theatre Discount for THLOA Members”