With its campaign kick-off event set for Wednesday evening, Aug. 20, the Committee for Local Control of Santa Monica Airport Land (CLCSMAL) announces that its initiative on the November ballot has been designated Measure LC (for Local Control).

CLCSMAL ( was organized to ensure future low-density use of city-owned Santa Monica Airport (SMO) and to protect our city from Measure D, sponsored by two powerful and wealthy pro-aviation lobbies. Measure D would block city control of SMO, making it all but impossible to ever reduce the increasing jet traffic and flight school problems at SMO.

CLCSMAL is inviting residents who want to maintain Local Control over our airport to join us Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 7-9 p.m. at Mount Olive Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Some parking available in the church lot off 14th St.; or walk, bike, ride the bus.

All leases at SMO held by aviation or non-aviation businesses are set to expire next July. Measure LC guarantees any SMO land now used for aviation would have only low-density uses after aviation activity was reduced or eliminated. Any attempt at higher (denser) development would require voter approval. Low-density uses include parks, open space, recreational areas such as playing fields, spaces for arts, festivals and community events, while retaining current attractions such as restaurants, Museum of Flying, Ruskin Group Theatre and Barker Hangar.

At the Wednesday meeting, we’ll show how Measure LC provides voters a concrete way to overcome the Washington aviation lobby’s attempt to run SMO for its benefit, allowing more jets, more pollution and more uncertainty.

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