LAX Overflights Update – City Council Votes for Litigation

The City Council meeting on April 11, 2024 took a stand on the ongoing issue of flight patterns from the Los Angeles International Airport in a closed session discussion. Item CS-2 in the matter of City of Los Angeles v. Dickson, etc., et al., Case No. 19-71581, saw the members of the council unanimously vote to file an appeal,  or otherwise initiate litigation challenging the adequacy of the Federal Aviation Authority’s  final environmental review and categorical exclusion/record of decision document (“Final Environmental Review”) for amendments to various arrival routes at LAX.

This matter has been on the city’s proverbial radar for years, and citizen groups such as Culver City for Quiet Skies have weighed in on the issue. 

This Final Environmental Review is the result of the FAA’s reevaluation of the environmental impacts of the North Downwind Arrivals pursuant to the Court’s Order in this litigation against the FAA filed by the City of Los Angeles, in which Culver City intervened.

It’s not an end to the matter, but it is a statement that the city is moving forward in holding both the airport and the FAA accountable. 

Judith Martin-Straw

The Actors' Gang