noise pollution

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Petition 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

Stop the Proposed FAA NextGen Flights Over Culver City

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: Plane exhaust kills more people than plane crashes: Lower altitudes of proposed late night flights over Culver City may negatively affect residents' health and sleep: 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. An art district grows in Culver City.,0,3849,full.story Culver City is the site of a burgeoning food scene.,0,3270162,full.story Culver City: L.A.’s newest design destination. Culver City is a tech haven. Culver City’s local government as a model for other cities. CBS News Media Coverage. Respectfully,Parents and Residents of Culver City

Parents and Residents of Culver City
2,193 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Union Pacific

Stop "Rail Squeal" in Austin's Seaholm District

- This is not a complaint about regular train noise. This is about a specific, sustained, high-pitched ring called "rail squeal" that is the result of poorly maintained tracks and cars taking on a curve in the railroad. Union Pacific can do more to fix this problem, but they aren't. - The current decibel level of the rail squeal in the Seaholm District has, at times, exceeded 100 decibels and into the levels considered traumatic to human hearing—and it's happening sometimes multiple times a day and multiple times a night. This is hurting our local businesses, deterring people from enjoying our outdoor spaces, and making it difficult for people to sleep. - There are public park areas (Seaholm greenspaces, Electric Drive, Pfluger Pedestrian bridge and portions of the Lady Bird Lake trail), the new Austin Public Library, restaurants (Boiler 9, True Food, Trader Joe's, Austin's Habibi, Super Burrito, Whole Foods, Trifecta, Irene's), multiple small businesses (salons, boutiques, dentists, real estate businesses, attorneys, medical offices), large companies (Umbel, Under Armour, Athena Health), and homes (Spring Condominium, Seaholm Residences, 360 Condominiums, The Independent, Austin Proper Hotel and Residences, Fifth & West, Northshore, The Bowie, Gables West Avenue, Gables Park Plaza, Gables Park Tower, Amli 300), that currently have people hurting from this problem.  - We have rules in place that prevent trains from honking their horns in our neighborhood during sleeping hours, but rail squeal can be louder than train horns and can last longer -- up to several minutes. All during sleeping hours.  - One solution is to install a CL-E1 system that uses composite heavy fluid compounds to quell the noise. It's a relatively new technology and is currently being used in Europe. A company called ELPA has offered to install the device for a free trial in the Seaholm District, but Union Pacific declined the offer, saying the device was for commuter tracks and not cargo tracks. This is incorrect, as ELPA has pointed out. - Another solution is for Union Pacific to impose better maintenance/weight/speed requirements for the cars that travel their tracks and also to a implement a regular schedule of track maintenance at the Seaholm curve that specifically addresses rail squeal. Currently, they do not have maintenance measures in place specifically for rail squeal. They have lubrication measures for other purposes that sometimes help mitigate rail squeal, and other times seem to make it worse.  

Stop Rail Squeal
639 supporters