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Letters to the Editor:

Now’s the time to learn more about JWA’s General Aviation plans

We appreciated Stu News’ recent coverage of the April 6 John Wayne Airport Town Hall. The meeting certainly had its rough spots, but we believe the presence of approximately 500 community members demonstrated to the County of Orange (County) just how deeply concerned Newport Beach, and other communities already impacted by the airport’s operations, are about the proposed General Aviation Improvement Program (GAIP).

The County sees the proposed project as a modernization of the airport’s general aviation facilities and a way to provide better service to its airport customers. We see much more than that. Especially now that JWA’s staff is recommending the approval of a project alternative that will result in an expansion of the airport’s general aviation facilities and amenities, and more corporate and private jet flights over Newport Beach and other Orange County cities. Thus, this proposed plan should be called the General Aviation Expansion Program.

If you share the City’s concerns about the GAIP, now is the time to act. The Airport Commission is expected to vote on the GAIP and the environmental impact report on April 17. The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider the GAIP and the environmental impact report on April 23. We urge you to:

–Learn more about this issue, and what the City will and will not support, by visiting the City’s website at

–Tell the County how you feel about it. Attend the:

~Orange County Airport Commission meeting on April 17 at 5 p.m., at the JWA Administrative Offices, 3160 Airway Ave. in Costa Mesa.

~Orange County Board of Supervisors hearing on April 23 at 9:30 a.m., at the County Hall of Administration, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd. in Santa Ana.

–Write to the Board of Supervisors. Go to for information.

We strongly encourage you to take a few moments to learn more about this pending project and join our efforts to protect our community from any further noise and air quality impacts related to John Wayne Airport’s operations. Your voice matters! 

Mayor Diane B. Dixon

Council Member Jeff Herdman

Council Member Kevin Muldoon

This resident says now is the time to act for county supervisors and JWA

The April 6th JWA Town Hall, hosted by Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel, was misleading to the community, as was the Stu News Fair Game article that followed. The County’s hands are not “literally tied by the FAA” on this matter, as stated by Stu News, nor should anyone “feel bad” for the County representatives who conceived this detrimental General Aviation Improvement Plan (GAIP) and were challenged by residents rightfully upset over the prospect of more noise and pollution through the County’s plan to expand JWA GA flights.

The County owns and operates JWA and is responsible for creating and proposing the GAIP. Instead of limiting the improvements solely to comply with minimal FAA requirements, the County Board of Supervisors has chosen to expand facilities, terminals and services at JWA to facilitate their desire to accommodate larger, noisier GA business and charter “for hire” jets that can fly 24/7 and that are not subject to the curfew. 

In fact, Supervisor Steel, who should be supporting her constituents by seeking to limit expansion of JWA GA jet services, instead voted back in 2015 to move forward with the GAIP. Hopefully, she will vote to support her constituents at the April 23rd BOS meeting by voting for Alternative #3 which has the least impact, as will the other Supervisors. The JWA staff, including airport director Barry Rondinella, is recommending that all Supervisors vote for Alternative #1, which will add more GA terminals and flights, privately-run international passenger services, and is thus most daunting to communities impacted by JWA. In addition to concerns about noise and pollution, there is the added concern over proper security screening for these flights.

Click here to read NBC News story.

It is imperative that all residents continue to express their opposition to the GAIP by immediately emailing all of the Supervisors. Tell them that the proposed GAIP, especially Alternatives #’s 1 and 2, will only increase the unbearable noise and pollution we are presently experiencing since implementation of NextGen’s concentrated flight paths, and that we have had enough! Tell them that instead of adding to the noise and pollution that we are already experiencing, they should be seeking to limit harm to the community through making the minimally mandated FAA infrastructure changes to JWA. Tell them that we don’t want any more noisy “for-profit” charter jets violating our curfew, and our daily jet and annual passenger caps. Most importantly, tell them of your concern for the health of the thousands of children in our schools under and near the flight path, who are among the most vulnerable to JWA jet noise and pollution. Lastly, ask the Supervisors what price they are willing to pay for increasing JWA jet flights over the communities of their constituents?

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Tim Stoaks

Newport Beach

Passover offers local students opportunity to understand their actions

Last month at a weekend party, local high school students were caught on tape making a swastika out of red cups and giving the Nazi salute. Thankfully, students who did not attend the party, parents, the school board and religious leaders, of all denominations, quickly joined hands and denounced what the teens had done.  

Now that Passover is fast approaching, I wonder how many of the students caught on tape will be invited to a weekend Seder starting this Friday night? If you ask me, their attendance would go a long way toward understanding the true consequences of their actions.

Denny Freidenrich

Laguna Beach

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