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Council To Take Up Three Items Supporting Defense and Advocacy For City's Airport Noise Ordinance

Three items jointly agendized for May 14 by Councilmembers Kell, Webb, Carroll & Colonna

(May 9, 2002, updated with resolution text May 13) -- has learned that at its May 14 meeting, the City Council will take up a trifecta of items supporting defense and advocacy for the city's airport noise ordinance.

All three items are jointly agendized by four Councilmembers -- Jackie Kell, Rob Webb, Dennis Carroll and Frank Colonna.

The items are as follows:

    Resolution Regarding LB Airport: Resolution of the City Council to affirm the existing Noise Compatibility Ordinance and support current flight slot limitations at Long Beach Airport.

  • Resolution Regarding Washington, D.C. Lobbying Effort: Resolution of the City Council in support of City of Long Beach lobbying effort in Washington, D.C. to preserve the Long Beach Noise Compatibility Ordinance. The Resolution would support the efforts of City officials in presenting Long Beach Airport issues to key decision makers in Washington, D.C.

  • Report Regarding LB Airport E.I.R. Request report from City Manager and City Attorney relating to environmental issues (E.I.R.) pertaining to the Long Beach Airport. This report should include an analysis of the environmental effects of 41 flights and possible economic impact upon adjoining property values.

[update] On May 13, the City Clerk's office received and released the text of the two proposed resolutions. These can be viewed in pdf form at:

  • Reaffirming & supporting LB's existing airport noise compatibility ordinance

  • Supporting city's Wash. DC lobbying effort to maintain and preserve LB airport noise compatibility ordinance
  • The City Council is free to modify the text of the proposed resolutions at its May 14 Council meeting. The resolutions are agendized as items 27 and 28, although it's possible the items may be taken earlier; the request for a report re an Airport EIR is agenda item 17 and the Mayor may decide to take all three items together.

    The public is allowed to speak (maximum time: three minutes per speaker unless extended by Council; time may be limited to avoid repetitive testimony with large number of speakers) [end update]

    Although Council resolutions are not legally binding on current or future Councils, they can be used to convey to members of Congress and federal officials the seriousness of LB officialdom in supporting LB's noise budgeted flight limits, previously approved by a federal court as incorporated in LB's Airport ordinance.

    The resolutions come as American Airlines and Alaska Airlines have both requested permanent flight slots above the now maxed-out (flying or reserved) 41 noise budgeted daily flight slots for large aircraft.

    Both airlines have availed themselves of a city appeal procedure that could bring the issue to the City Council and (if either airline doesn't like the outcome) potentially to court.

    And today (May 9), as separately reported by, JetBlue Airways formally notified LB's Airport Manager of its intention to utilize all 21 of its remaining final allocated flight slots by October, 2002.

    City Hall has held two community meetings in less than seven days (one in Los Altos, the other in Bixby Knolls), each of which drew near capacity crowds to hear City Hall's plans for dealing with these developments.

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