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County Board of Supervisors' June Vote Supports LB Efforts To Maintain Airport Noise Ordinance & Flight Limits; Motion By Supervisor Knabe Passes 4-0

(August 8, 2002) -- In an important supportive action stemming from a motion by Supervisor Don Knabe, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted to support two LB City Council resolutions urging maintenance of the city's Airport Noise Compatibility Ordinance and noise budgeted flight limits. (Text of May 14 Council resolutions in previous coverage, click here.)

Supervisor Knabe's motion (passed 4-0, Molina absent) also adds L.A. County's lobbying clout to LB's by directing the County's legislative advocates (the County's paid lobbyists in DC and Sacramento) to support LB's efforts to maintain the city's Airport noise ordinance.

The Board's action took place on June 4 and only recently came to our attention. We provide the official summary of the Board's action, below.

[begin official text]

Supervisor Knabe made the following statement:

On May 14, 2002, the Long Beach City Council passed resolutions affirming their existing Noise Compatibility Ordinances, supporting current flight limitation and efforts to preserve these ordinances through Federal advocacy. I have often advocated for a regional airport plan, but I feel it is important that airport traffic is diverted to areas that desire such expansion.

Therefore, on motion of Supervisor Knabe, seconded by Supervisor Antonovich, unanimously carried (Supervisor Molina being absent), the Board took the following actions:

1. Went on record in support of the resolutions passed by the Long Beach City Council to maintain the current air trafficking standards of the City's airport; and

2. Instructed the County's Legislative Advocates to support the City's request to preserve the Long Beach Noise Compatibility Ordinance and flight limitations.

Supervisor Knabe's support for LB's airport position is independently significant because he is a key figure in regional aviation issues and favors limiting LAX growth with a regional airport approach. LAX and nearby impacted areas are within his is LB.

The Supervisor is immediate past chair and member of the Southern California Regional Airport Authority.

He has pressed the case for limiting LAX expansion, including Washington, D.C. advocacy with the Dept. of Transportation and the FAA in a coordinated effort with LAX-area Congressmembers including southbay Rep. Jane Harman.

Supervisor Knabe, Rep. Harman and a coalition of southbay cities have successfully limited LAX expansion citing health, safety, quality of life and environmental justice in pressing their case.

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