The City of Santa Monica is turning to the courts to gain control over the future of Santa Monica Airport (SMO), a step that would allow the city to close the airport. The city filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Oct. 31, claiming the city “has clearly and repeatedly asserted its unencumbered title to the airport property and its ability, after certain contractual and legal obligations expire in July 2015, to use the airport property as ...

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