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Nighttime curfew bill for Bob Hope, Van Nuys airports fails

April 1, 2011 | 10:47 am

A San Fernando Valley congressman failed Friday in a legislative bid to give Burbank's Bob Hope Airport and Van Nuys Airport authority to impose nighttime curfews.

The Republican-controlled U.S. House soundly rejected the measure, which was opposed by industry groups. The vote was 243-178, with only eight Republicans supporting Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank).

"In what may be the first-ever vote on this issue in Congress we had a substantial amount of support that we can build on, and I am determined to press on,'' a disappointed Schiff said afterward.

Noise from the Burbank airport has been a source of homeowner complaints for decades.

Schiff and Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) sought to attach the curfew measure to an aviation bill approved by the House.

They pushed for congressional action after the FAA in 2009 rejected a 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew at Bob Hope Airport on the grounds that it would "create an undue burden on commerce."

The proposed amendment to the aviation bill faced opposition from industry groups, including the Air Transport Assn., which represents airlines, and Cargo Airline Assn., that called it an end run around the FAA that would "lead to the creation of a patchwork of confusing and complex operating restrictions across the country.''


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Photo: Van Nuys Airport. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times