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Corona del Mar Today: Anti-airplane noise site takes off

May 21, 2011

A Corona del Mar woman has created a website, called Stop Airplane Noise, in response to a new John Wayne Airport flight path that many residents believe has planes flying over the village and creating unprecedented noise.

"My webpage and petition is meant to give CdM residents a central place to post their comments and sign a petition," said Kay Rackauckas.

Rackauckas said that after she was quoted on the Corona del Mar Today site and later wrote a letter to the editor of the Daily Pilot about 20 people approached her, asking what to do to make their concerns known.

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"These people live in different areas of CdM and were all being negatively affected by the planes," she said. "They told me that the planes had never bothered them before STREL. I have raised my concerns with our council members and the JWA representative but was met with denials and ultimately no action. Residents don't know where or who to complain to."

The STREL flight path was implemented March 10 and takes about half of JWA's departing flights over the Back Bay to a turnaround point over the ocean. City and airport officials have said that flight tracking data shows that flights are complying with rules, and several observations of planes' takeoff patterns has confirmed this, they said.

Rackauckas said her petition currently has just two signatures, but she wants to get the word out to residents who have heard more aviation noise since March.

"Once we have a sufficient number of (signatures) then we can seek action from the Board of Supervisors, JWA and the FAA," she said. "The only way to get the planes out of our community is from the ground up."

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Newsletter provides Civic Center update

Construction of the new Newport Beach Civic Center complex is on schedule and within budget — despite storm damage this winter and a small landslide that cost nearly $100,000.

Groundbreaking for the $128-million complex was one year ago, and city officials outlined progress to date in a May project newsletter.

The shoring wall along MacArthur Boulevard is complete, which will allow for crews to begin work on the foundation of a parking structure, which should be complete by fall.

The Civic Center project includes a 16-acre park with a dog park, a 17,000-square-foot library expansion, a 450-space parking structure, an emergency readiness center, a Council Chambers with seating for 150 people and more.

According to the May newsletter, as of April 30, the city spent $9.2 million on construction.

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