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Airport neighbors must be heard

May 24, 2008

Re "Flight fight closely watched," May 19

Though the article is very informative about the concerns airport users and the Federal Aviation Administration have regarding Santa Monica's recently passed ordinance, the communities' concerns are not vented enough. Santa Monica and Los Angeles neighborhoods bordering the airport have been forced to live with increased noise, the threat of a potential catastrophic accident and the ongoing onslaught of toxic jet-engine emissions that invade their homes. Some Los Angeles neighbors living closest to the Santa Monica Airport runway have owned their homes for more than 40 years.

The nation's highways have certain weight, fuel and speed restrictions, yet the FAA refuses to understand that the airport-adjacent communities have very real concerns. The Santa Monica and Los Angeles communities are not happy, and they are demanding that their voices be heard too.

Martin Rubin

Los Angeles

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