I was born and raised in Concord, Massachusetts, the town where the American Revolution began. Maybe it’s my attachment to my origins but I can’t help but compare the defeat of measure D to Paul Revere’s fateful ride and the Old North Bridge where American patriots made their famous stand. If measure D passes we will be giving control of SMO land to outside aviation entities. This time, instead of the British coming, it will be AOPA. This dubious prospect makes me bristle and, being a protective minded citizen of Santa Monica, I will not stand for this.
I do not write this letter to advocate for or against measure LC because LC’s implications prompt debate between the citizens and the officials of this city, not between the citizens of this city and outside powers. On November 4, 2014 we must make a stand, empowered by our vote against D, and collectively send a message to the aviation industry. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, spread the word… AOPA is coming! AOPA is coming!