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Council candidates to discuss Santa Monica Airport issues

Santa Monica Airport
Air pollution and noise at the Santa Monica Airport will be among the issues discussed Sept. 13 at a Santa Monica City Council candidates forum.

Fifteen council candidates, including two incumbents, vying for four open seats have been invited to participate, according to Martin Rubin, an airport opponent who will moderate the event. The health and safety effects of flight school operations and jet traffic will be among the topics.

Rubin and other activists want candidates to share their views regarding the future of the 227-acre airport.

In 2015, all land and building leases at the airport expire, and city officials — and thousands of Westside residents weary of life in the flight path — say the obligation to operate the facility as an airport ends, too.

The Federal Aviation Administration, meanwhile, asserts the city must operate the airport in perpetuity under a 1948 "instrument of transfer."

The forum is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Santa Monica Business Park, 3250 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 160.

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Photo: A plane at Santa Monica Airport. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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