Posted Feb. 22, 2014, 7:15 am
On the heels of a federal court dismissing a Santa Monica lawsuit seeking ownership of the local airport, a local grass roots organization issued Friday a press release claiming unnamed pro-airport advocates engaged in “push-polling” techniques in an attempt to have a measure placed on the ballot.
Posted Feb. 21, 2014, 9:25 am
A federal judge last week dismissed the City of Santa Monica’s lawsuit challenging ownership of Santa Monica Airport (SMO). In the ruling issued Feb. 13, a federal judge opined it was too early for Santa Monica to assert any constitutional violations.
Posted Feb. 18, 2014, 9:30 am
More than three months after she wrote a letter to the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declaring Santa Monica Airport (SMO) a danger to the health and safety of those living near the airstrip, Congresswoman Karen Bass (Dem-37th District) will be speaking Tuesday evening at a special meeting of the North Westdale Neighborhood Association.
Posted Feb. 16, 2014, 9:08 am
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) says it will continue to fight for the continued operation of Santa Monica Airport following U.S. District Court Judge John L. Walter siding with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit brought by the City of Santa Monica over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
Posted Feb. 16, 2014, 8:55 am
A coalition of residents and groups known as Airport2Park.org -- who formed to turn Santa Monica Airport into a park -- has released a statement following U.S. District Judge John L. Walter's decision Thursday to dismiss the City of Santa Monica’s lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration to confirm the City’s right to close the Santa Monica Airport July 1, 2015.
Posted Jan. 24, 2014, 9:28 am
Santa Monica is surround by three sides by the City of Los Angeles. With the nation’s second largest municipality enveloping the City by the Sea, both Santa Monica and Los Angeles are bound to share some common ground on key issues, such as jobs, transportation, and the Santa Monica Airport (SMO).
Posted Jan. 11, 2014, 9:15 am
The City of Santa Monica has an upward battle in its attempt to take control of Santa Monica Airport (SMO), with attorneys for the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. Department of Justice arguing the City's lawsuit filed in October 2013 was filed too late.
Posted Dec. 22, 2013, 9:58 am
Congressman Henry Waxman (33rd-Dem) sent a letter to South Coast Air Quality Management District Executive Officer Barry Wallerstein on Wednesday to request that the agency investigate reports of high levels of ultrafine particle pollution around Santa Monica Airport (SMO).
Posted Nov. 29, 2013, 9:43 am
The regulated airspace surrounding Santa Monica Airport (SMO) is set to expand Dec. 12 in order to accommodate aircraft arriving at and departing from the facility, according to the Office of the Federal Register.
Posted Nov. 18, 2013, 9:28 am
Congressman Henry Waxman (Dem-33rd District) today sent a letter to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Acting Chairman Deborah Hersman reiterating his request for a thorough investigation of the fatal Santa Monica Airport crash on September 29.
Posted Nov. 8, 2013, 9:13 am
The estate of Mark Benjamin is being sued by the family of a passenger killed in the Sept. 29 plane crash at Santa Monica Airport (SMO).
Posted Nov. 1, 2013, 9:50 am
I am encouraged that Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor included protecting community health in her strong quote. Health is a huge part of the equation, and the Federal Government needs to be accountable for the health of airport neighbors.
Posted Nov. 1, 2013, 9:45 am
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) characterized as lacking any merit in law a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by the City of Santa Monica against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in what is clearly another desperate bid by the city to close Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
Posted Oct. 31, 2013, 12:15 pm
The City of Santa Monica has sued the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish the City’s right to control future use of the Santa Monica Airport property, which the City has long owned.
Posted Oct. 24, 2013, 3:02 pm
A preliminary report for the Sept. 29 Santa Monica Airport accident that claimed four lives has been released by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Posted Oct. 14, 2013, 9:26 am
When the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine, Calif., was decommissioned, it was reused as a public county park. Whether the Orange County Great Park’s conversion from an airport could ever be replicated at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) remains to be seen, but there are some who would like to see the single airstrip in the southeast corner of the City turned into a green public space.
Posted Oct. 13, 2013, 9:57 am
Dear Editor, In his letter "Tragedy Should Not Be An Opportunity For Political Points" posted Oct. 12, 2013, Bruce Landsberg, President, AOPA Foundation and Air Safety Institute did exactly what he said shouldn't be done. He made the recent aircraft crash at Santa Monica Airport into his opportunity to score political points with wild speculation.
Posted Oct. 12, 2013, 9:13 am
Mark Benjamin was a guy with an easy going manner and a work-hard ethic. He began in the construction business as an apprentice carpenter at Morley Builders, a family company started by his father in the 1950s to meet the post WWII housing boom. Mark Benjamin went on to become the CEO of Morley and to be the founder of Benchmark Contractors.
Posted Oct. 12, 2013, 9:10 am
It’s not uncommon to see facilities torn down and expanded because they are too small. Small buildings become larger ones to accommodate growth. Take the expansion over the last decade or so of St. John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica.
Posted Oct. 6, 2013, 10:25 am
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office confirmed Sunday that Luke Benjamin, 28, was the fourth body in the fatal Santa Monica Airport aircraft accident last Sunday evening.
Posted Oct. 4, 2013, 3:52 pm
Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould has extended his condolences on behalf of the City to all the families of the victims of Sunday's tragic aircraft accident at Santa Monica Airport.
Posted Oct. 4, 2013, 3:15 pm
Los Angeles County Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter confirmed to The Mirror Friday afternoon the identities of three of the four victims aboard the fatal Santa Monica Airport crash on Sunday night.
Posted Oct. 4, 2013, 9:35 am
Los Angeles County Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter confirmed to The Mirror Friday morning the identity of one of the four victims aboard the fatal Santa Monica Airport accident on Sunday night.
Posted Oct. 3, 2013, 8:36 am
Airport2Park.org will hold a free and open to the public workshop tonight, Oct. 3 from 6-9 pm to discuss the benefits of turning Santa Monica Airport into a park. The workshop will be held at the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, which is located at 14th and Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica.
Posted Oct. 2, 2013, 9:51 am
Morley Builders released a statement Wednesday morning following the loss of its CEO and his son in Sunday’s fatal plane accident at Santa Monica Airport.