Movie producer Kavanaugh's chopper commute angers Los Angeles residents

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Founder of Relativity Media Ryan Kavanaugh arrives at the 2011 Art Of Elysium 'Heaven' Gala held at the California Science Center on January 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

A movie producer's use of a helicopter to commute to work has raised the ire of nearby residents who say the noise is waking babies, rattling windows and alarming dogs in their quiet, leafy neighborhood.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that residents learned Ryan Kavanaugh, founder and chief executive of Relativity Media, was using a helipad atop a nearby hotel meant for emergency use.

They complained to the California Department of Transportation, which ordered the hotel to cease any improper helicopter activity.

The newspaper says the hotel has applied for a permit to allow non-emergency use of the helipad, renewing residents' anger.

Spokesman Adam Keen says Kavanaugh stopped using the helipad as soon as he found out there were permitting problems.

Information from: Los Angeles Times

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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