AirFairTM has progressed rapidly since its inception in 2002. Today, seven later, associations representing over 200,000 residents have signed the AirFair Resolution as well as the cities of Costa Mesa, Villa Park, Santa Ana, and Newport Beach.
AirFair has accomplished the following:
Implemented an outreach program to all of the cities and communities in the JWA flight corridor with a focus on Costa Mesa, Tustin, and unincorporated areas of Orange County.
Gave presentations to Tustin Preservation Conservancy, Board Members of the Foothill Communities Association, the NB civic organization, SPEAK UP NEWPORT, SPON, the Santa Lucia Homeowners Association of Newport Coast, and the Balboa Island Improvement Association.
Met with Orange County Supervisors Pat Bates, John Moorlach, Chris Norby, Janet Nguyen, Bill Campbell and Assembly Chuck DeVore to educate and inform them about the problem of any further expansion of JWA and the goals of AirFair.
Gave presentations at the City Council meetings in Newport Beach and the corridor cities to encourage to support Newport Beachs successful resolution supporting a coalition of the corridor cities that lie under the JWA flight path.
Increased the number of AirFair newsletters distributed from 3000 in 2004 (delivered on foot) to 20,000 copies primarily delivered by mail to residents and businesses in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Villa Park, Tustin, and parts of the Foothill communities.
Distributed 14,000 flyers to local Newport-Mesa residents in an attempt to alert them to the need to stop the Newport Beach Golf Course from becoming a JWA rental car parking lot.
Held regular meetings with legislative representatives at the local, state, and federal level.
Identified consultants in areas with relevant expertise. AirFair supported the city of Newport Beach in the hiring of Tom Edwards, a lawyer who lives under the flight path; Richard Cox, a former FAA executive and technical expert, and Peggy Ducey, an alternative transportation expert, who all will consult with Newport Beach and Costa Mesa on topics such as airport noise impacts, alternative flight paths and transportation options.
Supported Newport Beach and Costa Mesas Go Local application to OCTA. This program sponsored by OCTA will provide Newport Beach and Costa Mesa each a $100,000 grant to design a transportation program that encourage citizens to utilize other airports specficially Ontario International. Results of the study identified that 14 percent of the travelers to JWA are enroute to Disneyland via express bus, shuttles, and taxis. AirFair encourages local officials to pursue further study.
Successfully encouraged Costa Mesa to appoint a staff member to take primary responsibility for airport issues.
Continued to work cooperatively with SPON (Stop Polluting Our Newport). Formed in 1974, SPON is a signatory on the Airport Settlement Agreement that dictates the curfew and number of flights among other restrictions. AirFair spoke at the SPON 2008 annual meeting.
Hosted a series of informational seminars: "Airport Alternatives" on subjects related to alternative transportation options including Hon. Curt Pringle, Anaheim Transportation Center, Jennifer Labrador representing California High Speed Rail Authority, and a representative of SCAG (Southern Association of Governments) who explained the RTP (Regional Transportation Plan.
Appeared on the local television network and on Headline news to discuss airport issues.
Continued to be available to make presentations to numerous civic groups, homeowners associations, city councils, and elected officials.
Raised money so that AirFair can continue spreading the word and gather supporters who will help prevent the expansion of JWA.
Grew our list of government official and community supporters to include: (See our list of cities, officials, associations, and neighborhoods who have indicated their support on our brochure and our website.)
Continued to educate our board and volunteers about not only the impacts, but alternatives to expansion of JWA by attending the following seminars and meetings:
o Symposium on Noise and Air Quality, a four-day annual meeting, sponsored by UCDavis, with presentations by national and international experts in aviation, noise, and emissions (the most important meeting of its kind in the U.S.)
o A regional workshop on aircraft emissions conducted by South Coast Air Quality District with presentations given by experts from academia, government agencies, and industry
o SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments)
o Orangeline Development Authority - Maglev to Palmdale
o SCRAA (Southern California Regional Airport Authority)
o California High-Speed Rail Authority
o 2007 International Air-Rail Conference in Los Angeles,
o JWA Noise Abatement Meetings held quarterly at JWA