It seems like no one likes poor Santa Monica Airport except all those rich people flying Cessnas over the Westside. Plans are in the works to reduce flights and possibly close the airport altogether when its agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration ends in 2015, and movement is coming on the latter, according to outgoing City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl. The retiring politician is hosting a public forum on closing the airport tomorrow afternoon at the Gymnasium of the Penmar Park Rec Center in Venice. Heavy-hitters will be in attendance, including State Senator Ted Lieu and Congressman Henry Waxman. "The forum will feature health and safety experts who will discuss the effects of flight operations next to homes in Mar Vista and Venice," Rosendahl says in a statement. "There will also be a presentation on the research findings of pollution from lead, noise, and fine particulates. The neighborhood council subcommittee on the issue will also present a summary of findings from its report." Assume the findings to be of the negative variety. The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday will devote their entire meeting to airport issues, including possibly repaving the runway and, of course, shuttin' her down for good.
· Santa Monica Airport Archives [Curbed LA]