Who Are We?
UproarLA fights the FAA's "Nextgen" low altitude airplane flightpaths at Hollywood Burbank Airport and Van Nuys Airport. We are a unified coalition of Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley residents, parents and environmentalists committed to rolling back noise and pollution-spewing airplane traffic over our schools, homes, neighborhoods and the Santa Monica Mountains.
Our group includes residents from North Hollywood, Toluca Lake, Studio City, Valley Village, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Hollywood Hills, Laurel Canyon, Coldwater Canyon, Beverly Glen, Bel Air, and other areas. It includes a large number of concerned parents from many of the impacted schools, comprised of over 10,000 students, including: Carpenter Elementary, Colfax Elementary, Dixie Canyon Elementary, Sherman Oaks Elementary, Campbell Hall, Oakwood School, Buckley School, Harvard-Westlake School, Sunnyside Preschool, Millikan Middle School, and Walter Reed Middle School.
What Do We Want?
TO ELIMINATE THE JET SUPERHIGHWAY
To stop, through a legal process, the FAA’s Superhighway of Jets (created by two new flight paths out of Burbank Airport).
This Superhighway is having a devastating effect on all of the communities, schools, parks, and protected open spaces beneath it.
How Will We Do It?
UproarLA has retained the attorney who beat the FAA for Phoenix residents on this exact issue - Matthew Adams of Dentons, LLP. Mr. Adams is a Partner and Chair of the Firm's US Environment and Natural Resources practice, based in San Francisco. There is a strong legal case, especially on procedural and environmental grounds.
Alongside City of LA, UproarLA is preparing to sue the FAA when the proposal becomes final (originally slated for January 3, 2019, but now impacted by the federal government shutdown). There are only 60 days after it becomes final to sue, or there is a risk of being time-barred.
If the FAA decides to do an Environmental Assessment instead, Mr. Adams’s expertise will still be required. He will use that process as the moment to push for what UproarLA and its supporters want; the protection of our communities’ health/well being, our school children, and the protected Santa Monica Mountains.
UproarLA has fully raised a pre-litigation fund of $30,000, and we are currently targeting $168,245 more for a litigation fund.
We have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor, so your contributions will be tax deductible, within IRS guidelines. You can click the DONATE icon above on this site, to be taken to the ioby website where you can donate directly online. Or, you can write a check to ioby (list “UproarLA” in the memo line).
Mail to: ioby
PO Box 4668 #74253
New York, NY, 10163-4668
If you would like a tax receipt for your check donation, please include a note with the check requesting a receipt and provide ioby your email address.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?
1) Please contact your Government Representatives and tell them how important this issue is to you. Click on TAKE ACTION BUTTON ABOVE.
2) Join our new Burbank Airport Outreach working group. We want to remind Burbank Airport we are strong in
our resolve to fight these paths and Burbank’s planned expansion if these paths are not changed. We want
to work with Burbank Airport on other issues as well, e.g. the often repeated “violations” of their voluntary
3) If you would like to do more, UproarLA can always use the help! For example we need:
a. Web Design/Maintenance Help
b. “Block Captains” for even more areas, such as Toluca Lake, The Donas, Beverly Glen, West Sherman
Oaks Hills, and Upper Laurel Canyon
WHY YOU SHOULD GET INVOLVED
1. PARTICULATE EMISSIONS IMPACTS TO TREES AND PLANTS.
Particulate matter deposits on leaves increase plant transpiration and the risk of plants suffering from drought. Particulate matter could thus be contributing more strongly to tree mortality and forest decline than previously assumed.
2. HEALTH IMPACTS FROM AIRCRAFT NOISE AND PARTICULATE EMISSIONS. There are numerous studies documenting the impacts to health from repeated, prolonged exposure. These include:
Airport noise can seriously affect the health and psychological well-being of children, including documented significant increases in blood pressure and stress hormones for children who live near airports. (Munich Airport longitudinal study)
Infant mortality near SeaTac Airport was 50% greater, heart disease was 57% greater, cancer deaths were 36% greater, and life expectancy 36% shorter than for Seattle residents not living near airport.
High levels of aircraft noise were associated with increased risks of stroke, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular disease for both hospital admissions and mortality in areas near London Heathrow airport. US study found statistically significant association between exposure to aircraft noise and risk of hospitalization for people living near airports.
3. NOISE POLLUTION IMPACTS TO WILDLIFE.
Noise pollution in protected areas impacts animal behavior that can have profound impacts on ecosystems that depend on the interactions between plants and wildlife. The New Routes concentrate flight paths over parks, protected open spaces, recreation areas, and wildlife in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Local “sensitive” urban species like hummingbirds, bluebirds, goldfinches, and mockingbirds may avoid areas that are too noisy due to aircraft flyovers. (Source: Draft Environmental Impact Statement for New Passenger Terminal, Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, October 1987).
4. DIMINUTION IN PROPERTY VALUE DUE TO AIRCRAFT NOISE. Study concluded that the higher the relative price of a property, the higher the diminution in value, with largest loss 22.5% - 29% for premium housing and 19% loss for moderately-priced housing.