|(Feb. 9, 2015) -- Former U.S. Senator (D, NY)/former U.N. Ambassador Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously stated that everyone is entitled to their own opinions but not to their own facts.
We share the opinion that a benign-appearing City action could invite unintended consequences and put the City's protective Airport Ordinance at risk.
The facts on which we base our opinion are as follows:
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That's why this isn't just a benign favor to accommodate an Airport tenant. That's why it's bogus to claim that one "supports the Ordinance" while simultaneously advocating an action that could weaken or destroy the Ordinance.
Name calling and attempting to smear homeowners as "airport haters" or "fear mongers" is beneath the level of serious discourse on an issue carrying permanent consequences for the City. History has proven right the homeowners and responsive Councilmembers who preserved LB Airport's major selling point -- its easy-in/easy-out boutique size that travelers like. Fortunately, they prevailed instead of opponents who supported a 30% larger monstrosity that could have undermined LB Airport's major feature, created unsustainable debt and subjected the Ordinance to future capacity-invited risks. The City owes prescient residents and Councilmembers like Rae Gabelich a debt of gratitude for preserving our City's right-sized Airport and respecting and protecting LB's neighborhoods.
We view each home along miles of streets in East Long Beach, Los Altos, Bixby Hill, Los Cerritos, Bixby Knolls and Cal Hts (parts of Council districts 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8) as a business, a family's business. Each home is a family's most important investment. If any LB Council incumbents think some corporate business plan deserves more respect than those miles of taxpaying families' most important investments, they deserve an education at the earliest possible ballot opportunity.
Property tax revenue is the City's largest revenue source. Smart cities protect quality neighborhoods and the revenue they bring citywide. Direct Airport revenue doesn't (and legally can't) provide police, fire, parks, libraries or infrastructure beyond the Airport. Ancillary spin-off revenue is small by comparison: about a penny on the dollar for souvenirs and food plus some hotel room taxes for travelers if they stay here which most don't.
An owner doesn't let a tenant dictate how to use the owner's property, especially if the tenant's desires could expose the owner to unintended but long-term damaging consequences.
Based on the facts above, in our opinion it would be foolhardy and reckless for City officials to wilfully invite a new risk exposure for the Ordinance that protects our City.
On this issue, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not to their own facts.
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