To imply that two Santa Monica airport commissioners who live near the airport and want to change the facility’s status have a conflict of interest because their homes’ value could increase if the airport ceases operation is akin to saying that anyone who serves on a commission that advises a city council to take actions resulting in uplifting municipal quality of life has a conflict of interest because those actions would enhance property values all over town. (“Foes of closing Santa Monica Airport accuse city officials of conflict,” June 28)
By the way, why would thousands of homes’ values go up if Santa Monica Airport was closed? Probably because of the cleaner air, relief from invasive corporate jet and helicopter noise, and freedom from constant fear of catastrophic aircraft crashes that would result.
Leigh Brumberg, Santa Monica