A coalition of residents and groups known as Airport2Park.org -- who
formed to turn Santa Monica Airport (SMO) into a park -- has released a
statement following U.S. District Judge John L. Walter's decision
Thursday to dismiss the City of Santa Monica’s lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration to confirm the City’s right to close the Santa Monica Airport July 1, 2015.
The statement reads:
We at Airport2Park.org, like nearly everyone else in Santa Monica
and neighboring cities, regret that Federal Judge John Walter has
granted the FAA’s motion to dismiss Santa Monica’s lawsuit for
clarification of its rights to the Santa Monica Airport land, but we
have full confidence that ultimately the City will succeed in closing
the airport. The decision only delays that determination.
In response to the ruling, Airport2Park spokesman Frank Gruber said
this ruling was not going to stop Santa Monica from getting its park at
“The decision was on narrow procedural grounds, and doesn’t alter the
fact that the people of Santa Monica bought this land through a park
bond a century ago," Gruber said. "We are confident that when the dust
has settled, it will be the wonderful green space residents are hoping
Gruber said it is important to note that Judge Walter’s decision was
based solely on narrow procedural grounds and that Walters stated
numerous times that the decision did not have anything to do with
whether the City’s claims themselves were valid.
"Sooner or later, in one court or another, Airport2Park fully expects
that the City of Santa Monica will have its rights to control the
destiny of the airport land confirmed, either on the basis of claims
made in this lawsuit or on other grounds," Gruber said. "Unfortunately,
the FAA was able to use delaying tactics to postpone this decision"
Airport2Park.org is a coalition of residents that includes Community Against Santa Monica Airport Traffic (www.casmat.org), Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution (www.jetairpollution.com), and Sunset Park Anti-Airport, Inc. (www.spaaresidents.org).
For more information, visit www.airport2park.org.
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