Prang Backs Helicopter Noise Bill

The Weho mayor calls for Council support for a bill in Congress that aims to tighten restrictions on helicopters.

West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang proposed a City Council resolution last week endorsing federal legislation aimed at lessening helicopter noise in urban areas.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), West Hollywood’s representative, is a sponsor of H.R. 456. The bill is supported by California senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and directs the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish more stringent regulations for helicopters that fly over densely populated neighborhoods in Los Angeles County.

“West Hollywood attracts substantial media and paparazzi chasing entertainment industry personalities," Prang said in a statement. "And while many of our residents enjoy the positive portrayal of our city in the news, the noise generated by the operation of these helicopters is unacceptable.”

Prior to the bill's Feb. 4 introduction, the FAA held a series of community forums after members of Congress received complaints from cities including West Hollywood. A report on the government's public outreach effort is expected in May.

The FAA will have a year to adopt new regulations if the bill passes.

“Los Angeles area residents living in Glendale, Pasadena, the Valley, the Hollywood Hills, West Hollywood and other areas are especially affected by intrusive, disruptive and often non-emergency related helicopter traffic above their neighborhoods,” Schiff said in a statement. “The terrain of canyons around the Rose Bowl concentrates low-flying helicopter noise to high levels, and Hollywood Hills and West Hollywood residents frequently suffer from noise generated by celebrity news media that follow stars to the beach, the grocery store or for court appearances.”

Feinstein and Boxer explained the legislation's objectives.

"In addition to reducing noise, this bill would increase safety and minimize commercial aircraft delays while exempting first responders and military aircraft from its limitations," Feinstein said in a statement.

“This legislation will ensure that the FAA sets responsible guidelines that allow helicopters to continue to operate above Los Angeles while protecting residents from excessive noise associated with low-altitude flights,” Boxer said in a statement.

The bill originally was introduced last year by former House member Howard Berman. Schiff reintroduced it when Congress began a new session.

Other members from the Los Angeles area in favor of the bill are Rep. Henry Waxman and Rep. Brad Sherman.

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Tyler February 26, 2013 at 11:32 PM
This would fix the helicopter noise, but next up they will have to deal with the constant fire engine sirens going off every ten minutes like an air raid. And garbage can pounding as well as neighbors that walk too hard as if no one lives underneath you or to the sides of you.
George Martin February 27, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Although I support regulations limiting multiple starstruck helicopters from hovering over the latest must-see TV celebrity news event, I hope it won't affect those traveling in a straight line across our City. Noise from these lasts 20 seconds at most, but many are important to the economic well-being of the region. Off-topic, so you want a law against walking hard? An anti-stomping law? Let's face it, we live smack in the middle of one the most important metropolitan areas in the world. We don't live in the woods.
me February 27, 2013 at 04:50 AM
does anyone remember when the CITY had to pay-out a settlement for JEFF PRANG because he SEXUALLY HARASSED a city staffer when they were up north on business?????....the staffer is still at city hall, which was probably part of the deal....as for why he wasn't forced to resign, i have no idea….. Activist James Fuhrman, using public records requests, publicizes that the City paid $30,000.00 in damages to the victim of the Portland gay pride sexual harassment incident. (source: weho news) http://articles.latimes.com/1999/oct/05/local/me-18851
lahelilog February 27, 2013 at 04:58 AM
I've been running a log of what they do to our DTLA neighborhood. The definition for "emergency" needs to be tightened to mean real emergencies like ... Life Flight and Forest Fires... It literally costs $4k to just lift a bird off, every time. Just for maintenance. Does not include crew and fuel. That's a lot of scrilla when LAPD are sending choppers out to chase people away from the Hollywood sign, which is NOT an emergency, or if the LAPD send out 3 choppers to combat one jewelry thief.... and you know the store HAS insurance.Also NOT an emergency. In the last year DTLA has been assaulted with Dept. of "Offense" and LAPD training. Consisting of disgustingly low flyovers that last for hours and days on end. None of that i an emergency. All of it makes residents feel like they're being held hostage in their own homes. lahelicopterlog.tumblr.com
me February 27, 2013 at 05:50 AM
Sorry, I cannot help myself….I just HAVE to comment on the HALARIOUS campaign flyers I’ve been getting from the incumbents, duran & prang my previous comment in regards to Duran wanting us to believe he personally and fearlessly set up a command post and led the charge until the serial arsonist was apprehended (think battle of the bulge)…..what a RIOT!!!...his next mailer will probably take TOTAL credit away from the reserve deputy who actually caught the guy the next mailer somehow got john heilman (duran’s arch enemy on the council and sudden BFF) pic and quote saying that duran has been a “strong tenants and affordable housing”…..this one is incredibly RICH!!!.....these guys have made plans, along with their developer campaign donor cronies to BULDOZE old apartment housing for luxury condos!!!!.... now this guy ed buck, the fur debacle kook on the street, has switched sides once again and has come out in support of duran to get his 15 minutes of fame (I gotta be honest ed, you already had it centuries ago) now claiming that duran was on board with saving tara…..right, he was on board AFTER the city already lost and he also claims duran is a friend of our 4 legged friends….the city has exactly ONE dog park…..have you been up there lately?....it’s a dirt bowl…..long gone are the wood chips the city used to put down when they showed more interest in being a pet friendly city
me February 27, 2013 at 06:07 AM
on the back of the mailer is a long tirade from some guy named larry gross who is a high-paid executive director of some organization called CES in LOS ANGELES 90020…..now tell me folks, when is the last time you’ve heard of this guy or this org, if ever???....and now he rolls into town with something to say????.....has this guy ever assisted you with your tenants rights in weho as he says???....the answer is a big fat NO, and a simple google search will prove that they have nothing going on in our city....the FACT is, a LOT of people are being harassed by their landlord or are not able to get things fixed, and are getting NOWHERE with their issues at city hall....the council are too afraid to call a town hall meeting for folks having issues with their buildings because the place would be filled to capacity with long lists of problems....WHY aren't THESE issues being addressed??? lastly, for now anyway, a mailer says duran “fosters the energy of our creative city”…..WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOLKS???....is he also a wind turbine that fuels the city??.....and, WHY are we still calling ourselves the "creative city" by the way???.....perhaps it refers to the "creative" way our council sells off our beautiful city to their developer buddies piece by piece as they leave residents to figure out their own issues....
JJ February 27, 2013 at 05:42 PM
to me: what does *that* have to do with this article? I would *love* for something to be done about helicopter fly-overs. In the summer I get ones flying over my yard every 10 mins..so low I can see the color of the clothes the pilot is wearing. Enough already!
JJ February 27, 2013 at 05:43 PM
and this relates to the article how??
JJ February 27, 2013 at 05:45 PM
anything else you want to rant about that has nothing to do with this article....? On second thought...no one wants to hear your ramblings. Stick to the topic at hand please.
Ali February 28, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Larry Gross is the head of the CES, which holds meetings every week in Plummer Park giving advice to tenants that are having problems with their landlords. They are very pro rent control and tenants rights. Somehow, they are on the wrong side in this election however. He thinks Prop C is a republican led prop and that Steve Martin is anti- rent control. CES has been active in West Hollywood since Cityhood. EVERY tenant that has been around since the old days, at least on the east side, has heard of them. However, this has nothing to do with the topic of this article.
me February 28, 2013 at 05:47 AM
me February 28, 2013 at 05:52 AM
it has NOTHING to do with the article JJ (aka michael haibach, prang's deputy), but since the patch doesn't have the money nor staff to keep up with current election news, this is the only way we have to get the REAL NEWS out to the residents of weho before tuesday, and if you or ALI don't like it, TUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mike T February 28, 2013 at 07:32 PM
JJ, Where do you live ?? I fly by (like you said) and if you can tell me the color of my clothes I'll give you a free ride :))
paul March 02, 2013 at 07:05 PM
i also hate the annoying chirping sound of the car alarms that go off all night for no reason ! they need to be fined $
Ali March 04, 2013 at 12:26 AM
I will agree with you there. I have issues with my landlord and got very little help from City Hall.


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