Los Angeles Times

June 26, 2004

I am writing in regard to Lee Brandt’s letter (“Above the din, can you hear the question?”, June 2).

I have to say that I’m glad you wrote. I am very appreciative of the fact that others in Burbank want a quiet city.

By the way, Lee, you will be happy to know that Noise Free America bestowed the Noisy Dozen Award on Burbank in May.

I’m sure, however, that you and others will not be happy to hear that former state Sen. Maurice Johannessen crafted two pieces of legislation to raise the decibel level on mufflers to 95. He allowed a special-interest group to circumvent the community’s legal right to quiet enjoyment of their premises. To read the entire article, go to the Los Angeles Times website and look for “Refusing to Go Quietly” from its June 2 edition.

As the victim of noise pollution, I know how dangerous it is to one’s health.

I’m still suffering the effects of excessive noise years after being subjected to it. I’ve also seen the effects of noise pollution to someone with Alzheimer’s.

So, if you want a quiet city or even quieter city, contact your state and local representatives, or you might be the ones suffering from the effects of noise pollution. Shame on the state representatives who voted for increasing the decibel level on car mufflers.

Thanks again, Lee, for your support.