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Obama Motorcade on Ocean Park.

News, Smo, Obama, President

Obama Motorcade Motorcycle Officer Crash

Posted Feb. 12, 2016, 11:17 am

Local traffic ground to a halt this morning as President Obama made his way to Santa Monica Airport. A motorcycle officer crashed.

Latest Santa Monica Airport news.

News, Santa Monica, Smo

FAA Rules On Santa Monica Airport, Saying It Must Remain Open Through 2023

Posted Dec. 5, 2015, 9:06 am

The FAA ruled Friday that the City of Santa Monica is obligated by grant assurances to operate Santa Monica Airport until Aug. 27, 2023.

Nelson Hernandez.

News, Santa Monica, Smo

Nelson Hernandez Named Senior Advisor To Santa Monica City Manager On Airport Affairs

Posted Nov. 25, 2015, 8:52 am

Securing local control of the Santa Monica Airport is one of the top strategic goals adopted by the City Council earlier this year. To spearhead the priority, the City has hired Nelson Hernandez as the Senior Advisor to the City Manager on Airport Affairs.

The above illustration shows the overall “airport” property of three distinct parcels, and enlarges a portion of the runway adjacent to the “non-aviation” parcel (containing the existing 'Airport Park'). The two former aviation tie down lots on the “non-aviation” parcel will be converted to  more parks and playfields, and in 2016 the City will begin the planning process in earnest for this conversion, only possible with the mandate of Measure LC.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation To Host Fundraiser BBQ This Sunday

Posted Nov. 9, 2015, 10:12 am

The Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, will hold a fundraiser barbecue this Sunday, Nov. 15, to commemorate the first anniversary of the passage of Measure LC by voters of Santa Monica.

The City of Santa Monica received this notice from the FAA on Friday, Oct. 16.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown: FAA Delays On SMO Again

Posted Oct. 17, 2015, 8:51 am

The FAA on Friday sent the City of Santa Monica the (above) attached notice. They are again postponing a decision on the crucial matter of grant assurances expiration that encumbers the land we own at the airport. The City stopped taking grants in 1994. Grants come with 20-year obligations.

The plane, piloted by actor Harrison Ford, crashed at 2:25 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015 shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Airport.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Harrison Ford Crash Near Santa Monica Airport Caused By Loose Carburetor Jet

Posted Aug. 6, 2015, 12:23 pm

A loose carburetor jet caused Harrison Ford's vintage aircraft to lose power shortly after takeoff from Santa Monica Airport in March, leading to the actor's crash-landing in a golf course near the airfield, federal investigators said today.

Santa Monica City Council denied three-year leases to Atlantic Aviation, Krueger Aviation, Gunnell Properties, and American Flyers at Santa Monica Airport at its Tuesday meeting. The four tenants will remain month-to-month until a number of Council’s concerns are addressed. However, council did authorize three-year leases with the Typhoon and Spitfire restaurants and Ruskin Group Theatre.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Santa Monica Denies Four SMO Aviation Tenants Three-Year Leases

Posted Jul. 17, 2015, 9:14 am

Santa Monica residents made it abundantly clear at Tuesday’s City Council meeting that the Santa Monica Airport has overstayed its welcome, but yet it remains – for how long is now the question.

Kevin McKeown.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo, Smp

Mayor McKeown To Ted Lieu: Thanks For Comments At FAA Meeting

Posted Jul. 13, 2015, 9:49 am

After arriving home in Santa Monica last week after a trip to Washington D.C. to discuss Santa Monica Airport with the FAA, Santa Monica Mayor McKeown wrote a letter of thanks on behalf of himself, Mayor Pro Tempore Tony Vazquez and Councilmember Sue Himmelrich to Congressman Ted Lieu (33rd District) and his staff.

The 12 acres of tie-downs at Santa Monica Airport will eventually be turned into parks, but the time frame of when that will happen is uncertain.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, City Hall, Smo

FAA Agreement With City Finally Expires, City Leaders To Go To Washington, D.C.

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

A 31-year-old agreement between the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) and the City of Santa Monica concerning Santa Monica Airport ended Wednesday, allowing for the city to begin reclaiming its control of SMO, a little at a time.

Latest Santa Monica Airport news.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

FAA Workshop In Santa Monica On Metroplex Project Approaches

Posted Jun. 13, 2015, 9:05 am

The City of Santa Monica is distributing this advisory as a follow up to notify and encourage members of the community to attend one of the upcoming public workshops scheduled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to review and receive public input on the FAA’s Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Southern California Metroplex (SoCal Metroplex) Project.

Latest Santa Monica Airport news.

News, Santa Monica, Smo

FAA To Host Southern California Metroplex Public Workshop In Santa Monica

Posted Jun. 6, 2015, 9:33 am

The City of Santa Monica is distributing this advisory to notify and encourage members of the community to attend one of the upcoming public workshops scheduled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to review and receive public input on the FAA’s Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Southern California Metroplex (SoCal Metroplex) Project.

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

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Op-Ed: Clearing The Air Around Santa Monica Airport

Posted Apr. 13, 2015, 9:40 am

When pro-aviation advocates brought forward Measure D to preserve Santa Monica Airport (SMO), they tried to trick Santa Monica residents into believing if SMO were to close there would begin a massive Century City-type development.

Anti-Santa Monica Airport supporters crowded City Hall’s front steps on Tuesday evening while pro-airport supporters opted to fill most seats inside Council chambers.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Coexisting At Santa Monica Airport: Three Year Aviation Leases, New Parks

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:08 am

More than 300 people descended on Santa Monica City Hall Tuesday night as the much-debated issue of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) tenancies and land use hit City Council’s discussion agenda.

More than 300 people descended on Santa Monica City Hall Tuesday night as the much-debated issue of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) tenancies and land use hit City Council’s discussion agenda.

News, Video, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

VIDEO: Santa Monica Protestors Crowd City Hall’s Front Steps

Posted Mar. 26, 2015, 12:06 pm

More than 300 people descended on Santa Monica City Hall Tuesday night as the much-debated issue of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) tenancies and land use hit City Council’s discussion agenda.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Harrison Ford Crashes Into Santa Monica Airport Issue

Posted Mar. 21, 2015, 8:46 am

People are often inclined to notice that something that has long needed fixing finally gets attention when either a celebrity or a person with other kinds of power is impacted by the issue. Even Dick Cheney softened in 2013 when his daughters went public with a disagreement over gay marriage.

Brock on your Block host Phil Brock speak with Neil Carrey about the newly formed Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation.

Video, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation

Posted Mar. 13, 2015, 9:15 am

Brock on your Block host Phil Brock speak with Neil Carrey about the newly formed Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation.

Propeller engine planes sit just off the runway at Santa Monica Airport.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Santa Monica Airport Lease Debate Fuels Up For A Fight

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:09 am

As the date for Santa Monica City Council to discuss the future of leases at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) fast approaches, anti-aviation proponents have began re-mobilizing the ranks in an effort to eventually cease airport operations altogether. Airport tenants are also preparing for battle in a push to save their businesses.

Latest Santa Monica Airport news.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Anti-Airport Activists Footed With $31,525 Anti-SLAPP Legal Bill

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:06 am

A Santa Monica-based group of anti-airport activists have been left to personally foot the legal bill of failed lawsuits against the filers of Measure D on the November 2014 election ballot and the City of Santa Monica.

Latest Santa Monica Airport news.

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

AOPA Objects To Santa Monica's Claim Over Airport In Federal Appeals Case

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:41 am

The City of Santa Monica’s efforts to absolve itself from an agreement with the federal government are obviously intended to restrict or end operations at Santa Monica Airport in violation of longstanding federal law and a specific contract it signed, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) argued in a federal appeals court filing Thursday.

News, Fire Department, Santa Monica, Smo

Santa Monica Airport Assn. Teams With Firefighters To Promote Toy Drive

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:35 am

Every year, fire departments all across Southern California collect toys to distribute to needy boys and girls.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Smo

Election 2014: Santa Monica Voters Pass Measure LC, Defeat Measure D

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 2:30 am

In a step that could move Santa Monica Airport closer to closure, voters agreed to allow the City Council to make decisions regarding the fate of the airfield and rejected an effort by aviation groups to require a public vote on any effort to shutter the facility or restrict aviation activity.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo, Airport

City Hall Seeks Competing SMO Voter Initiative

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.

Santa Monica, Smo, Airport

Residocracy Declines To Endorse Airport Initiative

Posted May. 31, 2014, 12:31 am

The Santa Monica residents group, Residocracy, is withholding support of a petition regarding the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) being circulated by aviation interests.

News, Santa Monica, Smo, Airport

SMO Now Subject Of Lawsuit, Petition, and Initiative

Posted May. 16, 2014, 8:29 am

The future use Santa Monica Airport is being subject to lawsuits, initiatives, and potential ballot measures.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Santa Monica Airport 3rd Annual Open House Set For September 21

Posted Aug. 27, 2013, 9:14 am

Santa Monica Airport’s (SMO) third annual Open House will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 from 12-5 pm.

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