REP. TED LIEU STATEMENT ON FAA CEASE AND DESIST ORDER REGARDING SANTA MONICA AIRPORT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Federal Aviation Administration issued an interim cease and desist order to the City of Santa Monica. This order prevents the City from evicting American Flyers, Inc. and Atlantic Aviation FBO, Inc. from Santa Monica Airport. In September, Santa Monica issued Notices to Vacate to these two tenants.
“I am outraged the FAA continues to waste tax payer dollars fighting with the residents of Santa Monica over the use of the City’s land. The people of Santa Monica have made clear their concerns with the airport and local elected officials have taken appropriate actions to protect the wishes and health of their citizens.”
“The FAA's cease and desist order is just the latest in a long line of unfair and heavy-handed actions the FAA has taken against the City over the airport. It is absurd the federal government is now mandating that a local government use specific private sector companies. The FAA is a public trust, not a shill for corporations.”
“Under federal law, cities may choose to use their own government to provide services. The FAA should rescind its overreaching and potentially unlawful order and instead work with the local community to better understand its needs.”