WELCOME.  Large numbers of helicopters are flying to and from the Airport in Torrance, California, causing lots of noise in otherwise quiet neighborhoods in Torrance and surrounding communities.  It's estimated there are as many as 8,000 flyovers a year, in the Hollywood Riviera neighborhood alone, 2 miles west of the Airport.

This site is dedicated to informing the public about helicopter noise issues,  and organizing public support for reducing noise impacts on residents. 

In 2009 we submitted a petition to the Torrance City Council asking for their help reducing helicopter noise (See Petition Tab).  This website chronicles our efforts that are still ongoing today. Revised Arrival/Departure routes for Torrance Airport are have been reviewed by the FAA.  They have indicated they are willing to conduct a temporary trial of routes. However, the altitudes they are willing to test are lower than most helicopters currently fly, so we don't think they would result in any noise reduction.  In the meantime we are pursuing other efforts to address the problem.  Congress has passed legislation directing the FAA to work with communities and helicopter operators in the Los Angeles area to reduce noise.  We have joined with representatives of other communities and formed the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition (LAAHNC), and we represent the community perspective in meetings with the FAA and helicopter operators. In addition we have been working on ways to improve the Torrance Airport noise abatement function for all aircraft (helicopters and planes). 

If you have questions or comments, or to get on our mailing list, contact us.
For the LA Area Helicopter Noise Coalition go to: LAHelicopterNoise.org

TORRANCE  ELECTION
CITIZENS FOR QUIET HELICOPTERS
ENDORSES CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

CITIZENS FOR QUIET HELICOPTERS ENDORSES THE FOLLOWING CANDIDATES IN THE JUNE 3, 2014 ELECTION FOR CITY COUNCIL:

TIM GOODRICH
CLINT PAULSON
CHARLOTTE SVOLOS
KURT WEIDEMAN

On June 3, an election will be held for Mayor and several open seats for City Council of Torrance. The Mayor and Council are responsible for the overall operation of Torrance Airport, including establishing its noise abatement laws, overseeing the enforcement of its laws, and approving Airport leases and permits. Candidates views on airport noise issues are important. To help inform voters, we prepared a questionnaire and distributed it to all candidates. To see their responses, click on a name shown in green below. 

We formed the following panel of residents to evaluate the candidates:

John Bailey, President, Southeast Torrance Homeowners Association (HOA)*
     Member. LAX Community Noise Roundtable*
     Member, Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition*
Amy Josefek, Board Member, Hollywood Riviera HOA*
Richard Root, Founder, Citizens for Quiet Helicopters
     Board Member (City Council Observer), Hollywood Riviera HOA*
     Vice President, Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition*         Mike Short, Resident of Seaside HOA Area
Lee Sode, Resident of Seaside HOA Area
*For identification purposes only

We thank all the candidates for their dedication to run for public office and we especially thank those that took the time to respond to our questions.   Based on the responses received, candidate forums, and other available information, we learned a lot about the candidates.  We evaluated all of them and we are endorsing the four we think are the best qualified to fill the current City Council vacancies. The panel decided not to endorse a Mayoral candidate at this time. 

If you would like to know more about our insights on the candidates, please contact us at copternoise@aol.com.

We think voters should make informed choices based on where the candidates stand on issues, as well as judgements as to their character and integrity.  Below are copies of the candidates' responses to our questionnaire. If you so desire, you can read them and draw your own conclusions.

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

Endorsed (In alphabetical order with campaign website addresses)
Tim Goodrich  (www.goodrichforcouncil.com)
Clint Paulson  (www.clintpaulsonfortorrancecouncil.com)
Charlotte Svolos (www.charlottesvolos.com)
Kurt Weideman  (www.kurtweideman.com)

Other Candidates (In alphabetical order)
Heidi Ashcraft
Michael Griffiths - Did not respond**
Milton Herring
Rahmat Khan
Leilani Kimmel-Dagostino
Ryan Mand
Aurelio Mattucci
Omar Navarro - Did not respond**
Geoffrey Rizzo - Did not respond**
Alex See
Norm Segel
John Paul Tabakian
**These candidates were sent several reminders, but did not reply

MAYORAL CANDIDATES
Tom Brewer
Pat Furey - Responded, but declined to answer the questions
Bill Sutherland
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TORRANCE ELECTION INFORMATION