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October 8, 2009 | Robert Faturechi
First comes the faraway rumble, then the roar and before long the whole house is rattling. But for dozens of people who live near the Long Beach Airport, the ear-numbing flyovers that have become a daily reality are about to get a little less agonizing. The City Council adopted a plan late Tuesday to soundproof houses most affected by aircraft noise. An increase in flights -- particularly louder military planes -- in recent years prompted airport officials to offer soundproofing for neighboring homes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2009 | Robert Faturechi
First comes the faraway rumble, then the roar and before long the whole house is rattling. But for dozens of people who live near the Long Beach Airport, the ear-numbing flyovers that have become a daily reality are about to get a little less agonizing. The City Council adopted a plan late Tuesday to soundproof houses most affected by aircraft noise. An increase in flights -- particularly louder military planes -- in recent years prompted airport officials to offer soundproofing for neighboring homes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1998 | R.J. MANZANO
Community leaders, parents and students gathered Thursday morning to celebrate renovations at St. Patrick's School in North Hollywood. After years of suffering intrusive noise from the nearby Burbank Airport, the Catholic kindergarten- through eighth-grade school was recently fitted with soundproofing. During nearly three years of construction, workers insulated the roof and installed thicker windows, said Tom Henry of Los Angeles City Councilman Joel Wachs' office.
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June 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A packaging company that was sued after a Rhode Island nightclub burned down five years ago has agreed to pay $25 million to survivors and relatives of the 100 people killed. The settlement with Elmwood Park, N.J.-based Sealed Air Corp. is the latest in a series stemming from the February 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, which began when pyrotechnics used by the rock band Great White ignited flammable soundproofing on the club's walls. Victims' lawyers said the firm made foam used as soundproofing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1992 | JOHN SCHWADA
The Los Angeles City Council has voted to urge the Burbank Airport to make the soundproofing of a nearby elementary school the top priority in its airplane noise-abatement program. On a unanimous vote Tuesday, the council adopted the measure by Councilman Ernani Bernardi to urge the airport to soundproof the Glenwood Elementary School in Sun Valley. The 850-student school is located at the north end of the airport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1998
The Los Angeles airport commissioners on Tuesday awarded the fourth in a series of contracts for soundproofing work to be done in the second phase of the Los Angeles International Airport residential soundproofing program. The first phase of the project was recently completed and 126 units in multifamily buildings were outfitted with double-paned windows, solid-core doors, attic insulation and other improvements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1997
A new airport-operated agency in Westchester called the LAX Residential Soundproofing Bureau held a grand opening this week to show off its new office, which will administer a multimillion-dollar program to soundproof 8,900 homes in the Westchester, Playa del Rey and South-Central Los Angeles areas. The office, at 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd., displays acoustic doors and windows that can be used to make a home quieter. There are also advisors to inform Los Angeles residents about the program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1995
Residents who live near Los Angeles International Airport received some encouraging news this week: Their homes and apartments will be soundproofed under a multimillion-dollar plan approved by the airport's Board of Commissioners. The board on Tuesday decided to spend $10 million a year to protect homes against airplane noise by installing double-paned glass windows, extra wall insulation and other materials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2000
The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners on Tuesday authorized soundproofing work for additional homes near Los Angeles International Airport. A contract awarded to P.B.C. of El Segundo calls for up to $575,000 for 22 housing units in 17 buildings in South Los Angeles. The award is part of an airport noise mitigation program that pays for homes to be outfitted with such sound-muffling features as dual-paned windows, solid-core doors and attic insulation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1998
About 100 city officials and residents inspected a newly soundproofed model home near Los Angeles International Airport's north runway Thursday. The public may visit the two-bedroom house in the 400 block of Waterview Street by appointment, said Nancy Niles, community relations director for the LAX residential soundproofing program. Niles said about 9,000 houses and apartments in Playa del Rey, Westchester and South Los Angeles are eligible for soundproofing at no cost to owners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Airport Commission decided Tuesday to hold off on providing $7 million to Inglewood to soundproof homes under the flight path of Los Angeles International Airport. The commissioners said they had reservations about giving money to communities that are suing over a plan to modernize LAX. Inglewood and Culver City joined a lawsuit filed by Los Angeles County against the city of Los Angeles last month that contends that environmental studies done for the airport plan violate state law.
REAL ESTATE
July 6, 2003 | Allison B. Cohen
Los Angeles, Ontario and Burbank airports have responded to area residents' complaints with home soundproofing programs to help insulate against noise. According to LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles, it costs on average $25,000 to soundproof a single-family home, including air conditioning. The expense is covered by a $3-per-ticket "passenger facility charge" that is tacked on to every departing traveler's ticket at LAX. LAX's soundproofing program began in 1997.
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March 1, 2003 | From Associated Press
The dealer who sold soundproofing to the nightclub where an inferno killed 97 people said Friday that the owners bought cheap and highly flammable packing foam, not real acoustic insulation. Experts said the packing foam burns like gasoline and emits a dense, toxic smoke. Store records show that the Station club in West Warwick purchased "the lowest grade, the cheapest stuff," said the dealer, Aram DerManouelian, president of American Foam Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2002 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Standing in the home of a happy and well-rested North Hills resident, Mayor James K. Hahn announced Thursday the completion of the first phase of the Van Nuys Airport residential soundproofing program. The program, which began in August, provides insulation, dual-paned windows and heavy wood doors to homes beneath the jet flight path of the airport, which is the busiest general aviation facility in the nation. Up to 1,050 homes and apartments qualify for the soundproofing improvements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Federal Aviation Administration awarded a $10-million grant Friday to Burbank Airport to insulate 372 homes under its flight path, officials said. The grant will pay for such improvements as soundproof windows and doors, as well as central air-conditioning, weatherstripping and acoustic installation. Soundproofing typically costs $42,000 a home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2001 | CAROL CHAMBERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 50 times a day, windows and bric-a-brac on shelves rattled. Hanging plates and pictures banged against the walls. By the time a jet was over Diana Raygoza's Burbank home, the whole place shook. Forget talking on the phone. Forget TV. That was before Raygoza agreed to allow the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority to soundproof her Evergreen Street home at the federal government's expense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a major advance in the struggle over jet noise at Van Nuys Airport, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners approved a study Thursday that could lead to the federal government paying for most of a $15-million residential soundproofing program. The study also recommends expanding the airport's nighttime takeoff curfew for jet planes. Currently, only the noisiest jets are banned from taking off between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
REAL ESTATE
April 8, 2001 | Associated Press
Planning on doing some soundproofing? Think more insulation is all you need? Think again. There are four parts to better soundproofing, and adding insulation to absorb sound is just one. The other three are: blocking noise with a non-hardening caulk to close off airborne sound paths; breaking the sound path using resilient wood studs with metal clips; and eliminating vibration with acoustical matting that isolates the wall structure from floor vibrations.
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