Reid-Hillview Airport saved

August 13, 2008 3:50:04 PM PDT
Reid-Hillview Airport was taken off the Santa Clara County chopping block today when supervisors voted to take no further action on the fate of the county-operated airport.

The demise of the airport has been on the agenda of supervisors more than once over its 46-year history. But in today's meeting Supervisor Blanca Alvarado was the only member willing to take the next step of exploring other uses for the land.

"I think it's a bit shameful," Alvarado said in the meeting. "I will leave the board disappointed that we did not have the political will to go beyond the rhetoric on this subject."

In March supervisors decided to explore the legal obligations to the Federal Aviation Authority of closing the airport and finding other uses for the land or facilities. The report brought back by Ann Ravel, County Counsel, indicated the legal procedures in selling or finding other uses for the land would be complicated, lengthy and costly.

Opponents of the airport's closure said that closing Reid-Hillview would burden other neighboring airports that would not be able to accommodate the housing of aircraft or the additional usage that would normally be sought at Reid-Hillview.

Supporters of the airport's closure called for a review of the airport's compliance with its curfew, and complained that planes fly in and out of the airport at all times of the day and night. They also said they fear that high levels of lead in the region are present.


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