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Changes in the Wind for Santa Monica Airport

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(FOX 11) The debate over the Santa Monica Airport reminds me of coyotes and bears, lion and tigers, oh my!

You know how coyotes and other animals are leaving the wild more and more, wandering into neighborhoods in search of food?

I think they have a fancy term for it - something like "wildland urban interface". Basically we're the ones who are moving into their neighborhood, not vice-versa.

A similar phenomenon has happened in Santa Monica, in and around the airport.

What once were, as LA City Councilman Bill Rosendahl calls it "bean fields and orange groves" are now condos and homes.

Entire neighborhoods with an airport smack dab in the middle of them. And the folks who live there are tired of the noise, pollution, etc...

But the people who use the airport, say "What did you expect, moving next to an airport?"

In turn, those who live there will explain the airport wasn't that busy back then; there weren't studies about toxicity and pollution like there are now, etc...

And on the argument goes.

A ray of hope to those who want to see the airport shuttered is that the FAA's lease with the city expires in 2015.

A ray of hope to those who want to keep the airport open is that the FAA says the lease doesn't really expire in 2015 but in 2023.

And if that doesn't work, Santa Monica's City Attorney says the FAA has a "Post World War II Instrument of Transfer", an agreement that guarantees the airport be operated in "perpetuity". And that the FAA has said it will appeal any effort to close SMO.

And on the argument goes. 

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