Lomita has become the first city in the county to endorse two companion congressional bills designed to reduce helicopter noise.

The City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to support bills in the House and Senate that would establish routes and minimum altitude levels for helicopters.

The small city of Lomita sits near Torrance Municipal Airport, home to the largest manufacturer of helicopters in the world.

Noise complaints are frequent, City Manager Michael Rock said.

"We get a lot," he said. "Every single day one of the council members gets a phone call about it. It's horrible right now. It's a big deal. They're very anxious to get something in place."

The City Council last month formed a Helicopter Noise Relief Subcommittee, Rock said.

Torrance officials have dragged their feet when it comes to dealing with helicopter noise issues, local activists have frequently complained.

- Nick Green