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September 22, 1996
Where am I? Well, if there are streets lined with supermarket shopping carts--and the steady "whop-whop" of police helicopters (days and mostly nights)--you must be in Van Nuys. PHIL F. MARSIK Van Nuys
July 12, 1987
Orange County Treasurer Robert L. Citron and Auditor-Controller Steven E. Lewis showed courage when they suggested the county could save $1.5 million per year by grounding the two sheriff's helicopters. At the beginning of this year, the sheriff and the cities of Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, collectively had 13 police helicopters. The helicopter has become a law-enforcement status symbol. Not one of these law enforcement agencies has ever demonstrated the cost effectiveness of these vehicles, nor even that they reduce crime.
April 23, 2000
I appreciate seeing the state's suggested "emergency kit" for school crises ("State Unveils Kit to Help Schools Deal With Shootings," April 18). It would supplement the safe schools plan that all L.A. Unified School District schools must implement and update yearly to help schools get through a variety of crises. I have been at school campuses numerous times to help principals and school staffs deal with news reporters, photographers and camera crews during emergency situations, and the mention of news helicopters over schools is right on target.
September 18, 1988
I'm responding to Geoffrey Post's letter of Sept. 11 entitled "Living Near a Base." He asks how bright the commanding officers of Tustin and El Toro Marine Air Stations are, and he maintains that unstable helicopters fly 50 feet over his Irvine house. Post is not well informed. A simple call to the base provides the following information: Helicopters do not fly 50 feet over the houses. Rather, they fly 2,000 to 2,400 feet above mean sea level. Helicopters could hardly be called unstable or unreliable.
November 29, 2000 | Sharon Nagy, (714) 966-5832
More than 20 complaints have been filed by residents with the city in the last several months over noisy helicopters flying over neighborhoods. The concerns are registered with the city through a helicopter-complaint process that was finalized in May by San Clemente and the U.S. Marine Corps. The Marines maintain a weekly log of complaints and faxes it to the city clerk, even if no complaints have been received. The Marine Corps responds directly to residents who filed the complaints.
March 27, 1988
How interesting it is that Western Medical Center is running full page ads in The Times trumpeting the fact that it is a "caring hospital"! The Western Medical Center recently canceled its helicopter program to care for and transport severely injured patients in Orange County to the closest trauma center. Why did they do this? Because it was costing them $25,000 a month to run this program. They obviously didn't care enough about the injured and traumatized accident victims to spend the $25,000, but I am sure they are spending more than $25,000 a month on their advertising campaign.
May 24, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
British and French attack helicopters are headed to Libya in an escalation of the role some Western governments plan to play in the fighting between forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi and rebels seeking his ouster, according to a French official and media reports Monday. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told reporters in Brussels that the helicopters would provide more precision than fighter jets as the West enforces a United Nations mandate to protect Libyan civilians. The aircraft will not be used to land troops, Juppe said.
May 18, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Pakistani authorities said two NATO helicopters crossed from Afghanistan into their country's airspace Tuesday and exchanged gunfire with an army post near the border, injuring two soldiers. The confrontation came just a day after a top U.S. senator and Pakistani officials agreed that their nations would cooperate in pursuing top militants. NATO helicopters have made incursions into Pakistani territory, at times when coalition troops were pursuing Afghan Taliban fighters. However, the incursion Tuesday, if confirmed, came as relations between the U.S. and Pakistan had plummeted to one of their lowest points in years, after the raid May 2 by American commandos that killed Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.
June 12, 2012 | By Paul Richter and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton charged Tuesday that Russia is sending helicopter gunships to prop up the Syrian government in an escalating conflict with rebels that a top U.N. official acknowledged had become a full-scale civil war. Russia has denied that it is supplying Syrian President Bashar Assad's security forces with weapons that can be used against armed rebels and civilians. Heavy fighting has claimed at least 10,000 lives over 15 months. "We have confronted the Russians about stopping their continued arms shipments to Syria," Clinton said at the Brookings Institution think tank.
December 27, 1995
A private helicopter running out of fuel made an emergency landing Tuesday night, but no one was injured, Los Angeles police said. The helicopter, whose destination was not immediately known, landed near the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Hesby Street about 9 p.m., LAPD Officer Manny Vallardes said.
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