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Piece of Mind: Who are those guys?

October 12, 2011|By Carol Cormaci

Sometimes on weekends when we’re spending time around the homestead, the walls shake and the windows rattle, heralding yet another fly-over by planes or helicopters. Occasionally the noise is so intense that we go outdoors to see if we can figure out the reason behind the clatter.

It is not a new development around here, but it is annoying and can be alarming. On some Sunday mornings, around the brunch hour, we see what look like military planes, in formation, seemingly cruising directly over our backyard before heading up and over the San Gabriels.

I’ve commiserated with a neighbor about this, but don’t recall complaining about it here until today. I’m prompted to do so by a letter to the editor of our sister paper, the Glendale-News Press, that was picked up by our Web editor and placed on the Valley Sun’s website this week. That’s where it caught my eye and reminded me of how much I wish that aircraft would either go elsewhere or could somehow be muted.

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In his letter, La Cañada resident Greg Hiscott writes that Glendale Police Dept. helicopters are regularly seen hovering over La Cañada and La Crescenta. Hiscott has a great suggestion:

“As a citizen, I wanted to propose to the Glendale leadership the idea of documenting online the flight logs of their helicopter. I think citizens should be able to read, after the fact, about how and where the Glendale police helicopter is flown so that any questions about how such a valuable resource is allocated can be intelligently discussed.”

The writer goes on to ask if any Glendale residents feel the same way. I don’t know about our neighbors to the south, but I’m here to tell Mr. Hiscott that I think it’s a great idea for us to know what’s been flying overhead and why, whether it’s the Glendale Police or the Los Angeles County Fire or Sheriff’s departments. I seriously doubt the military would be forthcoming with details, though, so Gil and I will have to continue to puzzle out their local presence over our Sunday morning cups of coffee.

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It probably would be going too far to say the current school board race is rattling any windows around here, but I do sense a certain electricity in the air that hasn’t been present in recent elections.

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