Opponents of Santa Monica Airport Gear Up for Protest

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Activists opposed to the Santa Monica Airport will hold a rally on Saturday, February 4 to protest JetSuiteX’s plans for running commercial flights out the nearly century-old airfield.

The protest will take place in the parking lot of the Ocean Park Business Park starting at 11 a.m. and it will feature Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer, Congressmember Ted Lieu, and Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin, according to the press release.

“In a time when operations at Santa Monica Airport should be winding down, and two years after Santa Monica voters decisively rejected an aviation industry plan to keep the airport operating indefinitely while emphatically supporting plans to turn the airport into a park, it’s outrageous that aviation tenants operating on month-to-month leases think they can expand their operations to commercial flights,” said Airport2Park President Neil Carrey, a former Santa Monica Recreation and Parks Commissioner.

The protest is being organized by Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution (C.R.A.A.P.), and is also being supported by many community groups, including Friends of Sunset Park, Community Against Santa Monica Airport Traffic (CASMAT), North Westdale Neighborhood Association, SMO Future, No Jets Santa Monica, SMO Future, and Venice Residents Against SMO, according to the release.

The protest will take place in the parking lot of the Ocean Park Business Park on the north side of the airport between 28th and 31st Street, according to C.R.A.A.P.

Jason Islas
Jason Islashttp://santamonicanext.org
Jason Islas is the editor of Santa Monica Next and the director of the Vote Local Campaign. Before joining Next in May 2014, Jason had covered land use, transit, politics and breaking news for The Lookout, the city’s oldest news website, since February 2011.

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