After speaking with Assistant City Attorney, Mike Mais I understand their rationale. What I don't understand is the conflicting reports from previous years.
Several years back we were advised that IF there were ZERO noise violations LGB could add a maximum of 11 additional flights. Now we know that is next to impossible because of delays due to weather and mechanicals. We know because many 4th, 7th and 8th district residents have made those complaint calls in the early morning hours when their sleep or quiet time has been disrupted by an arrival or departure outside of the allowable time frames. We know because of the fines that Jet Blue has paid to the Long Beach Library Foundation. So, Tuesday's presentation will be interesting to hear.
We are one of 5 cities in the nation that was allowed a noise ordinance when ANCA was created in the mid-90's. It was blessed because Long Beach had an ordinance in place. An ordinance that was being challenged in a 12 year court battle by dozens of commercial carriers!
The most recent threat was made by American Airlines. In 2002 AA demanded 4 additional slots because of the way that Jet Blue had been awarded 27 slots and then allowed to hold them without using them, as they ramped up their west coast services. Through effective dialogue our city attorney was able to influence Jet Blue to relinquish those 4 flight slots and American Airlines dropped their threat. This AA document will soon be added to our site for your review.
This noise ordinance is our thin veil of protection. Protection for residents who live within the flight paths. Protection for property tax dollars that are the number one source of revenue for our general fund. Protection for all of Long Beach who benefit from higher tax dollars generated from established neighborhood communities such as Bixby Knolls, Los Altos and Cal Heights.
The loss of this coveted noise ordinance could result in the same consequences experienced by the Westchester, Vista del Mar neighborhoods near LAX. This is why it is critical that our elected mayor and council members clearly and accurately comprehend the implications of each one of their decisions relating to LGB. The next decision that will come before them will be whether or not to approve the Jet Blue request for international flights. More on that soon..........
Check in later this week for your invitation to join us for the upcoming rally!