Residents welcome brief SM airport closure

SANTA MONICA, Calif. The airport closed Sunday night and will be closed until Friday morning for runway maintenance.

Residents against airport pollution are happy to get a break from all the noise and pollution, and plan on holding a vigil to celebrate the peace and quiet on Monday night.

"It means that it's nice and peaceful, but in a way I kind of miss the little old planes that go on and off because we have some friends that use the small planes and travel around," said Mar Vista resident Chris Liggett. "But I have to say I don't miss the private jets that come into the airport and go out. They're just too noisy."

Organizers of the vigil said they want to give residents of neighborhoods surrounding the /*Santa Monica*/ airport an opportunity to celebrate the peace that is possible when they are free of concerns about airport pollution and noise.

Also, organizers want residents to imagine a future for the /*Westside*/ where peace, quiet and cleaner air is possible - not just for a few days but permanently

"I want to draw attention to what life can be like without Santa Monica Airport operations," West Los Angeles resident Martin Rubin.

The vigil will kick off Monday at 5 p.m. at the northwest corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Rose Avenue.

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