A Story by Michele Kreinheder | Updated 02/19/2015 10:21am
The Long Beach Airport Noise Ordinance is once again the topic of conversation, especially for the Los Altos and Bixby neighborhoods, since they are the most impacted by airplane noise levels.
In November, Councilman Al Austin wrote a commentary for the Press-Telegram after noticing the job description for the new Airport Director included experience with International Flight requirements. Why would we need to hire someone with this background, if Long Beach Airport did not have plans to move in this direction? JetBlue has made no secret of the fact that this is exactly what they are looking for from Long Beach officials.
Last night's council meeting, which saw several supporters of the airport, including JetBlue VP Robert Land suggest exploring international flights out of Long Beach.
This morning The Grunion Gazette reported Councilman Rex Richardson asked a pointed question to Assistant City Attorney Mike Mais as to what actions the council should avoid to not jeopardize the noise ordinance.
In response Mais said, "We have always operated on the premise that if we leave it alone, we'll be fine. If you started trying to change parts of the ordinance, you might open the door to challenges".
End of story. Let's keep Long Beach Airport convenient, and yet neighborhood friendly. Long Beach is a special place and we deserve a special airport.