The progressive socialist democrats and their special interest developer friends have been eying the prime property of Santa Monica Airport for decades. The radical socialists who run the People’s Republic of Santa Monica have done everything in their power to remove the historic Clover Field (as it was formerly known) from federal control, mindless that this airport is a critical infrastructure facility should an area-wide earthquake occur in Los Angeles.
A stay of execution as reported by the Los Angeles Times …
Federal judge throws out Santa Monica's lawsuit over airport
The effort to close Santa Monica Airport suffered a major setback Thursday when a federal judge threw out the city’s lawsuit that sought to wrest control of the facility from the federal government.
U.S. District Judge John F. Walters dismissed the claim that title to the oldest operating airport in Los Angeles County should be returned to the city because the action was brought too late under the statute of limitations. Walters also threw out the allegations that the city was denied due process and that the federal government did not properly compensate the city for taking the property in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The judge said the city failed to first seek compensation for the airport in the Court of Federal Claims.
The federal government obtained the airport from the city during World War II for defense purposes. It transferred the facility back to the city after the war on the condition that it remain an airport in perpetuity unless the government agreed to a change in use. The city has contended that the airport must be closed in 2015 under various federal grant agreements and a 1984 court settlement with the government. <Source: Federal judge throws out Santa Monica's lawsuit over airport - latimes.com>
Where are all of the loudmouth progressives in Hollywood, including former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who have no problem using the private facilities at Santa Monica for their private planes and jaunts?
Bottom line …
Santa Monica Airport is a historical place – the home of Douglas Aircraft until the City of Santa Monica decided that their residents would be better served by yogurt and antique shops rather than an industrial base providing decent jobs at decent wages. There is little doubt in my mind that the People’s Republic of Santa Monica is being run for rich progressive socialist democrats and the rest of us be damned.
I grew up on Clover Avenue overlooking Clover Field. The airport was my playground. I learned to fly at Gunnel Aviation. It was a time that can never be recaptured. Also, a time that should never be forgotten.
Here is a piece of history … some of the friends of the airport on the 50th anniversary of Clover Field. (Courtesy of the Santa Monica Historical Achieve of Evening Outlook Papers at the Santa Monica Library) I knew that I couldn’t be the first signature on the page, so I demanded to be the last.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius