City, FAA To Meet in Court

By Cathy Larson
For Friends of Sunset Park

On March 26, the day after the Santa Monica City Council voted to implement a new Airport Safety Ordinance that would ban the faster C and D class aircraft, the FAA presented the City with an Order-to-Show-Cause. The City was required to respond within ten days. The documentation was prepared and presented to the FAA.

The City prepared and sent out notices to the Airport Users that the new ordinance would go into effect on April 24.

On the eve of the ordinance implementation, the FAA served the City with a Cease-and-Desist order. A hearing is scheduled for Monday, April 28 in federal court. Federal Attorneys are seeking a Temporary-Restraining-Order to prevent the City from enforcing the new ordinance. In the meantime, Airport Staff has suspended issuing violations.

Some of the documents are posted on the City web site http://www.smgov.net/news/hotopics/ FOSP is working on obtaining all of the documents to post on our web site.


New Airport Noise Manager Named

City Staff has announced that Stelios Makrides has been appointed the SM Airport Noise Supervisor.

Noise complaints can be lodged on the Noise Hotline (310) 458-8692 or by email on the Airport Web site http://www.smgov.net/airport/n_contactus.aspx

SM Airport Noise Workshop Is Mon.

Airport Staff and Noise Consultant Vincent Mestre will present information on aircraft noise data collection and community outreach programs. The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session that the public is invited to participate in.

This is an opportunity to learn more about how the Airport Noise Abatement programs work and to voice your concerns, complaints, and suggestions to airport staff. Airport Noise Supervisor, Stelios Makrides, will be in attendance.

The Workshop will be held at the commencement of the Santa Monica Airport Commission meeting, Commission, Monday, April 28, 8, 7:30 pm, City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1685 Main Street.

For more information see http://www.smgov.net/airport/commission/Upcoming_Agenda.htm

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