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Let's put tough pressure on the FAA Many thanks to...

August 27, 2004

Let's put tough pressure on the FAA

Many thanks to Barbara Diamond for her excellent story on the jet

aircraft noise problem in her "What's Up" column in the Aug. 20

Coastline Pilot.

Many of us have been fighting the Federal Aviation Administration

for years at least to recognize that there is a noise problem created

by low-flying commercial jets above Laguna Beach, which has been

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aggravated since the closure of the Marine Corps Air Station at El

Toro, and for them to do something about it. (As I write this, two

noisy jets have flown over.) We have written letters to the aviation

administration, met with them, and involved our congressman,

Christopher Cox. For years, the aviation administration has continued

a denial of any change in flight routes or that there was a problem

of noise caused by the allowed routing of commercial jet aircraft

over Laguna Beach at low altitudes.

Finally, we have proof that commercial jet flights over Laguna at

altitudes of less than 7,000 feet have doubled since El Toro was

closed. Cox has requested a meeting with the aviation administration

to determine if there can be a solution. Meetings with the aviation

administration before ended in failure, and the jet noise continues.

The aviation administration is on the hot seat at last. This may be

our last chance at any over-flight relief for some time to come. The

aviation administration is a huge federal bureaucracy that will only

change its ways with political pressure from on high. In this

election year, elected officials seem to listen to the voters'

voices.

I urge every Lagunan to write or call Cox at 1 Newport Place, Suite 420, Newport Beach, CA 92660, call (949) 251 9309 or e-mail to

christopher.cox@mail.house.gov.

The aviation administration is on the hot seat at last. Don't let

its officials off. Let's make some noise of our own, Laguna.

DON KNAPP

Laguna Beach

Design Review members work hard

This is not about whether the decisions the Design Review Board

makes are the right ones or the wrong ones, but about the time, care

and effort they put into making them.

Every week at City Hall, stretching into the midnight hours, they

put themselves on the line for us -- and in the line of fire --

facing off against emotionally charged neighbors, fellow

professionals and prominent developers with whom they are often at

variance. In making their decisions, they risk personal disfavor

within their own communities, even among their own associates on the

board; yet at the couple of Thursday evening review boards I

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