I must take exception to your editorial in which you refer to the Long Beach Municipal Airport as an “urban treasure.” Our true urban treasures are the many residential neighborhoods that are immediately adjacent to the airport.
The City Council is not opposing the continued use of our airport, as it is already one of the busiest in the country, with general aviation, corporate flying, McDonnell-Douglas flights and commercial aviation. Our concern about airport usage is heightened by the fact that it is considered to be a bull’s-eye airport, as there are no significant buffer zones between the airport and the residential community.
What I and other members of the City Council are fighting for is to maintain local control of our airport so that we can limit the amount of noise produced by the airport users to levels that are not detrimental to the surrounding neighborhoods.
COUNCILMAN TOM CLARK