Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet

For immediate release
July 13, 2021

Jason Duarte
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Ted Rueter
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Chapel Hill: Glendora, California, a city in the San Gabriel Valley 26 miles east of Los Angeles, has won this month’s Noisy Dozen award from Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet for tolerating constant noise from loud motorcycles and loud car stereos.

Jason Duarte, a Glendora resident, stated that “I can’t count how many times I’ve been shocked into consciousness at 2:00 am by the sonic assault of a motor vehicle with after-market exhausts and/or loud music. Some of these obnoxious and rude drivers employ their thundering after-market exhausts while blasting through the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Lone Hill Avenue.  Surely the individuals who install illegal exhausts on their vehicles are compensating for some shortcoming. I hope that every one of these selfish noisemakers gets a citation and a hefty fine.”

Duarte notes that he feels “like a prisoner in my own home because it is unbearable to open the windows and listen to motorcycles and cars come roaring by all day long at 40+ mph, especially those with loud modified exhausts or boom cars. The noise pollution has caused me to be more fatigued due to lack of sleep, which is affecting my performance at work. Additionally, it is very difficult to have videoconference meetings because of the noise pollution. I feel more anxious and stressed. It has also made my dog more anxious and scared. I am also having a hard time enjoying my backyard because of all the noise.”

Another Glendora resident, Marcylina Barba, commented that “the noise here has been getting worse. The loud noise from motorcycles, boom cars, and loud exhaust cars are not only a nuisance; they are also dangerous.  The noise levels have increased and become very distressing—to the point where we now avoid opening our windows.”

Jason Duarte has taken noise readings in Glendora, at the intersection of Football Boulevard and Lone Hill Avenue, at various times. He found that “noise levels inside homes with front windows are constantly above 60 bBA, frequently over 70 dBA, and at times over 80 dBA.”

Duarte notes that Glendora has a comprehensive noise ordinance, which establishes noise standards and enforcement procedures. The ordinance is designed to control unnecessary, excessive, and annoying noise. Duarte states that “city manager Adam Raymond has elected to ignore a serious issue in the community.  Strong actions need to be taken by city government and the police to control this growing menace.”

Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet is a national citizens organization devoted to noise reduction.  Past “winners” of the Noisy Dozen award include San Luis Obispo, California;  Cal-OSHA; and UCLA.