Open Letter to Harrison Ford
UPDATE (Dated March 5, 2015): On the evening of March 5, 2015, it was reported that Harrison Ford was injured in a plane crash in the neighborhood adjacent to the Santa Monica Airport (see: http://cnn.it/1MaEBth). Many neighbors in the community have been discussing this event which has been appearing in the national news. Ford has a long history of active participation in promoting the foreseeable dangers of the Santa Monica Airport which has been negatively impacting the local community for decades. While we wish Harrison Ford well and a quick recovery from his injuries, we do hope this event helps to bring much-needed attention to the extreme dangers and many problems of the Santa Monica Airport.
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Coincidentally, the same week of the Harrison Ford crash, the Pro-Aircraft Noise Advocates at SMO circulated a letter stating ". . . as often as possible and at all hours of the day and night . . . make as much noise as possible for as many people as possible." The letter was distributed to "All Pilots, FBO's, & CFI's.
October 29, 2014 -- OPEN LETTER TO HARRISON FORD
REGARDING THE PROBLEMS AND DANGERS OF SANTA MONICA AIRPORT
Dear Harrison Ford:
The time has come for us to STOP funding your personal hobbies and conveniences. For decades, through public funding, the City of Santa Monica and our residents have provided you with a private airport for your handful of private jets and other aircraft, while you and other jet operators returned to us a cancerous growth of constant noise, thick toxic pollution, and life-threatening dangers.
As agreed to in the longstanding 1984 settlement agreement, the City’s contract with the U.S. Government to operate the Santa Monica Airport expires in July 2015. So in about 8 months, the City could be able to mitigate the problems from private jets, make operations safer and cleaner, and/or reduce the runway to better fit within our community.
However, as the July 2015 date has neared, you, two powerful National Aviation Lobbyist organizations from Washington D.C., Arno Political Consulting (other clients include Big Oil, Big Tobacco, Gun Lobby), billionaire developer Michelson, and the Reed & Davidson law firm have combined forces (see Ringleaders) with an unprecedented war chest nearing $1 million to distort our small local election. The central focus of your take-over effort is to change our Santa Monica City Charter with Measure “D” and its carefully worded Charter Amendment (see Charter Amendment Analysis), so that our elected representative government is hand-cuffed, unable to mitigate the problems of the private jets, and therefore blocked from pursuing the welfare of our residents.
While this issue is all about the airport land and who controls it, the National Aviation Lobbyists' deceptive and well-funded political strategy has been to paint the Measure D opposition (the City and residents) as development-hungry interests trying to over-build our own community, only to be saved by the Aviation interests. It’s a clever strategy indeed, and all your deceptive mailers, advertisements, TV commercials, aerial airplane banners, online media, phone calls, etc. are undoubtedly reaching people.
However, the truth and reality is that the opposing Measure “LC” for Local Control, is endorsed by 100’s of local organizations, neighborhood groups, community leaders, elected officials, and candidates from across our community (see "LC" Supporters). Furthermore, the average donation for "LC" is only about $200 and totals only about $100,000. This compares to exactly 00.00 (zero!) endorsements attained by Measure “D” despite its enormous $1 million campaign spend! (see "Endorsement for LC vs D")
If somehow Big Aviation has its way, the likely result in the future will be:
• Growth of jet traffic making it like another LAX (see SMO Statistics and FAA Forecasts)
• More commercial development and possibly an “SMO Airport City” (see Airport Development)
• Greater intensity in the form of pollution, noise, and safety risks (see SMO Health Impacts)
• Unleashed negative impacts across all parts of Santa Monica (see FAA Delay Reduction Test)
We hope this never happens! So, on this coming November 4 election day, the people of Santa Monica will take a stand. We will represent ourselves, our families, and our community and take a vote, hoping that one day we will be able to improve the future of the Santa Monica Airport land to better the lives of our entire community and future generations.
Cheers to the votes for “Yes on LC--No on D”!
October 29, 2014