Petitioning Federal Aviation Administration Michael Huerta and 14 others

Stop the Proposed FAA NextGen Flights Over Culver City

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The FAA is proposing changing the flight paths over Culver City beginning 2016. The proposed new flight paths will fly over Culver City High School (and nearby Farragut Elementary School and Middle School) and over downtown Culver City (and Linwood Howe Elementary School). This change is part of the FAA's implementation of a new air traffic control system (NextGen) that allows more planes in the air, flying at a lower altitude, and closer spacing between planes along a narrower flight path, which concentrates flight paths over our homes and schools..

Culver City residents have noticed an increased amount of aircraft noise over our once quiet Culver City neighborhoods. The sky is humming with jet noise, spaced within as little as 60 seconds of each other, plane after plane, throughout the day and night, and the jet noise is noticeably loud (not quiet from a distant). Some of them are flying at such a low altitude residents are able to identify the airline from below. The jet noise and pollution WILL GET WORSE when NextGen takes effect in 2016, and has the potential to negatively change the characteristics of our city and neighborhoods.

Many Culver City residents are concerned the increased jet noise and pollution will negatively impact our home values, businesses, environment, our children's ability to concentrate and learn in school, and their ability to safely play outside without the spew of toxic chemicals from the jet fuel overhead.

Other cities have recently sued the FAA over increased aircraft noise in their neighborhoods due to NextGen.

Phoenix sues FAA over flight path changes:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2015/06/01/phoenix-sues-faa-over-flight-path-changes/28329559/

Plane exhaust kills more people than plane crashes:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/10/101005-planes-pollution-deaths-science-environment/

Lower altitudes of proposed late night flights over Culver City may negatively affect residents' health and sleep:
http://doorstoarrival.com/proposed-flight-path-undermines-lax-noise-abatement-efforts/

The proposed FAA NextGen flight paths over Culver City have the potential to squash a flourishing, vibrant American community that is in the midst of a renaissance.

Culver City is on the international map, known worldwide for art, architecture, and food. Citizens around the world are talking about Culver City as “a magnet for lovers of the arts, good food and culture” and it is considered “L.A.'s new restaurant mecca.” The Culver City Arts District is home to the world’s most cutting-edge art galleries and architecture that, according to the NY Times and the BBC, rival those of other cities around the world. Innovative startups and technology companies (such as NantWorks and Beats Electronics) and entertainment industry giant, Sony Pictures Studios, have made Culver City their home.

Although located within the urban metropolis of Los Angeles, Culver City has its own highly acclaimed local government and has a small town feel where involved residents actively form block party committees to organize annual Fourth of July celebrations with their families, friends, and neighbors. Culver City is an ideal, united, and all-American town that takes pride in its racial, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic diversity. We celebrate and honor our senior citizens and veteran’s community.

Families throughout Southern California and around the world move to Culver City because of our highly ranked, award-winning public schools at the elementary school, middle school, and high school levels. The first public dual-language immersion school in the U.S. began in Culver City. Culver City is also home to some of the most prestigious private schools in Southern California.

Culver City is also known as a pedestrian community where residents, young and old, enjoy and bond with one another in outdoor spaces. When you walk around the residential neighborhoods of Culver City you will see neighbors walking their dogs, environmentally conscious citizens tending to their organic vegetable gardens, senior citizens practicing Tai Chi every Saturday morning in Culver City’s many parks, fathers playing soccer with their sons, and mothers and daughters going door-to-door to raise funds for their schools.

The proposed FAA NextGen flight path over Culver City is a THREAT to EVERYTHING we (and the world) love about Culver City.

We implore you to use all your power, influence, and connections to protect this flourishing, internationally acclaimed American city.

The World is Talking About Culver City:

Culver City: LA’s hottest new neighborhood.
http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20110105-culver-city-ready-for-its-close-up
http://www.utsandiego.com/uniontrib/20070826/news_1t26culver.html

An art district grows in Culver City.
http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/24440/an-art-district-grows-in-culver-city
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B01E3D7153FF930A35757C0A9639C8B63
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-culvergallery27mar27,0,3849,full.story

Culver City is the site of a burgeoning food scene.
http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-critic3may03,0,3270162,full.story

Culver City: L.A.’s newest design destination.
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/next-stop-culver-city

Culver City is a tech haven.
http://culvercity.patch.com/groups/local-internet-companies/p/the-words-out-culver-city-is-a-tech-haven
http://labusinessjournal.com/news/2014/sep/08/culver-city-mayor-talks-tech-development/

Culver City’s local government as a model for other cities.
http://culvercity.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/culver-city-ranked-3-in-los-angeles-countys-88-cities-in-201213

CBS News Media Coverage.

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/09/03/culver-city-residents-warn-of-more-jet-noise-pollution-from-new-faa-flight-paths/

Respectfully,
Parents and Residents of Culver City

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Federal Aviation Administration Michael Huerta
  • SoCal Metroplex EA Federal Aviation Administration
  • United States Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • United States Senator Kamala Harris
  • United States Congressperson Karen Bass
  • LAX Airport Environmental Manager Scott Tatro
  • Culver City Councilmember Jim B. Clarke
  • Culver City Mayor Jeffrey Cooper
  • Culver City Councilmember Meghan Sahli-Wells
  • Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti
  • Mayor of Santa Monica Ted Winterer
  • United States Congressperson Ted Lieu
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin
  • Culver City Councilmember Goran Eriksson
  • Culver City Vice Mayor Thomas Aujero Small


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