Community Groups To Host Santa Monica Airport Forum April 27

Thursday, 11 Apr 2013, 10:42:00 AM

Mirror Staff

The Venice Neighborhood Council and the Mar Vista Community Council will hold a joint forum on the effects of the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) on Los Angeles residents later this month.

The forum will be held Saturday, April 27 from 1-4 pm at Penmar Park Recreation Center, Community Room, 1341 Lake Street, Venice.

Expert speakers will be featured from various specialties and government agencies. 

Topics for discussion will include the effects from SMO on health and safety, including research findings on pollution from lead, noise, and fine particulates. 

Los Angeles, State and Federal political representatives have been invited to speak about their position regarding this airport. 

The community will participate in a Q&A to voice areas of concern and suggest solutions.

Discussion will include:

-- Closing Santa Monica Airport by 2015

-- Banning Leaded Fuel

-- Requiring Departures over Santa Monica

-- Eliminating Flight Schools

-- Banning Jets

-- Creating an L.A. Voice in SMO Decision Making

-- Envisioning the Future of SMO Land

The Santa Monica Airport Committee of the Venice Neighborhood Council has studied the issue for more than three years, and will present a summary of its findings.

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