Santa Monica Lookout
|Airport Advocates Submit More than 15,000 Signatures
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By Daniel Larios
June 11, 2014 -- Supporters of a measure that would make it more difficult to shut down the Santa Monica Airport submitted approximately 15,704 signatures to the Santa Monica City Clerk's Office Tuesday afternoon.
The proposed measure would amend the City charter to require voter approval for changes made to the Santa Monica Airport land.
A small group from the pro-airport committee "Santa Monicans for Open and Honest Development Decisions" (SMOHDC) gathered outside City Hall around 4 p.m. with a couple of boxes filled with signed copies of the petition.
"In spite of efforts to stop the voters from speaking on this issue,” said John Jerabek, a board member of SMOHDC, “voters will now have a chance to decide if 227 acres of the most valuable land in California will remain in low-density airport use or whether politicians and special interests will force their plans on the people of Santa Monica.
"Politicians, developers, and special interests have a long history of seeking this low density airport land for their high-density development schemes," he added. "As far back as the 1960's they've studied or proposed everything from shopping centers to office buildings and parking structures, to a huge gated mixed-use community."
Santa Monica resident Flora Yin was among those who submitted the petition to the City Clerk. Lin was one of the three residents who initially filed for the initiative. The other two are businesswoman Lauren McCollum and Nikos Kokotakis.
"Voters like me are tired of the insider political game that has gone on too long,” Yin said in a statement.. “It's a very simple Charter Amendment and people agreed with us and quickly added their names to our campaign.
“The only people against voters having a voice before the airport can be used for other purposes are a few politicians and pressure groups," Yin said.
Among those who gathered at City Hall was Christian Fry, vice president of the Santa Monica Airport Association.
"We have more than 15,000 signatures. That really says that people are really interested in this topic," Fry told the Lookout. "We all have a right to have our voices heard."
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