SMO in the News – July 2015

The following articles relating to SMO have appeared in the press during July 2015:

SMO leases: Council steps off the track to let the train pass (SM Next, July 20, 2015)
SMO leases: Council steps off the track to let the train pass (Health City Local, July 20, 2015)
Council postpones decision on aviation leases at SMO (SM Daily Press, July 20, 2015)
Four SMO Aviation Tenants Denied Three-Year Leases (SM Mirror, July 17, 2015)
NBAA: SMO Must Extend Leases of Airport Tenants (NBAA, July 17, 2015)
Santa Monica Officials Call FAA “Frustrating” (Santa Monica Lookout, July 16, 2015)
Santa Monica Council Tackles Airport Leases (Santa Monica Lookout, July 16, 2015)
Rights and Remedies at Santa Monica Airport (The Healthy City Local, July 14, 2015)
Mayor McKeown To Ted Lieu: Thanks … FAA Meeting (SM Mirror, July 13, 2015)
City Council to tackle lobbying, SMO leases (Santa Monica Daily Press, July 13, 2015)
Lawyers Warning Letter Regarding July 14 Vote (Santa Monica Dispatch, July 13, 2015)
SM Officials, Residents Meet With FAA… New SMO Leases (SM Mirror, July 10, 2015)
City officials lobby FAA to close Santa Monica Airport (SM Daily Press, July 9, 2015)
Transcript of remarks from McKeown & Himmelrich to FAA (, July 9, 2015)
FAA Extends comment period for Metroplex till Sept 8, 2015 (email, July 9, 2015)
Letter: Hypocrisy at Santa Monica Airport (Santa Monica Daily Press, July 9, 2015)
Ted Lieu Convenes meeting between FAA & constituents re:SMO (Ted Lieu, July 8, 2015)
Activists Looking to Close the SMO Met with the FAA Today (LA Magazine, July 8, 2015)
City commissions welcome new additions (Santa Monica Daily Press, July 4, 2015)
Fourth of July Parade (, July 4, 2015)
FAA Agreement Expires, City Leaders To Go To D.C. (Santa Monica Mirror, July 3, 2015)
Celebrating the Start of the Park (, July 2, 2015)
Airport Debate Takes Flight in D.C. (The Argonaut, July 1, 2015)
SMO opponents celebrate end of 30-year agreement with FAA (SM Next, July 1, 2015)

As the two graphs below make clear, two of SMO’s most serious negative impacts are getting worse. Jet operations at SMO continue to climb steadily to record levels, while pattern flying (as represented by the percentage of local vs. non-local operations) appears to be recovering to levels not seen since the imposition of the landing fees in August 2013.




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