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Unnamed Pro-Santa Monica Airport Groups Alleged To Be “Push-Polling”

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An airplane takes off from Santa Monica Airport. (Photo by Parimal M. Rohit)

On the heels of a federal court dismissing a Santa Monica lawsuit seeking ownership of the local airport, a local grass roots organization issued Feb. 21 a press release claiming unnamed pro-airport advocates engaged in “push-polling” techniques in an attempt to have a measure placed on the ballot.

According to a statement released by Airport2Park.org, the alleged campaign would support a ballot measure to block City Hall from challenging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about noise, pollution, or safety issues at Santa Monica Airport (SMO).

The unnamed group may also be seeking City Hall to keep SMO open in perpetuity. As reported in the Santa Monica Mirror, an Instrument of Transfer gave City Hall ownership of SMO in 1948 with the requirement it be operated in perpetuity. Any decision to shut down SMO, it could be inferred, may result in the federal government reclaiming the ownerships stake it had in the airport prior to 1948 and possible seek legal action against Santa Monica.

Airport2Park.org’s released statement claims former Santa Monica mayor Michael Feinstein was approached by a pollster seeking a ballot measure to restrict City Hall’s possible pursuit to shut down SMO.

“This week I received a push poll in support of a potential measure that would prevent Santa Monica from changing SMO from aviation uses to a public park,” the statement quoted Feinstein as saying. “The measure would also permanently prevent the City from any further legal efforts to regain control of the land.”

According to Airport2Park.org, Feinstein stated the call came from a 719 area code and a group who identified itself as Insight Research.

WestsideToday.com confirmed with Feinstein he received a phone call from someone claiming to be from Insight Research.

The alleged ballot measure would, if approved, “require the city to continue to operate the airport, prohibit new park uses there, and forbid the city from filing any lawsuits against the FAA,” Airport2Park’s statement said.

The American Assoc. for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) defines a push poll “as a form of negative campaigning that is disguised as a political poll.”

“‘Push polls’ are actually political telemarketing – telephone calls disguised as research that aim to persuade large numbers of voters and affect election outcomes, rather than measure opinions,” the AAPOR’s website stated.

A resident group founded in 2013, Airport2Park hopes City Hall will shut down SMO after an agreement with the FAA expires in July 2015 and convert the airport into a park.

WestsideToday.com will continue to look into this story to determine if there is indeed a ballot measure as claimed in the Airport2Park.org press release, whether a push poll is actually being pursued and, if so, who is supporting the campaign.

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Comments
  • Mr. Rohit you have been very biased in favor of closing the airport. Many lies and stretches of the truth have had a real impact on those who wish to keep SMO open.
    Now I believe the playing field is being leveled. A lot of money and power will be spent because this is a valuable land grab. In the end, a ballot measure will insure that the SMO stays open for the safety and benefit of everyone, not just the few who want to develop the land or increase their home prices.

  • ALL THE PRO AIRPORT PEOPLE..COME ON DOWN TO THE WESTSIDE OF WESTL.A. (EAST SIDE OF THE AIRPORT) AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH (OR MORE) WHEN THE JETS ARE TAKING OFF AND THEN TELL ME ALL YOUR B.S. REASONS FOR KEEPING THIS PLACE OPEN..THE EPA IS NOT DOING THEIR JOB..THE FAA DOESN’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THE RESIDENTS EITHER…WHY ARE YOU [PEOPLE) WITH THEM??? THEY ARE ALL BREAKING POLLUTION AND SAFETY LAWS

    I HAVE TO LIVE HERE AND BREATH THE CRAP IN THE AIR ,LISTEN TO THE GOD DAMN JETS ALL DAY AND BASICALLY GET POISONED BY FUMES ..DEAF BY HEARING..AND SAFETY COMPROMISED BY PILOT ERROS AND MECHANICAL MISHAPS…

    YEA C’MON DOWN TO MY NECK OF THE WOODS AND HANG OUT…THEN YOU’LL GET THE PICTURE

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