Advertisement
Opinion

Letters to the Editor: Santa Monica Airport is an important piece of city infrastructure

Santa Monica Airport
Santa Monica Airport
(Los Angeles Times)

To the editor: Santa Monica City Councilman Kevin McKeown omits key facts in his letter casting his city’s small airport as a nuisance that rightly faces imminent closure.

First, Santa Monica Airport is a “critical and essential” piece of city infrastructure, according to Santa Monica’s own “All Hazards Mitigation Plan,” a blueprint for disaster (read: earthquake or tsunami) recovery.

Second, the city’s own economic impact report of 2011 tabulated a $274-million value of Santa Monica Airport to the local economy.

As to being an “outmoded remnant,” having an on-ramp to the skies will be critical for the next-generation of quiet, clean, electric-powered aircraft that will revolutionize our skies, as electric-powered autos and trucks are revolutionizing our city streets and highways. Santa Monica Airport is a key part of our local and regional infrastructure.

Advertisement

David J. Hopkins, Santa Monica

The writer is spokesman for the Santa Monica Airport Assn.


Newsletter
Get our weekly Opinion newsletter
Advertisement