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    Text of City Atty's Proposed Resolution Urging Airport Flights Be Sent Inland (to Palmdale & Ontario) As Part of Regional Air Transportation Plan; Council Will Vote On Text Aug. 27


    (August 23, 2002) As previously reported by LBReport.com, the City Council voted at its August 13 meeting to support a resolution (a non binding statement of City Council policy) urging additional flights be sent to inland areas such as Palmdale or Ontario.

    Agendized for the August 27 City Council meeting, the City Attorney has provided Councilmembers with the following draft resolution text for Council review and approval.

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    RESOLUTION NO. C-________ A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LONG BEACH CALLING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A REGIONAL AIR TRANSPORTATION PLAN THAT WOULD FAIRLY ALLOCATE THE BURDENS AND BENEFITS OF AIR TRANSPORTATION ACROSS THE REGION, AND FURTHER URGING SUPPORT OF SOLUTIONS THAT WOULD EQUITABLY DISTRIBUTE AIR TRANSPORTATION ACTIVITY TO EXISTING HIGH USE URBANIZED AIRPORTS AS WELL AS THOSE AIRPORTS WITH UNDER-UTILIZED CAPACITY IN COMMUNITIES THAT ARE DESIROUS OF THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF AIRPORT EXPANSION AND INCREASED PASSENGER AND CARGO ACTIVITY

    WHEREAS, air transportation issues are of local, regional and national concern; and

    WHEREAS, dramatic increases in air carrier and air cargo aviation operations are expected in the Southern California region over the next several decades; and

    WHEREAS, in order to adequately and appropriately achieve effective use of new and existing airport facilities throughout the region, it is necessary to develop and implement a regional transportation plan to meet the Southlandís current and expected air capacity needs and to equitably distribute the benefits and the burdens of air transportation across the region; and

    WHEREAS, the highly urbanized areas of the region that operate in built out environments that are approaching or have already exceeded the capacity of their airport facilities currently bear a disproportionate share of the region's air traffic which has, and continues to result in, adverse environmental impacts and likewise has negatively effected the overall quality of life in said urbanized areas; and

    WHEREAS, the potential adverse impacts of continued air transportation growth in highly urbanized areas requires the consideration and development of regional strategies and policies designed to decentralize aviation demand while at the same time promoting the use of airports with under-utilized capacity in communities that are eager for the economic benefits of airport expansion and increased passenger and cargo activity; and

    WHEREAS, further air transportation growth and capacity should not be forced on already overburdened airports located in communities, such as Long Beach, that do not desire or want increased growth beyond that already strategically planned for; and

    WHEREAS, certain outlying airports and communities, such as Ontario, Palmdale, and other airports in the Inland Empire and elsewhere, have expressed strong interest in accommodating regional, national and international flight activity at their currently under-utilized facilities;

    NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Long Beach resolves as follows:

    Section 1. That the City of Long Beach, California, calls upon the cities of Southern California; the Counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura, the State of California; and our Congressional and local representatives to join together in further pursuit of a cooperative, collaborative and comprehensive process to develop a regional airport plan for Southern California that reflects environmental, environmental justice, and local quality of life constraints at existing airports that operate in built-out urban environments, and that seeks a decentralized approach to aviation planning which equitably distributes flight activity to those airports and communities with under-utilized capacity that are eager for the economic benefits of airport expansion and increased passenger and cargo activity, and which would not force additional capacity upon those already overburdened areas of the region that currently bear a disproportionate share of the regionís air traffic.

    Sec. 2. This resolution shall take effect immediately upon its adoption by the City Council, and the City Clerk shall certify to the vote adopting this resolution.


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