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Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution Announce City Council Endorsements

Posted Oct. 2, 2012, 5:30 am

Mitch James / Mirror Contributor

Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution (CRAAP) has announced it has endorsed four Santa Monica City Council candidates: current Santa Monica Planning Commissioners Ted Winterer and Richard McKinnon, former Santa Monica Planning Commissioner Frank Gruber, and former Santa Monica Councilmember Tony Vazquez.

"In making our choice, we considered how candidates presented themselves at our September 13th SMO-focused Candidates Forum and the opinions from our CRAAP group members, as well as other local neighborhood groups' opinions; weighing all available information before deciding whom we support to be seated in the year 2015 when the Council will make very important decisions regarding the future of SMO," said CRAAP director Martin Rubin. "Rising to the top of the list were these four candidates experienced with Santa Monica government."

In a statement, the organization listed the following as its criteria for its choices:

1) Support for the 1981 Santa Monica Council Resolution 6296; It states, that It is the policy of the City of Santa Monica to effect the closure of the Santa Monica Municipal Airport as soon as possible and to devote the property on which it is located to its highest and best use and for an environment consistent with the City's generally residential character. Resolution 6296 remains in effect.

2) Support for maintaining open space in place of the airport and adding traffic arterials to help alleviate Westside traffic.

3) Support for adding Los Angeles representation to the Santa Monica Airport Commission in an advisory non-voting capacity.

Rubin said the City had lost its way since the 1981 Airport resolution.

"In 1984 the City contracted into a deal with the FAA allowing the airport to turn into a private and corporate jet port for the one percent," Rubin said. "In 1983 there were about 500 jet takeoffs; ten years later there were 2,000; another ten years later there were 8,000."

Rubin said jet traffic peaked before the economic downturn at more than 9,000 jet takeoffs in 2007.

"Since then the number has dropped to about 6,500," he said. "That reduction is not an all-clear signal to those forced to breathe toxic jet emissions. Many are deeply disappointed that the City of Santa Monica has made no real effort to use its rights as owner and operator of SMO to address environmental air pollution even after many scientific studies show serious cause for alarm."

Rubin said its organization believed that the current council was not representing the best interests of Santa Monica; hence why they did not endorse incumbents Gleam Davis and Terry O'Day.

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Oct. 2, 2012, 1:32:09 pm

NO to special interests groups! said...

CRAaP and Martin Rubin are not based in Santa Monica. Read that again, they are west LA and yet they want to dictate who is in OUR city council. This is an astro turf special interest group that does not have the city of Santa Monica's best interests at heart. Candidate Jerry Rubin is Martin Rubin's brother. Talk about conflicts of interest. He wants his brother in there to do favors for his organization. Do NOT vote for Rubin, Winterer or McKinnon because they are beholden to special interest groups that are NOT from Santa Monica. We will not be your pawns and we will not be pushed around by special interest groups funded by real estate developers.

Oct. 2, 2012, 1:36:57 pm

Lorie said...

I don't want a minority "cell" telling me what to do or who to vote for. They use fear tactics and threats to try to get their way. Can you think of a name for a group of individuals who use fear tactics to control people? That's what CRAAP is.

Oct. 2, 2012, 1:39:08 pm

Bobby said...

They couldn't have picked a more fitting word for their hate group.

Oct. 2, 2012, 1:46:30 pm

Craap is like the tea party said...

It's like the tea party. A group put together by rich LA developers who pretend they are just ordinary citizens. Until you start looking closer. The guy's bro is running as a candidate. I mean come on! You're not fooling anyone. These guys want their guys voted in to council. Then they can build condos and malls on every inch of dirt in Santa Monica. The airport is perfect for their needs and they'll do whatever they can to make you believe we're living in a toxic waste dump. Bad news everyone. LA has filthy air no matter what happens to SMO. But if it does close you can look forward to more traffic, more high rise codo and office buildings and another Starbuck's. Thanks crap!

Oct. 2, 2012, 2:36:58 pm

Doc Harold said...

Notice ALL of the candidates they support are active or former planning commissioners! Have you noticed all of the cranes, traffic snags and view blocking high rises are being build lately? It's these commissioners with developers padding their pockets that are looking for their next land grab - the airport. This is the kind of backroom dealings that got the city of Bell into trouble.

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