KPCC: Congress: turn down the helicopter noise2/4/13
Rep. Schiff spoke with Kitty Felde, reporter for KPCC about legislation he introduced with Senator Feinstein to regulate helicopters flying over Los Angeles County, causing Angelinos to complain for years about the level of noise. An excerpt is below:
Congressman Schiff says it wouldn’t eliminate all helicopter noise — police and emergency responders would be exempt from the restrictions. But he says it would have "the greatest impact on paparazzi that hovers over Lindsey Lohan’s apartment every time she has a court appearance or some of the tours in the Hollywood Hills or the Rose Bowl."
Schiff says he's had several meetings with neighborhood residents that were interrupted by helicopter noise. "They came flying overhead," he says, "and we had to cease the conversation until they left."
Southern California lawmakers have been urging the FAA to do something about helicopters over L.A. County for several years. The FAA is scheduled to release a report on chopper noise in May, but it may include guidelines rather than new rules. The bill would make regulations mandatory, not voluntary.
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