Archive for January, 2010

Introducing Jazz Singer Elli Fordyce

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

We’re not often inspired by budding musicians but if you take just a brief look at the life of jazz singer Elli Fordyce you might find something special about her.

At the age of 72, Elli Fordyce of Yonkers, New York is just getting into the swing of things with her singing career. She had been part of a jazz group in her early 30’s but a terrible car accident shook the group and it broke up within a week. Elli didn’t sing publicly again for 15 years.

She later found a voice coach and a few other guides and then, years later, saved enough money to rent two days worth of time in a recording studio. The studio was a joke, a small room that used coats and clothing as soundproofing!

She persevered, though – and the rest, friends, is history!

School Starts Record Label

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The Cotgrave Candleby Lane Primary School has a rather unique plan. They’re going to convert an old cottage that was once used for the caretaker into a recording studio. The studio will be used for local bands and school children alike.

Neighbors originally protested the use of the cottage as they were concerned over potential noise issues. They stopped complaining when the school promised to soundproof the building and make sure students were quietly escorted to and from the building.

What’s Happening in Gemmayzeh?

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Noise continues to be an issue all around the world, not just in the United States.

Things are no different in Beirut, where Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud was forced to tour the streets of Gemmayzeh in the middle of the night. He was out investigating noise complaints near local bars and business establishments.

The Tourism Minister didn’t even hit the streets until 11:30 at night, and for good reason. He knew that would be the time businesses were noisiest and the results are surprising.

While he noted most businesses have not yet installed soundproofing materials (required by March 2010), he noted they were not operating at illegal noise levels.

What Happened to Manchester Square?

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Here’s a situation we don’t hear about very often.

Neighbors outside the Manchester Square area recently began noticing something pequliar. Houses and apartment buidings are being torn down on a regular basis. There are a few left, with people living there – but where have the rest gone?

The truth? LAX offered to soundproof the homes in this area a good 15 years ago. The owners decided that they didn’t want soundproofing and agreed to let LAX buy them out. The project, as it becomes closer to completion, is also becoming more noticeable.

Originally LAX planned to build a customer transporation center there but those plans have been put on hold. Something will show up there soon, though.

Caprio is Guided Regarding RI Settlement

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

We all remember that fateful blaze back in 2003. The Station nightclub went up in flames after illegal soundproofing materials caught on fire because of the pyrotechnics the band Great White used during its show.

More than 100 people died in the blaze and a fund of more than $176 has been awarded the more than 165 survivors and relatives of victims.

Caprio, the General Treasurer, was given guidance from the Ethics Commission regarding the dispursement of the funds. He asked for help in the process because a law firm his family is associated with represents more than 40 victims.

We applaud his ethical response to the situation and feel confident the funds will now be properly disbursed.

Will LAX Earn FAA Approval for Additional Surcharges?

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

The folks running LAX have huge plans. In order to raise funds for upgrades to their Tom Bradley International Terminal (as if they aren’t charging enough for airline tickets), the airport is asing the FAA for permission to charge an extra $4.50 surcharge per passenger.

What will the fees be used for? They’ll be used to epxand the terminal (adding around 700,000 square feet of space), expand customs, and enlarge the border protection areas. The fees will also go towards soundproofing homes near the airport.

The project is propsed to run between 2012 and 2019 and officials expect to raise more than $855 million. So will it pass? We’ll see…

Sonoma Academy of Dance and Art in Trouble

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The Sonoma Academy of Dance and Art may be in trouble. The organization is lcoated in one of the area’s “Medium Denisty Residential” areas. It’s zoned for mixed use because it was once an elementary school but residents are complaining that the school should not be allowed to host special events.

They are, after all, noisy – so say the neighbors.

The neighbors in question are, sadly, a couple that lives behind the school. They not only complain about noise from events but about the mere sound of children’s laughter. Now that’s just sad.

In any event, the school has been having special events without the proper permits and does not have any special soundproofing. The Sonoma Planning commission has now denied their application for a permit for future events – a decision that could force the school, dependent upon the revenues, to close.

Will city council overturn the ruling? We hope so.

Will Austin Studios Continue Improvements?

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Back in 2006, Austin Studios Received more than $6 million in funding from public bonds and local utility companies to put towards improvements.

They didn’t get around to starting those improvements until 2009. Officials plan to completely overhaul the studio grounds, including the completion of a high-tech soundproofing project, the installation of an incredibly large movie screen taking up three walls, and much, much more.

Hopefully we’ll see the completion of the projectin 2010, or very soon thereafter. The upgraded Austin Studios complex will prove a great addition to the movie-making scene.