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February 2, 2011
Seeing dollar signs Re "Billionaire brothers undermine democracy, demonstrators say," Jan. 31 Heaven forbid that brothers Charles and David Koch host a meeting to discuss conservative causes and how to support them. How undemocratic! Worse yet is that they contribute financially to those causes. Now comes the ultimate in hypocrisy when a retired teacher says: "It's putting democracy in the hands of people like the Kochs and others. It's not who you vote for; it's how much money you've got. " I guess he forgot about the teachers unions and others.
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March 30, 2014
Re "City moves to close airport," March 27 One wonders how long residents of Santa Monica will put up with a City Council that continues to waste time and money on fruitless attempts to close or cripple the city's small airport. These costly efforts to mollify a tiny band of airport opponents who rue their decisions to purchase homes in the vicinity of the airport have gone on for decades and have resulted only in a reduction in revenues from operating the facility. As a neighbor who has lived 1,000 feet from the runway for 29 years, I do hear intermittent airport traffic.
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NEWS
January 30, 1986
City officials have applied to the city of Los Angeles to annex a 34-acre parcel at Santa Monica Airport. The land is technically part of Los Angeles, although sections of the parcel make up part of the airport's runway and taxiway, City Manager John Jalili said. The City Council last week directed the city staff to apply to the Local Agency Formation Commission for the annexation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
A federal judge threw out Santa Monica's lawsuit to wrest control of its airport from the U.S. government this week, but community activists vowed on Friday to keep fighting to shut down the historic facility. "This case is far from over," said Martin Rubin, director of Concerned Citizens Against Airport Pollution. "If the city of Santa Monica wants to close the airport and use it in a fashion that would be more beneficial economically and environmentally, then the Federal Aviation Administration should allow them to do just that.
NEWS
September 14, 1989
The city has chosen Reliance Development Group to develop 30 acres of city-owned land at the edge of Santa Monica Airport. Plans call for construction of 1 million square feet of office and commercial space and parking structures to hold 3,700 cars. All access to the developed area would be via Bundy Drive; the existing airport entrance at Walgrove Avenue would be closed. The project has aroused resistance from residents in the adjoining neighborhoods of Mar Vista, part of Los Angeles.
OPINION
June 27, 2006
Re "Jet-Setters Give Santa Monica the Jitters," June 22 Celebrities are not the only users of jets and other high-performance aircraft operating into and out of Santa Monica Airport. Many corporations on the Westside have flight departments that utilize the efficient location of their local airport over a long drive to Van Nuys, Burbank or Long Beach. I have a little sympathy for those who elect to buy cheap real estate in the flight path of an airport -- and then complain about the noise and smell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Does the endgame loom in the decades-long tussle over Santa Monica Airport? In 2015, all land and building leases at the airport expire, and city officials — and thousands of Westside residents weary of life in the flight path — say the obligation to operate the facility as an airport ends too. Santa Monica has hired consultants to study the 227-acre campus and early next year will begin asking for the public's input on potential future uses....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Two Los Angeles City Council members Thursday called for Santa Monica Airport to shut down its six flight schools and make permanent an experimental takeoff route over neighborhoods even though it triggered thousands of complaints last year. Responding to Los Angeles residents in nearby Venice, Mar Vista and West Los Angeles, council members Bill Rosendahl and Janice Hahn introduced a resolution asking their colleagues to support the flight school closures and a departure procedure that for six months had required certain propeller aircraft to head toward the ocean over the Santa Monica neighborhoods of Sunset Park and Ocean Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Concerned about safety and aircraft emissions, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday called for federal legislation that would change the takeoff route from Santa Monica Airport and close all six of its flight schools. The resolution, which is not binding on Santa Monica or the Federal Aviation Administration, represents part of a broader strategy to shut down the popular aviation hub by 2015, when opponents believe federal requirements expire. "An airport makes no sense in that urban environment with all the noise, air pollution and flights over neighborhoods," said Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who offered the resolution along with his colleagues Janice Hahn and Paul Koretz.
NEWS
January 1, 1989 | TRACY WILKINSON, Times Staff Writer
A major project at Santa Monica Airport, already the target of enormous protest from neighborhood groups and Los Angeles officials, has been stalled by a court ruling that changes the way environmental impact reports are written. Santa Monica officials say it will take several months to draft an additional environmental impact report for the proposed 1.4-million-square-foot office complex. The new report must examine alternative uses of the property. Until then, the project is on hold.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
The effort to close Santa Monica Airport suffered a major setback Thursday when a federal judge threw out the city's lawsuit that sought to wrest control of the facility from the federal government. U.S. District Judge John F. Walters dismissed the claim that title to the oldest operating airport in Los Angeles County should be returned to the city because the action was brought too late under the statute of limitations. Walters also threw out the allegations that the city was denied due process and that the federal government did not properly compensate the city for taking the property in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles County coroner's officials Friday identified the first of four victims who perished when a jet crashed into a hangar at Santa Monica Airport this past weekend. Lauren Winkler, 28, of Irvine was killed Sunday when a twin-engine Cessna Citation she was riding in touched down at the airport, then veered hard right off the runway and smashed into an airport hangar, bursting into flames and collapsing the building. All four aboard the aircraft were killed. Los Angeles-based construction company Morley Builders announced that its chief executive, 63-year-old Mark Benjamin, and his 28-year-old son, Luke, a senior project engineer, were also on the plane, although coroner's investigators have yet to confirm their identities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Autopsies are scheduled for Thursday on four people killed in a plane crash at Santa Monica Airport, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said. The four died in a fiery wreck at the airport Sunday evening when the twin-engine Cessna Citation they were riding in touched down on the runway then veered hard right and smashed into an airport hangar, bursting into flames and collapsing the building. Coroner's officials said they would confirm the identities of the victims using dental records because of the condition of the bodies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
A local congressman called on federal officials Wednesday to assess the overall safety of Santa Monica Airport, where a private jet veered off the runway and slammed into a hangar, killing four people. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) asked Deborah A. P. Hersman, who heads the National Transportation Safety Board, to broaden the agency's investigation beyond determining the cause of Sunday evening's crash. Waxman also raised concerns about the shutdown of the federal government and its impact on the NTSB's investigation, which has been suspended.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | By Dan Weikel and Angel Jennings
Santa Monica Airport remained closed to flights Tuesday morning as Los Angeles County coroner's officials worked at the site of a deadly jet crash. The airport has been closed since Sunday evening, when a twin-engine Cessna Citation touched down and then veered hard right off the runway, careening into a hangar and killing all on board. PHOTOS: Santa Monica Airport crash The  fiery crash  is believed to be the first fatal accident involving a jet in the airport's history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
L.A. County coroner's officials say they will need to use dental records to confirm the identities of four people killed in Sunday's jet crash at Santa Monica Airport. The bodies of four people were pulled from a twin-engine Cessna Citation on Tuesday morning. The private jet touched down at Santa Monica Airport on Sunday evening, then steered hard right off the runway and smashed into an airport hangar before bursting into flames. The crash collapsed the hangar and the fire spread to two neighboring buildings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson and Matt Stevens
Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board  are expected Monday morning to begin investigating the wreckage from a jet crash at Santa Monica Airport that authorities believe killed all passengers on board. Authorities have offered scant details in the wake of the crash, in part because of trouble accessing the jet.   A twin-engine Cessna Citation coming from Hailey, Idaho, veered off the right side of the runway Sunday night and crashed into a nearby storage hangar, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2013 | By Dan Weikel, Angel Jennings and Matt Stevens
Santa Monica Airport is steeped in glamour and history. Douglas Aircraft Co. built its famous DC-3s there, and in 1924 it was the jumping off point for U.S. Army pilots who were the first to circumnavigate the globe by air. The first woman to fly the U.S. Mail began her milestone flight at Santa Monica in 1938. More recently, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford and Steve Wynn have been among the celebrities and business tycoons who have kept planes there. But the oldest operating airport in Los Angeles County has become the most embattled general aviation facility in the nation as housing tracts, started during the Douglas years, moved right up to its boundaries.
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