The city of Santa Monica has decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court the lower court rulings on the jet ban, according to the May 26, 2011 Friends of Sunset Park’s (FOSP) airport update. At the FOSP annual meeting, Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould defended the city’s decision saying the city had lost at every level and, given the makeup of the high court, another appeal would have been expensive and in vain.
And what about the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) flight test that directed piston Instrument Flight Rules to turn over Santa Monica instead of proceeding straight out over Rose Avenue to the ocean. Gould reported to the FOSP gathering that the city was successful in getting the FAA to move the issue from the front burner to the back burner.
So, this is not good news for Venice, Mar Vista and West Los Angeles residents. Prolonged idling of jets will continue to pollute the downwind West Los Angeles and Mar Vista neighborhoods, and noise will continue over Venice.
What are your thoughts?