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City Council Votes To Close Santa Monica AirportThe City Council of Santa Monica has voted to begin the process of closing Santa Monica Municipal Airport (KSMO). The vote, which occurred January 24, was greenlit by an agreement made in 2017 between the FAA and city officials allowing the closure to happen. According to the FAA, the 2017 agreement “requires the city to maintain continuous and stable operation of the airport for 12 years, until December 31, 2028, and after that the city has the right to close the airport.” The agreement also… (www.flyingmag.com) More...
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May the fleas of a thousand camels infest the pants of the Santa Monica Council
Ah! Another fan of Johnny Carson. I use this occasionally and I am quite happy to see it here regarding KSMO.
I am going to take a wild swing at this. The city will get more tax dollars per square foot of dirt with houses, apartments, or businesses occupying the ground that the airport currently built upon.
that would have been my first guess... But no.. According to the Article they are going to convert it into into public use: "city council to approve the development of parks, public open spaces, and public recreational facilities. Real estate development is prohibited on airport land unless approved by voters." as stated in the article.
Heard same story when city of Blue Ash in Cincinnati closed Blue Ash airport a dozen years ago. For 2 years it was only a “park” with walking trail around the runway and taxiways. Fast Forward a few years, 3 big restaurants, huge condo developments, million dollar houses and more to come.
With California's extensive and conflicting zoning laws, it will take many years for the vultures to actually enjoy the results of their perfidy. There is an airport south of Santa Monica that closed a few years ago. I am pretty sure they still have not successfully developed that land.
Public use changes will still tend to drive up the value of the other nearby homes and properties allowing for increased property tax dollars when they change hands. They can't raise taxes on a home until it sells in California due to Proposition 13.
All those fancy words are city council's way of saying it will be turned over to the homeless!