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"California Senate Bill 1118"

California Senate Bill SB 1118

California Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod introduced Senate Bill 1118. As
originally written it would have required all California counties in which a
public airport is situated to have an Airport Land Use Commission. Members
of a properly constituted Airport Land Use Commission include county, city
and public representatives. One member must have expertise in aviation. The
purpose of an Airport Land Use Commission is to formulate a plan for
compatible uses of  land near an airport.  

Currently several counties are exempt from that requirement. The original
version of SB 1118 was designed to remedy that deficiency. Cities in these
counties have done their own planning for land uses near airports. This has
led to encroachment of incompatible residential projects such as one
approved by the City of Watsonville. 
Unfortunately, pressure from city lobbyists caused SB 1118 to be amended. If
passed as amended cities could ignore existing state compatibility law and
instead form their own airport land use review group composed of
city-appointed members. This is a classic example of "The Fox Guarding the

Airport supporters who feel that this loophole in the law should not be
allowed can voice their opposition to SB 1118 by calling Senator Gloria
Negrete McLeod. Her telephone numbers are (909) 381-3832 in San Bernardino,
(909) 621-2783 in Montclair and (916) 651-4032 in Sacramento.

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