Posted Jul. 25, 2014, 8:55 am
A third time is not always the charm. The Santa Monica City Council inched significantly closer to a ballot initiative to challenge and compete with an aviation-backed measure to determine the future of the Santa Monica Airport (SMO), but a final product is not quite ready.
Posted Jul. 20, 2014, 9:15 am
Santa Monica's Museum of Flying will launch two new summer programs this week. The Summer Family fun pack will be featured on Wednesdays and Thursdays and will consist of a Family four-pack admission price of only $20, which is a $32 value.
Posted Jul. 11, 2014, 8:54 am
An attempt to place a City-backed initiative on the November ballot to maintain the City Council’s power to determine the future of the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) is still held at the gate and not yet ready for takeoff, as council members were in a holding pattern on Tuesday night in trying to figure out how best compete with another voter measure backed by a national pilot’s group.
Posted Jul. 3, 2014, 8:08 am
The saga that is the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) will have to end someday. However, that someday is not anytime soon, as yet a group of aviation interests and actor Harrison Ford filed a federal complaint July 2 to challenge the City of Santa Monica’s plans to shut down the airport by July 1, 2015 – now less than one year away.
Posted Jun. 27, 2014, 12:00 am
The Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved a direction on Tuesday to find some sort of middle ground with a ballot measure that could compete with another initiative aiming to limit the elected panel’s powers on airport issues.
Posted Jun. 13, 2014, 8:45 am
A group of proponents aiming to amend the Santa Monica City Charter to require voters approve any potential plans to redevelop the local airport submitted more than 15,500 signatures to City Hall on Tuesday.
Posted Apr. 14, 2014, 9:20 am
Dear Editor, I’ve lived right under the takeoff path (just west of Lincoln) for over 33 years. There are certainly many moments when the sound of the planes is incredibly annoying, although I find the jets far less annoying than the propeller craft, largely because they’re out of the way in seconds, rather than s-t-r-u-g-g-l-i-n-g flatulently along for what seems like an eternity, like the propeller ones.
Posted Apr. 4, 2014, 8:52 am
The 2014 Election could prove to be one of the most significant votes in Santa Monica history. Voters could potentially be deciding the fates of two significant properties come Nov. 4: the Hines development at the old Papermate site at 1681 26th Street and Santa Monica Airport (SMO).
Posted Apr. 3, 2014, 8:22 am
I first visited Santa Monica Airport (SMO) in 1964 when I moved to Santa Monica Canyon from Philadelphia. Coming from an “Aviation family" – father was Vice-president of Kellett Aircraft, North Wales, PA and older brother a 747 pilot with PAN AM, my interest in SMO’s future is genuine.
Posted Mar. 29, 2014, 7:33 am
Dear Editor, The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association endorses the citizen initiated ballot measure that would put the future of any city actions to change the airport in voters’ hands.
Posted Mar. 29, 2014, 7:31 am
At the Santa Monica Council Meeting on Tuesday, council members unanimously signaled its intent to direct the closing of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) and to work to protect neighbors from noise and pollution impacts until SMO can be closed.
Posted Mar. 28, 2014, 12:12 pm
The 2014 Election could prove to be one of the most significant votes in Santa Monica history. Voters could potentially be deciding the fates of two significant properties come Nov. 4: the Hines development at the old Papermate site and Santa Monica Airport (SMO).
Posted Mar. 28, 2014, 8:33 am
The exact future of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) is still in the balance. Yet, after nearly four hours of public testimony Tuesday evening, one thing appears relatively certain: SMO, if ever shut down, would not become Century City West.
Posted Mar. 25, 2014, 10:45 am
Dear Councilmembers, I have read the staff report that is on the agenda for the March 25th council meeting. As long time user of the airport facilities and as a property owner who has lived under the airport flight path for over 30 years, I am opposed to the conclusions and the direction that the staff proposes to take.
Posted Mar. 24, 2014, 8:55 am
The year 2015 is around the corner, meaning it is almost high time for the City of Santa Monica to decide how to proceed with Santa Monica Airport (SMO). On March 25, the City Council will discuss the airport’s future at its meeting.
Posted Mar. 22, 2014, 6:00 am
The Santa Monica City Council will discuss the future of Santa Monica Airport at its Tuesday meeting.
Posted Mar. 14, 2014, 9:06 am
Free and open to all, the 8th Annual Airport ArtWalk this Saturday afternoon promises a chance to visit art studios, watch art demonstrations, and participate in art and theater workshops.
Posted Feb. 22, 2014, 7:15 am
On the heels of a federal court dismissing a Santa Monica lawsuit seeking ownership of the local airport, a local grass roots organization issued Friday a press release claiming unnamed pro-airport advocates engaged in “push-polling” techniques in an attempt to have a measure placed on the ballot.
Posted Feb. 21, 2014, 9:25 am
A federal judge last week dismissed the City of Santa Monica’s lawsuit challenging ownership of Santa Monica Airport (SMO). In the ruling issued Feb. 13, a federal judge opined it was too early for Santa Monica to assert any constitutional violations.
Posted Feb. 18, 2014, 9:30 am
More than three months after she wrote a letter to the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declaring Santa Monica Airport (SMO) a danger to the health and safety of those living near the airstrip, Congresswoman Karen Bass (Dem-37th District) will be speaking Tuesday evening at a special meeting of the North Westdale Neighborhood Association.
Posted Feb. 16, 2014, 9:08 am
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) says it will continue to fight for the continued operation of Santa Monica Airport following U.S. District Court Judge John L. Walter siding with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit brought by the City of Santa Monica over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
Posted Feb. 16, 2014, 8:55 am
A coalition of residents and groups known as Airport2Park.org -- who formed to turn Santa Monica Airport 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.
Posted Jan. 24, 2014, 9:28 am
Santa Monica is surround by three sides by the City of Los Angeles. With the nation’s second largest municipality enveloping the City by the Sea, both Santa Monica and Los Angeles are bound to share some common ground on key issues, such as jobs, transportation, and the Santa Monica Airport (SMO).
Posted Jan. 11, 2014, 9:15 am
The City of Santa Monica has an upward battle in its attempt to take control of Santa Monica Airport (SMO), with attorneys for the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. Department of Justice arguing the City's lawsuit filed in October 2013 was filed too late.
Posted Dec. 22, 2013, 9:58 am
Congressman Henry Waxman (33rd-Dem) sent a letter to South Coast Air Quality Management District Executive Officer Barry Wallerstein on Wednesday to request that the agency investigate reports of high levels of ultrafine particle pollution around Santa Monica Airport (SMO).