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December 5, 2012
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Wednesday announced plans to take up legislation to regulate low-flying helicopters above residential neighborhoods in Los Angeles County, saying voluntary controls for the "persistent fly-overs” were clearly insufficient. The announcement comes amid longstanding complaints from residents, particularly in the San Fernando Valley, of low-flying police and news helicopters intruding on their suburban soundtracks. Some news stations voluntarily curtailed the number and hours of helicopter flights during the second Carmageddon event on the 405 Freeway after fielding numerous complaints from residents and calls for restraint from L.A. officials.
THE818NOW
August 15, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, August 15. The Los Angeles City Council showed support Tuesday for a bill that would curb helicopter noise, an issue that residents have recently complained about. The bill would direct the Federal Aviation Administration to set minimum altitudes for helicopters . L.A. Times Meanwhile, one floor below council chambers, a laceration room has opened. Los Angeles  Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he wanted to "make sure that people who are coming back after having a child can feel comfortable and safe," reports City News Service.
THE818NOW
August 9, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, August 9. Feeling hot? Good news: Dozens of public Los Angeles pools will remain open through Labor Day. Many were slated to close next week, but the heat wave pushed the City Council to keep them open . Daily News A man who barricaded himself in a North Hollywood home for over three hours was arrested Wednesday . He apparently told police he had a gun, but no weapon was found. L.A. Times Like living in a big city, but just wish helicopters wouldn't fly over your home at dinnertime?
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | May 22, 2010
CITY HALL — The Burbank Police Department on Tuesday proposed $1.87 million in budget cuts, which include suspending its helicopter program, eliminating positions and reducing animal shelter hours. The proposals, whose savings range from $1.1 million to $65,000 each, include suspending the joint air support program with Glendale and eliminating two school resource officers and one parking control officer. They also call for slashing two animal control officers and one kennel attendant while curtailing the shelter’s hours Wednesday through Saturday.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | May 28, 2008
BURBANK — Students and faculty members at John Burroughs High School are mourning the loss of culinary arts teacher Tania Hurd, 46, who was one of three passengers killed Saturday on a tourist helicopter that crashed on Santa Catalina Island. The Eurocopter AS 350 Island Express helicopter carrying six passengers crashed at 9:30 a.m. Saturday near Two Harbors on the northwest end of the island, said Terry Williams, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board. Hurd and two others were killed, and three passengers, including Hurd’s stepson, C.J. Noecker, were critically injured and are being treated at local hospitals.
NEWS
October 14, 2000
Lolita Harper MAGNOLIA PARK DISTRICT -- A helicopter pilot avoided trees, power lines and oncoming traffic to set down his disabled aircraft in the 500 block of N. Buena Vista Street without causing any injuries or damage, police said. Pilot Mike Dreesman, 60, was flying the Bell 206L Long Ranger helicopter out of Burbank Airport on business just after 8 p.m. Thursday when he felt the aircraft lose power, he said. When he first noticed the drop in rotor speed, Dreesman saw a field in the distance where he intended to land.
NEWS
March 1, 2000
Amber Willard NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- A Burbank boy is facing felony charges after allegedly leading patrol officers and helicopters on a high-speed chase along Burbank streets, officials said. The 16-year-old Burbank boy -- who had neither a driver's license nor his parents' permission to use their car -- was arrested early Monday on suspicion of evading officers, police said. The incident began when an officer noticed the boy driving a 1994 Honda Accord with only one working headlight, police said.
NEWS
October 3, 2001
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- A Burbank Police sergeant is finally coming down to Earth. After 20 years, Burbank Police Sgt. Bruce Speirs will leave the cockpit of the police helicopter he's flown and will hop into a patrol car and uniform to patrol streets in January. "I'm going to exchange my green flight suit for my blue patrol suit," Speirs said. Speirs is leaving his role as chief pilot and supervisor of the department's Air Support Unit to make room for up-and-coming supervisors.
NEWS
June 19, 2004
SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- Three armed men robbed a Burbank office building Friday evening, holding at least one person at gunpoint and stealing an unknown number of cellphones from one of the businesses inside, officials said Friday. No one was injured during the incident, which lasted about one minute and happened about 5:15 p.m. in a four-story office building at 105 W. Alameda Ave. in Burbank, at the intersection of Flower Street, near the Golden State (5)
NEWS
By Richard Tafilaw | March 17, 2010
In a fit of fairness following my recent column, ?This stuff is just plain stupid,? I tried to think of the very best feast for the eyeballs in all of Burbank to write about. After a few minutes of drawing blanks it suddenly hit me, something that really knocked my socks off 35 years ago when I first moved out here from Illinois. On a crisp February evening in 1975 a friend drove me way up on Walnut Avenue to Lockheed View Drive and out into the parking lot across from the Starlight Bowl, where we stopped at the edge of the overlook.
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THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 4, 2014
Burbank and Glendale together are purchasing a new helicopter to replace a two-decades-old one that officials say is past its service life. The Burbank City Council last week unanimously approved the purchase. The city will split the $2.9-million cost with Glendale, leaving Burbank on the hook for roughly $1.4 million. The Glendale City Council signed off on the purchase in October. The new air unit will be replacing a 22-year-old MD-520N helicopter, according to a city report.
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THE818NOW
June 11, 2013
Asserting that voluntary guidelines won't work, elected officials on Monday night urged the Federal Aviation Administration to adopt regulations to reduce the noise and safety risks of helicopter flights over neighborhoods across Los Angeles County. At a public hearing in Griffith Park, the officials targeted a recent FAA report, which concluded that controlling helicopter operations would be better with a voluntary approach instead of hard and fast rules that carry penalties.
NEWS
By Adam Schiff | June 7, 2013
As firefighters struggle to contain the Powerhouse fire that is raging between Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley, we are reminded of the terrible devastation that fire, wind and dry fuel can bring. We are also seeing the tremendous utility of night flying aircraft that can continue the fight when temperatures drop, attack hot spots that threaten containment efforts, or help develop tactical plans for morning. And for the first time in decades, the U.S. Forest Service has a night flying helicopter of its own ready and equipped to aid the fight.
THE818NOW
May 31, 2013
A hearing will be held on June 10 to discuss a recent report from the Federal Aviation Administration looking at helicopter noise in Los Angeles County, particularly the San Fernando Valley. The report leaves open a range of options for how to tackle the noise issues, although most of them center on more studies and discussions with industry stakeholders. Hosted by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), the hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Theatre at the Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way in Griffith Park.
THE818NOW
March 25, 2013
A North Hollywood man who aimed a commercial-grade laser at a private airplane and a Pasadena police helicopter was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison. Adam Gardenhire, 19, pleaded guilty in October to one count of aiming the beam of a laser at an aircraft, which became a federal crime last year. Gardenhire was the second person in the nation to be indicted under the federal statute, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. On March 29, 2012, Gardenhire aimed a commercial-grade laser at a privately-owned Cessna preparing to land at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.
NEWS
December 5, 2012
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Wednesday announced plans to take up legislation to regulate low-flying helicopters above residential neighborhoods in Los Angeles County, saying voluntary controls for the "persistent fly-overs” were clearly insufficient. The announcement comes amid longstanding complaints from residents, particularly in the San Fernando Valley, of low-flying police and news helicopters intruding on their suburban soundtracks. Some news stations voluntarily curtailed the number and hours of helicopter flights during the second Carmageddon event on the 405 Freeway after fielding numerous complaints from residents and calls for restraint from L.A. officials.
NEWS
October 31, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, October 31. Happy Halloween! Throwing a party in the Northeast Valley? The police department may be monitoring them more closely after City Councilman Richard Alarcon won support for a "party patrol," reports Contra Costa Times . A 19-year-old North Hollywood man pleaded guilty Monday to pointing a laser at a Pasadena police helicopter last March , reports the Daily News...
NEWS
September 7, 2012
Hooray, the Federal Aviation Administration hopes to come up with recommendations to deal with Los Angeles residents' noise complaints by next summer. What noise complaints? Those made by helicopters over the L.A. area. One homeowner likened the deafening chopper sounds to a “war zone.” Another homeowner said the vibrations rattled dishes in her china cabinet. Years of complaints about noise from helicopters have led to restrictions on helicopter traffic over Long Island, N.Y., which suffers from the same problem.
THE818NOW
August 15, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, August 15. The Los Angeles City Council showed support Tuesday for a bill that would curb helicopter noise, an issue that residents have recently complained about. The bill would direct the Federal Aviation Administration to set minimum altitudes for helicopters . L.A. Times Meanwhile, one floor below council chambers, a laceration room has opened. Los Angeles  Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he wanted to "make sure that people who are coming back after having a child can feel comfortable and safe," reports City News Service.
THE818NOW
August 9, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, August 9. Feeling hot? Good news: Dozens of public Los Angeles pools will remain open through Labor Day. Many were slated to close next week, but the heat wave pushed the City Council to keep them open . Daily News A man who barricaded himself in a North Hollywood home for over three hours was arrested Wednesday . He apparently told police he had a gun, but no weapon was found. L.A. Times Like living in a big city, but just wish helicopters wouldn't fly over your home at dinnertime?
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