October 27, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Mayor McKeown To Ted Lieu: Thanks For Comments At FAA Meeting:

After arriving home in Santa Monica last week after a trip to Washington D.C. to discuss Santa Monica Airport with Federal Aviation Administration officials, Santa Monica Mayor McKeown wrote a letter of thanks on behalf of himself, Mayor Pro Tempore Tony Vazquez and Councilmember Sue Himmelrich to Congressman Ted Lieu (33rd District) and his staff.

The letter was written following a meeting Wednesday hosted by the Congressman with senior representatives of the FAA in Washington, DC to speak on the future of the Santa Monica Airport (SMO).

“The constituents,” wrote Mayor McKeown, “who attended yesterday’s meeting conveyed effectively their frustrations, fear and anger” about the jet usage of the Santa Monica City Airport.

“In 2023, at the outside, it is game over for jets,” said Congressman Lieu to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) representatives. In the “fight for local control,” Mayor McKeown wrote to Congressman Lieu, “Your assistance is invaluable and deeply appreciated.”

Below, is the text of letter sent to Congressman Lieu.

Dear Congressman Lieu:

Mayor Pro Tem Tony Vazquez, Councilmember Sue Himmelrich and I all want to thank you and your staff for arranging yesterday’s meeting with FAA Associate Administrator Eduardo Angeles about the Santa Monica Airport.  

As you well know, and as testimony from multiple community members should have made clear to Mr. Angeles, the Airport’s adverse impacts have become intolerable to residents of both Santa Monica and Venice.  I thought the constituents who attended yesterday’s meeting conveyed effectively their frustrations, fears and anger about safety risks created by jet usage of a runway which does not meet current safety standards and ends within 300 feet of homes; about documented health risks arising from aircraft emissions; and about the destruction of their peaceful enjoyment of their homes by aircraft noise.  I know they valued the opportunity you made possible to personally express themselves to the FAA.

Those present seemed to me to be particularly heartened by your clear and direct remarks to the FAA, including your admonition to the FAA that “in 2023 at the outside, it is game over for jets.”  Your remarks, and those of your staff at a subsequent meeting yesterday, helped the community members understand the challenge posed by the fact that the FAA will not willingly release its claims on the City’s land.  Our fight for local control will therefore, inevitably, require a dedicated and persistent effort over the next few years.

My colleagues and I look forward to continuing to work with you during that time to reduce the Airport’s detrimental impacts, and ultimately regain local control of the City land so that it can be used to benefit our communities.  Your assistance is invaluable and deeply appreciated.

Very Truly Yours,

Kevin McKeown

Mayor of Santa Monica

cc: City Council

     Rick Cole, City Manager

     Marsha Jones Moutrie, City Attorney

in News
Related Posts

Spin Deploys New 3-Wheeled E-Scooter

October 26, 2021

October 26, 2021

Spin has released its new 3 wheel e-scooter providing mobility solutions with increased stability. Video brought to you by Santa...

Santa Monica Sues Insurance Companies Over Child Abuse Settlements Expenses

October 25, 2021

October 25, 2021

City claims insurance companies failed to pay over $100 million By Dolores Quintana Santa Monica is suing half a dozen...

Local Government Bodies To Vote On Continued Virtual Meetings: Santa Monica Beat – October 25, 2021

October 25, 2021

October 25, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Recycling Truck Dumps Burning Trash Onto Arizona Ave * Local Government...

GoodRx Completes New Santa Monica Pen Factory Headquarters

October 23, 2021

October 23, 2021

Westside Real Estate Scene October 25, 2021 By Dolores Quintana Good RX, an app based healthcare company, will be moving...

Celebrate Santa Monica’s Community Heroes

October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021

The 27th Annual New Heroes Celebration, sponsored by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27,...

Metro Considering Joint Development of Transit Land To Build Affordable Housing

October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021

Agency looking into goal of building 10,000 units of affordable housing By Dolores Quintana LA Metro has received a report...

Three Charged in Alleged Scheme to Steal Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Meant for Homeless Assistance

October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021

Attorney General Bonta files charges in connection with alleged theft from Los Angeles-based homelessness assistance program By Sam Catamzaro California...

VA Secretary Announces Plans House Over 500 Homeless Veterans in Los Angeles by End of Year

October 21, 2021

October 21, 2021

Updated October 22, 2021 with added statement from the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority. Announcement comes after Secretary Denis McDonough’s...

Homeless Man Sleeping in Santa Monica Park Set on Fire

October 21, 2021

October 21, 2021

Suspect at large in October 16 incident By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica police are searching for a suspect wanted for...

Ocean Park’s Uplifters Kitchen Closes

October 20, 2021

October 20, 2021

Westside Dining Scene October 21, 2021 By Dolores Quintana Sadly, Uplifter’s Kitchen, a health conscious vegetarian and vegan friendly cafe...

Charges Filed Against Woman for Attacking Former “Survivor” Contestant in Santa Monica

October 20, 2021

October 20, 2021

Michelle Yi, two other unnamed victims attacked in area of 2nd and Arizona By Dolores Quintana and Sam Catanzaro Michelle...

Community Volunteer Patrol Program Brings Civilians New Insight Into Law Enforcement

October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021

The West LA Police Department has a community patrol program bridging the gap between civilians and law enforcement. Video brought...

E-Bike Company Wheels Settles Consumer Protection Lawsuit With Santa Monica

October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021

Company agrees to pay $300k for operating without a license in 2019 By Sam Catanzaro E-bike company Wheels recently settled...

Santa Monica Fire Department Put Out Two Freeway Blazes Over Weekend

October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021

No injuries reported in Sunday morning incident By Sam Catanzaro The Santa Monica Fire Department (SMFD) made quick work putting...