UPDATE: November 2014
As the City’s agreement with the U.S. Federal Government to operate the Santa Monica Airport expires in July 2015, national Washington D.C.-based aviation industry groups began a battle during the November 2014 election with the residents, local community, and City of Santa Monica to take control of our publicly owned land.
Grassroots Political Committee
Aviation Industry Lobbyists
YES on Measure LC for Local Control & More Parks
In response to the deceptive Pro-Jet Measure from the Aviation Industry, the City placed an alternative Measure LC for Local Control & More Parks on the November 2014 ballot. It enables parks, public open spaces, and public recreational facilities on SMO land that is released from aviation use, and prohibits all new development without voter approval.
The official grassroots political group named the Committee for Local Control of Santa Monica Airport Land (CLCSMAL) has formed to support the Pro-Park Measure LC and oppose the Pro-Jet Measure D. They are in a "David vs. Goliath" battle and need the power of "many" to defeat the aviation industry "money".
To learn more or to help support their efforts visit the Committee for Local Control of Santa Monica Airport Land at Yes on LC, No on D or ItsOurLand.org
Sunset Park Anti-Airport is also contributing to the legal and political efforts and advocates for removal of 2000 feet of runway, termination of aviation leases, and severe reduction in flight operations. Learn more about SPAA at www.spaaresidents.org
These political efforts are supported by a large number of community organizations and leaders like those below.
. . . and many, many more people and organizations listed here: www.itsourland.org/endorsements
NO on Measure D to Stop Deception & Stop Jets
To take control of our publicly owned land, the two largest private-jet and general aviation interest groups combined forces to organize and finance their political and legal efforts. These two powerful and well-funded organizations are:
The AOPA and NBAA, with the guidance of Arno Political Consultants, created a third local front organization deceptively named Santa Monicans for Open and Honest Development Decisions (SMOHDD). The infographic below provides snapshot summary of their organization and money flows.
Their Measure D on the November 2014 ballot was designed to preserve the continued growth of private-jet traffic at SMO. Their measure also proposed to limit the City's regulatory power to further reduce pollution, noise, air-traffic, safety risks, and the use of toxic leaded fuels.
There were no City Council members, major candidates, or established resident organizations endorsing Measure D.