As a resident of Newport Beach, I am very concerned regarding the
extension of the flight restrictions at John Wayne Airport. It would be
absolutely asinine to lift these restrictions over the most prestigious
and expensive property in Orange County. Not only should these
restrictions be extended, but they should be even more restrictive.
Additionally, the proposed airport at El Toro should be delayed no
longer. Sometimes our leaders have to be true leaders and have a time
horizon that extends passed the next election.
March base can handle the need for an airport
Newport leaders complain that, with the central park measure on the
March ballot, they will have to tone down their anti-airport rhetoric:
You've got this fat target, but we're stymied by those restrictions.
Fat target? That's strange -- if it's such a fat target, how is it
that they've failed to hit it these past six months? They've had the
field to themselves for those six months, with no ads or mailers from our
side, and they've managed to lose ground in the polls.
The latest mailer says JWA cannot possibly be expanded, and none of
the other nearby airports can possibly take up the slack as the limits
are placed on LAX. Somehow, they fail to tell us why March Air Force Base
could not be developed for commercial operations less expensively than El
Toro. Or why JWA, where flight restrictions end in 2005, cannot be
expanded to its inherent 14-million annual passenger capacity.
No mention either of the Federal Aviation Administration conclusion:
that while El Toro could be operated safely, it would destroy arrival
schedules at most other regional airports and require up to hourlong
delays at El Toro (and would still face the problem of airlines and
pilots refusing to use its two primary departure runways.)