10/30/15 – Santa Monica Daily Press
“Growth isn’t the only contentious issue in Santa Monica. The long-running controversy over the Santa Monica Airport crosses borders and goes all the way to Washington, D.C. It’s both a great challenge and an opportunity. After three months on the job, I am not as versed in the history and complexity as those who’ve been fighting this battle for three decades. But one thing is clear: This tiny airport dating to 1919 is an unsafe and unhealthy venue for corporate and personal jet traffic. It’s surrounded on four sides by close-in residential neighborhoods. Some homes are just 300 feet beyond the runway.
Last fall, Santa Monica voters repudiated a clumsy attempt by aviation interests to block the Council from exercising local control. Instead, by a decisive 60-40 margin, they supported a rival measure aimed at protecting safety and health. So our Council is demanding the FAA stop stalling and issue an administrative ruling on our claim to local control. The FAA has delayed a decision four times. This isn’t a parochial issue. Quality of life on the Westside would be significantly improved if airport facilities were eventually converted to a combination of parkland and repurposed “creative tech” spaces.”
10/25/15 – Los Angeles Times
10/21/15 – Santa Monica Daily Press
“The FAA encourages interested parties to review the EA, and provide written comments during the public comment period no later than October 8, 2015….Comments can be emailed to: 9-ANM-SoCalOAPM@faa.gov
Go to http://www.smgov.net/Departments/council/infoitems.aspx and click on: “City’s Response & Airport Commission’s Recommendations to the FAA’s Draft Environmental Assessment of the So CA Metroplex Project.”
Item 8-D: Potential Options for Reducing Emission
Staff recommends that the City Council direct staff to:
Excerpt from staff report: In 2010, the AQMD study was augmented when the suspension of all Airport operations for runway repaving presented an unusual opportunity to assess SMO’s impacts.
The AQMD concluded that the suspension of Airport operations resulted in a “substantial decrease” in measured ultra-fine particles and black carbon pollution.
Measurements taken on the eastern tarmac showed that concentrations of ultra-fine particles were 12 to 17 times higher when the Airport was operating.
Measurements taken at the closest home showed that levels were four to seven times higher when the Airport was operating.
Additionally, the AQMD reported that aircraft idling near the runway before
and during departure generated very high concentrations of ultra-fine particles over short time periods. These concentrations were as high as 600 times background levels. (scroll down)
A. Jacqueline A. Seabrooks, Chief of Police, re security at Santa Monica Airport.
B. Annual Noise & Operations Report Workshop
10/22/15 – Santa Monica Daily Press – page 16 – full-page ad
New Jersey Institute of Technology
“According to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, more than 8.5 million flights departed from US airports in 2014 alone. In addition, the number of airports increased from 15,161 in 1980 to 19,453 in 2013….Although the aviation industry plays an important role in transport, it is a leading source of toxic emissions. These include lead, carbon dioxide, sulfur oxide, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds.”
10/17/15 – Santa Monica Mirror
9/23/15 – Michael Feinstein – Zocalo Public Square, KCRW
9/27/15 — Change.org
9/23/15 – Santa Monica Lookout
9/21/15 — Santa Monica Mirror
8/24/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press
8/22/15 — Air Impact Reform
8/1/15 – Associated Press – Salon.com
8/28/15 – Los Angeles Times
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.
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.
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.”
8/17/15 – Los Angeles Times
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.
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.”
2/11/15 — YouTube
2/10/15 — YouTube
12/8/14 – 6 fatalities – http://www.planecrashinfo.com/recent.htm
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.
8/10/15 — New York Times
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.”
8/2/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch
8/2/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press
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.”
7/27/15 — Truthout
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/32045-sounds-of-war-navy-warplanes-producing-deadly-noise-around-us-bases — “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. “
7/26/15 — Los Angeles Times
7/23/15 – Oregon Aviation Watch
7/20/15 – Santa Monica Daily Press
7/19/15 – General Aviation News
7/17/15 — Santa Monica Mirror
7/13/15 – Santa Monica Daily Press
7/9/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press
7/9/15 — City of Santa Monica web site
7/8/15 — City of Santa Monica web site
7/1/15 — The Argonaut
7/1/15 — Airport2Park.org
“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.”
6/30/15 – Santa Monica Daily Press
6/24/15 – The Argonaut
6/20/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch
6/18/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch
6/16/15 — Los Angeles Times
6/16/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press
6/10/15 — National Business Aviation Association
6/8/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press
6/5/15 — Mother Jones
6/1/15 — The Arizona Republic
5/24/15 — Aviation Impact Reform
5/16/15 — Barron’s
5/15/15 – Santa Monica Mirror
http://www.smmirror.com/articles/News/Ordinance-To-Limit-Santa-Monica-Airport-Pollutants/43316#comments — “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. “
5/14/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press
5/12/15 – Santa Monica Daily Press
5/7/15 – FAA press release — email@example.com
5/3/15 – People magazine
4/30/15 – USC Environmental Health Centers
4/14/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press
4/13/15 – Santa Monica Mirror
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 owner.
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.
4/10/15 – Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-0410-surf-air-20150410-story.html#page=1 — 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.
4/1/15 – Los Angeles Times
3/28/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch
3/27/15 — Santa Monica Mirror
3/26/15 — Santa Monica Mirror
3/26/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press
3/25/15 — Los Angeles Times
3/25/15 – Los Angeles Times
3/24/15 — KTLA News
3/23/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch
3/23/15 — Santa Monica Next
3/20/15 — The Healthy City Local blog
3/21/15 — Santa Monica Mirror
3/20/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press
3/20/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press
3/19/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press
3/17/15 – Santa Monica Dispatch
3/16/15 — Los Angeles Times
3/11/15 — The Argonaut
3/11/15 — The Argonaut
http://argonautnews.com/harrison-fords-plane-crash-stokes-calls-for-airport-closure/ — “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.”
3/10/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/1-3m-spent-support-ballot-measures/146215 — “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.”
3/9/15 — Santa Monica Lookout
3/8/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch
3/7/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch
3/6/15 — Santa Monica Patch
3/6/15 – CASMAT.org
3/6/15 — Venice/Mar Vista Patch
3/6/15 — CBS Los Angeles
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/03/06/harrison-fords-plane-crash-draws-attention-to-safety-concerns-from-some-in-santa-monica/ — Interviews with Martin Rubin and Christian Fry
3/6/15 — Los Angeles Times
3/5/15 — KTLA News
http://ktla.com/2015/03/05/small-plane-crashes-at-penmar-golf-course-in-venice/ — 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.”
3/5/15 — The Argonaut
3/5/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press
3/5/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch
3/5/15 — Venice/Mar Vista Patch
3/3/15 — Santa Monica Mirror
March 2015 — Center for Environmental Health
2/27/15 — Santa Monica Mirror
2/28/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press
2/26/15 — Santa Monica Dispatch
2/25/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press
2/18/15 — The Argonaut
1/31/15 — San Jose Mercury News
1/26/15 — National Business Aviaton Association
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/smo/20150126-nbaa-aopa-support-federal-aviation-administration-effort-to-deny-appeal-to-curtail-operations-at-santa-monica-airport.php — “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.’ “
1/7/15 — Aero News Network
http://www.aero-news.net/ANNTicker.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=ddaf664b-2c3e-4921-a4d3-2708a9158b6e — “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.”