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New: An OC Superior Court judge has upheld the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) certified in June 2006 by the City Council regarding expansion of LB Airport's permanent terminal area facilities, denying a Writ of Mandate sought by the LB Unified School District & LB Council PTA challenging the sufficiency of the EIR. Details to follow on LBReport.com

JetBlue Adds New Shorter-Haul Flights @ LB Airport, Shifts Some Longer Haul Flights To LAX & Burbank

Embraer 190
Brazilian-made Embraer 190. Photo source: Embraer.com

ExpressJet (Regional Carrier) Announces Destinations For Its Six Daily Commuter Flights From LB; They'll Go To...

ExpressJet (Regional Carrier) To Begin Six Flights at LB Airport; Three Destinations TBA Oct. 8, Flights Begin In November

City Mgr. West Moves Christine Andersen From Public Works Director To Airport Manager, Reporting Directly To West

Council Votes 5-3 To Expand LB Airport's Permanent Terminal Area Facilities, Will Grow From Roughly 57,000 sq. ft. (Perm + Temp) To Nearly 90,000 sq. ft. Permanent; Multiple Residents Cite Pollution As Major Concern

City Mgm't Proposes Counter-Measure Against Gabelich-O'Donnell-Uranga Green Airport & Neighborhood Protection Programs

April 24 Council Meeting On Airport Terminal Expansion Will Include Green Airport & Neighborhood Protection Programs Recommended By Councilmembers Gabelich, O'Donnell, Reyes Uranga

HOK Airport rendering April 17/07
Source: LB Airport

JetBlue Website, Phone Lines Appear Overloaded As Carrier Cancels Many Flights Due To Northeast Winter Weather

LB PTA Files Suit Challenging Environmental Impact Report Re Expansion Of Airport's Permanent Terminal Area Facilities

Bird Strikes JetBlue Plane On LB Airport Take Off, Crew Hears Sound Consistent With Bird Ingested Into Engine; Crew Trained For Such Events & Brings Plane Safely Back To Airport

Long-Time LB Airport Manager Chris Kunze Is Retiring

City Mgm't Asks Council For Approx. 60 Days More In Ongoing Talks With Airport EIR-Appellants With Goal Of Avoiding Litigation

Heads-Up: Homeland Security Dept. To Conduct Survey Flights @ LB Airport

What Is, And Who Runs, The LB Public Library Foundation That Receives Penalty Fees Paid By JetBlue Under City Prosecutor Consent Decree Re LB Airport Late Night Flights? How Much Money Are We Talking About?

LB Airport Ass'n Bd of Directors Wants New Airport Terminal Named "Beverly O'Neill Terminal"

City Prosecutor & JetBlue Extend '03 Consent Decree On Late-Nite Flights Thru June 07 With Continued Revenue For Library Foundation; Meanwhile, East Coast Summer T'Storms Apparently Result In JetBlue LB Late Night-Early A.M. Arrivals

LB Unified School District Files Legal Action Against City Hall Alleging Flawed Airport EIR...BUT Will Ask Court To Stay Proceedings Until Oct. 24 While LBUSD Engages In Negotiations/Discussions With City Officials In Effort To Resolve Issues; Action Is Meant To Preserve LBUSD's Legal Options, School District Says

July 11 City Council Airport votes: Motion by Reyes Uranga to rescind EIR fails 4-5 (Yes: S. Lowenthal, O'Donnell, Reyes Uranga, Gabelich; No: B. Lowenthal, Colonna, Kell, Richardson, Lerch). Subsequent motion by Reyes Uranga to extend statute of limitations within which appellants could file suit to challenge EIR until Oct. 24, directing staff during interim period [summary paraphrase, details below] to discuss with representative group of appellants size of terminal project and mitigation measures passes 7-2 (Yes: B. Lowenthal, S. Lowenthal, Colonna, O'Donnell, Kell, Reyes Uranga, Gabelich; No: Richardson, Lerch).

The motion as stated by Councilwoman Reyes Uranga was: "That the City refrain from asserting as a defense in any litigation the statute of limitations resulting from the filing of the Notice of Determination on June 22, 2006. The limitation period would be extended to October 24, 2006. During this time period, staff shall discuss and negotiate with a representative group of the appellants regarding the size of the terminal project and any appropriate mitigation measures and shall report back to the Council on the progress of the discussions no later than September 19. This motion essentially extends the filing period for lawsuits for roughly 90 days...The first 60 [days] would be used by staff to meet with the appellants which would be defined as a representative group of the 49 who filed appeals and by returning back to the City Council for what still is in the hands of the Council. On returning back to the City Council at the end of the 60 day period on approximately September 19, the Council could further extend the time period or end any further negotiations and leaving the appellants a full 30 days to file suit if they so desire and if they still don't feel satisfied."

Subsequent development above Councilwoman Reyes Uranga Agendizes July 11 Council Item To Rescind Council Vote Certifying Airport Terminal EIR/Adopting Conceptual Site Plan, Moves To Set New Hearing Date & Conduct Further Assessments Re EIR

City Att'y Shannon Says No To Motion To Reconsider Airport EIR On June 27 As Not Agendized w/ Notice Under Brown Act, Says Motion To Reconsider Won't Be Consistent With Roberts Rules On July 11; Councilwoman Reyes Uranga Indicates She Will Bring Something Forward On July 11

Council Makes Major Airport Decisions: Certifies EIR For Expansion Of Permanent Terminal Area Facilities Incl. 12 Aircraft Parking Positions (5-2 vote); Approves Conceptual Site Plan For 98,000 Sq. Ft. (4-3 Vote)

Mayor-Elect Foster On Pending Airport Terminal-Area Expansion EIR; We Post His Comments

With Audio & Expanded Text: Appellants Pound City Mgmt-Proferred Airport Facilities Expansion EIR; Council Votes 5-2 To Delay Action For One Week

May 4 Planning Comm'n Hearing Re Airport EIR (Expanding Permanent Terminal Area Facilities) Will Be And Replayed Multiple Days...Plus May 11 Planning Comm'n Hearing Will Be Telecast and Webcast Live

Vice Mayor/Councilwoman Kell Indicates She Won't Be Present At June 13 Council Meeting...Which Includes Appeals Of EIR Re Expansion Of LB Airport Permanent Terminal Area Facilities

Prelude To Major Airport Action: City Att'y & Mayor Invite 49 Appellants To Pre-Hearing Meeting On Procedures For Airport Terminal Expansion EIR Hearing

Subsequent development above Two Planning Comm'n Hearings Slated (May 4: 1:30 p.m.; May 11: 6:00 p.m.) On draft Enviro Impact Report Re Expanding Airport's Permanent Terminal Area Facilities

JetBlue Announces $32 Million 1st Quarter Net Loss...And "Comprehensive 'Return to Profitability' Plan"

Council Votes 8-0 On Revised Gabelich/Reyes Uranga Motion Re Late Night Airport Flights Exceeding Noise Limits, Asks City Atty To Report Back With Average Fines For Late Nite Flites At Other Southland Airports So Council Can Propose Revised Fine Structure Within LB Airport Ordinance And Ask FAA For Its Opinion/Approval Before Further Action

Subsequent development above: Councilmembers Gabelich & Reyes Uranga Propose Stiffer Penalties, Tightened Exceptions, Lease Termination Provision Re Late Night Airport Flights/Noise Ordinance Violations

Two B-1B Bombers Depart LB Airport (LOUD!) Jan. 5; See Pix of Jan 4 Take-Off For Rose Bowl Flyover

Two B-1B Bombers Arrive @ LB Airport, LOUD Wednesday Jan. 4 Afternoon Take-Off For Rose Bowl Pre-Game Flyover

JetBlue Makes Two Late-Night Flights On Christmas Night, One After Midnight; Carrier Cites NY/JFK Fog & JFK Runway Light Problems

Councilmebers O'Donnell, Reyes Uranga & Gabelich To Ask Mgr. For Cost Estimates & Financing Strategies For Each Potential Alternative In Airport Terminal Area Expansion EIR & Financing Strategies That Won't Encumber City With Debt

Council Votes 6-3 To Extend Public Comment on Airport EIR Beyond Kell-Proposed Jan. 6, Public Now Has Until Jan. 30

JetBlue & Alaska Seek Leftover American Airline Flight Slots

American Airlines Spokesman Confirms LBReport.com Report, Says Carrier Hasn't Yet Announced Plans For Its LB Airport Flight Slots When It Ends DWF Service in Early 06

American Airlines To End LB Airport Service To/From DFW Effective March 2

L.A. Presidential Visit + LB Main Runway FAA Maintenance Work = Late Nite Runway 25R Take-Off, Sending Large Jet Over Cal Hts. Rooftops, Angering Residents

Councilmembers Reyes Uranga, O'Donnell & Gabelich Seek City Mgr-City Att'y Report W/In 45 Days On Airport Late Nite Flight Penalties

NTSB Preliminary Info On LB Airport Sept. 11 Small Plane Crash

Plane crash Sept. 11/05

LB Airport Launches Snazzy New Website Feature Letting Public Track Incoming, Outgoing Aircraft & Info

Web Trak

Recently Formed Nevada Entity Headed By Former JetBlue Exec Seeks All 22 Vacant LB Airport Commuter Flight Slots

JetBlue CEO Neeleman Scheduled As "Special Guest" At Fundraiser For "LB Alliance"

LBHUSH2 & CA Earth Corps To Set Up Multiple Monitors Letting LB Residents See Real Time Airport Air Pollution Data Via Internet

Gabelich Says LB Alliance, Some HUSH Members & City Staff Working To Find "As Much Common Ground As We Can"

"LB Alliance" Fallout:

  • Councilman O'Donnell Calls Meeting of Elections Committee To Explore Adopting City Req'ts for Reporting Contributions In Pursuit of Ballot Measures & Large Contributions
  • Former Councilman & Alliance Supporter Shultz re Alliance Use of "800" Number To Call Councilmembers: "So What?"

    "Long Beach Alliance" Holds Press Event:

  • Message: "Improve Long Beach Airport! Improvement, Not Expansion"
  • Among Those Attending And/Or Supporting: Three Harbor Comm'rs., Five Former Councilmembers, LB Chamber's Bynum & JetBlue's Ardizzone
  • Alliance's Donelon Says Airport Ballot Initiative "A Possibility" And "An Option" But Group "Hasn't Gone There Yet"

    Why Is "Long Beach Alliance" Using 800 Number On Its Website To "Call Your Councilmember"...When LB Councilmembers Don't Have 800 Numbers?

    "Long Beach Alliance" Hires East Coast Media Message Mavens Amid Still-Murky Campaign Re LB Airport

    "Long Beach Alliance" Launches Website

    Council Votes 9-0 For Airport Terminal Expansion Alternative 2; Votes 5-4 To Study 12-14 Aircraft Parking Positions

    County Supervisor Knabe -- Who Backed Southbay Cities Against Proposed LAX Expansion -- Faxes LB Councilmembers Urging Them To Evaluate "All Alternatives" Re LGB Terminal Expansion

    JetBlue Chm/CEO Neeleman Sends Councilmembers Letter Urging Approval Of "Airport Advisory Comm'n" (6-3) Recommendation On Sizing Permanent Airport Terminal Area Facilities For EIR Purposes

    Here's What Happened: Transcript Of Feb. 1/05 Council Proceedings Re LB Airport Permanent Terminal Area Facilities Expansion

    Councilmembers O'Donnell, Reyes Uranga & Gabelich Agendize Major Airport Item, Urging Council To Proceed With EIR On Airport Mgt. Terminal Expansion Option "Alternative Two," Smaller Than Mgt's Current Preferred Choice But Deemed Plausible By Mgt. & Larger Than Mgt. Proposed In Sept '03

    O'Donnell & Gabelich Also Introduce Neighborhood & Stakeholder Protection Plan

    LB Chamber Urges Council To "Immediately Initiate" EIR Process To Expansion Of Airport's Permanent Terminal Area Facilities And Consider All Options

    City Hall-Selected "Economic Development Comm'n" Wants Airport's "Economic Benefits" Included In Guiding Principles

    Council Committee OK's & Sends Airport "Guiding Principles" To Council For Approval

    Three Airport Advisory Commission Members Send 18 Point Letter Detailing Reasons For More Modest Airport Expansion Than Favored By Airport Mgt.

    Key Council Committee Will Hold Special Jan. 13 Field Meeting To Discuss Proposed Airport "Guiding Principles"

    Councilmembers Colonna & Gabelich Ask City Mgr. For Details On City Staff Presented Alternative For More Modest Airport Terminal Facilities Expansion Than Favored By Staff

    LB Airport Ordinance Very Defensible...And If Ordinance Were Challenged In Court, City Could Fund Legal Defense From Airport Fees, City Mgt. Says; Plus Add'l Noteworthy Discussion At Council Study Session Re LB Airport FAA Accepts With Caveats Residential Component Of Douglas Park Project; We Post Letter

    Douglas Park Council Hearing Rescheduled For Dec. 14, Will Include EIR Appeal And City Staff Discussion Of Land Use Issues

    Douglas Park Nov. 9 Council Hearing Postponed At Boeing Realty's Request To Respond To FAA Inquiry Re Project's Compatibility With Airport

    City Att'y Office Plans To Confer With FAA Over Agency's Contention That Douglas Park's Proposed 1,400 Housing Units Is Incompatible Land Use; City Staff Backs Project, Says It Meets Legal Req'ts.

    High Ranking FAA Official Calls Housing @ Douglas Park Incompatible With Airport Uses

    Council To Develop Guiding Principles Re City Hall Airport Policies

    American Airlines Will End LB-NYC Flights Effective Nov. 1

    Councilmembers O'Donnell, Uranga & Gabelich Urge Establishing Guiding Principles On Airport Marketing & Users' Responsibilities

    Airport Advisory Comm'n Votes To Recommend Project-Specific Health Risk Assessment In Permanent Terminal Area Facilities EIR

  • Airport Mgt. Says It Will Re-Issue Notice of EIR Preparation For Project (Now Larger Than Proposed in '03) With Two Smaller Versions Of Project As EIR Alternatives

    Citing Several Factors, City Mgr. Directs City Staff Not To Engage in Proactive Marketing Of 25 Vacant Commuter Flight Slots For Now (Although Slots Will Remain Legally Available)

    City Hall's "Airport Advisory Comm'n" Rejects Downsized Options, Backs Airport Mgt's Permanent Terminal Area Facilities Expansion As Proposed; Council Will Ultimately Decide

    LB Airport Developments:

  • LB City Hall Is Preparing Airport-Related "Economic Impact Analysis" (w/ CSULB) And "Real Estate Value" Analysis (w/ Community Dev'ment Dept.)
  • LB City Att'y Office Says Human Health Risk Assessment Shouldn't Be Part of EIR For Permanent Expanded Terminal Area Facilities
  • Airport-Related Human Health Risk Assessment Will Be Part of Douglas Park EIR, Expected in October
  • Airport Mgt. Provides Two Smaller Alternatives For Expanded Terminal Facilities...But Says Smaller Concession Areas Will Generate Fewer Sales

    Sept. 2, Approx. 11:01 p.m.: JetBlue Flight Approaching Alternate Runway 25R (Main Runway Closed For Rehab) Makes Three Tries, Then Diverts To LAX Due To Fog/Visibility

    Sept. 2, 9:00 a.m.: Another Comm'l Jet On Los Altos Approach Pulls Up & Makes Second Approach; This Time Due In Part To Reduced Visibility From Fog

    Sat Aug. 28, 11:30 a.m.: Comm'l Jet On Los Altos Arrival Pulls Up & Makes Second Approach When Another Aircraft Downwind Has Radio Failure; Precautionary Safety Maneuver

    LB Airport Mgt. Won't Recommend Reducing Some Parts Of Its Airport Terminal Expansion Plan, Raises Issues Over Downsizing Others

  • Airport Mgr. Says Exploring Second Story For Parts of Terminal Expansion Might Make Sense In Future Design Process

    Airport Advisory Comm'n Wants To See Alternatives To Airport Mgt's Latest Terminal Expansion Plan

    LB Airport Mails Mass Advisory That Main Runway Repaving Will Mean Seven Weekend Periods of Large Jet Diversions Onto Shorter Runway 25R/7L

    Details Of City Mgt's Proposed LB Airport Permanent Terminal Facilities Expansion; Parts Are Larger Than City Hall's Notice of EIR Preparation For Project In Sept. 03

    FAA-Sponsored Study Puts LB Airport on Nat'l List It Contends Will Need Add'l Capacity By 2013 & 2020

    July 2001 City Mgr. Letter Responded To JetBlue Requests For Airport Improvements & Services By Itemizing $55+ Million In City-Provided Marketing + Airport Improvements + Lakewood Blvd. Improvements Then Underway or Scheduled

    Size Matters @ LGB:

  • LB Airport-Hired Firm Recommends Significant Expansion of Airport's Terminal Area Facilities; Firm Also Builds Airports And Other Public Works Projects, Worked on Alameda Corridor
  • LB Chamber Backs Recommendation As Does JetBlue (Which Also Seeks Some Add'l Concession Space); LB Convention and Visitors Bureau Wants Permanent Facilities To Replace Temporary Structures And Opposes Having EIR Address Issues Beyond New Facilities
  • LBHUSH2 Urges Health Risk Assessment First, Minimum Expansion in Stages...And Creating Airport Ordinance Litigation Fund -- Paid By Airport Revenues -- To Protect LB From Future Legal Challenges

    LB Airport Mgt. Now Forecasts Closer To 4.1-4.2 Million Annual Passengers (Not 3.8 Million), Citing Higher Load Factors & New Aircraft Designs

    City Mgt. Responds To FAA Draft Study Listing LB Airport Among Those Nat'lly Needing Increased Capacity By 2013

    FAA Draft Study Lists LB Airport Among Those Nat'lly Needing Increased Capacity By 2013

    Overview of Contemplated Expansion of Airport's Permanent Terminal Area Facilities

    SCAG Exec. Dir. Warns If Regional Airport Plan (Expanding Palmdale & Ontario) Doesn't Fly, "Political Pressure" Will Mount On Others, Including LB, To Take More Flights

    Follow-Up On What Was Discussed, And By Whom, At LB Airport Meeting Involving Mayor & House Aviation Subcommittee Chair

    City Mgt. Seeks Proposals For Comprehensive Health Risk Assessment Re LB Air Quality As Affected By LB Airport, LB Port, Area Fwys. & Other Sources

    Mayor O'Neill Met At LB Airport With Powerful House Aviation Sub-Committee Chair

    Councilmembers Carroll & Kell Agendize Council Resolution Expressing City Policy Of No Airport Expansion Beyond City's Current Airport Noise Ordinance; Measure Would Not Legally Bind Future Council Action

    Council Declines To Press For Production of City Mgt. Report -- Unanimously Requested in May 2002 -- On Airport's Effects On Health & Home Values

  • Council Referral To Advisory Group Delays Previously Scheduled EIR Vote On Terminal Expansion Issues
  • LBHUSH2's Gabelich Blasts Council's Conduct From Podium

    No Agendized Response From City Mgt. To Requested Report On Airport's Effects on Residents' Health & Property Values, First Sought in May 2002 w/ Add'l Council Motion In Oct. 2003; Mgt. Now Seeks To Send Issue to "Airport Advisory Commission"

    Councilman Carroll Agendizes Two Airport Related Items:

  • Non-Binding Resolution Opposing Airport Expansion
  • Binding Charter Amendment Requiring Voter Approval To Modify LB Airport Noise Ordinance

    Councilman Carroll Discusses LB Airport Issues On City Hall Cable TV Show with City Atty Shannon, Deputy City Attorney Mais, Aviation Counsel Gatzke & Airport Mgr. Kunze

    We Post JetBlue Letter To City Hall In Response To High-Level NYC Confab re Post-Curfew Flights

    Replay in Prime Time re Shorter Runway 25R:

  • Councilmembers Reyes-Uranga & Webb Agendize Presentation By Cal. Hts. Resident Mebust On Issues Involving 25R (Impacting Cal. Hts. & ELB)
  • Report Sought From City Mgt. On Processing of Residents' Noise Complaints Inside Oct. 24 High Level LB-JetBlue Meeting Re Post-Curfew Flights

    Carroll, Colonna, Kell & Webb On Airport Report They Requested (Received 9-0 Council Vote) In May 2002 Re Airport's Effects...Still Undelivered

    Intense Two Hour Airport Discussion Stretches Past Midnight; Speakers Seek Health, Pollution Risk Assessment

    Over 200 Attend Second Airport EIR Scoping Meeting:

  • LB Council Of PTA Urges Including Health Study
  • Numerous Speakers Decry Pollution, Voice Conern Over Airport Growth
  • FAA Certificated Pilot Hands $500 Check To LBHUSH2
  • Some Shouts For Council Recall

    Residents - Riled By Restrictions On Speaking At Meeting On Scope Of Airport EIR Re Permanent Expanded Terminal Facilities - Force Change In Format, Then Focus On Noise, Health & Pollution

    Councilman Webb Agendizes Item Asking When Report On Airport's Effects On Residents -- Requested by Council In May 2002 -- Will Be Delivered

    Censored @ City Council:

  • FAA Certificated LB Pilot (17,000+ Hrs) Blasts Diversions Of Large Jets Onto Shorter Runway 25R/7L...And Mayor Blocks Him From Displaying Maps Supporting His Testimony
  • Airport Mgr. Says 25R/7L Is Safe FAA-OK'd Alternative

    See Satellite Photos Showing Where LB Shorter Runway 25R/7L Sends Planes; Compare It To OC Airport


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