East County News Service
March 4 meeting planned for Fletcher Hills residents with attorneys
February 25, 2015 (El Cajon) – Fletcher Hills residents are planning a lawsuit over loss of property values, quality of life and lead pollution associated with increased air traffic at Gillespie Field Airport.
“The skies above our neighborhood have become a training ground for international flight school students, practicing an average of 140 to 190 touch & go operations everyday. They are burning leaded Avgas that coats our roofs, our patios, our plants and solar panels,” writes Sue Strohm with Advocates of Safe Airport Policies (ASAP) in a letter to Fletcher Hills neighbors. “We have spoken to supervisors, congress members, city councils, development councils, flight schools, and the FAA. All we have gotten in return is lip service, while the flight schools continue to expand.”
Over two dozen households have consulted with two San Diego law firms on legal alternatives. Both firms, Blood Hurst & O’Reardon, LLP and Hurst & Hurts, have had attorneys conduct initial investigations on viability of the case and have agreed to take it on a contingency fee basis with a small retainer, Strohm says.
Residents will request compensation for reduced property values and noise abatement techniques, like dual pane windows and ceiling insulation. In addition, the group seeks compensation for loss of the “use and enjoyment” of homes and yards. Those who have additional losses, such as an impact on a home based business or clean up from fuel deposits, may seek compensation for those amounts. The lawsuits may also be able to achieve reasonable restrictions on flight training hours, Strohm says.
The attorneys will be available to speak with area residents starting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4th at the Hillside Recreation Center at 840 Buena Terrace off Fletcher Parkway.
“Every property owner should understand the options available to resolve this problem,” Strohm says.
Seating is limited; residents who plan to attend are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and number of attendees.
“Join your neighbors who are sick and tired of being bombarded everyday,” the letter sent to residents concludes. “It’s time to stop serving as collateral damage.”