Re "Supervisors: 'Yes' on El Toro Airport," Oct. 24:
The vote by the Orange County Board of Supervisors' pro-airport majority to move forward with the largely unwanted and unpopular international El Toro airport is not surprising. It is really a pity that hard-working and peace-loving Americans are not only terrorized by selfish foreign agents, but also by their duly elected officials who apparently are unwilling or incapable of listening to the people that elected them. I am certain that terrorism, in any form, is totally unacceptable to Americans. The imported pro-airport demonstrators, who so very aptly articulated the unappealing aspects of having an airport in the midst of residential communities, should be talking with their elected officials and not transferring their problems. Two wrongs don't make a right. If we do need to expand our airport capacities in Southern California, let us do this in a safe and professional manner. The current board members have proved they are incapable of this task and should be relieved of their duties.
Hans J. Roehricht
\o7 Lake Forest\f7
The approval of the environmental impact report opens a new era in the debate over a commercial airport at El Toro. County officials have spent over six years and tens of millions of dollars developing a wide body of comprehensive studies and reports while airport opponents spent nearly as much money on glossy brochures full of distortions, unsubstantiated claims, emotional arguments and scare tactics.
In hearing the lawsuits sure to be filed by airport opponents, rational argument and applicable statutes will be decisive. With such factors, anti-airport factions do not stand a chance.
Thomas R. Damiani
\o7 Newport Beach
News flash! Orange County supervisors OK El Toro airport! Other breaking developments: Sun rises again....Tuesday expected to follow Monday.
\o7 Laguna Niguel\f7
Re "Both El Toro Camps Cheer FAA Report," Oct. 10:
Could The Times have printed a more ambiguous headline than bad news is good news or vice-versa? What is going on is a very disingenuous move by our pro-airport majority on the Board of Supervisors. They asked the FAA to initially approve an airport half the size of John Wayne, and then cheer that it could be operated safely with lighter loads and fewer passengers. The average citizen could have figured that out. But that is not what they have been leading us to believe. Their airport plan has been a 28.8-million-passenger international airport, and that is the FAA report we have been waiting for. For Bruce Nestande to lightly dismiss the bad news with "These other issues can be resolved" is definitely not reassuring.
We can read for ourselves in this report that there is no way to fully operate a two-airport system efficiently and that further studies would be required for more flights. The regional air space is already impacted. They just want a foot in the door to close John Wayne and stick us with a multibillion-dollar white elephant.
\o7 Santa Ana\f7
The release of the FAA report on the El Toro airport has made little impression on dedicated anti-airport folks. Their attitude is they don't want an airport anywhere near their homes but want to continue using tiny but convenient John Wayne Airport.
Of more importance to all Orange County voters is the alternative to the airport. The initiative is awaiting an appellate court decision on its legality, does nothing more than change the zoning of El Toro from an airport to that of a park. It gives no guarantee of a park unless the voters pay for it. To obtain the base from the Navy, Orange County taxpayers would have to buy it. To transform it into a park would require millions of dollars. Any lake developed at the site of the existing runways would be another Love Canal in its toxicity. Orange County voters can see through this pie-in-the-sky promise and will reject it.
\o7 Corona del Mar\f7
If El Toro was good enough for the Marines, is it good enough for airline operations? Hardly. Airlines operate for profit; the Marines do not. Income is generated only when the airplane becomes airborne and heads toward its destination. Projected ground delays and the county's proposed convoluted arrival and departure procedures place this site at a severe competitive disadvantage. The airlines will demand and receive from the FAA a more efficient operating profile. This will include takeoffs to the south and occasionally to the west. Tailwind and headwind limitations are neither arbitrary nor optional. They are mandated by federal air regulations and vigorously enforced by the FAA.
Under the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990, only the FAA has jurisdiction over aircraft movement. To claim otherwise is a misrepresentation of fact.
\o7 Laguna Niguel\f7