Richard Cox, chief of the Federal Aviation Administration's Terminal Radar Approach Control Vision at LAX, states (Aug. 2) that the jet noise levels measured in the Calabasas Highlands area ranged from 55 to 74 decibels. This should certainly be acceptable to Woodland Hills' Melvin Lees.
My suggestion is that the jets be rerouted back to overfly Woodland Hills as in 1969, since it appears that the jet noise is now much lower than it was then. This is significant when one considers that Woodland Hills is further inland than Calabasas Highlands (by 1 1/2 miles), it is lower in altitude (900 feet versus 1,600 feet), it is a built-up area with its own ambient noise (in particular, the Ventura Freeway) such that one cannot discern an overflying jet these days.
About seven years ago I attended a meeting in then-Rep. Barry Goldwater Jr.'s office in which our local homeowner groups were complaining about the jet noise. He stated, "We have moved the jet route to your area to share the misery." It is now time to reshare it with Woodland Hills, Topanga, etc., after 17 years of this noise pollution.
JAMES D. WRIGLEY
Wrigley is president of Monte Nido Valley Property Owners Assn .