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-- A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hearing last week in Washington D.C. on the fate of Santa Monica Airport left the attending City officials feeling frustrated with the agency, but satisfied they have a strong ally in Congressman Ted Lieu.
Mayor Kevin McKeown, who attended the hearing with other City officials and local anti-airport activists, said at the City Council meeting on Tuesday that the FAA remained in “listening-mode only” during the one-hour hearing in Washington.
Controversial three-year lease deals for tenants at Santa Monica Airport drew hundreds of airport opponents the last time they went before the City Council, and now they are back on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting.
An email last week from attorney Jonathan Stein, who represents Sunset Park Anti-Airport (SPAA) and worked to defeat the failed pro-airport Measure D last year, enclosed a copy of a mailer Stein said was sent to more than 9,450 registered voters in Santa Monica urging them to turn out for the Council's meeting Tuesday.
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CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON TODAY’S MEETING WITH HILLARY CLINTON
A long-awaited meeting to discuss Santa Monica Airport was held Wednesday in Washington, D.C. between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local elected officials and residents.
Congressman Ted Lieu (33rd District) and Congresswoman Karen Bass (37th District) hosted the meeting between their constituents and senior FAA officials.
This meeting followed an invitation to meet, which was made at the March 24 Santa Monica City Council meeting.
Los Angeles - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | CA-33) launched his first ever Congressional photo contest inviting constituents of California’s 33rd District to submit photos of their favorite places located in the District. Photos can be submitted through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by tagging @RepTedLieu and using the hashtag #MyCA33. Photos will be selected from each city/neighborhood in the District and will be featured/credited on the Congressman’s website and social media pages.
SANTA MONICA—Nearly two dozen Santa Monica city officials, activists and residents met with members of the FAA in Washington D.C. earlier this week to advocate for the closure of the Santa Monica Airport.
According to Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown, the airport fails to meet minimum safety requirements and pollutes the local environment.
Santa Monica staff, officials and anti-airport activists flew to Washington D.C. this week to advocate for closure of the Santa Monica Airport.
The group, including Rep. Ted Lieu, Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown, Santa Monica Mayor Pro Tempore Tony Vazquez, Santa Monica Councilmember Sue Himmelrich and 16 other local constituents, met with FAA in a meeting facilitated by Lieu and Congresswoman Karen Bass.
According to those present at the meeting, FAA officials listened without comment.
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