Not content with the right to veto any proposal for a second commercial runway at John Wayne Airport, Newport Beach is looking to leverage its power over airport expansion any way it can. The latest proposal is a position statement that ideally would be approved by the corridor cities in the flight path.
The Newport Beach City Council will consider the position statement today. It said there is no viable site for a second Orange County airport, and the cities will search for ways to satisfy the demand without expanding John Wayne Airport.
"We need as many arrows in our quiver as we can possibly get in protecting this community, and other cities protecting their communities, from adverse effects from John Wayne Airport," said Newport Beach City Manager Home Bludau.
— Alicia Robinson
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Lori wrote on Jun 26, 2007 10:53 AM:
" WHO within the city actually drafted the position on JWA? It would be interesting to see who was the head of, or took part in, these changes. We only see Homer Bludau's name in connection to the proposal; I'm sure there were other consultants taking part. "
Leonard Kranser wrote on Jun 26, 2007 11:49 AM:
" El Toro opponents put Measure F on the 2000 ballot. It passed with 67.3% of the countywide vote. Measure F required 2/3 voter approval before any county airport, including JWA, could expand. Read the text at http://www.eltoroairport.org/elections/initiative.html Had Measure F remained law, the planned 300,000 sqft expansion of JWA's terminal with six new gates would have needed voter approval. Restrictions being sought now, such as no expansion of the airport footprint, also were covered under F. However, the Newport-based Airport Working Group challenged the measure in the courts and succeeded in overturning it. "
TJK wrote on Jun 26, 2007 2:02 PM:
" In the 60's and 70's NB did a great job routing regional traffic through Costa Mesa. That is why NB hoods on the east side of the bay are so desirable. Can't we use the same tactics to reroute airport traffic? "
Thomas wrote on Jun 26, 2007 2:40 PM:
" Leonard Kranser, funny you of all people show concern about John Wayne on here. Especially when your website consistently advocates for increasing capacity at John Wayne. Yet, you were adamantly opposed to any kind of capacity at El Toro! Why is that? Measure F was so flimsy it would have been shredded by the airline industry in court, if AWG didn't do it first. So don't blame AWG for pressure on John Wayne. Instead look in the mirror. You were leading the fight to stop El Toro, so that the airlines would have no option but John Wayne! "
Geoff West wrote on Jun 27, 2007 1:05 PM:
" Hey, Everybody! Lenny's back! If he's trying to "help" Newport Beach again you'd better hide the silverware. His blog almost single-handledly quashed El Toro as a commercial airport. I'll bet he smiles smuggly down on you every time he flies out of John Wayne. Does the phrase, "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" ring a bell? Thanks, Lenny, but no thanks. "