We support a Charter Amendment requiring a vote of the people before 227 low-density acres of Santa Monica Airport can be redeveloped for other purposes.
The political game by those who hope to profit from redeveloping 227 acres of Santa Monica has gone on too long. Over the years, City politicians and influential special interests have frequently sought to convert the 100-year-old Santa Monica Airport to many different uses; everything from affordable housing to a transit hub has been proposed. But one thing is always the same — the schemes would increase density and traffic.
The 227 low-density acres help to protect Santa Monica from the encroaching mega-growth of the Westside. It is clear from their statements – and their actions – that the politicians can’t be trusted to maintain a low density land use. Want proof? The City’s recent approval of the large high-density Hines development completely disregarded the concerns of nearby residents and the people of Santa Monica.
It’s long past time to put any decisions to redevelop Santa Monica Airport land in the hands of the voters rather than leaving it to politicians and developers.