project leader
Jill W
location
Valley Vista
(Encino, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Bel Air, BHPO)
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the project

LETS END THE AERIAL ASSAULT!

JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST LOUD, NONSTOP, LOWFLYING AIRCRAFT OVER OUR HOMES!

With its NextGen program the FAA illegally changed where and how aircraft are flying in/out of Burbank and Van Nuys Airports-- sending hundreds of planes a day at dangerously low altitudes over new neighborhoods — dumping toxins, creating relentless noise, and destroying homes, parks & protected open spaces.. These new flight patterns are significantly impacting neighorhoods many miles away from both airports..  These newly affected areas were not previously in flight paths.  Now the FAA has essentially turned the skies above our homes into low virtual runways extending out of two airports, destroying a way of life and harming thousands of residents with unacceptable levels of air and noise pollution. 

And it's a problem that's only going to worsen, because the real goal of NextGen is to enable airport expansion and the increase of air traffic over us, bypassing the physical constraints of these two landlocked airports.  Burbank now plans significanlty increase capacity by building a new terminal.  Van Nuys already has increased air traffic --absorbing a large portion of private jet charter jets from Santa Monica Airport (due to their runway shortening), opening of a US Customs office for international air travel, a new Gulfstream maintenance facility (second in the nation), and no enforceable nighttime curfew.

We’re Fighting Back! Stay Informed

A coalition of LA residents has come together under the banner SAVE OUR SKIES LA (www.sosla.org) to fight for our homes, parks & protected open spaces, and the environment by suing the FAA in federal court this fall.

HOW YOU CAN HELP RIGHT NOW

GIVE TO LEGAL FUND TODAY

Protecting homes and the environment costs money.  We’ve hired lawyers to help us.  To learn more about them and the lawsuit, read the FAQ on our website:  www.sosla.org.

PRESSURE THE FAA

Turn the heat on the FAA to support our claim that the changes are high;y controversial .Object to the new unstudied flight procedures implemented without public notice, comment and environmental analysis.

SUBMIT COMMENTS NOW! (links to IFP Gateway:  https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/procedures/)

the steps

SOSLA sends comment letter to the FAA by July 20, 2020.

SOSLA files petition for review in federal court this fall.

why we're doing it

We're fighting back because the FAA did not include newly affected communities in their decision to drastically alter how and where they would send air traffic over our homes, parks, and protected open spaces and canyons.  Nor did they do any sort of real environmental analysis -- throwing out decades of environemental protections and conventions for how planes fly in and out of airports -- prior to implementing this so-called "modernization" of airspace navigation.  After the FAA made their changes -- without required environmental review and  adquate public notice and comment --  noise complaints went from a handful at both airports to over 430,000 complaints at Van Nuys Airport and almost 2,000,000 complaints at Burbank.  These high numbers reflect the severity of impacts in terms of frequency of air traffic over a narrower area.  In many cases, families have experienced several hundred planes per day flying low over their homes.

There's also the issue of air pollution.  We have a documented study from a UCLA Environmental Sciences professor who confirmed that the black substance being found in our yards is plane soot from these new runways over our homes.

All of this needs to be brought to the attention of a federal court.  Only the judiciary branch (or Congress) has the power to "check" the abuses of the FAA.  We're taking this path, because we been left no other choice.  We've exhausted every other option, and now, we must sue to protect our homes, health, sanity, and way of life.

budget

Legal Fees & Costs - $87,000 (Total legal fees & costs are $92,000; we've already raised $5,000 as the initial retainer)

Website/Marketing/Communications/Misc unknown legal costs - $8,965



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $95,965
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $2,500
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)

(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$1,500
TOTAL TO RAISE = $100,000

 

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