More Public Input To Consider...
This issue is not just about Commercial Flight operations which represent only 1 of the 5 noise buckets. How about the other 4 and the impact a Customs Facility will have on their operations? No one has addressed this "Elephant in the Room". Someone needs to ask, and get a straight "number" answer to the following: "How many operations are potentially possible across all 5 noise buckets?"
Logically whatever we currently have or been averaging will increase significantly by accommodating aviation interests world-wide vs. just the US. The public needs to know and understand the potential impact of filling the other 4 noise buckets.
Submitted by Glennis Dolce on NextDoor.......
No amount of insulation and window retrofitting is going to make living without a noise ordinance enjoyable unless you are gone all day and never enjoy using your backyards, city parks, and other outdoor neighborhood events. What about the schools? We can't even scrape the money together for decent AC for them. Where is the money for them to retrofit? Oh, maybe you don't have kids, or like me, your kids are now grown. What about LBCC and CSULB? Maybe it will end up as bond measures and additions to your property taxes to retrofit for these things. What about your neighbors children? These are neighborhoods. To the folks who like to say " You knew there was an airport here when you bought your home", likewise, JetBlue and other carriers know this is not an international airport. They know they are operating in the middle of neighborhoods filled with people, families, schools, businesses. Do you think they care?
Forcing this down our throats by making campaign contributions to politicians and putting money in strategic places around the city to serve their corporate desires is politics in service to corporations and not the residents.
I hope that if this ends up passing, that those in favor of it are still here 5-10 years from now. I'm going to want to talk with you then.
How is it that only 3 council members with affected residents appear to oppose? So the rest of the council is not interested in supporting their fellow council members on this important issue? Why is that? Politics! They can all come together over support for resolutions on Standing Rock, making pretty crosswalks for fun, 1% for the Arts, free public movies in council chambers (all feel good stuff that looks great on FB, twitter and instagram) yet on these sorts of issues they don't come together.
Hope you all have been calling and writing letters. and are planning to attend the meeting on the 24th.
Those of us who have lived in our neighborhood long enough to remember the lawsuits and conflicts surrounding the noise ordinance do not want to risk reliving these ghastly battles.
We know that everyone on the Council and the Mayor have pledged to keep the noise ordinance as is and we appreciate that.
Our worry is that everyone on the Council and the Mayor cannot guarantee the ordinance will not be challenged again. If we can learn anything from our history, it is that eventually the ordinance will be challenged and the odds of this happening are increased exponentially with the addition of a Customs Facility at our Airport
Our three neighborhood associations represent over 3,000 homes in Long Beach. We have worked hard to rebuild our business corridors and enhance the stability of our neighborhoods.
Since property tax revenue accounts for almost 25 percent of the General Fund, we respectfully ask that you stand in support of Long Beach neighborhoods and politely decline Jet Blue’s request for a Customs Facility at Long Beach Airport.
While we enjoy the existing Airport and appreciate Jet Blue’s reputation and involvement in Long Beach, our opinion is that opening up our noise ordinance to any potential challenge is not worth the risk to the overall financial health of Long Beach.