Update on Culver City's (and support of West Adams) lawsuit against the FAA.

Under the auspices of Attorney Stephen Murray, an attorney in Culver City who filed a lawsuit, West Adams for Quiet Skies filed an amicus brief in support of the Culver City lawsuit. All of the lawsuits for the flight path we are impacted by have been combined by order of the federal judge. The West Adams amicus brief, which raised additional issues beyond the Culver City’s legal arguments, brought in the issues of environmental and social justice and challenged the (meager) noise studies commissioned by the FAA. The judge accepted the West Adams amicus brief, which gives us a seat at the negotiating table (should negotiations begin again). The FAA responded to the brief and Culver City filings, challenging our legal assumptions. All of the plaintiffs as well as West Adams then filed a “reply brief” to the FAA, further arguing the environmental and social impacts. The judge accepted our “reply brief” which is significant.

Simultaneously we have been consulting with a noise expert to consider doing our own noise study, which would cost several thousand dollars. By doing our own noise study, we could then file an administrative challenge to the FAAs noise analysis. Once they reject our study it would give us further legal standing to file an additional, broader lawsuit. An unofficial preliminary noise study was conducted for a couple of weekends with rented equipment, which showed higher noise levels than is allowable by FAA standards pretty regularly. We are currently in discussions with various noise experts to contract for a larger scientific study to prepare for filing an administrative challenge to the FAA as part of our ongoing legal strategy.

Rep. Bass Introduces Amendments To The FAA Reauthorization Package To Crack Down On Rampant Flight Noise

News from Los Angeles and D.C., Representative Bass hopes to get Amendments into the FAA Reauthorization Package to help all the communities that have been inundated with constant jet noise from the FAA NEXTGEN Project. Even though Representative Bass is a Democrat, we all hope the Republicans that control the House will allow these amendments to come to a vote. A synopsis of the amendments can be read at the link below:

https://bass.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-bass-introduces-amendments-faa-reauthorization-package-crack-down

A strongly worded letter from Los Angeles City Attorney to the FAA - March 5, 2018

Big news! The Los Angeles City Attorney Michael Feuer (One of the largest cities in the United States),  Council President Herb Wesson, CD8 Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, and CD11 Councilmember Mike Bonin has sent a strongly worded letter to the FAA seeking relief for its residents from NEXTGEN. Thank you to everyone involved and to our community members that have worked on this issue. Link below:

http://herbwesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Letter-to-D-Elwell_FAA_re-Metroplex-Noise-3-5-18.pdf

An update from CD10 below, also a link to the original post from the West Adams for Quiet Skies Facebook Page:

"UPDATE

The LAX Noise Round Table Ad-Hoc Committee met tonight. We went over latest data and trends continue. Both Council President Wesson's office and Council Member Bonin's are in ongoing conversations with the FAA.

Congressional representatives Bass and Liu are also in engaged talks. Feinstein's office, has arranged a meeting with TRACON (the air traffic controllers for the SoCal Metroplex) next week which will include your elected officials and their staff. Please stay tuned. We will continue to keep you updated on progress and solutions being pursued. Thank you to all of those under this sky highway and our continued efforts in finding solutions to mitigate the loss in our quality of life."

https://www.facebook.com/groups/299465343844789/?multi_permalinks=412252875899368&notif_id=1517903217308759&notif_t=group_activity&ref=notif