The Bob Hope curfew garnered support from Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena city officials, as well as Reps. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village), Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks).
Sherman announced legislation to allow Bob Hope and Van Nuys airports to implement mandatory nighttime curfews after years of battles between San Fernando Valley homeowners who maintained that a curfew at Bob Hope would shift flights to Van Nuys Airport, increasing their noise problem.
The Part 161 Study indicated ways to reduce nighttime noise, such as to designate a specific runway, work with traffic control to maintain proper altitude, update the airport’s noise monitoring system and build a “hush-house” for maintenance engine run-ups. A new planned noise study would serve as the basis for future grants from the FAA and define which areas are eligible for noise-abatement upgrades. The program has provided $80 million to insulate 1,642 structures since 1997.