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Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Letter To The Editor: Why I'm In Favor Of Keeping Santa Monica Airport

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.

In 2015, the City of Santa Monica's settlement agreement with the FAA concerning the airport expires.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Update: Initiative Process Sought To Alter Santa Monica Airport Strategy

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).

JetSuite CEO Alex Wilcox discusses the current situation at Santa Monica Airport.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Santa Monica Airport

JetSuite CEO Discusses His Operations At Santa Monica Airport

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.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Letter To The Editor: Helicopter Pilots Endorse Initiative To Keep SMO Open

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.

Donald W. Douglas founded his aircraft manufacturing empire in Santa Monica just 17 years after the Wright Brothers first flew in 1903.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Santa Monica Airport

What Say You? Closing Santa Monica Airport

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.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Initiative Process Sought To Alter Santa Monica’s Airport Strategy

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).

The City of Santa Monica will develop an airport concept plan based upon low-intensity use and new leasing guidelines after a City Council vote on Tuesday night.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Path Set For Potential Closure Of Santa Monica Airport

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.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Letter To The Editor: SMO Is An Economic Engine For Santa Monica

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.

The Santa Monica City Council will begin fleshing out the City’s options of Santa Monica Airport’s future this week.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Santa Monica Airport Future To Headline City Council Meeting This Tuesday

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.

The Santa Monica City Council will begin fleshing out the City’s options of Santa Monica Airport’s future this week.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Airport2Park Urges Santa Monica City Council To Take Bolder Steps To Close Airport

Posted Mar. 22, 2014, 6:00 am

The Santa Monica City Council will discuss the future of Santa Monica Airport at its Tuesday meeting.

Santa Monica Airport is an arts incubator and home to more than 60 artists and creative venues.

Seven Days, Exhibits, Santa Monica, Art, Santa Monica Airport

Enjoy Art, Workshops, Music At Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk This Saturday

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.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Unnamed Pro-SMO Groups Alleged To Be “Push-Polling”

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.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

In Depth: Federal Ruling On SMO Says Santa Monica’s Claim Both Early & Late

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.

Karen Bass represents congressional district 37 that encompasses Mid City, West Los Angeles, Century City, Palms, Mar Vista, Sawtelle, Beverlywood, Cheviot Hills,  Pico-Robertson, as well as part of South Los Angeles.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Congresswoman Karen Bass To Speak At Meeting Tonight On Santa Monica Airport

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.

Mark Baker is the fifth president and CEO in Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association To Fight For Continued Operation Of SMO

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.

Frank Gruber.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Santa Monica Airport

Santa Monica Park Advocates Undaunted By Judge's SMO Lawsuit Dismissal

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.

Mike Bonin.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Politics

LA Councilman Mike Bonin Talks Transportation, SMO At SM Democratic Club

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).

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

City Of Santa Monica Has Upward Battle Challenging FAA To Take Control Of 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.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Waxman Calls For Investigation Into Pollution At Santa Monica Airport

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).

Federal authorities have amended Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations to expand the regulated area above and around SMO from a four-mile radius to 4.6 miles northeast of the airport.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Santa Monica Airport Airspace To Expand Slightly On December 12

Posted Nov. 29, 2013, 9:43 am

The regulated airspace surrounding Santa Monica Airport (SMO) is set to expand Dec. 12 in order to accommodate aircraft arriving at and departing from the facility, according to the Office of the Federal Register.

News, Santa Monica, Government, Santa Monica Airport

Congressman Waxman Urges Thorough Santa Monica Airport Investigation

Posted Nov. 18, 2013, 9:28 am

Congressman Henry Waxman (Dem-33rd District) today sent a letter to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Acting Chairman Deborah Hersman reiterating his request for a thorough investigation of the fatal Santa Monica Airport crash on September 29.

Kyla Dupont was identified Friday as one of the four aboard the fatal plane crash at SMO.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Santa Monica Airport

Sons Of Woman Killed In Santa Monica Airport Crash File Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Posted Nov. 8, 2013, 9:13 am

The estate of Mark Benjamin is being sued by the family of a passenger killed in the Sept. 29 plane crash at Santa Monica Airport (SMO).

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

CRAAP Says Santa Monica's Suit Against The FAA "Encouraging": Open Letter

Posted Nov. 1, 2013, 9:50 am

I am encouraged that Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor included protecting community health in her strong quote. Health is a huge part of the equation, and the Federal Government needs to be accountable for the health of airport neighbors.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

AOPA Calls Lawsuit To Close Santa Monica Airport Meritless: Open Letter

Posted Nov. 1, 2013, 9:45 am

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) characterized as lacking any merit in law a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by the City of Santa Monica against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in what is clearly another desperate bid by the city to close Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

City To Challenge FAA In Court Over Future Control Of Santa Monica Airport

Posted Oct. 31, 2013, 12:15 pm

The City of Santa Monica has sued the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish the City’s right to control future use of the Santa Monica Airport property, which the City has long owned.

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