The objective of this meeting is to educate the community on the scope of work to be done by Jacobs Engineering for the LGB/FIS Study. It is also to gather the concerns of the public relating to this project.
At the March 30th meeting the council members representing districts 4,5 and 8 were present. There were approximately 120 residents who clearly expressed their personal concerns for this enhancement to our municipal airport.
The Jacobs team made it clear that most of the public concerns are outside of their approved scope of work. They will not be addressing the impacts outside of what is currently allowed within our noise ordinance. That is the 41 commercial and 25 commuter flights and the noise bucket limits of the other categories. They include general aviation (includes private jets), charters and industrial.
Of course the primary concern of the airport impacted residents is what protections they have should Long Beach be challenged and lose the coveted protection of the noise ordinance. The most recent challenge was by American Airlines in 2003 when they demanded their share of flight slots. They felt that Jet Blue was unfairly favored. Through the efforts of the Long Beach city attorney's office Jet Blue relinquished four slots and ended that challenge before legal action was taken.
It is critical that our decision makers (council and mayor) are proactive in their efforts to protect and defend all Long Beach residents. To look ahead at the "What If's" before casting their votes for another enhancement at LGB.
We encourage you to reread the 2013 Frasca Study (can be found under LBHUSH2 city documents) prior to the community meeting. The study highlights the economics of approving this Jet Blue request.
Letters and emails to all nine council offices as well as the mayor are also a good idea. If all nine representatives have the responsibility to vote on an issue that will impact thousands of residents they should be present to hear what the community concerns are.
Carpooling is suggested. Bring your families, your neighbors and your opinions. Your presence and your voice are important in this process.