Cornell University study of 9 to 11 year olds showed chronic airplane
noise was found to affect a child’s physical and mental health and
motivation. The study chose 326 children who lived near two sites near
Munich, Germany. Children who lived under the flight pattern showed
noticeable increases in blood pressure and stress hormones. The study,
by Professor Gary Evans, a Cornell environmental psychologist, was the
first to examine the effects of airport noise on reading, memory
attention and speech perception and was published in 2002 in
That study seemed to confirm anecdotes I
have heard from parents and teachers in the Eastbluff School area
regarding the negative effects they have experienced from the noise of
jets which fly over their elementary school.
I was recently
asked "How could any responsible person allow that once small private
aircraft airfield to grow into one of the busiest airports in America,
especially when its runway is one of the shortest, the land footprint
one of the smallest, without a credible buffer zone, and within such
close proximity to homes and schools?" I did not have an answer.
I do have a pledge. It is to do whatever I can as a Costa Mesa City
Councilperson to protect affected citizens from suffering any further
quality of life issues caused by the airport. That is the reason I
fully support AirFair, a strong, non profit organization which is
comprised of committed citizens who are doing all they can to stop JWA
from further expansion.