The 227 acres of our historic Santa Monica Airport land, is once again under looming threat from local politicians and their developer friends. In direct response to this threat, ballot Measure “D” was created and over 15,000 Santa Monicans signed the petition to put Measure D on the ballot for the upcoming November 4th election. Measure D gives VOTERS, not the City Council, the right to decide ANY change in airport land use. Vote “YES” on Measure “D”.
Measure LC is the City Council’s carefully crafted response and not a single signature was gathered to place LC on the ballot. LC is the politicians attempt to deny voter participation in any decision to close Santa Monica Airport and to redevelop its low-density land “WITHOUT VOTER APPROVAL“. Vote “NO” on Measure “LC”
“…City Council shall have full authority, without voter approval, to…close all or part of the Airport to aviation use.”
“However, this section shall not prohibit the City Council from approving the following on Airport land that has been permanently closed to aviation use: parks, public open spaces, and public recreation facilities; and the maintenance and replacement of existing cultural, arts and educational uses.”
If LC passes, the above language added to our City Charter would allow the Council to begin full scale re-development on Santa Monica Airport land “without voter approval“. Council could begin construction on, a park (which city staff has clearly stated we cannot afford), unspecified recreational facilities that could be anything from a sandbox to a stadium, and the replacement of all existing cultural, arts and educational uses. These last three categories could be applied immediately to nearly 40 acres of land on the south side of the airport, and would allow Santa Monica College to massively expand their Bundy Campus with zero voter input. Measure LC ensures the Council and their developer friends wil continue to carve away pieces of airport land “without voter approval“, until nothing is left but more traffic, more congestion and more pollution.
This is why we’re urging you to Vote “YES” on Measure “D” and Vote “NO” on Measure “LC!