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Residocracy Declines To Endorse Airport Initiative

Posted May. 31, 2014, 12:31 am

Mirror Staff

The Santa Monica residents group, Residocracy, is withholding support of a petition regarding the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) being circulated by aviation interests.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the lobbying group behind the airport initiative, explicitly has promoted its measure by linking it to to the Residocracy referendum.

Residocracy, however, informed its members that the AOPA initiative “has not been endorsed by Residocracy or Residocracy’s Community Network of Residents.”

In an email labeled “Alert,” Residocracy told its members that while the petition talks of preventing over-development at SMO “the actual goal…seems to be preserving the ‘status quo’ both for pilots … and for aviation businesses based at the airport.”

The group advised that anyone who regrets having signed the petition can rescind their signatures, and linked to a form to do so.

Other community groups to oppose the initiative, according to Residocracy, include Friends of Sunset Park, Northeast Neighbors, Ocean Park Association, Pico Neighborhood Association, Santa Monica Mid-City Neighbors, Wilshire-Montana Neighborhood Coalition, and Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights.

The groups say the initiative is masquerading as an anti-development measure, while aiming to keep airport traffic, including jets, at the present or increased levels.

On March 25, 2014, the Santa Monica City Council took actions to ultimately reduce aviation uses at SMO, and began a process to ensure that future development would be low-intensity, such as a park. Two days later the AOPA filed its initiative to change the City Charter to block the city from following its March 25 plan.

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May. 31, 2014, 8:23:41 am

Alan levenson said...

Thank you Residocracy from a resident of Sunset Park. We need support citywide to help alleviate the problems caused by noise, pollution and safety issues at the Airport. The current petition will stifle any changes and seeks to preserve the status quo.

May. 31, 2014, 9:14:38 am

Terence Later said...

The roughly 400 member "Residocracy" group. Was founded by former council candidate Armen Melkonian. Who is aligned with Playa Vista. Check the facts and do the math. An example of the councils "low intensity development". Look at Ocean Ave. north of Pico. Then sign the petition and Save Our Airport. VOTE NOW FOR LATER!

May. 31, 2014, 9:43:16 am

Norm Kohane said...

Interesting that residocracy wants to allow all the residents to vote on development that impacts our city traffic and on other issues, but does not want us to have the chance to vote on what happens at the airport. How democratic of residocracy. BTW, was there an election to vote on residocracy's board members or were they all appointed by Armen the dictator??

Jun. 1, 2014, 1:06:44 am

Lisa said...

Every grassroots and local resident organization opposes the deceptive AOPA Petition. AOPA is paying $7 for each signature that Arno signature gatherers get. Take a look at the Arno website and google the techniques they use to obtain signatures. This is hardly democratic. Rather it is democracy for sale. Thank you Residocracy!

Jun. 1, 2014, 6:01:32 am

stewart said...

the schizoid nature of the nimbys is remarkable, 1st they want to support 'low intensity growth' by supporting a park then they oppose efforts to maintain the air park as it currently exists in exchange for the very sort of unbridled growth they stand opposed to?

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