Is the noise of air traffic from helicopters too much? Credit: John Shearer/Getty Images
Look! Up in the sky! It’s…another annoying helicopter. While they are definitely part of the culture in Los Angeles, that doesn’t mean that citizens accept them unconditionally.
With the closing of the 405 Freeway last July and the lack of automobile noise, Westsiders realized just how loud the police, news, paparazzi and touring helicopters can be. Parts of the San Fernando Valley have been complaining about the noise for years, and in Pasadena there’s even a Facebook group dedicated specifically to the annoyance of local police choppers.
As the deafening roar reached a fever pitch, Congressman Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration for a public hearing to address helicopter noise over Los Angeles County. The FAA granted Berman’s request, and will be holding an event tonight (MON) at 6:30 pm in Sherman Oaks. It’s open to the entire community, and the public testimonies heard there will comprise an FAA report to be released within a year.
What complaints do you have about the chopper buzz? Will you attend the meeting tonight? Is this simply just a part of life? And what about other areas of Los Angeles where helicopters serve as one of the main deterrents of crime? How can a compromise be reached there?
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