Rep. Bass Hosts Town Hall with LAX and FAA
“The goal of this meeting was to put affected people in the same room with representatives of the organizations that can help mitigate and eliminate these problems,” Rep. Bass said after the meeting, which was held at Sixth Avenue Elementary School in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The town hall provided constituents with information about recent changes in air traffic due to two different causes: airport construction; and changes to flight paths due to the massive FAA NextGen project, which aims to increase the safety and efficiency of the nation’s airspace. The Southern California Metroplex, stretching from San Diego to Ojai, is the latest metropolitan region to undergo these changes.
“My offices have been inundated with calls about airplane noise for over two years now and the calls increased dramatically after the implementation of Metroplex Phase II on March 2nd. A continual barrage of noise is absolutely unacceptable,” said Rep. Bass. “I commend the community for their activism and advocacy in defense of their families and their neighborhoods.”
The meeting featured Dennis Roberts, newly-appointed Regional Administrator for the FAA Western-Pacific; and Scott Tatro, Airport Environmental Manager at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) which includes LAX. They made brief presentations about the changes that have taken place as a result of Metroplex, and because of ongoing runway construction. The meeting, scheduled for 90 minutes, ran for nearly three hours in order to assure that all attendees had a chance to ask their questions and recount the ways that the airplanes affect them, including disrupted sleep, health effects, and loss of income from location filming because of the frequency of overhead flights.
“Of course we want air travel to be safe and efficient, but the agency and the airport have got to pay greater attention to the effects on the ground. This conversation will continue as long as airplane noise and pollution diminish our quality of life,” Rep. Bass said, “as it should.”
You can view photos from the event here.