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Santa Monica versus the FAA over airport
Santa Monica versus the FAA over airport

The Santa Monica Airport has long been embattled. City officials and nearby residents have made no secret of the fact that they are weary of it, especially as larger and larger private jets take off from and land on its single runway. Neighbors, some living no more than 300 feet from the runway, worry over safety, noise, and air pollution. The city has been in and out of court for decades, dueling with the Federal Aviation Administration — which oversees the city's compliance with federal rules on aircraft and airport operations — for the right to close the airport or curtail its activities. Now, the City Council has bypassed the courts and gone to its voters. Measure...

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