they didn't list slaughterhouses and houses of prostitution.
The judge saw through their sham and declared Measure F
Judge James Otero's decision to void Measure F was a giant step to
move the El Toro airport forward.
The tenor of the decision appears to leave little room for any
meaningful appeal by South County residents.
If I were a resident of Irvine, which wasted upward of $10 million to
support Measure F, I sure would be unhappy. I think the city got very
poor legal advice.
I think it is time to move ahead. The issues to resolve are size,
safety, future air traffic growth and economic benefits. These issues can
all be met.
The Federal Aviation Administration has given a preliminary safety OK;
the Orange County Board of Supervisors is ready for a downsizing of the
proposed El Toro airport to 12 million to 14 million annual passengers;
we know tremendous traffic growth is coming; and Orange County Business
Council studies show the great economic benefits.
My personal take is move the private aviation and air cargo to El
Toro. I do not see any problem in making night-time restrictions there
with this type of use.
We can expand John Wayne Airport to 10 million annual passengers
without the private planes and air cargo. When the time comes for more
commercial air traffic in Orange County, El Toro will be there.
This scenario would make John Wayne Airport safer, air cargo traffic
on our freeways would be reduced and we could reserve the El Toro airport
for future commercial needs.
Let's be reasonable; the future of our great county depends on
cooperation by all sides.
VIRGIL L. GALEY
A note of thanks should be extended to all who "stayed the course"
after the passage of Measure F.
In politics -- like life -- you know who your friends are because they
stick with you during the difficult times.
Irvine Councilman Mike Ward recently admitted Measure F included jails
and hazardous waste landfills because the El Toro airport could not be
defeated alone. Judge James Otero agreed and ruled Measure F