My Personal Rant........
I returned to read the community frustration on NextDoor from both sides of our airport and to see that not one council member thinks it is important enough to hold their own community meeting on the $350K FIS study they approved last summer. Oh wait! When I arrived home this Monday evening around 6:15 p.m. my phone was ringing...."Are you going to the FIS meeting in the 5th district?" "What meeting I replied?".....
It appears that 5th district council woman Stacy Mungo decided to hold an FIS information meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. How was it communicated with her public? It was not on her website along with her recognition of being a TOP 40 under 40 winner......it was shared via Next Door that does not spread across the city as one would hope. It was not delivered via e-notify from our City of Long Beach staff. It was not shared by the 4th, 7th or 8th district council offices (who by the way should be holding their own meetings....) nor was it mentioned in any of their online district communications.
So what is the public to do....I read the remarks from the 8th district side on Next Door and heard frustration, anger and pessimism...maybe even a bit of the Stolkholm Syndrome going on.
Wake up Long Beach!! You have a voice. This decision, that appears will still be made during the holiday season, is strictly political. How will their 9 council votes personally benefit them in their political future? Is it best for them to stand up for the residents who voted them into office or side with a corporate request from one tenant? Do these 9 elected officials who make decisions that effect each and every one of us every single week care about our quality of life? Do they care about the impact that losing our noise ordinance could have on our city as a whole? Do they understand the history of how LGB got to where it is today?
Call and/or write every council office and the mayor with your demands. Their numbers are on the header of this lbneighborhoodsfirst.com website. Nothing fancy or formal. Simply state your position, your frustration and demand their attention. I was privileged to serve in the city council position for 8 years. I know that the public can truly rattle the electeds, your collective voices are heard. Especially if their future is at stake.
This site is here to help you stay informed about citywide issues. It reaches a small audience of the nearly 500,000 residents. Do your part and tell your friends, family and neighbors to sign up. Ask them to commit to attending the council meeting when they finally agree on a date. Even if that date remains in the 2016 holiday season.
If you hear the airplanes of today, consider what that can mean for tomorrow as more and more are allowed. Or worse, if our ordinance is challenged and we, the City of Long Beach, does not prevail. There is no FAA requirement for any city to approve to move their city owned airport from municipal to international!!! More fear mongering by Jet Blue, a month to month LGB tenant.
Stay Tuned....we'll update during the week as news becomes available. In the meantime, make your calls, write your emails, talk to your neighbors and mark your calendars for December 13th 5:00 p.m at City Hall.
Jet Blue has formally asked their frequent flyers to write to our city officials asking to approve this FIS facility. Even those travelers who have never been to LGB. Get up, stand up and make the statement for your homes and your communities.
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Most Important....Stay Involved! Rae Gabelich
p.s. Our next post will be from Bob Joy who has dedicated hours of his personal time to review and compare the stats within the Jacobs Study. Very interesting!