Updated
05-13
2005




Regularly Scheduled Meetings:

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Board Meetings take place regularly each month at 10 a.m. Meetings are held on the 3rd floor of the commuter terminal (3225 N. Harbor Dr. - San Diego, CA 92101) The public is encouraged to attend and validated parking is provided, just ask the receptionist for a validation sticker.


This page was originally created by a neighborhood group opposed to the construction of the North Terminal at Lindbergh Field in San Diego, California. Proposed by the Port of San Diego and located on the old General Dynamics site on Pacific Highway, the North Terminal project would have greatly impacted the quality of life for residents of Middletown, Little Italy and Mission Hills. With the transfer of the airport from the Port of San Diego to the recently created San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Board, the likelihood of the North Terminal has been greatly diminished. None of the current proposals for expansion through the SDIA Master Plan have a North Terminal component. If you would like more information on the SDCRAA public presentations, please see the www.san.org website.

We will continue annual updates of this site and post new information if the threat of a terminal or a second runway at Lindbergh becomes eminent. For more information on the site selection process for a possible replacement for Lindbergh Field, please go to the SDIA site selection website.

If you are looking for information on the Quieter Home Program offered for those under the flight path, go here: http://www.san.org/quieterhome/index.html. Please remember that participants should completely investigate the QHP before signing up.

You can find more information on airport noise here and a list of Airport Noise Advisory Committee (ANAC) meetings here.

Finally, here is a link to the SDIA website site map here where with a little digging you can find a lot of info.


News, Friday, May 13th, 2005 The latest round of BRAC has been announced and San Diego has been spared major closures. This was a concern for our group since there were rumors that the Marine Recruit Depot might be on the list. Had it been marked for closure, it would have made calls for a second runway more likely.

News, Thursday, August 5th, 2004 I just came back from a meeting in Little Italy where Paul Nieto of the Airport Authority spoke to residents concerning development restrictions in Little Italy. It was a very positive meeting. In response to some questions about noise monitoring at Lindbergh, here is a link:

http://www.san.org/authority/environmental_affairs/airport_noise/index.asp

News, Friday, March 7th, 2003 It's been a while since we've updated the site. There is a lot going on at the airport these days. In December, the new board was sworn in and now the first time San Diego County has a group which is responsible for both operating and planning SDIA. In other news:

  • January, the new Board was briefed on Taxiway C proposal which was put on hold by the USMC when the Port lost control of SDIA. This project is a prelude to the release of the North Terminal expansion, which we expect to be released sometime this year. (But one can always hope that the Board will have learned from the Chargers/Qualcomm expansion debacle. Don't expand if you really want to move..)
  • Ms. Thella Bowens was appointed permanent Executive Director of SDIA, following her appointment last year as interim Executive Director. She has been the Senior Director of Aviation at SDIA since 1996.
  • The new Authority Board Members are:
    Executive Committee:
    Joseph W. Craver (Chairman)
    Xema Jacobson
    William D. Lynch
    General Members:
    Councilman Ralph Inzunza
    Mayor Terry Johnson
    Paul Nieto (Vice Chairman)
    Paul Peterson
    Mayor Mary Sessom
    Charlene Zettel
  • The airport is now easier to find on the web. San Diego International Airport is now located at: www.san.org (SAN is the international airport code for San Diego.) The site is a bit awkward to use, but at least it is easier to find.

News, Saturday, September 21, 2002 We've expanded our Airport Authority webpage and are mailing our Fall 2002 Update to all our members. Not a member? Drop us an email and get the newsletter delivered to your door!

KPBS
October 7th, 2002, 6:30 p.m. Monday's episode of "Full Focus" with Gloria Penner will feature the Airport Authority's interim executive director Thella Bowens and other special guests. The topic will be Lindbergh Field, the new Airport Authority and the road that lies ahead.

Candidate Forum for District 2 City Council Seat Thursday, October 17th, 2002, 7:00-8:30 P.M.
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, located at 2728 Sixth Avenue (between Nutmeg and Olive Streets).Don't miss this opportunity to meet and hear from Kevin Faulconer and Michael Zucchet, candidates for the 2nd District City Council, as they address our neighborhood concerns. The League of Women Voters of San Diego will moderate the panel.

News, Friday, May 24th, 2002. Good news this week! The USMC has decided not to move MCRD to El Toro. This is very good news because the long term viability of Lindbergh Field is now clear since a second runway is virtually impossible without the MCRD acreage. What has not been mentioned though is that MCRD might be quite high on the next round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list scheduled for 2003/2004.

News, Thursday, April 11th, 2002 In case you missed it, US Congressman Randy Cunningham from north county has cut a deal with General Jones of the Marine Corps which would transfer MCRD to El Toro. Although Cunningham states that the Marines came to him with the proposal, a quick search in the North County Times archives shows that Cunningham has been working diligently for the closure of MCRD since August of last year. Both Susan Davis and Duncan Hunter oppose the move. This development means that for the first time in a long time, the second runway scenario is more than a textbook exercise on how to squeeze a second runway in at Lindbergh. Check both the North County Times and the Tribune on March 22 for more details.

Cunningham's bombshell dropped at the Airport Authority's March 22nd meeting, where we presented the board members with our new info packet complete with our concerns about pedestrian access to aircraft waiting to take off from Lindbergh.

News, Thursday, March 21, 2002 from 5 to 7pm at the Commuter Terminal, Third floor, is first quarterly meeting with Airport Noise Advisory Committee. At this meeting the following will be present:

-Representative from Airlines
-Community member within 65-decibel noise contour
-Plus 17 other representatives (one from PCPB)

If you have a complaint about the airport or want to know what is happening please attend this meeting. Also, call (619) 686-8110 for noise complaints. Your call is recorded and the ANAC keeps track of the number of complaints.

News, Monday, March 4th, 2002. Last night I attended the final public debate for the District 2 council race. The debate was attended by Chuck Bahde, Jim Bell, Wayne Raffesberger, Jim Morrision and Michael Zucchet. Woody Deck and Kevin Faulconer did not participate. In the interest of non partisianship, we have declined to back any particular candidate for the primary. For complete complete candidate answers to a quesitionnaire we mailed to candidates last month, please point your browser here: http://www.stopmhnt.com/MarchPrimary2002.html
You vote counts- please take a moment and help your community by voting intelligently.

News, Sunday, March 3rd, 2002 District 2 Candidate Debate 6:30-8:30 p.m Bankers Hill/Park West Community Association is hosting the final candidate debate at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, located at 2728 Sixth Avenue (between Nutmeg and Olive Streets), adjacent to Balboa Park. See the February 18th news below for full info.

News, February 27th, 2002 Senate Bill 1986 has been introduced as the follow up legislation for AB 93. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/sen/sb_1851-1900/sb_1896_bill_20020222_introduced.html
AB 93 mandated that a public vote would be required on whatever plan the authority recommends. But the new legislation says no vote is required if the recommendation is to expand Lindbergh. This looks like bad news to us!

District 2 Candidate Debate 6:30-8:30 p.m. Please join your neighbors at Gold's Gym, Peninsula Centre for the Performing Arts, 3156 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego.(This is at the Gold's Gym complex, Glasshouse Square on the corner of Rosecrans and Sports Arena Blvd.) Here is a map. There is plenty of parking in the adjacent three story parking garage.

News, February 23rd, 2002 Most of the candidates have returned our questionnaire and we have set up a page for the responses. Click here for the responses.

News, February 18th, 2002 District 2 Candidate Debate 6:30-8:30 p.m. Please join your neighbors at Gold's Gym, Peninsula Centre for the Performing Arts, 3156 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego.(This is at the Gold's Gym complex, Glasshouse Square on the corner of Rosecrans and Sports Arena Blvd.) Here is a map. There is plenty of parking in the adjacent three story parking garage.

News, February 18th, 2002 Last week, four groups involved in airport issues sent all Distict 2 candidates a questionaire. We will be posting their responses as they are received. The groups participating were: the Airport Coalition, Relocate Now, the Airport Taskforce and Stop Mission Hills North Terminal.

Paul de la Houssaye has formed a new group to represent Bankers Hill/Park West and sent us this info today:


CANDIDATES' FORUM
MEET CANDIDATES FOR THE 2ND DISTRICT CITY COUNCIL SEAT
SUNDAY, MARCH 3RD, 2002
6:30-8:30 P.M.


For Immediate Release

Don't miss this opportunity to meet and hear from the candidates for the 2nd District City Council seat-right before the March 5th election! The Candidates' Forum will take place at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, located at 2728 Sixth Avenue (between Nutmeg and Olive Streets), adjacent to Balboa Park. As of this date candidates Chuck Bahde, Jim Bell, Kevin Faulconer, Jim Morrison, Wayne Raffesberger, and Michael Zucchet have confirmed.
If you live in the Banker's Hill/Park West area, you are now within the 2nd council district, and this Forum is for you. The League of Women Voters of San Diego will moderate the panel, which will discuss issues of interest to the community, which could include:

… Issues affecting community character
… Crime
… The planned homeless shelter on 1st Street
… Transit/Library/Neighborhood Park issues
… The planned airport expansion

The Bankers Hill/Park West Community Association is building an active Community Association in the Bankers Hill/Park West area of our city. An ongoing Association task is the compilation of an e-mail list for the rapid dissemination of important information about what is happening in our community, including proposed changes. To be on this list, please send your contact information to the e-mail address below.

For more information contact Paul de la Houssaye at BHCA@cox.net

News, February 12th, 2002 ATAP Working Group. 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. SANDAG Board Room. The SDCRAA has taken over the duties of the JAAC, so the first meeting of the ATAP Working Group will held on February 12th.

News, February 15th and 16th, 2002 All Day Workshop. The San Diego Regional Airport Authority is having an all day workshop for the benefit of the newly appointed interim board members. With the exception of a few hours, this workshop will be open to the public. We will post more information as it becomes available. The workshop will be held at the Sheraton Harbor Marina Hotel.

News, February 10th, 2002 I just returned from the candidate debate at the Penninsula Centre for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, there were no questions asked about the airport, so my questions must have been too far down the queue. Working with the Airport Coalition, Relocate Now, and the Airport Task Force, we have created a short questionnaire for the candidates. We should be receiving responses later in the week. Please note that Stop Mission Hills North Terminal has made no endorsement of any candidate.

News, February 9th, 2002 We've posted the candidate debate schedule above in our meeting section. Please plan on attending if you have time.

News, February 6th, 2002 The March 5th primary elections are coming up quickly, so here are a few links with more information to come.

The City's webpage for the March 5th elections
http://www.sannet.gov/city-clerk/votegd.shtml

San Diego County Registrar of Voters
http://www.sdvote.com/index.html

Candidate Jim Bell http://www.jimbell.com

Candidate Kevin Faulconer http://www.kevinfaulconer.org

Candidate Michael Zucchet http://www.zucchetforcouncil.com

Candidate Woody Deck http://www.deck2002.com/

Candidate Jim Morrison http://www.jimmorrisoncity.com/

Candidate Wayne Raffesberger http://www.raffesbergerforcouncil.com/

Candidate Chuck Bahde http://www.smartvoter.org/2002/03/05/ca/sd/vote/bahde_c/

News, January 28th, 2002 7 p.m. The Airport Coalition is sponsoring a working group meeting to discuss airport issues and plan projects. Note this meeting is not an informational meeting- it is a working meeting, so prepare to help us find solutions several airport problems. The meeting will be held at the Peninsula Community Service Center, 3740 Sports Arena Blvd., just west of the Sports Arena. Here's a map.

News, January 21st, 2002: Friday's meeting of the Airport Authority went well, although we were dismayed to learn the North Terminal EIR will be released shortly. We had hoped that with the formation of the Airport Authority, the North Terminal would be put on hold until the Air Transportation Action Plan can be completed. The ATAP is the latest study which will recommend relocating the airport or leaving it where it is. It is scheduled to be completed next year. With the release of the EIR, we will be needing as much help as we can get for our fundraising drive. Our goal is to hire professional consultants to help us review the EIR.

Here's a link to the Airport Authority's new website www.sancraa.org

We've made our own page dedicated to the authority, so stop on by and have a look at the new interim members. Click here!

And a link to AB 93, the legislation which made the Airport Authority possible:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab_0051-0100/ab_93_bill_20011014_chaptered.html

We were unable to attend the January 10th meeting of the JAAC, but architect Jay Shumaker was there and gave thoughful public input. Here is just a tiny bit..."Are Stakeholders sufficiently global in outlook to do city planning? I worry about what will drive an airport "reincarnation" if this present study doesn't do it. As always, the real problem is how to get the doers to DO anything!" You can find more information on his website, www.moveairport.com

News, January 3rd, 2002: The JAAC will meet next week for the first time since the formation of the Airport Authority.
[..snip...The Joint Airport Advisory Committee (JAAC) met January 10, 2002, 1:30-2:15 p.m., in the SANDAG Board Room to discuss the details of the Working Group, which is being formed to advise the staff and consultant team during the preparation of the Air Transportation Action Program. Validated parking is available in the underground garage. The next regularly scheduled meeting after that is February 7 at 1:30, and every first Thursday of the month.]

News, November 9th, 2001: Governor Davis has signed AB 93 under the condition that the bill's sponsor (Howard Wayne and Steve Peace) amend the bill in the new year. We hope the City, Port, SanDAG and the State work together to make AB 93 a reality.

We've updated our Contact page with information for most elected and appointed officials. We will be posting more information as it becomes available.

News, October 9th, 2001: The Governor has until the end of the week to sign AB 93- please contact him and voice your support:

Governor Gray Davis
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841
Fax: 916-445-4633
governor@governor.ca.gov

News, September 15th, 2001: Assemby Bill 93 has passed the Assembly and now goes to the Governor for approval.

News, September 13th, 2001: Assembly Bill 93 can be found here. This bill creates an airport authority which will plan and operate the replacement for Lindbergh Field. Please call your elected officals today and voice your support. The assembly is slated to vote on the bill this afternoon.

Assembly Member Howard Wayne
Capitol Office- State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0001
Phone: (916) 319-2078

District Office
1350 Front Street, Suite 6013
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-7878
Email: Assemblymember.Wayne@assembly.ca.gov


Senator Steve Peace
State Capitol, Room 3060
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-6767
Fax (916) 327-3522

District Office
7877 Parkway Drive, #1B
La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 463-0243
Fax (619) 463-0246

email:senator.peace@sen.ca.gov


Senator Dede Alpert

State Capitol, Room 5050
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-3952
Fax (916) 327-2188

District Office
1557 Columbia Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 645-3090
Fax (619) 645-3094
e-mail: senator.alpert@sen.ca.gov


Assembly Member Christine Kehoe
Capitol Office- State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Room 4112
Sacramento, CA 94249-0001
Phone: (916) 319-2076
Fax: (916) 319-2176

District Office
1010 University Ave., Ste. C-207
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: (619) 294-7600
Fax: (619) 294-2348
E-mail: Assemblymember.Kehoe@assembly.ca.gov

Assembly Member Juan Vargas
Capitol Office- State Capitol, Room 2188
Sacramento, CA 94249-0001
Phone: (916) 319-2079
Fax: (916) 319-2179

District Office
678 3rd Avenue, Suite 105
Chula Vista, CA 91910-5844
Phone: (619) 409-7979
Fax: (619) 409-9270
Email: Assemblymember.Vargas@assembly.ca.gov

 

News, September 7th, 2001: The Joint Airport Advisory Committee meeting was cancelled due to the uncertainty of who will be the airport operator in the near future. So far, all airport planning has been undertaken by the Port. Pending California legislation would create an airport authority to do airport planning, siting and operation. We believe the creation of an airport authority is a very good thing since it decision making will be done by a group which better represents San Diego area. Here are a couple of Union Tribune links about the legislation:

http://www.uniontribune.com/news/metro/20010907-9999_7m7airport.html

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/uniontrib/wed/metro/news_7m5airport.html

News, September 6th, 2001. Joint Airport Advisory Committee Meeting : Thurs. Sept 6th, 2001. 1:30pm- 3:00 pm SANDAG Board Room 401 B Street, Suite 800. Parking at the building is validated by SanDAG and the Public is invited to attend.
Four items will be covered at the meeting: 1. Introduction of the Air Transportation Action Program consultant team. 2. Summary of the two lessons learned workshops held over the summer. 3. Working Group Purpose, Membership and Structure. 4. ATAP Schedule and Funding.

Interestingly, in the draft list of participants, Community Planning Groups representatives are listed. It would be good if Point Loma, Midway, Mission Hills, Little Italy, Uptown and Golden Hill Planning groups could each send one representive. Unfortunately, short notice of this meeting will probably result in few if any showing up, seeing how they were not noticed of this meeting.

News, September 5th, 2001:
The Taxiway C Final Mitigated Negative Declaration was approved by the Board of Port Commissioners on August 21, 2001. The project now moves on to the Coastal Commission for approval and will most likely pass without difficulty. The Taxiway C Project extends the Taxiway C the entire length of the runway on the North side of Lindbergh Field and involves a land swap with MCRD. The Taxiway C will allow full access to the north side for the North Terminal when built.

Port Staff has officially decided to redo the Intermodal Transit Center EIR after comments and concerns brought up by Mike Singleton, our group (Stop Mission Hills North Terminal) and others. The draft EIR of this document will probably be released in October. Originally part of the North Terminal EIR, the ITC project is a parking garage for the airport. It was separated from the North Terminal EIR at the June 27, 2000 Port Commissioners meeting.

The North Terminal EIR is finished and is now undergoing internal review at the Port. We expect the draft EIR to be released in September, 2001. The public comment period is 45 days. It is likely that the all planning groups surrounding the Bay will have only their regularly scheduled October meeting to discuss, review, and act on this issue.

Tip o' the hat this month to Realtor Nancy Nobel who sponsored a mailing for us in August. Beyond helping our fundraising effort, responses from the mailing revealed how few people know that an airport expansion is planned. In response to some of questions raised by residents we have added a number of new items to our Frequently Asked Questions Page. Check it out at www.stopMHNT.com

We are currently fundraising to enable us to hire a traffic consultant to review the North Terminal EIR when it is released this Fall.

Also, we are looking for someone with Microsoft Access experience to help us streamline our database. If you have experience setting up Access data bases, using forms, queries and tables, please give us a hand.

If you would like to contribute or help in anyway, please email us at: newterminal@icqmail.com or call (619) 296-9852.

News, Meeting, Tuesday, August 21, 2001, 1:00 p.m. The Port will consider adopting the draft Port Master Plan Amendment (dPMPA) which will allow the Port to extend Taxiway C the entire length of the runway to the north. This will involve a land exchange with MCRD. The meeting will be held at the Port District Administration Building Board Room, 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego. The full meeting agenda should be available here
www.portofsandiego.org/sandiego_about/bpcmtg/2001/PDF/Agenda/08-21-01Agenda.pdf
next week. Call Wileen Manaois from the Port District for more information. (619) 686-6282

News, Meeting, Wednesday, August 15, 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Community Dialogue on Airport Noise with representatives from the Port District, the Federal Aviation Administration and the airlines. John Howard Hall at Robb Field, 2520 Bacon Street, Ocean Beach. Our congressional representative Susan Davis will be there.

News, August 14th, 2001. We've updated our Frequently Asked Questions after receiving an email from a concerned resident. Check it out here.

News, August 10th, 2001. Check out the new membership form and become a member today! It's free! We've also posted our scoping comments to the FAA's upcoming Environmental Impact Statement which were due today. Read our comments here.

News, August 8th, 2001. We witnessed a spectacular aborted landing this morning. Check it out on our safety page!

News, August 6th, 2001. We recently received the Final Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Taxiway C project. To our dismay, the Master Plan Amendment was certified by the Board of Port Commissioners on July 10th. You can still provide input at the Port Commissioners meeting August 21. See above for the meeting details.

In case you missed it, here's last weeks UT article about MCRD's "expendability" for a second runway. This confirms our belief that if North Terminal is built, the second runway is sure to follow. (If this link fails, let me know...)

News, August 4th, 2001. Comments relating to the scope of the North Terminal Environmental Impact Statement are due at the FAA by Friday, August 10th, 2001. Click here to go to a form you can use for comments.

The FAA is required to prepare the EIS and it is the federal counterpart to the EIR which the Port is preparing for the North Terminal. It is important for residents to make comments to both the EIS and EIR because it sets up the framework for future debate on whether the terminal will be built or not. This current request for comments refers to what topics citizens believe are important to be included in the EIS.

News, July 22nd, 2001. The FAA will be holding a public scoping meeting this coming Wednesday, July 25th from 2:30 - 7:30 p.m.
(Presentations at 2:30 and 6:00 p.m.)

It will be held at the Port of San Diego Embarcadero Planning Center
(formerly the Coral Reef Restaurant)
585 Harbor Lane, San Diego, CA 92101
Free parking will be available at the parking meters.
For directions, please call the FAA at (619) 686-6283.

This meeting will give the public an opportunity to help draft the scope of the Environmental Impact Study which is the required federal component of the Environmental Impact Report. This is an excellent opportunity for the community to voice their opinion about environmental concerns regarding the new terminal. Please plan to attend and bring your neighbors.

News, June 29, 2001. Our fundraising is continuing through July, so if you have any creative ideas to help us meet our goal, please drop us a line.

Here's a recap of Wednesday's meeting with the Port:

The Port's presentation of the Intermodal Transit Center (ITC) went well, if a bit long. Remember, the ITC DEIR was released in March and the public comment period ended April 30th. So Wednesday's meeting was coming two months after any possibility of official public comment during the comment period.

The meeting was attended by about 60 people. Since it had been a while that the Port had given a presentation about expansion plans, Ralph Hicks gave an overview of the Master Plan and the two track process of expansion. It seems as though the ITC Environmental Impact Report will be recirculated due to a number of deficient areas. Although this is a step in the right direction, the Port should really incorporate the ITC and North Terminal EIR's due to California state law.

After the presentation of the ITC, the panel opened up for comments. The Port was taken to task for only giving residents 24 hour notice of the meeting. Supposedly 5000 doorhangers were distributed, but I don't think more than a few hundred were distributed. This has happened at nearly every community meeting I've gone to, so you'd think they'd have learned a thing or two over the years.

Mission Hills resident Steve Huemmer gave great comments about the nearly incomprehensible traffic plan for the area, as the traffic engineer proudly stated that much of the traffic now utilizing Laurel will be pushed further north to Sassafras and Washington. Mike Singleton, chair of the Mission Hills Design committee asked why other alternatives to the ITC were so quickly dismissed by Port. The Port responded by saying they would perhaps take a second look at alternatives if the ITC EIR were to be redistributed. Longtime Mission Hills resident Arlene Van de Weterling queried the Port about the supposed use of the ITC for cruise ship parking and stated people taking cruises shouldn't be parking in our neighborhood which is a couple of miles from the Cruise Ship Terminal. Many residents questioned the intelligence of removing parking adjacent to the Cruise Ship Terminal, forcing the Port to build the ITC in our neighborhood. One resident, who has taken a number of cruises, stated that San Diego is not an originating Port for cruises- ships come, stay a few days and then leave- so if they are not driving a car, why build them a parking lot? This turned the conversation back to the perceived true purpose of the facility: to provide parking for the Airport. Wayne Bank stated that it is just plain time to move the airport before we dump more money down the drain with this one and lose the opportunity to move it forever. Cynthia Conger brought the original ITC EIR and quoted contradictory passages concerning air quality. This brought yet another response from the Port that perhaps the EIR should be recirculated

Many other people made comments, but I think the result of the meeting was this:
Mission Hills and Middletown residents want to know what the Port is planning and they want to be told about it in a timely manner so they can properly respond.

Since it became clear that the ITC is primarily for the Airport, it should be included in the North Terminal EIR.

The Mission Hills/Middletown/Little Italy neighborhoods need to contact their elected and appointed officials about Lindbergh Expansion before it is too late.

News, June 21, 2001. On June 27th, 2001 at Noon San Diego Regional Government Efficiency Commission (RGEC) will hold a meeting about the formation of an Airport Authority. City Hall, 12th Floor. Public comment is invited.

News, June 18th, 2001. We have just learned that our congresswoman, Susan Davis will be in our neighborhood for a community dialog. Please join her Saturday, June 30th at 1:00 p.m. at Grant Elementary. It is important that our national representatives hear from our community on the issue of airport expansion and relocation.

News, June 15, 2001. Great News! We officially exist on Yahoo.com- more search engines should be adding us soon.

The Port District has planned a workshop for residents of Mission Hills and Middletown concerning the proposed construction of the Intermodal Transit Center in Middletown. Here is their press release. Please don't confuse this meeting with our neighborhood meeting this coming Wednesday the 20th at the same location! Please read our comments to the ITC DEIR here. This is the first community meeting on this issue and is the result of separate written comments filed with the Port by Mike Singleton of the Mission Hills Design Committee and ourselves.

Important Announcement for Residents from the Port of San Diego

Proposed Intermodal Transportation Center on Pacific Highway Public Workshop

The Port of San Diego invites you to a public workshop on a proposed Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) that will provide vehicle parking and a transit connection to major downtown facilities and San Diego International Airport.

The proposed location for the ITC is the east side of Pacific Highway, from Palm Street to Spruce Street.

Port of San Diego planners will be on hand to present the plans for the ITC, receive your input and answer your questions.

Wednesday, June 27, 2001 Grant Elementary School Auditorium
1425 Washington Place in Mission Hills

(Travel west on Washington Street. After crossing Goldfinch Street, bear right at the fork entering Washington Place.)

6:00 p.m. - Presentation of Plans 6:30 p.m. - Public Input/Questions & Answers

News, June 13, 2001. Today we sent out an email to our list informing them of our June 20th meeting. Inadvertently, this was not sent out as a blind carbon copy (BCC) which would have sent the email only to a single addressee. We deeply regret the error because it is our policy that all communication, especially email, be as discreet as possible. We will everything we can to prevent this from happening again.

Tonight I will be giving a presentation at the Golden Hills Rec Center at about 7:15 pm. The center is located at 2600 Golf Course Dr.

News, June 9th, 2001. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 20th, at 7 p.m. at Grant Elementary School. Please come.

We've updated our safety page after another hair raising aborted landing.

News, June 5th, 2001. On June 7th, the Joint Airport Advisory Committee will meet to discuss how other cities have solved airport relocation/expansion problems. If you have the afternoon free, we urge you to attend . The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Holiday Inn on the Bay, 1355 North Harbor Drive. For more information, got to www.sandag.cog.ca.us/whats_new/news/airport_052501.html

News, June 2nd, 2001. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 20th, at 7 p.m. We are still working on the location, but it will be in Mission Hills. Please check back soon for details.

Big news! We've finally had a spare moment to put our info packet online. This is the written document we originally prepared for Mayor Murphy. We hope to eventually expand it to include the whole presentation we gave at the Museum of Photographic Arts in March. Check it out here!

Thanks to the Presidio Sentinel which published our expansion update yesterday. Through a number of referrals we have located a traffic consultant willing to work with us. Until now it was difficult to find a local traffic consultant to review the upcoming EIR because many of them do work with the Port. Our next challenge is fundraising. Please see our updated fundraising page on ways you can help.

News, May 19th, 2001. We have finished our comments for the Taxiway C Extention and Port Master Plan Amendment. Check it out and let us know what you think. It includes two interesting illustrations of the taxiway situation at Lindbergh Field. The reviewed document was the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration. This means because the lead agency (read: the Port District) has determined the project will have minimal environmental effects and other agencies are not involved in the approval process, the Port does not need to do a complete Environmental Impact Report. Our overall feeling is that the North Terminal cannot function without the Taxiway C extention. Also of note in the DMND was a comprehensive list of capital improvements currently underconstruction or being planned by the Port District. The construction of the North Terminal will include a new air cargo facility for eight aircraft.

News, May 02, 2001.We have updated and amended our comments for the Intermodal Transit Center Draft Environmental Impact Report and added a few new comments after speaking with others who are preparing comments. Last night, May 1st, I presented our comments to the Uptown Planners and updated them on our activities at the airport. Mike Singleton of the Mission Hills Design Committee has prepared comments on behalf of the Uptown Planners and will be presenting them today.

We have also updated our Earthquake Page with a photo map from the San Diego Development Review Building (this is where you go to get a building permit.)

The USD Environmental Law Clinic has also submitted comments concerning the ITC DEIR. You may read those comments on our USD web page.

News, April 27th, 2001.We have finished our comments for the Intermodal Transit Center Draft Environmental Impact Report. Check it out and let us know what you think. The comment period closes May 2nd at 5 p.m. at the Port District.

News, April 23, 2001.The Port District has released another EIR concerning the airport. This one is titled "Taxiway C Extension & Port Master Plan Amendment." involves the land swap between MCRD and the Port in order to construct a 4,235 foot extension to the Taxiway C. It is important to note that this extension is only makes sense if the North Terminal is built, otherwise it does nothing for improving safety at Lindbergh Field. The Port has prepared a Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (DMND) that addresses the environmental impacts. (see the link above) Public review of the DMND is April 18, 2001 to May 18, 2001. Comments should be addressed to Melissa Mailander at the address above.

News, April 20th, 2001.Our research has uncovered an interesting article in the LA Times from 1994 and another from the North County Times written in 2000.

News, April 19th, 2001.We are back online! On April 1st, our website was hacked by an outside source. We are still recovering from the breach and have decided to move our servers to another location. The problem was not discovered until last week. Hopefully everything is up and running correctly now, but please email us if you have any questions.

We have been reviewing the Intermodal Transportation Center's EIR which was released last month. Briefly, the proposed project will bring a large parking structure with 2000 new parking spaces into our neighborhood. Although we are ardent supporters of mass transit, this is a sad and misguided project which will only guarantee the construction of the North Terminal and put off Lindbergh Redevelopment for another generation of San Diegans.

Unfortunately, the Port District has decided not to publish the EIR electronically, so you either have to go to the Port District offices (Records, 7th Floor) or the main library to read a copy. We will be posting our comments in the coming week if you need a crib sheet. It is vital that citizens voice their opinion on this topic because it sets the stage for the North Terminal.

We've updated our Maps and Documents Page with an easier to use interface and better pages for the maps we send you to. Also new are a couple of interesting newspaper articles about Lindbergh Field from the point of view of a pilot and the Airline Pilots Association on expansion.

News, April 6, 2001.The general meeting at the Museum of Photographic Arts was a success. We have updated the Frequently Asked Questions. page in response to a number of questions raised at the meeting. The draft EIR for the Intermodal Transit Center has been released, but the draft EIR for the North Terminal is still a couple of months away.

News, March 2, 2001.Our preparations for our community meeting continue through out the weekend. Here is a map of nearby parking lots.

News, February 9th, 2001.The next public meeting of Stop Mission Hills North Terminal has been set! On Wednesday, March 7th, 2001, we will gather at the Museum of Photographic Arts on the Prado in Balboa Park. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Please mark your calendar and tell your neighbors.

News, January 30, 2001.We have finally created our safety page. We have witnessed so many questionable landings at Lindbergh it was finally time to begin to document them. Until we get the digital camera up and recording, these text descriptions will have to do. Tonight at approximately 8:55pm I witnessed another questionable landing at Lindbergh. I noticed it because of the usual sound of increased thrust which accompanies an aborted landing. This time, not only did the plane abort, but there was another airplane taking off over NTC at the same time! There was only about a half a runway length between the two passenger jets. Yikes!

News, January 28, 2001.We have updated our volunteer page. Start the new year off right by helping your neighbors defeat the Port's plan to put an airport terminal within walking distance from our neighborhood. No one else is going to fight this fight for us, so lend a hand!

News, January 26, 2001.As the new year gets rolling, we have been busy at work preparing for the upcoming EIR. We have updated a number of pages, most notably our contact page with our new post office box address and our funding page. We have received our IRS status, so now we are an official non profit association. Unfortunately, as we have a political agenda, your contributions are not tax deductible. Please send contributions, made payable to Stop the Mission Hills North Terminal, to:

Stop Mission Hills North Terminal
1010 University Avenue PMB #301
San Diego, CA 92103-3395

In other news, on January 24th, we held a meeting with Mr. Tom Story, a senior advisor to the Mayor. We presented our views of the North Terminal Expansion and hope that the Mayor will read the booklet we prepared for him.

News, December 23, 2000. Welcome to our new website. Please have a look around, test the links and let us know if anything doesn't work. New items include a map of the walking distance to Mission Hills from the new terminal and a links page. There are also many other interesting new pages. This is just the beginning, so add your thoughts and ideas. Enjoy!

News, December 20, 2000. The Joint Airport Advisory Committee (JAAC) has scheduled its next meeting. This is the meeting that was postponed from November. According to SANDAG, "the next meeting will be held on January 18th, 2001 at 1:30 p.m. in SANDAG's Board Room. The agenda for the meeting will include the draft final report for the Airport Economic Analysis, the results of the public outreach program and recommendations for the next step in pursuing a regional solution for air transportation. A similar agenda will be discussed the following week at a joint meeting of the SANDAG Board and the Board of San Diego Port Commissioners. They will meet on Friday, January 26, 2001 at 8:30 a.m."

News, December 9, 2000. We've included a new page on our site. This explains the EIR process and what we expect to see in it.

News, December 6, 2000. The January 10th, 2000, presentation is now being hosted solely by the Port of San Diego. It will be held at Dana Middle School in Point Loma, 1775 Chatsworth Blvd. The presentation is from 6pm -8pm. The recent economic study is the topic and the Port will be there to answer questions. This is an important topic for all of us living in the Lindbergh field basin as the economics now point to the decreased viability of Lindbergh.

News, December 1, 2000. The Airport Coalition has organized a public meeting with HRA, the consultant who did the economic study. The meeting/presentation will be held on January 10, 2001. We will post the location with a map when we know where it will be held. It is important that residents from Mission Hills attend the meeting because the economic study will not be presented to Mission Hills residents.

News, November 6th, 2000. After many problems with our former web host, we have moved to a more stable location. Our website is now being hosted by a local business, so we hope that all of the problems related to accessing our site are a thing of the past. If you continue to have problems, please email us or call us at the numbers below and leave a message.

News, October 26, 2000. In light of recent statements by the two mayoral candidates, we have chosen to endorse Dick Murphy for Mayor. Dick Murphy's initiative to create an Airport Authority is important, as is his position that all locations for possible airport relocation should remain open. Please let your neighbors know that we support Murphy for Mayor.

News, October 16, 2000. Our first meeting was held on October 10th at 6:30 pm at the Grant Elementary school auditorium, 1425 Washington Place in Mission Hills. The meeting had a better than expected turnout and we are adding new members to our mailing list every week. Thank you to all who attended our first meeting and those who are joining our group.

Follow this link to Jay Shumaker's new site.

Click here to view our press release from Oct. 3, 2000.
Click here to view Step 1 and 2 as proposed by Port staff.
Click here to view Step 3a as proposed by Port staff.

 

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