Despite the concerns of local pilots, objections from AOPA, and unfavorable rulings from the Airport Land Use Commission and the Ventura County Transportation Commission, the Oxnard School Board voted July 16 to buy land near the Oxnard Airport for a new elementary school. The school site would be some 1,200 feet from the edge of the runway, inside the airport traffic pattern. Somewhat surprisingly, the Aeronautics Division of CalTrans didn't object to the school location, even though it acknowledged it would "strongly recommend avoiding the construction of children's schools" at any of the three considered sites around the airport.
"It's bad planning and bad policy to place a school this close to a busy airport," said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president for airports. "We'll continue to urge the governing authorities to exercise their legal option to overturn the school district decision."
July 22, 2004