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Blog | Political Winds of Change at Santa Monica Airport

Starting the New Year by building bridges across political borders.

A very encouraging meeting regarding Santa Monica Airport (SMO) took place on January 10, 2013 at the home of Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl.

At the request of the councilman, Congresswoman Karen Bass and newly elected Santa Monica Councilman Tony Vazquez joined in the meeting along with Bill's chief of staff, Mike Bonin; also CA Senator Ted Lieu joined in on the conversation by conference call. The meeting was arranged by Bill so that both Joan and I could have the opportunity to discuss Santa Monica Airport with our new Congresswoman.

Bill Rosendahl:

I met with Congresswoman Karen Bass, Santa Monica City Councilman Tony Vazquez, constituents Joan and Marty Rubin, Chief of Staff Mike Bonin and Senior Counsel Norman Kulla to discuss ways of putting more pressure on the federal government to support closing Santa Monica Airport, and create a safer and healthier environment for my constituents who live near the airfield.

Among the items discussed, Bill said he wanted official Los Angeles representation with regard to the future use of the Santa Monica Airport land.

New political activity regarding Santa Monica Airport:

Federal

  • Due to redistricting, Congressman Henry Waxman's constituent base not only includes Santa Monica, but Venice as well.
  • The remaining areas immediately surrounding SMO (Mar Vista and West Los Angeles) are now a part of Congresswoman Karen Bass's constituent base.


State

  • Due to redistricting Senator Ted Lieu will have the unique distinction of representing all the areas surrounding SMO until the next state election.
  • In the State Assembly, former Santa Monica Council Member and Mayor Richard Bloom and Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell will now represent the areas surrounding SMO.


Local

  • Two newly elected Santa Monica City Council Members, Tony Vazquez and Ted Winterer bring experience and new energy to the Council.
  • Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils continue their efforts to have SMO impacts addressed.

 

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Danielle Charney May 01, 2013 at 02:14 AM
A little overhead noise has not bothered me nearly as the massive on the ground car nightmare does- and people die far more often on the ground- crashes are very rare-
Danielle Charney May 01, 2013 at 02:15 AM
He is in it for the money- he is a developer lap dog Sean
Danielle Charney May 01, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Beyond me how many people have no clue about the facts of the airport- or car deaths and exhaust danger- and who is on the developer gravy train- no wonder we are in a mess- we aren't the informed or intelligent town we pretend to be - thanks Pilot Dave for your actual real information here-
Danielle Charney May 01, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Nan - Pilot Dave is dead on- and it IS A PARK ALREADY - jeesh- what is wrong with people? Learn who the players are here wanting a "park" - sure - then it will be more hideous density and lots more cars- because it wont' be a park - it's a ruse to turn it into another foreign money scam
Danielle Charney May 01, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Hear !!! Hear !!! RECALL Open your eyes- find out who is who

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