SM Airport in the News

August 2015

“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

December 2014

“Airport Commission Passes Draft Ordinance to Curtail Aircraft Pollution”

12/23/14 – Santa Monica Dispatch

“National Press Foundation Award: Unfit for Flight”

12/11/14 – USA TODAY — A USA TODAY investigation into thousands of deadly small-airplane and helicopter crashes and weak oversight of their safety won a prize from the National Press Foundation, which announced its annual awards today for the nation’s top journalism and journalists. The foundation, a non-profit organization that trains reporters internationally, cited the “extraordinary investigation” by reporter Thomas Frank “into a rash of small aircraft crashes and fatalities.” Frank’s series, “Unfit for Flight,” revealed how defects have been allowed to persist in private airplanes and helicopters for decades, sometimes because of cover-ups by manufacturers. The stories also showed how National Transportation Safety Board crash investigations often overlook the causes of aircraft crashes and deaths, and how the Federal Aviation Administration allows brand-new aircraft to be manufactured under safety regulations that are decades old. The series won the foundation’s “Feddie” award for explaining how federal policy affects local government. The stories are online at

November 2014

Opinion: “Airport Vote Is a Bellweather for Change” — Martin Rubin

11/26/14 — The Argonaut

“Fighting Pilot Fatigue: New Views on Staying Alert”

11/26/14 — Flying

“Federal Action Needed to Tame Airlines High Flying”

11/22/14 — The Hill — “Some 24 million Americans will cram into airplanes for Thanksgiving travel this year. They’ll face flight delays, bag fees and hassles with reclining seats. And most will fly home in inefficient planes that spew far too much climate-damaging carbon pollution. Greenhouse emissions from aviation are rising rapidly, even as scientists explain that we’re running out of time to avoid disastrous global warming effects, from dangerous temperature increases to food-supply disruptions.”

Opinion: “After the Santa Monica Airport Vote, the Time Is Right” — Martin Rubin

11/19/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

“2013 Flight Totals at Santa Monica Airport Lowest in History”

11/19/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press — “Usage of the Santa Monica Airport continued to decline in 2013 but the number of jet flights increased….In 1990, there were 227,801 takeoffs and landings at SMO but last year there were only 95,607….There were 14,284 jet operations at the airport in 2013….Jets made up 15 percent of the airport’s total operations in 2013….”

Opinion: “Readers React to Editorial: Santa Monica doesn’t need its dangerous, polluting airport” — Michael Brodsky, Karen Blechman, Frederic G. Marks

11/12/14 — Los Angeles Times

“Begin Planning for Park on Airport Property, Santa Monica Group Says”

11/12/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Noise Violations Down, Complaints Up at SMO”

11/10/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Santa Monica: LA Times Weighs in after Passage of Measure LC”

11/10/14 — Air Reform

Opinion: “Santa Monica versus the FAA over airport” – LA Times Editorial Board

11/9/14 – Los Angeles Times

Letter from Congresswoman Karen Bass to the FAA re SMO

11/7/14 – posted on

“Voters Deal a Blow against Santa Monica Airport”

11/7/14 — Flying

“Opinions Vary on Reasons for Lopsided Ballot Measure Results”

11/6/14 – Santa Monica Lookout

“Measure D fails, Measure LC passes”

11/5/14 – Santa Monica Daily Press

“Santa Monica Voters Pass Measure LC, Defeat D”

11/5/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Santa Monica Voter Pass Measure LC for Local Control of their Airport”

11/5/14 – Aviation Impact Reform

“Voters kill airport, parks tax proposals, OK Malibu land measure”

11/5/14 — Los Angeles Times

Opinion: “Lies” — Zina Josephs

11/1/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

October 2014

“The Battle for the Airport Heats Up”

10/26/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Can Lobbyist Money Buy Control of Santa Monica Airport Land?”

10/25/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

Opinion: “Have airport politics clouded the 2014 election: a NEXT chat with Kevin McKeown”

October 2014 — Santa Monica Next

“Myths and Facts regarding Measure LC and Measure D:

10/26/14 —

“Debunking the ‘Protective Bubble’ Myth”

10/25/14 —

Opinion: “Don’t Trust the City Council? Then Vote YES on Measure LC”

10/24/14 — 

“Measure D Funding Approaches $900,000”

10/22/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“USC Students to Hold Exhibit of Proposed Future Uses for Santa Monica Airport”

10/22/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

Opinion: “Aliens and the Airport; David and Goliath” — Peter C. Smith; Morrie Ruvinsky

10/22/14 – Santa Monica Daily Press

“City Council Candidates Take on the Airport Debate”

10/22/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Measure D will prevent us from ending dangerous Leaded Avgas sales at Santa Monica Airport”

10/22/14 —

“Exposing Measure D’s Lie that the Airport Limits Building Heights”

10/22/14 —

“Santa Monica Airport Fatal Crash Lawsuit Claims Hangar to Close to Runway”

10/21/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

“The Operative Texts of Measures LC and D”

10/20/14 —

Opinion: “Santa Monica Airport: Third Question for City Council Candidates”

10/18/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Santa Monica Votes: Airport Issues D and LC”

10/17/14 — Santa Monica Mirror–LC/41437

“Santa Monica-Malibu PTA Council Opposes D, Backs LC”

10/16/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

Opinion: “Santa Monica Airport Measures”

10/15/14 – The Argonaut 

Opinion: “Dueling letters to the editor” — John C. Smith and Lucas C.

10/14/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs Throws Support Behind Measure LC”

10/12/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

Opinion: “Why I Strongly Support Measure LC on Nov 4” — Marianne Brown

10/11/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

Opinion: “It’s easy as LC, D — or is it?” — Christine Hardin

10/10/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“City Hall: Aviation Less Valuable to the Regional Economy than Imagined”

10/6/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

Sierra Club Urges Yes Vote on SM Airport Measure LC”

10/4/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Sierra Club Throws Support Behind Santa Monica Ballot Measure LC”

10/4/14 – Santa Monica Mirror

Opinion: “SMO Economic Impact ” — John Fairweather

10/3/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Santa Monica Anti-Airport Group Cries Foul on Measure D Ads”

10/1/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

September 2014

“Economic Impact Claim for SMO Debunked Again”

9/26/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Santa Monica Sues Heirs of Pilot Who Crashed at the City-Run Airport”

9/26/14 — City News

Opinion: “Airport” – Victor Wilson

9/23/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Anti-Airport Sign Defaced”

9/22/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“ ‘D’ Is for Defacement”

9/22/14 – Santa Monica Dispatch

Opinion: “Thank you, Jeffe Worthe…” — John Fairweather

9/19/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

Opinion: “Measure D” — Alfred Barrett

9/19/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Endorsements Grow for Measure LC in Battle for Airport”

9/13/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Backroom Deal Alleged in Council’s Selection of Bergamot Arts Center Developer”

9/12/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

Opinion: “Dealing with the Facts” — Reynold Dacon

9/12/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Airport-related Measures on the November Ballot”

9/8/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

Opinion: “The Aviation Industry’s Dirty Little Secret” — Debi Wagner

9/6/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

“SM Democratic Club Endorses Crucial Airport Measure”

9/5/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

Opinion: “Why I’m Advocating Santa Monica Airport Should Be Parkland” – Suzanne Robertson

9/5/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

Opinion: “SMO: A Park…Or Business as Usual” — Laura Silagi and Laura Shepard Townsend

9/1/14 – Free Venice Beachhead

 August 2014

“Initiative Arguments: Future Control of SMO”

8/31/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

 “Airport Measure Litigation Halted Until after Election”

8/30/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

Opinion: “SMO” — Gavin Scott

8/28/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

Opinion: “False argument” – Bill Fordes

8/27/14 – Santa Monica Daily Press — page 4

“Squadrons Organize in Election Campaign over the Future of Santa Monica Airport”

8/25/14 — 89.3 KPCC

Opinion: Santa Monica Airport’s Competing Ballot Measures” — Barry Brewer

8/24/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Feel like leasing a private plane? Download the JetSmater app first”

8/24/14 – Los Angeles Times

“Supporters of Measure LC to Guarantee Local Control of SMO Hold Launch Event”

8/23/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Kick-off for Local Control of Airport Draws Crowd”

8/22/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Santa Monica Airport Foe Fights Legal Setback”

8/22/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

Opinion: “Airport arguments” — Jerry Schneir

8/22/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Airport Rivals Debate Meaning of Voter Approval”

8/20/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Committee for Local Control of Airport Land Meets Wednesday”

8/19/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

Opinion: “Future of Santa Monica Airport” — Barry Brewer

8/19/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Status of Santa Monica Airport Will Take Years to Sort Out, City Attorney Says”

8/14/14 – Santa Monica Lookout

“Airport tenants may pay market rate next year”

8/12/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Flight Schools Could Face Greater Restrictions at Santa Monica Airport”

8/11/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Rivals Trade Accusations of Deception in Airport Ballot Battle”

8/8/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

Opinion: “Did You Really Have to SLAPP Us?”

8/8/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

“SMRR to Support Four of the Five Ballot Initiatives”

8/5/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

 July 2014

“Airport Supporters Raise over $260,000 for Ballot Battle”

7/29/14 – Santa Monica Lookout$260,000_for_Ballot_Battle.html

 “Pro-SMO Measure Supporters Raise 250K”

7/28/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

 “Landing on the Ballot: Two Santa Monica Airport Measures”

7/25/14 — 89.3 KPCC

 “The Dangers of Private Planes”

7/18/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

 Opinion: The Dangers of Private Planes” – Damian Fowler

7/17/14 — New York Times  
“The F.A.A. should require all general aviation pilots to carry liability insurance, which would force them to have better training.”

 Opinion: “The Cats Were there First” — John Fairweather

7/15/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

 “Anti-Airport Activists Weigh Ballot Measures”

7/15/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

 “Council will pick from at least three SMO ballot options”

7/11/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Council Searches for Perfect Airport Ballot Measure”

7/10/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Can the Southland Make Do with One Less Airport?”

7/8/14 — KCRW 89.9 FM — Which Way LA
“The City of Santa Monica wants to close its airport next year. The Federal Aviation Administration is saying, “no way”—and a legal battle is raging. Does the airport matter to the regional economy, or is it public property for the exclusive use of rich private pilots like Harrison Ford?”

“City Tackles Airport Property Development in Proposed Measure”

7/7/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“LAX to spend $200 million to meet federal runway safety standards”
(SMO has no runway safety zones, even though FAA safety guidelines call for them..)

7/6/14 — Los Angeles Times

Opinion: “Closing Santa Monica Airport if a quality-of-life issue” — Leigh Brumberg

7/4/14 — Los Angeles Times – 
“To imply that two Santa Monica airport commissioners who live near the airport and want to change the facility’s status have a conflict of interest because their homes’ value could increase if the airport ceases operation is akin to saying that anyone who serves on a commission that advises a city council to take actions resulting in uplifting municipal quality of life has a conflict of interest because those actions would enhance property values all over town. (“Foes of closing Santa Monica Airport accuse city officials of conflict,” June 28)  By the way, why would thousands of homes’ values go up if Santa Monica Airport was closed?  Probably because of the cleaner air, relief from invasive corporate jet and helicopter noise, and freedom from constant fear of catastrophic aircraft crashes that would result.”

Opinion: “Movie Good Guy Supports Pro-Airport Businesses” — Peggy Clifford

7/4/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Harrison Ford Jumps into the SMO Fight”

7/3/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Santa Monica Airport Proponents Gain Star Power”

7/4/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Harrison Ford Joins Fight to Keep SMO Open until 2023”

7/3/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

“EPA Still Allowing Use of Toxic Lead”

7/2/14 — Earth Justice
“Leaded gas used to power the piston engines in small airplanes (commonly referred to as “avgas”) is the single largest source of lead emissions in the United States. It poses a serious threat to the 3 million children who attend schools near airports where leaded gas may be used, and it’s also a threat to the 16 million people who live near the 20,000 airports where leaded gas is used.

Children are particularly susceptible to lead, which destroys nerve tissue and causes serious health issues including behavioral problems, increased blood pressure, nerve damage and lower IQ. New scientific studies show that kids suffer irreversible neurological and cognitive damage from exposure to even small amounts of lead. Studies further show that even children living more than half a mile from an airport where leaded gas is used have significantly elevated levels of lead in their blood.”

“Santa Monica Airport Closure in 2014 challenged by tenants”

7/2/14 — Los Angeles Times

Opinion: “Off base on Santa Monica Airport” — Reynold Dacon

7/2/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

June 2014

Opinion: “Responding to Anderson” – Brian Bland

6/28/14 – Santa Monica Daily Press

“Council Considers Rock, Hard Place on SMO Measure”

6/27/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Both Sides of Airport Debate Say They Support Residents”

6/27/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

Opinion: “Dissecting a Press Release” – Frank Gruber

6/27/14 — The Healthy City blog

“Aviation Lobby Cries ‘Foul’ as City Considers Alternative Initiative”

6/26/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Santa Monica Airport advocates claim two commissioners have conflicts”

6/25/14 — Los Angeles Times

“Council Supports Competing Airport Ballot Measure”

6/25/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Pro-Airport Group Claims Lawsuit Halts Public Participation”

6/21/14 – Santa Monica Daily Press

“Travel agent to open at the Santa Monica Airport”

6/21/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press — page 9 — Tzell Travel Group — “The airport is
known as a favorite venue for celebrities, politicians and executives.”

“Council’s Competing Airport Ballot Measure”

6/20/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Santa Monica Airport Activists Attempt to Ground Lawsuit”

6/17/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Coverups Mask Roots of Small-Plane Carnage”

6/12/14 – USA Today — “Blame shifts from pilots to hidden defects, dangerous designs”

Opinion: “Large, Low-Flying Jets Unlikely in Santa Monica” – Zina Josephs

6/12/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Airport Advocates Submit More than 15,000 Signatures”

6/11/14 – Santa Monica Lookout

Opinion: Airport Theory Doesn’t Fly”=: – Zina Josephs

6/11/14 – Santa Monica Daily Press

“Pro-airport group files signed petitions”

6/10/14 — Santa Monica Daily News

“Signed Petitions for Santa Monica Airport Initiative Expected to Be Submitted Monday”

6/9/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Military jet crashes into neighborhood; second jet misses Navy carrier”

6/5/14 – Los Angeles Times

Opinion: “No More Jets” — David Putnam

6/5/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“A Hall of Fame that Flies High”

6/4/14 — The Argonaut — “Museum of Flying fundraiser to honor Aldrin, Hoover, Lacy and Robinson on Saturday”

“Emissions Limits Are Santa Monica’s Latest Effort to Curtail SMO Flying”

June 2014 — Aviation International News

May 2014

“Santa Monica Residency Declines to Endorse Airport Initiative”

5/14 — Aviation International News

“Santa Monica Residency Declines to Endorse Airport Initiative”

5/31/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Planes’ exhaust could be harming communities up to 10 miles from LAX”

5/29/14 — Los Angeles Times — “The study’s conclusions are consistent with earlier work that found elevated levels of ultrafine particles near LAX and Santa Monica Airport, a general aviation facility. The latest research, however, recorded significant concentrations of the pollutant at much greater distances from LAX.”

“Air pollution from LAX jets worse than previously known, says USC study”

5/29/14 — KPCC-FM 89.3 — “Up to 10 miles downwind, the ultrafine particle concentrations were double the areas outside the area of impact.”

“Santa Monica Airport Petition Is Not Endorsed by Residocracy”

5/27/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

Opinion: “Sign for the Airport” – Reynold Dacon

5/27/14 – Santa Monica Daily Press

Opinion: “Who Is Stacey Falcioni?” – Ellen Brennan

5/27/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Airport Petitioners Claim to Have More than 12,000 Signatures”

5/23/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Aviation the Last Major Source of Toxic Lead in the United States”

5/20/14 — Chicago Tribune

“Opposition Mounts to Airport Ballot Initiative”

5/19/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“City Council Pushes for New Airport Initiative”

5/15/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Voters Ask City to Remove Their Names from Deceptive Petition”

5/15/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Proposed ballot measure to protect Santa Monica Airport challenged”

5/9/14 — Los Angeles Times

Opinion: “Fantasy vs. Reality” — Joe Bates

5/9/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

Opinion: “Magic of Flight for Whom?” — Airport Commissioner Peter Donald

5/7/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Paid Pro-Airport Petitioners Hit the Street”

5/7/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

April 2014

Opinion: “Santa Monicans for Open and Honest Development Aren’t” – Peggy Clifford

4/30/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

Opinion: “Setting Things Straight” – Martin Rubin

4/28/14 – Santa Monica Daily Press

Opinion: “Don’t Sign the Phony Airport Initiative” – Frank Gruber

4/26/14 — The Healthy City blog

Opinion: “Non-Residents Seek Local Support for Initiative” – Peggy Clifford

4/21/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

Opinion: “Residents Advised Not to Sign Airport-Related Initiative” – FOSP Board

4/20/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Santa Monicans for Renters Rights Says ‘No’ to Airport Ballot Initiative”

4/17/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“SMRR Opposes Airline Industry Initiative”

4/16/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Group to Challenge Santa Monica Airport Initiative”

4/14/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

Opinion: “Setting the Record Straight” — John Fairweather

4/14/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Ballot Initiative to Preserve Santa Monica Airport to Face Legal Challenge”

4/14/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

Opinion: “Santa Monica Airport Serves a Purpose” – Bill Worden (Venice)

4/10/14 – Santa Monica Daily Press

“City Hall Wants Appeal in Airport Suit”

4/9/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Initiative Process Sought to Alter Santa Monica Airport Strategy”

4/4/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

“JetSuite CEO Discusses His Operations at Santa Monica Airport”

4/3/14 — Santa Monica Mirror — “Our clients enjoy avoiding the 405 drive to LAX….Airport fees at SMO are a bit less than at LAX.”

March 2014

“Aviation industry files deceptive initiative to preserve SMO for their own use”

3/31/14 – Community Against Santa Monica Airport Traffic

Opinion: “Closing Santa Monica Airport” — Susan Cloke

3/29/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Supporters of Santa Monica Airport File Paperwork for Ballot Initiative”

3/28/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Santa Monica Citizens Act to Preserve Airport”

3/28/14 – National Business Aviation Association web site

“Group Wants Future of SMO to Be Decided by Voters”

3/28/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Path Set for Potential Closure of Santa Monica Airport”

3/28/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

Opinion: “Desperate Times, Desperate Measure, Desperate Companies that Rent Corporate Jets” – Frank Gruber

3/28/14 — The Healthy City blog

Opinion: “Not-So-Friendly Skies” – Valerie Davidson

3/27/14 – Santa Monica Daily Press

“Residents seek control of Santa Monica’s future”

3/27/14 – Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association News and Video

“City Turns Its Sights on the Airport”

3/27/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Council Votes to Chip Away at Santa Monica Airport”

3/26/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Santa Monica launches effort to shut down all or part of city airport” (includes video)

3/25/14 — Los Angeles Times,0,6206468.story#axzz2x6ZRYS8A

Video: Public Comment — 3/25/14 City Council — Future of Santa Monica Airport

Opinion: “Santa Monica Airport: Background Information” – Zina Josephs

3/25/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Santa Monica Airport Future to Headline City Council Meeting This Tuesday”

3/24/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Santa Monica Prepares for New Hearing on Airport’s Future”

3/24/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

Opinion: “Santa Monica Airport an Asset” — Joseph Bates

3/24/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

Opinion: “Santa Monica Airport Update” — Cathy Larson, FOSP Airport Committee Chair

3/22/14 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Airport2Park Urges Santa Monica City Council to Take Bolder Steps to Close Airport”

3/22/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

“AOPA urges SMO supporters to speak up”

3/20/14 – Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association News and Video

Opinion: “Airport Commission Doing Its Job” — Martin Rubin

3/18/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“8th Annual Santa Monica Airport Art Walk Saturday”

3/12/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Pilots: Don’t Starve Us, Work with Us”

3/5/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Airport Commission Recommends Starving SMO”

3/4/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

February 2014

“New Poll on the Future of Santa Monica Airport”

2/24/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Unnamed Pro-SMO Groups Alleged to Be Push Polling”

2/22/14 – Santa Monica Mirror

“In Depth Federal Ruling on SMO Says Santa Monica’s Claim both Early, Late”

2/21/14 – Santa Monica Mirror–Late/39581

“Fight to Close Santa Monica Airport Far from Over”

2/18/14 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Santa Monica Park Advocates Undaunted by Judge’s SMO Lawsuit Dismissal”

2/16/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Judge Tosses Santa Monica Lawsuit against FAA”

2/14/14 – Santa Monica Lookout

“Judge Tosses Santa Monica’s Airport Lawsuit”

2/14/14 — Los Angeles Times,0,6042053.story#axzz2tMfi5M6l

“US District Judge Dismisses City of Santa Monica’s SMO Lawsuit against the FAA”

2/14/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Federal Judge Tosses Santa Monica Airport Lawsuit”

2/13/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“City of Santa Monica Disappointed with Court Ruling on Lawsuit against the FAA on Santa Monica Airport”

2/13/14 – City of Santa Monica press release

“No Oral Arguments for Next Airport Suit Decision”

2/7/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Airport Park Backers Talk Money”

2/6/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

January 2014

“City Hall to FAA: SMO Lawsuit Is Right on Time”

1/21/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“City of Santa Monica, FAA at Odds over Airport”

1/10/14 — CBS Local News

“Advocates on Both Sides of Airport Suit Respond to FAA Motion”

1/14/14 — Santa Monica Daily Press

 “City of Santa Monica Has Upward Battle Challenging FAA to Take Control of SMO”

1/11/14 — Santa Monica Mirror

December 2013

“Precedent May Be Set: Santa Monica Case”

12/1/13 — Aviation International News

November 2013

Opinion: “The Saga of Santa Monica Airport”

11/12/13 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“City sues feds for control of Santa Monica Airport: Some activists and officials are pushing for flight restrictions or even a total airstrip closure”

11/6/13 — The Argonaut

October 2013

Opinion: “Airfield of Dreams”

10/31/13 — Santa Monica Daily Press

 “Henry Waxman to FAA: Complete Actions of Helicopter Noise Report”

10/30/13 — Santa Monica Mirror

“NTSB: No Technical Issues in Santa Monica Plane Crash”

10/24/13 — Santa Monica Patch

Opinion: “Has Santa Monica Airport Outgrown Sustainability?”

10/12/13 — Santa Monica Mirror

 “Obituary: Mark Benjamin (1950-2013) — City, Community Builder”

10/10/13 — Santa Monica Mirror–2013-City–Community-Builder/38605

Obituary: Mark Benjamin (1950-2013)

Los Angeles Times

“Waxman Requests Quick Action on Runway Safety after Airport Crash”

10/9/13 — The Argonaut

“New Santa Monica Anti-Airport Group Gains Momentum at First Meeting”

10/8/13 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Some Say Too Soon to Talk SMO Closure in Wake of Fatal Crash”

10/3/13 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Tragic Accident at Santa Monica Airport under Investigation”

10/1/13 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Probable Santa Monica Plane Crash Victim Remembered as Generous Community Supporter”

10/1/13 — Santa Monica Lookout

September 2013

“Santa Monica Airport Crash Sparks Debate on Safety”

9/30/13 — Los Angeles Times,0,4761601.story

“Morley Builders CEO Mark Benjamin Believed to Be in Fatal Santa Monica Airport Crash”

9/30/13 — Santa Monica Mirror

“City of Santa Monica Offers Condolences to Families of Plane Crash Victims”

9/30/13 — Santa Monica Mirror

“City of Santa Monica Following Crash: ‘We Are Evaluating Potential Options for the Airport’s Future’ “

9/30/13 — Santa Monica Patch

“No survivors after plane hits hangar at Santa Monica Airport” — video

9/30/13 — CNN

“Plane Crash History at Santa Monica Airport”

9/30/13 — Santa Monica Patch

“Why They Keep Flying into Santa Monica Airport”

9/30/13 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“CEO of Morley Builders and son believed dead following SMO crash”

9/29/13 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Photos: Plane Crashes at Santa Monica Airport”

9/29/13 — Santa Monica Patch

“Pilot Who Buzzed Santa Monica Pier in 2008 Presumed Dead After China Aircraft Crash”

9/19/13 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Relatives of Man Who Died in Plane Crash Sue Santa Monica Flight School”

9/11/13 — Santa Monica Patch

“Santa Monica Airport Foes Want to Turn It into a Park”

9/5/13 — LA Curbed

August 2013

“City Hall Unveils New Flight Tracking at SMO”

8/19/13 — Santa Monica Daily Press

July 2013

“Santa Monica Landing Fee Program Set to Increase at City-Owned Airport This Month”

7/31/13 — The Argonaut

 “Waxman Invites FAA Officials to Attend Community Airport Forum”

7/24/13 — The Argonaut

“Congressman Wants FAA Forum on Santa Monica Airport’s Future”

7/18/13 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Former Santa Monica Airport Manager Settles in at New Job”

7/18/13 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Congressman Waxman Calls on FAA to Take Part in Santa Monica Airport Forum”

7/17/13 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Former Santa Monica Airport Director Joins American Airports Corporation”

7/16/13 — Santa Monica Mirror

June 2013

“Airport Manager Leaves Legacy of History”

6/23/13 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Santa Monica Airport Manager Leaves Behind Legacy of Fairness, Compromise”

6/14/13 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Santa Monica Airport Director Bob Trimborn Retiring”

6/13/13 — Santa Monica Patch

May 2013

“Santa Monica City Council Raises Airport Landing Fees, Hears Visioning Options”

5/9/13 — The Argonaut News

“Officials ID Pair Killed in Plane Collision”

5/8/13 — Santa Monica Daily Press (AP)

“Authorities Identify the Two People Killed in Mid-Air Cessna Crash Last Monday”

5/8/13 — Santa Monica Mirror

“A Generational Opportunity: Turn Santa Monica Airport into a Great Park”

5/8/13 — Santa Monica Patch Blog–a-generational-opportunity-turn-santa-monica-airp832c68d59d

“Fatal Flight Departed from Santa Monica”

5/7/13 — Santa Monica Patch

“Council Mulls Future of Santa Monica Airport”

5/2/13 — Santa Monica Patch

“NBAA Working to Stop Landing Fee Increase at Santa Monica”

5/1/13 — National Business Aviation Association website

“Residents Spar over Santa Monica Airport”

5/1/13 — NBC News!/news/local/Residents-Spar-Over-Santa-Monica-Airport-During-City-Council-Meeting/205515301

“City Council Increases Landing Fees, Promises Change at SMO”

5/1/13 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Two Cessna 172’s that Collided Mid-Air Departed from Santa Monica Airport”

5/1/13 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Feds Investigate Plane Crash, Santa Monica Airport Opponents Air Concerns”

5/1/13 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Santa Monica Airport Fees to Soar”

5/1/13 — Santa Monica Patch

April 2013

“City Council to Discuss Future of Santa Monica Airport, Higher Landing Fees”

4/30/13 — Santa Monica Lookout

“SMO Related Crash Frenzy Precedes Council Meeting”

4/30/13 — Santa Monica Dispatch

“Second Body Found after Midair Collision”

4/30/13 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Two Dead after Midair Plane Collision”

4/30/13 – Malibu Times

“Pilot Who Took Off at Santa Monica Airport Killed in Mid-Air Cessna 172 Crash”

4/30/13 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Two dead after midair plane collision”

4/30/13 — Malibu Times

“Investigators Focus on What Led to Plane Crashes in Westlake Village, Calabasas”

4/30/13 —  KCLU – Cal Lutheran

“City Council Takes on Santa Monica Airport”

4/29/13 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Firefighters Search Victims Plane Crash”

4/29/13 — Los Angeles Times,0,5614024.story

“2 planes go down in Westlake Village, Calabasas; 1 dead”

4/29/13 — KABC-TV

“Plane Crashes in Westlake Golf Course – 3 Injured”

4/29/13 — KTLA

“Small Plane Crashes — Midair Collision Near LA”

4/29/13 — Associated Press

“Airport’s No Fly Zone”

4/28/13 — Santa Monica Daily Press column

“Rep. Waxman expected to appear at community meeting on Santa Monica Airport”

4/25/13 — The Argonaut News

“Two New Names in Race for Airport Commission”

4/22/13 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“FAA Delays Closure of 149 Air Traffic Control Towers”

4/5/13 — NBC News

“Decision to Hike SMO Landing Fees Delayed”

4/3/13 — Santa Monica Patch

March 2013

“Flight School Fears Higher Landing Fees at SMO”

3/29/13 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Santa Monica Airport Tower Decision Could Take a Year, FAA Officials Say”

3/25/13 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Neighborhood Councils Schedule Forum on Santa Monica Airport Concerns”

3/21/13 — The Argonaut

“Airport Commissioner Resigns”

3/11/13 — Santa Monica Dispatch

 “Anti-Airport Groups to Congress: Close Santa Monica Airport Control Tower”

3/8/13 — Santa Monica Mirror

 “Airport Commissioner Resigns after 12 Years”

3/8/13 — Santa Monica Patch

“Tower Power Could Go Out in April”

3/7/13 — The Argonaut

“Groups Urge Closure of Airport Tower”

3/5/13 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“SMO Tower Could Close in Early April”

3/6/13 — Santa Monica Patch

“Anti-Airport Activists Petition Congress Members to Close Santa Monica Airport Tower”

3/5/13 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Santa Monica Artists Featured during Annual Airport ArtWalk”

3/4/13 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Airport Commissioner Resigns”

3/1/13 — CASMAT

“Santa Monica Airport Tower May Be Shut Down By Feds”

3/1/13 — Santa Monica Mirror

February 2013

“Airports Big and Small May Feel Effects of Federal Budget Feud”

2/28/13 — Los Angeles Times,0,945230.story

“Ambitious Greenhouse Gas Cuts Approved”

2/27/13 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“FAA Eyes Santa Monica Airport Tower for Closure”

(“the majority of general aviation airports…operate without control towers”)
2/27/13 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Sequester Would Close SMO Tower”

2/26/13 — Santa Monica Patch

“Bill Introduced to Cut Down Chopper Noise”

2/5/13 — Santa Monica Daily Press

January 2013

“‘Champion’ of Airport Neighbors to Represent Santa Monica in State Senate”

1/31/13 — Santa Monica Lookout

“SMO Pilots May Get Discount for Installing Mufflers”

1/30/13 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Plane Muffler Could Relieve Some Airport Neighbors”

1/30/13 — Santa Monica Patch

“Seattle Pilot to Speak at Santa Monica Museum of Flying Saturday”

1/25/13 – Santa Monica Mirror

“City Looks to Reduce Subsidies to SMO”

(new parking lot for car dealers) —
1/22/13 — Santa Monica Patch

“Political Winds of Change at Santa Monica Airport”

1/14/13 — Santa Monica Patch

December 2012

“Muffler Reduces Airplane Noise at SMO, Test Show”

2/21/12 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“City Hall Tests Airplane Muffler to Reduce Noise at SMO”

12/14/12 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Airport Commission Asks Council for Stronger Visioning Process”

12/12/12 — Santa Monica Patch

“Santa to Fly into Santa Monica Airport Sunday in Vintage World War II Bi-Plane”

12/6/12 — Santa Monica Mirror

“Santa to Fly into Santa Monica Airport on Vintage Plane”

12/6/12 — Santa Monica Patch

“Santa Monica Museum of Flying Welcomes 3D Virtual Reality Flight Simulator”

12/5/12 — Santa Monica Mirror


November 2012

“Fight continues over Airport Visioning Process: Goal of study’s Phase 3—transparency and trust—remains elusive as clock moves toward 2015. “

November 27, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“First Look at Airport Study Falls Flat”

November 27, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“FAA Revokes License of Low Flying Pilot Who Buzzed Santa Monica Pier in 2008”

November 27, 2012 — Santa Monica Mirror —

October 2012

“Commission Head Blasts Legal Fallacies, Closed Door Talks on SMO”

October 23, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Candidates Talk Airport Closure at Friends of Santa Monica Airport Forum”

October 8, 2012 — The Santa Monica Lookout —

September 2012

“Grappling with SMO: No Direct Flight Plan to an Easy Solution”

September 28, 2012 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Santa Monica Airport Traffic Down in 2012”

September 25, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Anti-Airport Group Has Little Confidence in Santa Monica Council Incumbernts”

September 25, 2012 — The Santa Monica Lookout —

“Stats, Psychology at SMO’s Annual Noise Workshop: Aircraft operations were up in 2011, down again in first half of 2012, but the noise generated can affect us in very different ways”

September 25, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Concerned about Santa Monica Airport?”

September 23, 2012 — Santa Monica Dispatch —

“Santa Monica Airport Open House”

September 21, 2012 — NBC Los Angeles —

“Can Santa Monica Airport Be a Benefit to the City?”

September 21, 2012 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Plea Entered in Airport Nail Throwing Case”

September 2, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“No contest in airport nail throwing case”

September 19, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press–

“Council candidates take dim view of SMO”

September 14, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“City Council Candidates Show No Love for SMO”

September 14, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Looking Ahead by Looking Back: Examining Santa Monica Airport”

September 14, 2012 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Santa Monica City Council Forum Tonight to Focus on Airport”

September 13, 2012 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Santa Monica City Council candidates forum to address airport issues”

September 13, 2012 — The Argonaut —

“Airport Focus of Candidates Forum”

September 12, 2012 — Santa Monica Dispatch —

“When the Planes Have Gone”

September 8, 2012 — Santa Monica Dispatch —

“Santa Monica Airport Open House”

September 7, 2012 — CityTV16 Santa Monica —

“The Future of Santa Monica Airport: 2015 Is Almost Here”

September 7, 2012 — Santa Monica Mirror —

Blog: “Santa Monica City Council Candidates’ Airport Views — Will They Fly?”

September 5, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Council Candidates to Discuss Santa Monica Airport Issues at Sept 13 Forum”

September 4, 2012 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Council candidates to discuss Santa Monica Airport Issues”

September 4, 2012 — Los Angeles Times —

Letters to the Editor: “A Different Point of View”

September 3, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Santa Monica Airport Open House Will Offer 1st Glimpse at New Mural”

September 2, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

Letter to the Editor: “Envisioning Santa Monica Airport If It Finally Closes Down”

September 2, 2012 — Santa Monica Mirror —

August 2012

“New Airport Commission Breaks Mold”

August 31, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Commission Asks Council to Get Behind Air Quality Study”

August 31, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“More Recommendations for Reducing Santa Monica Airport’s Impact”

August 28, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Westchester attorney dies in airplane crash after departing Santa Monica Airport”

August 16, 2012 — The Argonaut —

“Pilot in West L.A. Crash Identified”

August 12, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Small plane crashes in West L.A.; pilot killed”

August 11, 2012 — Los Angeles Times —,0,2694937.story

“Harvard Educated Lawyer Killed in Fiery West LA Plan Crash”

August 11, 2012 — —,0,4379894.story

“Update on One Dead in Small Plane Crash in WLA Neighborhood”

August 11, 2012 — KTTV —

“Small Plane Crashes into Westwood Neighborhood Sparking Fire”

August 10, 2012 — Los Angeles Times —

“Small Plane Crashes In West Los Angeles After Taking Off At Santa Monica Airport, Pilot Dies”

August 10, 2012 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Mural Takes Flight”

August 3, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Airport Commission proposes flight operation reduction ordinance”

August 2, 2012 — The Argonaut —

July 2012

“Man Charged in Nail Throwing Case”

July 27, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Proposal Could Slash SMO Flight Ops by Nearly Half”

July 26, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“City shelves flight school relocation proposal due to ‘public fears'”

July 19, 2012 — The Argonaut —

“City Hall Explores New Ways to Make SMO a Friendlier Place”

July 16, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Santa Monica Airport Battle”

July 13, 2012 — CBS News —

“Council Tables Flight School Payment Plan”

July 12, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Santa Monica council shelves plan to reduce flight training”

July 11, 2012 — Los Angeles Times —

“Santa Monica Airport’s Flight School Relocation Plan Crashes and Burns”

July 11, 2012 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Santa Monica Ditches Detested Plan to Divert Noisy Flights”

July 11, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Santa Monica City Council Rejects Plan to Relocate Flight Schools”

July 10, 2012 — NBC —

“Reckless Low Flying Pilot at Santa Monica Pier Loses Probation”

July 10, 2012 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Friends of Sunset Park Oppose Flight School Reduction Incentive”

July 10, 2012 — Santa Monica Dispatch —

“Opposition Mounts Over Flight Incentive Plan”

July 9, 2012 — MSNBC —

“Santa Monica’s Airport Incentives Displease South Bay Mayor”

July 9, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Santa Monica Trying to Push Annoying Flight-School Activity Onto Surrounding Airports”

July 9, 2012 — LA Weekly —

“Santa Monica Airport diverting ‘problem’ flights to other airports”

July 7, 2012 — Daily Breeze —

“Commentary: Efforts to Quiet SMO Are Unreasonable”

July 3, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Oil Co. Head Shares Good News About Unleaded Avgas”

July 2, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

June 2012

“FAA Not Objecting to Flight School Payments”

June 29, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Santa Monica Airport Landing/Takeoff Relocation Plan For Flight Schools Nose Dives”

June 29, 2012 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Santa Monica City Council Postpones Flight School Plan”

June 28, 2012 — The LookOut News —

“Technicality Stalls Council Vote on Paying Flight Schools”

June 28, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Pilot Who Flew Too Close to Santa Monica Pier Violates Probation”

June 26, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Council Shows Support for Unpopular Airport Incentives”

June 26, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Calling into Question Airport Surveys”

June 20, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Flight School Incentive Program to Get More Vetting”

June 13, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“City Hall Investing in Buses, Technology”

June 12, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“City Considers Paying Pilots to Fly Elsewhere”

June 12, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“3 Planes Grounded During Obama’s Visit”

June 7, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Venice Man Suspected of Scattering Nails at Airport”

June 4, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Cops Nail Suspect in Vandalism Incident at SMO”

June 4, 2012 —

“Hundreds of Nails Pepper Flight School Driveways”

June 1, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

May 2012

“Nails Found in Flight School’s Driveway”

May 31, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Some Santa Monica Residents Upset Over Flight School’s Groupon Deal”

May 24, 2012 — CBS —

“Groupon Good for Flight School, Bad for Neighbors?”

May 21, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Commissioners Advise Early Legal Action to Modify, Close Airport”

May 18, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

Letters to the Editor: “Santa Monica Airport Opponents Should Be More Open Minded”

May 17, 2012 — The LookOut News —

Letters to the Editor: “Poll Showing Support for Santa Monica Airport Statistically Valid”

May 16, 2012 — The LookOut News —

“Take Back Santa Monica Airport Land”

May 14, 2012 — The LookOut News —

“Flight schools, city close to deal to ease air traffic”

May 11, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

Council Wrap Up for May 8th — Study Session

“Council Puts Closing Santa Monica Airport on the Table”

May 10, 2012 — The LookOut News —

“Anti-Airport: Tell the Feds, Council Says”

May 10, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“City Council Wrap-up: City Hall Wins $39.5 Million Settlement with Boeing” — “City officials seek ‘third way’ re SMO”

May 10, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Rosendahl Urges Collaboration with Santa Monica to Close Airport”

May 9, 2012

“Pilots Association Says Residents Want Santa Monica Airport Open”

May 8, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“An Update on the Future of SMO”

May 8, 2012 — Flying Blogs —

“Council to Discuss Santa Monica Airport’s Future”

May 8, 2012 — The LookOut News —

“Letter to the City Council”

May 8, 2012 — Flying Blogs —

“Council to Consider Airport Study Tuesday”

May 7, 2012 –Santa Monica Dispatch —

“Airport Visioning Process Phase 2 Finale Reflects Unease about the Project Itself”

May 5, 2012 –Santa Monica Patch —

“Luxury jet”

May 2, 2012 — Good Day LA —

“Jet pass cards and fractional ownership”

— Flight Options web site —

“Santa Monica (CA) Plans Closure of Historic Airport”

May 1, 2012 — Aviation Forums —

“Residents form united front in fight to close SMO”

May 1, 2012 —  Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Imagining a Post-FAA Plan for Santa Monica Airport”

April 30, 2012 —  LA Curbed —

April 2012

“E. Richard ‘Rick’ Brown dies at 70; pioneer in study of public health”

April 28, 2012 —  Los Angeles Times —,0,7511265.story

“Airport Commission, Residents Explore SMO Visioning Process”

April 27, 2012 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Rick Brown, ‘A Serious Man,’ Dies Suddenly”

April 26, 2012 — Santa Monica Dispatch —

“One airport, two visions”

April 25, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Airport Commissioner Richard Brown Dead”

April 25, 2012 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Commission Hears Legal Scenarios for Airport’s Future”

April 24, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch; Venice-Mar Vista Patch — —

“Airport Commissioner Dead at 70”

April 23, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Airport Commission Tackles Airport Visioning Tonight”

April 22, 2012 — Santa Monica Dispatch —

“Surf Air to Catch Wave Out of Santa Monica Airport”

April 20, 2012 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Startup Airline Hits Turbulence at Santa Monica Airport”

April 16, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

March 2012

“Phase 2 Airport Visioning Moves toward Big Finish”

March 29, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Quiet Pilots May Get Incentives to Park at Santa Monica Airport”

March __, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Santa Monica Airport: Strike Three, You’re Out!”

March 21, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Airport Commissioners Label Budget Format Useless for Showing What Brings in Money, What Costs Money”

March 19, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Man About Town: City of Angels, that’s no angel above: A flying lesson offers great views of Los Angeles and new perspective — mortal terror aside”

March 18, 2012 — Chris Erskine – Los Angeles Times —,0,1357838.column

“Waxman holds tongue on Santa Monica Airport”

March 17, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

February 2012

“Airport Visioning Meetings Are Pointless”

February 29, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Anti-Airport Activists Absent at Airport Visioning Forums”

February 28, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

January 2012

“City Hall into Santa Monica Airport for Long Haul”

January 23, 2012 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Why It’s Tough to Fight Pollution at SMO”

January 24, 2012 — Santa Monica Patch —

December 2011

“Airport flight schools promise to restrict hours”

December 22, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“SMO Flight Schools Agree to Voluntary Night Flying Restrictions”

December 22, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Flight Schools Offer Olive Branch, Limit Nightly Noise”

December 22, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Santa Monica Flight Schools Agree to Restrictions”

December 22, 2011 — The LookOut News —

“Pointed commentary on appointments”

December 18, 2011 — FOSP Board letter — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Controversy Muted at Airport Open House”
Pro- and anti-airport arguments are soft-pedaled at airport’s first open house, as about 400 visitors take tours and think about the facility’s future.

December 12, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Editorial Errors”

December 10, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press — Letter to the editor —

“Panel Disputes City Charge of Anti-Airport Bias”

December 9, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Airport Commission’s lack of diversity is troubling”

December 9, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press — editorial —

“Santa Monica: Scientists provide testimony on air quality at municipal airport”

December 8, 2011 — The Argonaut —

“City Council Wrap-up”

December 6, 2011 — After brief discussion, Council:

  • Authorized a contract with Moore Iacofano Goltsman, in the amount of $148,280, to design, facilitate and manage Phase II of the Santa Monica Airport Visioning process and to train staff on the facilitation process.

“Santa Monica Airport Health Concerns Discussed At Hearing”

December 24, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Hearing takes aim at SMO pollution”

December 2, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“State Senate Panel Reviews Air Toxins at SMO”

December 1, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch —

November 2011

“Should Santa Monica Airport be saved or shuttered?”

November 30, 2011 — KPCC “Air Talk” —

“Public, commissioners weigh in on airport studies”

November 30, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Airport Commissioner: ‘Visioning’ Studies Fall Short”

November 29, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Senator to Hold Airport Air Quality Hearing Wednesday”

November 28, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Battle over Santa Monica Airport’s future revs up”

November 26, 2011 — Los Angeles Times —,0,2756011.story

“Santa Monica: Lieu to hold environmental hearing on Santa Monica Airport Nov. 30”

November 24, 2011 — The Argonaut —

“Not flying so high: Group of residents work to shut SMO down as 2015 approaches”

November 18, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

October 2011

“Banker Likes Flying Out of SMO for Lunch”

October 17, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Rosendahl Fires Up Santa Monica Airport Protesters

October 17, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch, Venice Patch, Mar Vista Patch —

“Activists Protest Santa Monica Airport”

October 17, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Protest of Santa Monica Airport”

October 16, 2011 — Mar Vista Patch —

“Right to Complain”

October 12, 2011 — Ping Ho – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Air Tactics”

October 10, 2011 — Frank Gruber – The LookOut News —

“Flying High and Nasty”

October 10, 2011 — Bill Bauer – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Can’t Continue”

October 7, 2011 — David Birney – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Give Them a Clue”

October 6, 2011 — Jerry Rubin – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Santa Monica Airport study advances”

October 6, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Council keeps momentum behind airport visioning process”

October 6, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“On to Phase II in Airport Talks”

October 6, 2011 — The LookOut News —

“Santa Monica Airport Study Moves to Second Phase”

October 5, 2011 — Venice Patch and Mar Vista Patch —

“Outgrown Its Home”

October 5, 2011 — Anne Hawthorne – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Residents Ready for a Fight Over Santa Monica Airport’s Future”

October 4, 2011 — The LookOut News —

“Santa Monica Airport Report Is a Sham”

October 4, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Taking a Stand”

October 4, 2011 — Karin & Greg Wholey – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Plane That Departed Santa Monica Airport on Monday Loaded with 74 Pounds of Pot”

October 4, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror — 

“Flight out of SMO ends in drug bust”

October 3, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Flying Blind”

October 3, 2011 — Frank Gruber – The LookOut News —

“Santa Monica Airport analysis shows rosy economics”

October 2, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press — 

“Airport ‘Visioning Process’ Biased”

October 2, 2011 — Santa Monica Dispatch —

September 2011

“Special meeting to focus on airport’s future, student pilot crash”

September 29, 2011 — The Argonaut —

“Sparks Fly as Residents Go Toe to Toe with Santa Monica Airport Flight Schools”

September 28, 2011 — The LookOut News —

 “Turbulence at flight school workshop”

September 28, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press — 

“A Look at the History of Flight Schools at Santa Monica Airport”

September 21, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror — – history of flight schools

“Santa Monica Airport Commission to Hold Flight School Workshop Monday Night”

September 21, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror —

 “Flight School Workshop to Be Held Monday”

September 21, 2011 — Santa Monica Dispatch —

“A tale of two airports”

September 17, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Airspeed Indicator Failure Revealed in SMO Crash Preliminary Report”

September 16, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Pilot Error and Instrument Failure Probably Caused Recent Santa Monica Plane Crash, Report Indicates”

September 15, 2011 — The LookOut News — 

“Plane Malfunction Led to Crash”

September 15, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Group Backs Request to Investigate SMO Toxins”

September 14, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Preliminary Report on 8/29 Plane Crash”

September 14, 2011 — Santa Monica Dispatch —

“Feds release preliminary report on SMO crash”

September 13, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Residents worried by anonymous survey”

September 9, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press —–Residents-worried-by-anonymous-survey.html

“Santa Monica City Manager, Attorney to Meet with FAA Officials”

September 9, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Feds Interview Santa Monica Plane Crash Pilot in Hospital”

September 8, 2011 — Santa Monica Daly Press —

“City Responds to Residents Fears in Wake of Plane Crash”

September 7, 2011 — The LookOut News —

“City Officials to Meet with FAA over Flight Schools”

September 6, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Plane Crashes – Santa Monica Airport, 1970-2011 – Latest edition”

September 6, 2011 — Santa Monica Dispatch —

“Plane Crashes Related to SMO: A Partial List”

September 5, 2011 — Venice Patch —

“Plane Crashes at Santa Monica Airport, 1970-2011” – revised

September 4, 2011 — Santa Monica Dispatch —

“Airplane Crashes: Santa Monica Airport 1978-2011”

September 3, 2011 — Santa Monica Dispatch —

“Plane Crash Prompts DC Visit”

September 3, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Santa Monica Air Crash Statistics Revealed; City Prepares Action Report”

September 2, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Feds Interview Santa Monica Plane Crash Pilot in Hospital”

September 1, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror — 

August 2011

“Santa Monica Mayor Speaks Out after Plane Crashes into Home”

August 31, 2011 — KTLA News —,0,2614979.story

“Calls to Close Airport Intensify after Latest Airplane Accident”

August 31, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror — —

“Questions Raised by Santa Monica Plane Crash”

August 31, 2011 — The Lookout News — 

“Investigation Begins in Santa Monica Plane Crash”

August 30, 2011 — NBC News — 

“Santa Monica Plane Crash Pilot was Student on Solo Flight”

August 30, 2011 — Los Angeles Times — —

“Plane Crashes into Home near SMO”

August 30, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press — —

“Santa Monica Plane Crash Pilot Was Bound for Santa Barbara: Airport Director”

August 30, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror — (video) —

“NTSB Investigator Begins Probe into Santa Monica Plane Crash”

August 30, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror — (video) —

“Feds to Look at Plane in Greater Detail”

August 30, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch — —

“Small Plane Crashes in Santa Monica Backyard”

August 29, 2011 — ABC News– —

“Small Plane Crashes into Back of Home near Santa Monica Airport”

August 29, 2011 — CBS News — —

“Small Plane Crashes near Santa Monica Airport”

August 29, 2011 — NBC News — —

“Pilot Suffers Broken Leg in Crash into Santa Monica Home”

August 29, 2011 — Los Angeles Times — —

“Small Plane Crashes into Home”

August 29, 2011 — Santa Monica Close Up — —

“Plane Crashes into Home Near Santa Monica Airport”

August 29, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press — —

“Plane Crashes into Sunset Park Home”

August 29, 2011 — Santa Monica Dispatch — —

“Santa Monica Plane Crash: Pilot Survives after Crashing into House after Takeoff”

August 29, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror — (video) —

“Worker Also Injured in Plane Crash”

August 29, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch — 

July 2011

“State Senator Calls for Toxicity Tests at Airport”

July 25, 2011 — Santa Monica Dispatch — —

“State Senator Calls for Health Investigation of Santa Monica Airport”

July 21, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror — —

“Lieu Calls for SMO Pollution Investigation”

July 20, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press — —

June 2011

“Jet Ban Ordinance Dead: Future of Jets at SMO Up in Air”

June 3, 2011 — The LookOut News — —

“What’s the Deal with People Saying Santa Monica Airport Was Here First?”

June 3, 2011 — Mar Vista Patch — —

May 2011

“Health Risk Assessment for Santa Monica Airport Questioned”

May 6, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror — —

April 2011

“Study: air pollutants dropped when SMO closed for maintenance”

April 30, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Santa Monica Airport: Los Angeles resolution to shut down Santa Monica flight schools passes; opponents label it political posturing”

April 28, 2011 — The Argonaut —

“Residents Still Report Noise from Santa Monica Airport”

April 27, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Airport noise complaints get a boost”

April 27, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Airport Commission to Hold Annual Noise Workshop Tonight”

April 25, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Airport noise to be discussed at workshop”

April 25, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Santa Monica Airport Earth Day Rally Brings Out the Crowds”

April 23, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch —

“Residents rally against use of leaded fuel at SMO”

April 23, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“SMO Faces Pressure from Feds, Local Officials”

April 22, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror —

“Los Angeles City Council Seeks Change in SMO Flight Paths”

April 22, 2011 — The Lookout News —

“L.A. council members urge Santa Monica Airport to close flight schools”

April 22, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch —,0,6106175.story

March 2011

“LA officials’ proposal may force flights over Santa Monica”

March 11, 2011 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Santa Monica Airport concerns could go to Washington”

March 10, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch —

February 2011

“Firm to Determine Financial, Economic Impact of Santa Monica Airport”

February 23, 2011 — Santa Monica Mirror —

January 2011

“Federal Court sides with FAA against Ban of Fast Jets at SMO”

January 21, 2011 — Santa Monica Patch —

December 2010

“Council hires RAND Corporation, design group to assist with community outreach on future of municipal airport”

December 23, 2009 — The Argonaut —

November 2010

“Santa Monica Airport a major pollution source”

November 18, 2001 — Los Angeles Times —

September 2010 

“Santa Monica: Councilman requests air and pollution studies during four-day closure of airport runway for safety repairs”

September 16, 2010 — The Argonaut —

August 2010

“Residents pleased with Waxman’s SMO pledge”

August 14, 2010 — Santa Monica Daily Press —’s_SMO_pledge.html

“Assembly backs bill calling on FAA to reduce noise, pollution at SMO”

August 3, 2010 — Santa Monica Daily Press —

July 2010

“Pilot Wrongly Described as Student in Penmar Crash”

July 23, 2010 – Santa Monica Mirror — 

“FAA Wants 100K for Flight Path Info”

July 7, 2010 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Pilot Killed when Single-Engine Plane Crashes onto Venice Golf Course”

July 7, 2010 – The Argonaut —

“L.A. Councilman Endorses Controversial Plane Route”

July 6, 2010 – The Lookout News —

“Plane Crash Adds to SMO Flight Path Concerns”

July 3, 2010 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Plane Out of SMO Crashes in Venice”

July 1, 2010 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

June 2010

“City Hires Consultants for Airport Studies and Website Enhancement”

June 17, 2010 — The Lookout —

“FAA Stops Flight Path Test”

June 10, 2010 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

May 2010

“Airport Commission Recommends Path Review”

May 26, 2010 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

 “Santa Monica neighborhoods up in arms over new flyover route”

May 24, 2010 – Los Angeles Times — 

“Airport Battle Gets Heated”

May 14, 2010 – The Lookout —

“Waxman Gets in on FAA Bashing”

May 12, 2010 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Congressman Waxman Calls for Suspension of FAA Flight Departure Changes at Santa Monica Airport”

May 12, 2010 – The Argonaut —

“FAA, City Hall Spar over Airplane Noise”

May 7, 2010 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

City of Santa Monica press release

May 5, 2010

“Noise Complaints Pile Up at SMO”

 May 5, 2010 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

April 2010

“Lieu Calls for Federal Intervention at Santa Monica Airport”

April 28, 2010 – The Argonaut —

“Jet Ban Case Filed in Washington, D.C. by City Officials instead of Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals”

April 14, 2010 – The Argonaut —

“City Hall Takes FAA Dispute to DC Court”

April 6, 2010 – Santa Monica Daily Press —  

March 2010

“Congresswoman Harman Promises not to Use Jets at Santa Monica Airport, Joining Growing List of Candidates for Public Office”

March 25, 2010 – The Argonaut —

January 2010

“Lawmakers Talk Pollution”

January 11, 2010 – Santa Monica Daily Press —-

“Santa Monica Airport: Neighborhood Anti-Pollution Advocates Seek to Clear Air Using UCLA Toxin Study”

January 7, 2010 – The Argonaut — 

December 2009

“Community Forum to Be Held on Santa Monica Airport Air Pollution Study”

December 31, 2009 – The Argonaut —

“City Council to Consider SMO Emission Levels”

December 23, 2009 – Santa Monica Daily Press — —

“New Departure Rules Go Online at SM Airport”

December 11, 2009 – Santa Monica Daily Press —-

“Departure Paths for Some Planes to Change during FAA Test”

December 10, 2009 – The Argonaut —

“Aviation Group Joins Jet Ban Battle”

December 3, 2009 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Air Quality Study Indicates High Level of Ultrafine Particulates Near Runway at Santa Monica Airport”

December 1, 2009 – The Argonaut —

November 2009

“FAA Changing Departure Procedures at SM Airport”

November 21, 2009 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Study: Elevated Pollution Levels Near SM Airport”

November 19, 2009 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

August 2009

“Congressmembers Urge FAA to Move on Safety Matters”

August 7, 2009 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Single-Engine Plane Crashes Shortly after Takeoff; Pilot Injured”

August 5, 2009 – The Argonaut —

“Residents React to Plane Crash at SMO”

August 4, 2009 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

July 2009

“EPA Begins Study on SMO Lead Emissions”

July 25, 2009 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“FAA Denies Appeal to Earlier Ruling Scrapping City’s Ban on Larger, Faster Jets at Santa Monica Airport”

July 15, 2009 – The Argonaut —

“FAA Fight Likely Headed to Federal Court”

July 9, 2009 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

May 2009

“Appeal Filed with FAA”

May 30, 2009 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Henry Waxman Requests that FAA Address Safety Concerns at Santa Monica Airport with City Leaders”

May 28, 2009 – The Argonaut —

“Congressman Urges FAA, City Hall to Play Nice”

May 22, 2009 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Appeals Court, FAA Rule Against Jet Ban”

May 21, 2009 – The Argonaut —

“Hearing Officer Sides with FAA over Jet Ban”

May 15, 2009 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Court Upholds Jet Ban Injunction”

May 13, 2009 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

March 2009

“Donald Douglas Monument Honors Pioneer at Santa Monica Airport”

March 25, 2009 – The Argonaut —

“FAA, City Hall Square Off over Jet Ban”

March 17, 2009 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“New Ad Hoc Committee to Explore Airport Issues”

February 25, 2009 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

February 2009

“Santa Monica Airport: Two Men Killed When Their Planes Crashes into Runway”

February 4, 2009 – The Argonaut —

January 2009

“Two Die in Crash at SM Airport”

January 29, 2009 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“EPA to Study Lead Emissions at Airport”

January 28, 2009 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Douglas DC-3 Aircraft from 1942 to Be on Permanent Display at Santa Monica Airport”

January 8, 2009 – The Argonaut —

November 2008:

“Appellate Court Hears Santa Monica Airport Ban Case”

November 26, 2008 – The Argonaut –

October 2008:

“Appellate Case on Airport Ban to Be Heard Nov. 19”

October 23, 2008 – The Argonaut –

“Locals Help Rescue Plane Crash Victims”

October 13, 2008 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Plane Crashes off Malibu Coast”

October 9, 2008 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

“Airport Topic Takes Flight at Forum”

October 8, 2008 – Santa Monica Daily Press —

July 2008:

“Assembly Resolution Supports Santa Monica Airport Large Jet Ban”

July 17, 2008 – The Argonaut –

“Lieu Authors Assembly Resolution Favoring City’s Ban of Larger Jets”

July 3, 2008 – The Argonaut –

June 2008:

“Santa Monica Appeals Lower Court Restraining Order, FAA Says City Violated Federal Obligations”

June 5, 2008 – The Argonaut –

May 2008:

“Federal Court Blocks Ordinance Barring Certain Kinds of Planes from Santa Monica Airport”

May 22, 2008 – The Argonaut –

“Hearing on Airport’s Ordinance Restricting Jets Set for May 15″

May 8, 2008 – The Argonaut –

April 2008:

“Rally against Jet Pollution at Santa Monica Airport Planned April 18”

April 14, 2008 – The Argonaut —

March 2008:

“City Council gives FAA a little time”

March 13, 2008 — Santa Monica Daily Press – by Melody Hanatani — pp. 1 and 17 

City of Santa Monica’s March 12th Response to FAA’s March 7th Proposal

March 12, 2008 –

“With ban in sight, FAA makes offer”

March 11, 2008 — Santa Monica Daily Press-  by Melody Hanatani — pp. 1 and 9 

FAA’s March 7th Proposal to City of Santa Monica RE: Santa Monica Airport

March 7, 2008 –

“FAA Still in a Stall; City Should Pass the Fast-Jet Ban”

March 7, 2008 –

January 2008:

“Town Hall Meeting Focuses on Santa Monica Airport”

January 24-30, 2008 – Santa Monica Mirror – by Hannah Heineman 

“Small plane overruns runway at Santa Monica Airport”

January 18, 2008 – The Argonaut – by Gary Walker –

“Small Plane Overruns SMO Runway”

January 17-23, 2008 – Santa Monica Mirror – by Terence Lyons –

“Not a Smooth Landing — City Officials to discuss runway safety with FAA”

January 15, 2008 – Santa Monica Daily Press – pp. 1 and 8 – 

“Small Plane Overruns Runway”

January 15, 2008 – The LookOut News

December 2007:

“Year-End Update: Stories We Have Followed in 2007 – Airport Runway Safety”

December 20, 2007 -Santa Monica Mirror – by Terence Lyons

“In the Flight Path”

December 3, 2007 –The LookOut News  – by Frank Gruber 

November 2007:

Some Jets Banned From Santa Monica Airport Conan Nolan reports from Santa Monica about a dispute between the city and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Nov. 29, 2007 – KNBC – 

“Santa Monica plans to ban some jets”

November 29, 2007, L.A. Times – p.B4, by Martha Groves 

“Changing the Flight Plan: Council approves a ban on fastest jets at SM Airport”

November 29, 2007, Santa Monica Daily Press -pp.1 and 8 –by Kevin Herrera 

“City Acts to Ban Big Jets”

November 29, 2007 –Santa Monica Dispatch — by Brian Bland

“City Takes on FAA on Runway Safety”

November 29, 2007 — Santa Monica Mirror —  by Terence Lyons 

“Council Bans Faster Planes at Airport”

November 28, 2007 — The LookOut News — by Anita Varghese

Brian Bland interviewed by Warren Olney on “Which Way L.A.?”

November 28, 2007 — KCRW 89.9 FM —

“Good-bye and good riddance: Large jets may not find haven in SM any longer”

November 27, 2007–Santa Monica Daily Press – p.12 – by Kevin Herrera

“A time for action at the SM Airport”

November 27, 2007 –Santa Monica Daily Press
–p.5 — — guest commentary by Mayor Richard Bloom 

Letter to the Editor: “Santa Monica Airport: A Time for Action”

November 26, 2007 — The LookOut News – by Mayor Richard Bloom 

“Enemy Aircraft Sighted and, Above All Else, Heard”

November 24, 2007 — New York Times  
— Santa Monica Journal:  by Rebecca Cathcart

“Santa Monica Airport Air Quality Study Results Are Reported”

November 1-7, 2007 – Santa Monica Mirror – by Hannah Heineman – 

October 2007:

“Council Takes Next Step for Improving Airport Safety”

October 11-17, 2007 -Santa Monica Mirror – by Hannah Heineman – 

“No Fly Zone – Banning some aircraft is a hot issue again”

October 9, 2007 – Santa Monica Daily Press by Kevin Herrera, pp. 1 and 9 – 

September 2007:

“AB 700 Dies in State Senate”

Santa Monica Mirror – September 13-19, 2007 – by Hannah Heineman – 

August 2007:

“Surprisingly Civil Protest — City Council grounds FAA proposal amid considerable debate”

August 30, 2007 – Santa Monica Daily Press – by Kevin Herrera, pp.1 and 10 

“FAA Proposal Angers Residents”

August 30-September 5, 2007 – Santa Monica Mirror – by Hannah Heineman – 

“City Council Punts”

August 29, 2007 – Santa Monica Dispatch – by Peggy Clifford – 

“Living in the Shadow of the Airport — FAA and City Hall clash over safety at the local airport”

August 25, 2007 – Santa Monica Daily Press – by Kevin Herrera, pp. 1 and 14 

“Call to Arms”

August 25, 2007 – Santa Monica Dispatch 

“Airport Neighbors Vs. FAA”

August 24, 2007 – Santa Monica Dispatch – by Peggy Clifford 

“To the City Council”

August 24, 2007 – Santa Monica Dispatch – by Jane Dempsey

“FAA Proposal Angers Community”

August 23-29, 2007 – Santa Monica Mirror – by Hannah Heineman 

“Airport Neighbors to Oppose FAA Proposal”

August 21, 2007 – The LookOut News – by Jorge Casuso 

June 2007

“Airport Commission Seeks Airport Building Guideline”

June 28-July 4, 2007 – Santa Monica Mirror – by Hannah Heineman 

April 2007

“Air Pollution Demonstration at SMO”

April 26-May 2, 2007 –  Santa Monica Mirror – by Terence Lyon 

March 2007

“FAA Warns City: Curb Airport Safety”

March 28, 2007 – The LookOut News – by Olin Erickson 

“Santa Monica Airport Safety in the News”

March 8-14, 2007 – Santa Monica Mirror – by Hannah Heineman 

October 2006

“Candidates Grapple with Airport Issues”

October 12-18, 2006 – Santa Monica Mirror – by Terence Lyons 

June 2006

“Santa Monica Airport Monitoring Bill”

June 8-14, 2006 –  Santa Monica Mirror – by Hannah Heineman 

May 2006

“Airport Bill Comes Up for Vote”

May 25-31, 2006 – Santa Monica Mirror – by Terence Lyons