the noise from local tv news helicopters
Everyone's bothered by local news helicopter noise. Today (originally
written 12/5/02), there was apparently a million dollar drug bust
(believe it or not) in our area of west Sherman Oaks ... and this
evening after 10 PM the news helicopter from KCBS 2 was hovering
over our homes near the 101 and 405 freeways.
The craft was not due to go on the air until 11PM ... meaning they
were planning on sitting over a residential community (ours) until
they went live on the air ... waiting for over an hour!
I called the news desk and explained that they had lots of alternatives
to avoid keeping us awake and asked that they move the chopper until
they needed to go live, or shoot to tape and get the heck out of
town quickly ... or fly much higher and quieter ... keep moving
rather than sit still ... all alternatives.
After getting much grief about their needing to keep us awake so
they can do their jobs ... telling me that it goes on all over LA,
that they are not the only ones ... for the most part this time
they were) and that the LAPD does the same thing ...
I informed them that they were making a huge mistake in their evaluation
of the situation. They know that the LAPD air support helicopters
do not hover but keep moving and that they do their jobs for our
public safety and not to info-tain us with shots that they can get
on the ground without needing to hover for over an hour.
I told them that our Homeowners Association is 3500 members strong
and that doing what they are doing is forcing us to consider boycotting
the local news broadcasts, and contacting our government officials
Well, the chopper at least moved away until 11 PM when they (one
other local 11 PM broadcast helicopter showed up) came back with
a vengeance until they could tell us what they could have told us
from the studio, that a drug bust happened in our community, showing
us boxes piled up in a driveway.
BOXES PILED UP IN A DRIVEWAY!
All that could have been put on tape and they could have been gone
in less than 3 minutes without having to fly under 2000 feet where
we would not have even known they were there!
The point is, our local news media staffs do not care about our
community, they think it is their right to keep residents awake
just to show BOXES PILED UP IN A DRIVE WAY!
The real crime here is that our Council persons have done nothing
to solve this problem that is going on all over this city every
night. Our Mayor does nothing, and our City Attorney does nothing
... and we are supporting these news stations by watching these
So here is what you can do:
When a helicopter from the media disturbs your community don't wait
Call and complain:
Be sure to verify which news stations helicopter is making the noise,
and tell them that they can do better, they have the technology
to fly higher, put it on tape, fly quieter ... and leave us alone.
The following numbers are the news desks at our local TV Stations
... tell them you are no longer going to watch their news programs
unless they stop destroying our quality of life unnecessarily.
Call the news assignment desk at KCBS-2 if it is their helicopter:
.... 323 / 460-3316
Call KNBC-4 if it is their helicopter:
.... 818 / 840-4444 ask for the news
Call and ask for the news desk at KTLA-5 if it is their helicopter:
.... Morning News: 323 / 460-5500
.... News@Ten: 323 / 460-5500
Call the news assignment desk at KABC-7 if it is their helicopter:
.... 877 / 777-3697
Call the news assignment desk at KCAL-9 if it is their helicopter:
.... 323 / 960-3899
Call the news assignment desk at KTTV-11 (FOX) if it is their helicopter:
.... 310 / 584-2369
Then call or email your local City Council Person, City Attorney
and the Mayors new offices in your community and tell them it is
time to reign in these unnecessary assaults on our communities.
Inaction will surely allow these situations to continue.
Below are email addresses to many of our communities leader who
up to now have refused to lead.
Pass this information along to others, no matter where you live
in Southern California ... if you make the calls, they may say they
don't care, but they do care if you don't watch, their advertisers
don't want the negative impact on views like you.
News can be gathered in many ways ... just not from a hovering news
chopper at 600 feet above our homes before 7 AM in the morning or
after 10 PM in the evening!
Sherman Oaks Homeowners Assocation
Airport Noise Committee Chairman
If after reading
the items above, you may wish to email your comments to:
(These email addresses may be cut and pasted directly into your
"Ruth Galanter" <email@example.com>
"Ruth Galanter" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Jack Weiss" <email@example.com>
"Wendy Greuel" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Alex Padilla" <email@example.com>
"Dennis Zine" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Hal Bernson" <email@example.com>
"Rocky Delgadillo - City Attorney" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"BOAC-Ted Stein-Pres." <email@example.com>
"Phil Depoian-Asst. Exec. Dir." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Michael Digirolamo-LAWA" <email@example.com>
"Roger Johnson-Dpty. Exec. Dir." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Lydia Kennard-Exec. Dir." <email@example.com>
"Eileen Levine-BOAC" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"VNY Administration" <VanNuysAdmin@airports.ci.la.ca.us>
"James Hahn - Mayor" <email@example.com>
"Jennifer Stein - Hahn Valley Deputy" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Felipe Fuentes - Dpty. Mayor" <email@example.com>
"Con Howe - LA City Planning Director" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Marc Woersching-LA Plan. Dept." <email@example.com>
The VNY Noise
Complaint number is: 800 / 560-0010