La Jolla residents are the latest to complain about jetliner noise from the airport. However, their formal complaint to the La Jolla Town Council tonight (February 9) has been removed from the agenda because the issues of crime and homelessness will take up too much time, according to Dr. Matthew Price, a cardiologist who is among the leaders of the resistance group.
"However, a member of the [La Jolla Town Council] will make a brief statement regarding recognizing the airplane noise issue, ask attendees to sign petitions requesting relief from airplane noise, and encourage La Jollans to attend the Airport Noise Authority Committee meeting on Wednesday, February 15, at 4 p.m.," he said in a memo today to members of the group. (The noise authority meeting will be on the second floor of 3225 North Harbor Drive.) Price recommends that group members attend tonight's meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the La Jolla Recreation Center.
The noise started in November of last year, according to Cameron Volker, a leader of the group. She says the Federal Aviation Administration is talking out of both sides of its mouth: "First they say that nothing has changed," and then officials explained that a satellite-based system tells jets which patterns to land in, and this could explain the noise. She says "a couple hundred" people have signed the petition, and that there should be a thousand names on it by February 15.
The noise hits all the La Jolla neighborhoods, she says. There are other San Diego neighborhoods that voice similar complaints. Historically, Point Loma, which is right next to the airport, complains the loudest and most often.