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Move Your Jet To Van Nuys, Movie Stars Told

by John M. White |  | 2 comments

Stars Asked To Move Jets To Van Nuys

A Congressional candidate in Los Angeles is asking celebrities to plant their carbon footprint somewhere besides Santa Monica Airport. Democrat Marcy Winograd is suggesting Van Nuys. The candidate for the 36th District has sent letters to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, actors Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise and John Travolta and director Stephen Spielberg asking them to take a "no jet pledge" at SMO. Winograd cited pollution concerns in sending the letter, which has not garnered any responses yet. "The health and well being of people in West L.A. should take precedence over convenience," she told The Santa Monica Daily Press.
John Travolta and his birdShe said she's not suggesting the stars give up their jets, just move them to Van Nuys where the runways are a little farther away from homes and businesses. It's the latest wrinkle in the ongoing battle over SMO, at which the local city council has been trying unsuccessfully to curtail jet activity for years. The environmental angle got their attention. Last Tuesday, city council ordered staff to start lobbying senior levels of government on so-called "ultra-fine particles" that they now suspect are spewed by the jets. In fact, Winograd said she got her idea after attending a forum where researchers discussed the high levels of ultra-fine particles in the air near SMO. It's not known, however, if the particles cause health problems because there's never been a definitive study on their effects. Airport manager Bob Trimborn said there are about 40 jet operations a day at SMO. Now the question is will she speak with Speaker Pelosi and ask her to reduce her carbon footprint with her new Boeing 757 200 seat jet operated by the USAF. I mean, what's good for the goose should be good for the gander - or is it the other way 'round? In a news report tonight it was revealed that Speaker Pelosi has spent over $ 2,000,000 for the use of the Air Force jet to fly her back and forth to California, plus another $ 100,00 plus for food and drink. Party on Pelosi - it won't last forever! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 The bulk of mankind is as well equipped for flying as thinking. — Jonathon Swift

Comments (2)

  • JetAviator7 on June 24, 2019

    The problem – of course – is that technology moves forward and sometimes it is difficult to see far down the road into the future. Even the aircraft operators didn’t expect to own jets 50 years ago, so it is not surprising that problems now arise.

    I would suggest that you work with the local airport and create a users/neighbors group and try to work together to come up with a solution – one that is not one-sided but that works towards co-operation. I am sure the owners of these jets want to be good neighbors too, so I would encourage you to start communicating with one another to find a solution that works for everyone.

  • Sick of the Jets! on June 24, 2019

    I live very close to the airport, and I actually LIKE the airport. But the jets are simply too much. They blast heavy exhaust into the entire neighborhood. The noise rattles our house. And because of the super-short runway, they have to back right up to the wall for takeoff, and landings are hair-raising every time! This airport is a major crash waiting to happen. I wish the airport could go back to being a small airport for prop planes, like it was for fifty years before the corporate jets came in. Then the complaints would all die down. So I agree with this, tell the celebs to keep their jets out!

    BTW, just heard that the FAA will now be testing unmanned drones at SMO. Are they noisy and polluting too?

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