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Must Read Letter From City Hall to American Airlines; Details LB's Airport Position, Asks AA To Limit Any Challenge To Allocation of Flight Slots And Leave LB's Airport Noise Ordinance Alone

We post letter verbatim

(May 3, 2002) -- In a significant letter to American Airlines made public at a May 2 Los Altos community meeting on recent LB Airport developments (separate coverage coming on, LB Public Works Director Ed Shikada has urged AA to limit any forthcoming challenge to LB's allocation of flight slots and leave unchallenged LB's Airport noise ordinance that limits large flights to a noise budgeted 41 per day.

Mr. Shikada answers to City Manager Henry Taboada and oversees LB Airport Manager Chris Kunze.

The four page letter dated May 1 (which we post verbatim on a link below) includes an extended explanation of the factual and legal background surrounding LB Airport. It is City Hall's opening public advocacy in response to escalating challenges by American Airlines, which has requested additional permanent flight slots beyond the now-filled 41 slot limit on large aircraft.

On April 29, AA issued a position paper which was made available to LB media. ( posted its text verbatim on May 1). AA and (as first reported by Alaska Airlines have both requested additional permanent slots and triggered a city administrative appeal procedure that could bring the issue to the City Council and potentially to court.

We post Mr. Shikada's letter verbatim in pdf form on a link below. We urge readers to become familiar with its points.

To view it, click on May 1 letter from LB Public Works Dir. to American Airlines.

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