SM Airport in the News

October 2015

Opinion: “Waste of Money” – pilot Bill Worden from Venice

10/30/15 – Santa Monica Daily Press

“City Council Cracks Down on Santa Monica Airport Pollution”

10/29/15 – Santa Monica Lookout

“Rick Cole: Santa Monica’s City Manager, Champions Innovation & Real Planning”

10/25/15 – Planning Report

“Growth isn’t the only contentious issue in Santa Monica. The long-running controversy over the Santa Monica Airport crosses borders and goes all the way to Washington, D.C.  It’s both a great challenge and an opportunity. After three months on the job, I am not as versed in the history and complexity as those who’ve been fighting this battle for three decades. But one thing is clear: This tiny airport dating to 1919 is an unsafe and unhealthy venue for corporate and personal jet traffic. It’s surrounded on four sides by close-in residential neighborhoods. Some homes are just 300 feet beyond the runway.

Last fall, Santa Monica voters repudiated a clumsy attempt by aviation interests to block the Council from exercising local control. Instead, by a decisive 60-40 margin, they supported a rival measure aimed at protecting safety and health. So our Council is demanding the FAA stop stalling and issue an administrative ruling on our claim to local control. The FAA has delayed a decision four times. This isn’t a parochial issue. Quality of life on the Westside would be significantly improved if airport facilities were eventually converted to a combination of parkland and repurposed “creative tech” spaces.”

“Culver City residents say noise from LAX flights is on the rise”

10/25/15 – Los Angeles Times

“Los Angeles Residents Petition to Reduce Helicopter Noise”

10/21/15 – Santa Monica Daily Press

From the FAA:

“The FAA encourages interested parties to review the EA, and provide written comments during the public comment period no later than October 8, 2015….Comments can be emailed to:

City’s Response & Airport Commission’s Recommendations to the FAA’s Draft Environmental Assessment of the So CA Metroplex Project:

Go to and click on: “City’s Response & Airport Commission’s Recommendations to the FAA’s Draft Environmental Assessment of the So CA Metroplex Project.”

“What’s the future of Santa Monica Airport?” — #FAADoYourJob

City Council 10/27/15 agenda:
Item 8-D: Potential Options for Reducing Emission

Staff recommends that the City Council direct staff to:

  1. Include provisions in Santa Monica Airport (“the Airport” or “SMO”) leases that limit the sale of aircraft fuels for piston-engine aircraft to low-lead or unleaded fuels and fuels for turbine-engine aircraft to biofuels or other sustainable fuels by a date or dates certain;
  2. Include provisions in flight schools leases prohibiting lessees from using leaded fuels for flight training;
  3. Require lessees who currently sell aircraft fuel at the Airport to begin remediation of any contamination of the premises they occupy;
  4. Assess and report back to Council on the possible termination of third party fuel sales at the Airport and on the feasibility of the City taking over that function to assure that, so long as aircraft fuel is sold at the Airport, it is the most environmentally sound fuel available; and
  5. Begin developing and report back on a cap on total emissions generated by the Airport.

Excerpt from staff report: In 2010, the AQMD study was augmented when the suspension of all Airport operations for runway repaving presented an unusual opportunity to assess SMO’s impacts.

The AQMD concluded that the suspension of Airport operations resulted in a “substantial decrease” in measured ultra-fine particles and black carbon pollution.

Measurements taken on the eastern tarmac showed that concentrations of ultra-fine particles were 12 to 17 times higher when the Airport was operating.

Measurements taken at the closest home showed that levels were four to seven times higher when the Airport was operating.

Additionally, the AQMD reported that aircraft idling near the runway before
and during departure generated very high concentrations of ultra-fine particles over short time periods. These concentrations were as high as 600 times background levels. (scroll down)


Airport Commission 10/26/15 meeting agenda:
A. Jacqueline A. Seabrooks, Chief of Police, re security at Santa Monica Airport. 
B. Annual Noise & Operations Report Workshop

“Why is the FAA dragging its feet when our security, health, and safety are at stake?”

10/22/15 – Santa Monica Daily Press – page 16 – full-page ad

“What’s the future of Santa Monica Airport?”

“Council to Consider New Pollution Restrictions for Santa Monica Airport”

10/22/15 – Santa Monica Lookout

“Deadly Airport Toxins”

New Jersey Institute of Technology
“According to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, more than 8.5 million flights departed from US airports in 2014 alone. In addition, the number of airports increased from 15,161 in 1980 to 19,453 in 2013….Although the aviation industry plays an important role in transport, it is a leading source of toxic emissions. These include lead, carbon dioxide, sulfur oxide, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds.”

“Santa Monica Mayor Vows More Assertive Role in Battle with FAA”

10/20/15 – Santa Monica Lookout

Opinion: “Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown FAA Delays on SMO Again”

10/17/15 – Santa Monica Mirror

“Police Arrest Two Armed Robbery Suspects at Santa Monica Airport”

10/13/15 – CBS  Local

“More drones fly into LAX airspace, endangering aircraft”

10/12/15 – 89.3 KPCC

“Santa Monica Mayor Asks Congressman’s Help  in FAA Stalemate”

10/9/25 – Santa Monica Lookout

Letter from Rep. Ted Lieu to the EPA – signed by 22 members of Congress


Letter from Congressional Representatives Ted Lieu and Karen Bass to the FAA


September 2015

Opinion: “Why the Santa Monica Airport Should Become a Park”

9/23/15 – Michael Feinstein – Zocalo Public Square, KCRW

“The Airport in My Garden”

9/27/15 —

“FAA Again Postpones Decision on Issue Relating to Santa Monica Airport Closure”

9/23/15 – Santa Monica Lookout

“Young Pilot Looks to Fly High in Santa Monica”

9/21/15 — Santa Monica Mirror

August 2015

“Santa Monica Mayor Angered over FAA Delay”

8/25/15 — Santa Monica Lookout

“FAA Delays Part 16 Ruling”

8/24/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Fifteen Ways to Quiet the Skies”

8/22/15 — Air Impact Reform

“Company, FAA Working on Gulfstream IV Jet Fail-Safe Problem”

8/1/15 – Associated Press –

“No evasive action by planes seen: NTSB report cites witness to midair collision over San Diego County that killed five people”

8/28/15 – Los Angeles Times

“5 dead after executive jet and single-engine Cessna collide near San Diego’s Brown Field”

8/17/15 – Los Angeles Times

The planes — a twin-engine Sabreliner jet and a single-engine Cessna 172 – collided about two miles northeast of Brown Field Municipal Airport about 11 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. There were no survivors, officials said. Both planes were attempting to land at Brown Field, the FAA said. The cause of the collision has not been determined….

Brown Field, located 1.5 miles north of the Mexican border and 13 miles southeast of downtown San Diego, is a general aviation airport, heavily used by private, corporate, charter and government aircraft. With its two runways, it is considered a “reliever” facility to reduce usage of Lindbergh Field, the region’s international airport shared by commercial airliners and private aircraft.

“FAA Delays Part 16 Ruling”

8/24/15 – Santa Monica Daily Press
“This unexplained further delay has no apparent excuse, and just underscores the difficulty we have had in getting the FAA to work with us in good faith to determine when Santa Monica can take back legitimate control of land we unarguably own,” said Mayor Kevin McKeown in a statement.

“General Aviation Accident Rate Refuses to Shrink”

8/23/15 – AV Web
“While the airlines have made great strides in reducing the system fatal accident rate to near zero, GA has been stuck hovering between 1.1 and 1.5/100,000 hours….Even as the total hours flown have declined during the past two decades from an estimated 24.9 million in 1995 to 18.1 million in 2014—a 27 percent decline—the fatal rate has decreased by only about half that percentage.”

“5 dead after executive jet and single-engine Cessna collide near San Diego’s Brown Field”

8/17/15 – Los Angeles Times

“Pilot in fatal plane crash had a long disciplinary history with the FAA”

8/15/15 — Los Angeles Times

The pilot of a small plane that crashed earlier this month in Santa Barbara County, killing him and his passenger, had a long history of discipline by the Federal Aviation Administration and lacked the medical clearances required to fly. Government records show that David K. Martz, 58, of San Diego lost his pilot’s license three times over the years — the latest revocation occurring in 2009 after he had oral sex with an adult film actress while flying a helicopter.

Before the crash Aug. 6, Martz was facing a fourth revocation proceeding on allegations that he falsified his FAA medical certificate related to two drunken driving convictions in 2013 and 2014….Though Martz had a lengthy disciplinary record, it can be difficult for the FAA to keep reckless, incompetent or rogue pilots out of the cockpit permanently. Under federal regulations, pilots can lose their licenses for a year and get them back by successfully re-testing after the revocation period expires.

There are exceptions, however. Air transport, commercial and private pilot licenses as well as medical certificates can be revoked permanently because of drug or alcohol dependencies, serious health issues, psychological problems, lack of good moral character, criminal convictions for narcotics trafficking or knowingly installing parts in aircraft that are not FAA-certified.

According to FAA records, Martz first lost his commercial pilot’s license for a year in 1986 for flying an aircraft without a valid registration and possessing a false medical certificate — the same charge he was facing before the Santa Barbara crash.

His flight privileges were revoked again in 2004 for operating an aircraft while his pilot’s license was suspended and flying within 50 feet of people and property at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego.

The third revocation occurred in 2009 for recklessly operating a four-passenger Bell helicopter Martz had lent to an adult film company. While at the controls and hovering over San Diego, he was captured on videotape receiving oral sex from a Swedish porn star.

The FAA also has suspended Martz’s license several times starting in 2002, when he lost his flight privileges for 30 days for performing aerobatics below an altitude of 1,500 feet over a populated area. A 230-day suspension followed in 2005 after he flew passengers in a helicopter he knew was damaged.

The FAA also investigated Martz in 2006 for landing a helicopter on Wattles Drive in the Hollywood Hills to pick up Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, who wanted to go to a Nine Inch Nails concert. No disciplinary action resulted, but the Los Angeles city attorney’s office charged Martz with reckless operation of an aircraft, landing an aircraft on a public road and landing an aircraft without a permit, all misdemeanors. Frank Mateljan, a city attorney spokesman, said Martz was placed on 36 months’ probation and fined $1,000 after pleading guilty to a lesser charge.

Three years later while transporting Lee again, Martz was forced to land his helicopter at Van Nuys Airport after he reportedly flew very close to a Los Angeles police chopper. Authorities said Martz took a Breathalyzer test to determine if he was intoxicated, but it was inconclusive.

“Bin Laden relatives killed in Hampshire plane crash”

8/15/15 – Telegraph
“The aircraft, which was understood to be flying from Milan-Malpensa Airport in Italy to Blackbushe airfield in Hampshire, came down after overshooting the runway and clipping a fence… The Embraer Phenom 300 jet then flipped over and landed on a number of cars in an adjacent auction site, sparking a huge blaze. Around 20 cars were completely destroyed.”

“Embraer Phenom 300 taking off from SMO” — Netjets

2/11/15 — YouTube

“Embraer Phenom 100 take-off from Santa Monica airport” – Fast Forward

2/10/15 — YouTube

“Embraer EMB 500 Phenom 100 crash”

12/8/14 – 6 fatalities –
The plane was on approach to Montgomery County Airport when it crashed a mile north of the airport into a house. All three aboard the jet were killed, as well as a mother and her children in a house the aircraft impacted.

“Air Controller Study Shows Chronic Fatigue”

8/11/15 — Associated Press

“Controllers Complain Errors Caused by Tiring Work Schedules”

8/10/15 — New York Times

“Pilot Makes Emergency Landing in Dry Area of Los Angeles River in Vernon”

8/10/15 — KTLA 5
“The Piper PA25, a banner-towing style aircraft, made the landing about 1:10 p.m., according to Ian Gregor of the FAA Pacific Division.”

“One Killed in Banner-Towing Plane Crash at Compton Airport: The fiery single-engine plane crash at the airport southwest of downtown Compton occurred during takeoff”

8/9/15 — KNBC News

VIDEO: “Tracking 24 Hours of U.S. Air Traffic”

8/6/15 — Flying

“Harrison Ford Crash near Santa Monica Airport Caused by Loose Carburetor Jet”

8/6/15 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Feds Cite Carburetor Problem in Harrison Ford Plane Crash”

8/6/15 — Yahoo News (AP)

“Lieu Urges Prompt FAA Action on Santa Monica Airport”

8/5/15 — Santa Monica Lookout

Opinion: “Bass and Lieu Seek Response from FAA” — Rep. Ted Lieu and Rep. Karen Bass

8/2/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch

Opinion: “Seeking FAA Update on Santa Monica Airport” — Ted W. Lieu and Karen Bass

8/2/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Saudi official says bin Ladens killed in England plane crash”

8/1/15 — AOL (AP)
“Blackbushe Airport said the Embraer Phenom 300 jet crashed near the end of the runway while trying to land at the airfield about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of London, which is used by private planes and flying clubs.”

July 2015

“Sounds of War: Navy warplanes producing deadly noise around U.S. bases” (Whidbey Island)

7/27/15 — Truthout — “To provide an idea of relative loudness of sounds: A vacuum cleaner is 70 decibels, heavy truck traffic is around 80 decibels, a chainsaw is 90 decibels, and being within approximately 100 feet of a jet engine is 140 decibels. Exposure to 140 decibels may cause immediate and permanent hearing damage or loss, as well as bleeding from the ears….’If you are exposed to below-audible levels – very low [frequency] levels but at 140 decibels – sound waves can actually fracture the liver,’ Dahlgren said. ‘If you look at their [sound level] studies from Whidbey, these jets generate sub-auditory effects that were also reaching 140 decibels. People describe that their internal organs are vibrating as these planes fly over their homes, and that is exactly what is happening.’ The low rumblings that accompany the loud jet noises are basically lower-frequency sound waves that actually cause internal organs to vibrate, causing the damage Dahlgren is speaking of, even if the rumblings don’t sound loud. “

“LAX could see more than 100 million travelers a year by 2040”

7/26/15 — Los Angeles Times

“Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aircraft Endanger Public Health and Welfare”

7/23/15 – Oregon Aviation Watch

“Council postpones decision on aviation leases at SMO”

7/20/15 – Santa Monica Daily Press

“Swift Fuels Launches Unleaded Avgas”

7/19/15 – General Aviation News

“Santa Monica Denies Four SMO Aviation Tenants 3-Year Leases”

7/17/15 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Fractional Operators Face Sunset of Tax Relief”

7/16/15 — AIN Online

“Santa Monica Officials Call FAA ‘Frustrating’ “

7/16/15 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Santa Monica Council Tackles Airport Leases”

7/16/15 — Santa Monica Lookout

“City Council to Tackle Lobbying, Santa Monica Airport Leases”

7/13/15 – Santa Monica Daily Press

“Santa Monica Officials Meet with FAA as City Considers New SMO Leases”

7/10/15 — Santa Monica Mirror

“How to fly on a private jet for under $150 per person”

7/10/15 — Market Watch

“City officials lobby FAA to close Santa Monica Airport”

7/9/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Local Officials Meet with FAA on Santa Monica Airport”

7/9/15 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Mayor McKeown letter to Congressman Ted Lieu”

7/9/15 — City of Santa Monica web site

Transcript of remarks from Mayor Kevin McKeown and Councilmember Sue Himmelrich to the FAA in Washington, D.C., on July 8, 2015

7/8/15 — City of Santa Monica web site,_2015.aspx

“FAA Agreement with the City Finally Expires, City Leaders to Go to Washington, D.C.”

7/3/15 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Airport Debate Takes Flight in D.C.”

7/1/15 — The Argonaut

“Celebrating the Start of the Park”

7/1/15 —
“At the event Mayor McKeown spoke about the…official ending of the 1984 agreement that has thus far constrained the ability of the City to make changes at the airport. The Mayor reaffirmed Council and staff’s 100% commitment to fast tracking the creation of additional park and playing field space on the 12 acres of land currently allocated to aircraft tie downs.  He pointed out…that the budget for the planning process has already been allocated.  The Mayor also spoke of the upcoming trip to Washington, D.C., to talk with the FAA, noting that it will be attended not only by himself, but also Council members Vazquez and Himmelrich, as well as the City Attorney and other members of City staff. This meeting was organized by our congressional representatives Ted Lieu and Karen Bass to provide a forum for the City and community members to express concerns regarding the current situation at Santa Monica Airport.”

June 2015

“What’s next for Santa Monica Airport”

6/30/15 – Santa Monica Daily Press

“FAA to meet with lawmakers, activists over SMO fate”

6/25/15 — AIN Online

“SMO Countdown Begins”

6/24/15 – The Argonaut

“Private Jets Take Off for Business Travelers”

6/22/15 — USA Today

“Attention!  All Concerned Residents!”

6/20/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch

” ‘Start the Park,’ Celebration of New Era at Airport, on July 1″

6/18/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“FAA Says Plan for Santa Monica Airport Flight Paths Won’t Revive Rejected Route”

6/16/15 — Santa Monica Lookout

“FAA proposes state-of-art traffic control system for L.A.’s crowded skies”

6/16/15 — Los Angeles Times

Opinion: “Screaming jets and squeaky wheels” — Alan Levenson

6/16/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“NBAA Concerned About EPA’s Plans for Aircraft-Emission Regulations”

6/10/15 — National Business Aviation Association

“The EPA’s Significant yet Totally Insufficient Approach to Plane Emissions”

6/10/15 — FiveThirtyEight

“EPA says it intends to regulate aircraft emissions”

6/10/15 —

“Will FAA plan impact flights over Santa Monica?”

6/8/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Library Meeting Will Discuss Possible FAA Changes for Santa Monica Airport”

6/8/15 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Here’s Why Obama Is Cracking Down on Airplane Pollution”

6/5/15 — Mother Jones

“Phoenix sues FAA over flight path changes”

6/1/15 — The Arizona Republic

May 2015

“A Matter of Trust”

5/24/15 — Aviation Impact Reform

“NetJets Trounces Rivals”

5/16/15 — Barron’s

“Have Talks to Reduce Helicopter Noise in Los Angeles County Hit a Wall?”

5/16/15 – Daily Breeze

“Ordinance to Limit Santa Monica Airport Pollutants?”

5/15/15 – Santa Monica Mirror — “I’ll point out – I think it was five years ago – we had to close the runway for a few days to do some repaving and we asked the Air Quality Management District to do some air quality studies,” said Mayor McKeown. “We found during the few days that the runway was shut down that particulate matter in the immediate vicinity was reduced by a factor of 12 to 17 times. “

“More People Die on Private or Charter Jets than Flying Commercial”

5/15/15 — Bloomberg

“Santa Monica Airport emission standards to be reviewed”

5/14/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Airport emissions, Zoning Ordinance Come before Council”

5/12/15 – Santa Monica Daily Press

“FAA to Re-Evaluate Method for Measuring Effects of Aircraft Noise”

5/7/15 – FAA press release —

“Private jets shut down Las Vegas Airport before Saturday’s big fight”

5/3/15 – People magazine,,20920316,00.html

“Santa Monica City Council Votes on Plan to Restrict Aviation at SMO”

5/1/14 — AIN Online

April 2015

“USC Researchers to Do a Pilot Study on LAX Air Pollution and Asthma”

4/30/15 – USC Environmental Health Centers

“Mayor willing to meet with FAA about Airport”

4/14/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press

Opinion: “Clearing the Air around Santa Monica Airport” – Martin Rubin

4/13/15 – Santa Monica Mirror

Email from Mayor Kevin McKeown on April 11, 2015:

Many of you have inquired, some repeatedly, about the City’s reasons for
the decision of March 24th, which included leasing choices which some of
you found confusing or even inexplicable.  Because I must be careful to
preserve the attorney-client privilege existing between the City Attorney
and the City Council on matters on pending or threatened litigation, I
have undoubtedly disappointed some of you with my unwillingness to share
details from discussions held in closed session.

Much to my relief, the City Attorney has herself late yesterday sent out
an email to one resident which I can now share, as it automatically
becomes a public record.

Email from City Attorney Marsha Moutrie on April 10, 2015:

You inquired about the rationale for staff’s recommendation to Council
that it approve 3 year leases with specified non-aviation and aviation
tenants at the Airport.

Staff’s thinking is explained in the staff report for the 3/24 meeting.
Basically, there are two presently pending cases about the City’s
ability to control Airport operations and use of the land presently
occupied by the Airport.

One is a Part 16 administrative proceeding before the FAA. It will eventually settle the question of whether the federal grant assurances
expired last year or whether they will remain in effect until 2023. Those assurances severely limit the City’s ability to regulate
Airport operations.  The duration of that proceeding is uncertain. I anticipate that the FAA will proceed very deliberately.
Perhaps there will be a final administrative decision this year; Perhaps not.  And, an appeal to the 9th or the D.C. Circuit is certain.

The other case is the City’s lawsuit against the FAA, which outside counsel
filed in the fall of 2013.  It is presently in the 9th Circuit on appeal
of order granting the federal government’s motion to dismiss.  Briefing
is complete, but no hearing date set.  If the City prevails, the case
will go back to the trial court.  So, it is difficult to predict the
case’s duration.  If the City ultimately loses, I expect that other
litigation will be instituted to assert the City’s rights as property

So, as explained in the 3/24 staff report, both this office and
outside counsel assume that the litigation over control of the land will
be ongoing for the next three years.  Meanwhile, the FAA takes the
position that the City must continue to operate the Airport.  Should the
City attempt to close all or part of the Airport or even to “starve” the
Airport during this interim period, past experience shows that the FAA
will obtain a federal court order maintaining the status quo, as it did
in the litigation over the C&D jet ban.

Because the City is involved in a legal battle over control of the
Airport and the land it now occupies and that battle will go on for the
next few years, and because closing all or part of the Airport is not
realistically possible while that litigation remains pending, staff
recommended 3 year leases for both non-aviation and aviation tenants.

Among other things, and as the staff report explains, this approach
maintains the revenue stream which supports Airport operations (so that
resident taxpayers do not have to subsidize the Airport).  This approach
also preserves the cultural uses that the City values which cannot
survive on month to month leases.
As I am sure you know from your communications with the Mayor, the
Council is acutely aware of the fact that many community members favor
the swiftest possible closure of the Airport.  This office’s and  outside
counsel’s considered opinion is that granting only month to month
tenancies to all tenants would not have hastened any closure of all or
part of the Airport which may occur in the future.


“Surf Air, the members-only airline, is poised for a growth spurt”

4/10/15 – Los Angeles Times — Pay $1,750 a month. Fly as much as you want. Arrive a few minutes before takeoff. Park for free. Forget TSA security; you don’t even need an ID to board. And then get comfortable — on this fast-rising California airline, every seat is both a window and an aisle.

Letter from Mayor McKeown to Representatives Ted Lieu and Karen Bass re SMO –


“Ted Lieu, Karen Bass Suggest Facilitating Meeting between City and FAA in Washington, DC”

4/5/15 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Complaint system for helicopter noise begins operations countywide”

4/1/15 – Los Angeles Times

March 2015

Opinion: “Council Session on Airport Future Is Productive” — John Fairweather

3/28/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Coexisting at Santa Monica Airport: Three-Year Aviation Leases, New Parks”

3/27/15 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Santa Monica Council OKs New Lease Terms for Airport Tenants”

3/26/15 — Santa Monica Lookout

VIDEO: “Santa Monica Protestors Crowd City Hall Front Steps”

3/26/15 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Council to wait out SMO litigation”

3/26/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press

Video of 3/25/15 City Council hearing on the Airport:

“Santa Monica City Council revises lease terms for airport tenants”

3/25/15 — Los Angeles Times

“Air pollution takes a double toll on babies’ brains”

3/25/15 – Los Angeles Times

“Santa Monica Residents Attend City Council Meeting to Debate Future of Controversial Airport”

3/24/15 — KTLA News

Opinion: “A Message from David Goddard, Airport Commission Chair”

3/23/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Step Forward or Backing Down: Council Debates Airport Plans”

3/23/15 — Santa Monica Next

Opinion: “When It Comes to Santa Monica Airport, It’s Hurry Up and Wait” — Frank Gruber

3/20/15 — The Healthy City Local blog

Opinion: “Harrison Ford Crashes into the Santa Monica Airport Issue” — Steve Stajich

3/21/15 — Santa Monica Mirror

Opinion: “Plane Crash Is a Wake-Up Call” — Alan Levenson

3/20/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Santa Monica Airport lawsuits abound”

3/20/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“City Hall Suggests Cautious Plans for Santa Monica Airport”

3/19/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press

Opinion: “Former Airport Commissioner Offers Advice to Council” – Ofer Grossman

3/17/15 – Santa Monica Dispatch

“FAA Would Likely Win Court Battle to Prevent Santa Monica Airport Closure”

3/19/15 – Santa Monica Lookout

Editorial: “Stronger ozone standards are more than a moral and legal imperative”

3/16/15 — Los Angeles Times

“La Vida So Cal: Keeping Up with the Indiana Joneses” — Tony Peyser cartoon

3/11/15 — The Argonaut

“Harrison Ford’s Plane Crash Stokes Calls for Airport Closure”

3/11/15 — The Argonaut — “For Carlos Gomez, actor Harrison Ford’s crash-landing in Venice was a little too close for comfort. A Dewey Street resident, 39-year-old Gomez lives less than 100 yards from Penmar Golf Course, where Ford brought down his vintage Ryan PT-22 airplane last Thursday. ‘This is the fifth time I’ve seen a plane crash here, and I’m afraid that someday some big jet is going to crash into my house or one of my neighbor’s houses. Just imagine if that happened,’ he said.”

“Harrison Ford’s Plane Lost Power following Santa Monica Airport Takeoff, NTSB Says”

3/11/15 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Federal Authorities Confirm that Harrison Ford’s Aircraft Lost Power after Takeoff”

3/10/15 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Harrison Ford’s plane lost power before LA crash: investigators”

3/10/15 — Reuters

“$1.3 Million Spent to Support Ballot Measures”

3/10/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press — “Spending in support of ballot measures last year more than doubled the combined ballot measure spending in the previous two elections. Of the more than $1,315,000 that was spent on initiatives, most came from one pro-Santa Monica Airport group.

Santa Monicans for Open and Honest Development Decisions spent $872,593 to get Measure D on the ballot and then in support of the measure, which ultimately failed in a landslide at the polls.

“Measure D would have required a public vote on significant changes to the controversial airport and the political action committee, backed largely by out-of-state aviation groups, spent more to support the doomed measure than any group in recent Santa Monica history. Harrison Ford, who crashed his plane at the golf course just outside of the airport last week, contributed $25,000 to that campaign. Opponents of the measure and supporters of its counterpoint, Measure LC, spent $157,711. Measure LC passed.”

“Harrison Ford’s Plane Crash Brings International Attention to Santa Monica Airport”

3/9/15 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Calista Flockhart Bedside Vigil: ‘Ally McBeal’ Bans Husband Harrison Ford from Flying After Crash”

3/8/15 — Inquisitr

“Santa Monica Airport’s ‘Spotless Record’ Is a Myth”

3/8/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch

Opinion: “Airport hardly seems unsafe” — Steve Roberts, Toluca Lake

3/8/15 — Los Angeles Times

“A Look Back on 45 Years of Aviation Accidents/Incidents at Santa Monica Airport”

3/7/15 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Aviation Accidents/Incidents Connected with Santa Monica Airport (SMO)”

3/7/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“20 years of Santa Monica Airport planes crashes”

3/6/15 — Santa Monica Patch

“The Way the Other Side Thinks”

3/6/15 –

“Lost Engine Power May Be Cause of Harrison Ford’s Crash — His Third in 2 Decades”

3/6/15 — Venice/Mar Vista Patch

“Harrison Ford’s Plane Crash Draws Attention to Safety Concerns In Santa Monica”

3/6/15 — CBS Los Angeles — Interviews with Martin Rubin and Christian Fry

“Harrison Ford Crash Leaves Questions over Future of Santa Monica Airport”

3/6/15 – NBC Los Angeles

“Will Harrison Ford Be the One to Shut Down SaMo Airport?”

3/6/15 — LA Curbed

“Harrison Ford Plane Crash Becomes Rallying Cry for Airport Neighbors”

3/6/15 — The Guardian

“Santa Monica Residents React to Ford’s Crash in Neighborhood” — video

3/6/15 – Los Angeles Times

“Harrison Ford’s plane crash could spur efforts to close Santa Monica Airport”

3/6/15 — Los Angeles Times

“Harrison Ford Recovering after Plane Crash Next to Santa Monica Airport”

3/6/15 – Santa Monica Mirror

“Small Plane Crashes at Penmar Golf Course in Venice”

3/5/15 — KTLA News — If you watch the video news report, near the end it appears from the aerial view that the plane ended up at the NE corner of Penmar Golf Course, across the street from homes on the north side of Dewey, and a few houses west of 23rd St. — “Harrison Ford was the pilot who was injured after a small World War II-era plane he was flying crashed at a city golf course in Venice Thursday afternoon, a source close to the Ford family told KTLA.

Ford, a 72-year-old longtime aviator, was going into surgery for broken bones in his ankle and pelvis, the source said about four hours after the crash was reported — shortly before 2:30 p.m.”

“Harrison Ford crash-lands at Penmar Golf Course”

3/5/15 — The Argonaut

“Harrison Ford injured in golf course plane crash”

3/5/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Harrison Ford Crashes Plane in Golf Course”

3/5/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Harrison Ford in Single Engine Plane Crash at Penmar Golf Course”

3/5/15 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Harrison Ford ‘battered but OK’ after crashing plane into Venice golf course”

3/5/15 — Venice/Mar Vista Patch

“Harrison Ford Crash Heightens Airport Safety Debate”

3/5/15 — Los Angeles Times

“Harrison Ford, hurt in plane crash, had earlier aviation misadventures”

3/5/15 — Los Angeles Times

“Santa Monica Airport Records 2.62 Inches of Rain from Two Storms”

3/3/15 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Map: California Neighborhoods Affected by Lead from Aviation Fuel”

March 2015 — Center for Environmental Health

February 2015

“Anti-Airport Activists Footed with $31,525 Anti-SLAPP Legal Bill”

2/27/15 — Santa Monica Mirror

Opinion: “New fuels on the horizon will help clear the air at Santa Monica Airport” — Joe Bates

2/28/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation Formed”

2/26/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“New Foundation Aims to Bring a Park to Santa Monica Airport Property”

2/25/15 – Santa Monica Lookout

“Commission Seeks Market Rates for Santa Monica Airport Leases”

2/25/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Getting the Lead Out” — Environmentalists score a victory against toxic airplane exhaust in Westchester and Santa Monica

2/18/15 — The Argonaut

“Big Money Spent on Santa Monica’s November Ballot Measures”

2/4/15 — Santa Monica Lookout

January 2015

“Bay Area techies take to the sky”

1/31/15 — San Jose Mercury News

“EPA denies petition to change Avgas decision”

1/29/15 — AOPA News

“Aviation Advocacy Group Files Brief in Santa Monica Lawsuit”

1/27/15 — Santa Monica Lookout

“NBAA, AOPA Support FAA Effort to Deny Appeal to Curtail Operations at Santa Monica Airport”

1/26/15 — National Business Aviaton Association — “The brief, filed Jan. 22, also restates the position held by AOPA and NBAA that SMO is an important airfield within the Los Angeles basin, representing a vital link to the national transportation system. Furthermore, the brief notes the ominous precedent that could be set for airports across the country should Santa Monica be allowed to take control of the airport property in this manner.

“NBAA Western Regional Representative Stacy Howard noted the city has repeatedly attempted over the past 50 years to restrict operations at SMO, with each prior case determined in favor of the federal government. ‘The city’s arguments in this latest appeal are much the same as before,’ she concluded. “We feel strongly that the court’s initial ruling will be upheld.’ “

“Top General Aviation Airport Advocate Goes Solo”

1/7/15 — Aero News Network — “Retiring From AOPA, V.P. Of Airport Advocacy, Bill Dunn Launches New Company….Dunn is perhaps best known for his hands-on efforts to keep the airports open, including his 2003 orchestration of local GA interests to keep developers from closing historic Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg, Florida.  In 2006 and again in 2008, he worked with local advocates in Oceanside, Calif., to elect pro-airport members of the city council and head off closure of that airport.”

“Santa Monica Airport Commissioners, Attorney Spar on Legality of Emission Regulations”

1/6/15 — Santa Monica Lookout

“As Din of Aircraft Grows, East Hampton Reclaims Power to Regulate Airport”

1/4/15 — New York Times



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