Air safety is at risk if county closes air­port

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

Re: “Reid-Hil­lview Air­port’s days may be num­bered” (Page B1, Dec. 5):

Su­per­vi­sor Cindy Chavez’s mo­tion Tues­day to be­gin the process of clos­ing Reid-Hill-: view Air­port is short­sighted W at best, and greedy at worst.

Pass­ing on a 3-2 vote, the call for the county to ex­plore mov­ing avi­a­tion oper­a­tions from Reid-Hil­lview to the San Mar­tin Air­port and ask­ing the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion to lift its re­stric­tions on use of the air­port prop­erty when they ex­pire in 2031, will con­demn the South Bay to be­come one of the few ma­jor met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas in Amer­ica without a vi­able re­liever air­port.

Just as the city of San Jose ap­proves the sale of land to Google to con­struct a down­town cam­pus that will in­crease air traf­fic in San Jose, the county de­cides to close the air­port.

Reid-Hil­lview should be a thriv­ing busi­ness air­port in this econ­omy. It’s not, due only to the short­sight­ed­ness of the Santa Clara County Board of Su­per­vi­sors. Clos­ing the air­port will cre­ate mil­lions in prof­its for a few real es­tate de­vel­op­ers and pro­vide a wind­fall profit for a few dozen home­own­ers near the air­port, while de­creas­ing air safety and elim­i­nat­ing a key trans­porta­tion as­set for mil­lions of south bay res­i­dents. Shame­ful. — Jeff Miller, Monte Sereno

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