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Los Angeles City Council approves LAX runway shift proposal

By Brian Sumers Staff Writer Over the objections of mayoral candidate and council member Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to move forward with a proposal to change the runway configuration of Los Angeles International Airport. The council voted 10-3, with member Jan Perry absent, to support a plan favored by airport executives to move the airfield's northernmost runway 260 feet closer to Westchester homes and businesses. Airport officials say the change is vital to… ( More...

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Ric Wernicke 11
It never ceases to amaze me. People that own property think they have a kingdom where they can rule all they see. When LAX was first operated as Mines Field there were no neighbors, just bean fields. When airplanes all had propellers people moved close to the airport, and even had a style of home with a windowed box on the top called an "airplane room" where the family gathered to watch planes. Now they all moan about the noise, traffic and pollution. I think they should move if they don't like it.

A runway 260 ft away from an existing one is not going to be a problem for anyone. Heck, in Bangkok they used to have a golf course between two runways, and it was always popular. Golfers did not even look up when a 74 landed and using thrust reversers. Maybe the airport can build a golf course North of the airport and send the whiners packing. Can you imagine playing a round between flights? Carts available in the terminal? Let's do it!
WeatherWise 6
I lived in Westchester, directly under the Runway 24L-24R final approach, for many years. Believe me, 260 feet won't make any difference in airport noise. Residents near LAX have been doing battle with the airport over noise since I was a kid watching the old piston airliners land and take off. Some things will never change!
WhiteKnight77 1
This reminds me of the stink people at Kiln Creek made when Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport) wanted to build maintenance hangers on the southeast side of runway 7-25. Those homes were built in the 90s, long after the airport was first built and was previously Yoder's Dairy. They knew that the airport was there when the developer R. G. Moore built the the houses and had no room to complain when they moved in next to it. I grew up two miles off the end of runway 25 and never worried or complained about any noise (I grew up on or near Air Force bases and still live near an Air Force base).

Anyone who moves in near or next to an airport or military air field has no room to complain as that runway(s) was there long before they moved in.


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