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Tue, Mar 3, 2015 - 11:36 AM

We want to thank all of you who wrote to the Snohomish County Council and Executive. In the end, the Council chose to ignore hundreds of comments and letters, as well as solid legal reasons against moving forward.

SOC is assessing the best path forward and will communicate next steps as appropriate.

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Legal Issues with proposed Paine Field Lease
Sun, Mar 1, 2015 - 07:06 PMPosted by SOC
Check out the legal issues raised by the attorney hired to review the lease. He found even more than we did!

Share this on Facebook and pass it to everyone you know. If at all possible, attend the Snohomish County Council meeting Monday, March 2nd, 10:30 AM, 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett, 8th floor.
Write to the Snohomish County Executive, and to council members (especially Somers and Ryan) and tell them to stop this potentially illegal action!

In a nutshell, there are three key areas pointed out by the lawyer.
  • Failure to Comply with Procedural Requirements of the County Code
  • Failure to Comply with SEPA
  • Flaws in the Lease

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Tags: Paine Field, Propeller, lease, legal
County Council Set to Vote Monday, March 2nd
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 - 10:07 PMPosted by SOC

Monday, March 2nd – That is the day the Snohomish County Council plans to vote on the Propeller Lease, but you can delay that vote! Why delay? All the facts are not in.

The lease does not fully protect you, the taxpayer, leaving us vulnerable to future costs. Also, The County has offered no public evidence of conducting due diligence verifying who Propeller is, why their business plan would work here when it has failed elsewhere and how the lease elements fully protect taxpayers over 50 years. 

Keep writing! YOU can help delay that vote and change the expected outcome.
Attend the Council Meeting March 2nd, 10:30 AM! Let the County know you hold them accountable.

Use the email templates or create your own, and focus on County Executive Lovick, Council Chair Somers and Councilman Ryan to convince them to slow down. 

• Check out the Op Ed piece written by Save Our Communities’ President
• Get more information from past alerts available on the SOC website
• Write now! Link our blog to Facebook and Twitter, and get the message out.

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Tags: SOC, Snohomish County Council, Propeller, Paine Field
Snohomish County Council - 50 year commitment to commercial flights?
Mon, Feb 23, 2015 - 06:54 AMPosted by SOC

The Snohomish County Council is scheduled to vote on a 50 year lease (30 years plus two 10 year options) with Propeller Investments so Propeller can build a commercial service passenger terminal at Paine Field.

The only track record SOC has been able to find for Propeller is two failed attempts at bringing commercial service to two Atlanta area airports. At a recent Snohomish County Council meeting, the Council was briefed on the deal by the Paine Field Airport Director, but no questions about the background of the company who the county is about to do business with were asked.

Even though there is no airline anxious to begin service, the Council is fast tracking this for a potential vote on March 2nd. A 50 year commitment with an unproven company decided with a two week review?! Why? What happened to due diligence, good governance, and transparency in government?

Write your County Council members and the County Executive (sample letters here) and tell them to slow down and get all the facts before deciding to proceed.

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Tags: Propeller, Paine, lease, passenger, terminal
San Diego Airport on a typical day
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 - 01:09 PM
Just like San Diego, Paine Field's single main runway could easily grow to accommodate a lot of airline service.

Do we really want to crowd out an economic power-house like Boeing with traffic like this? How would Boeing test and launch new aircraft in these conditions? Sea-Tac was built for this. Paine Field was built to support aerospace manufacturing. The two functions differ significantly and shouldn't be mixed together.

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Mukilteo crowd lambastes Paine Field passenger plan
Thu, Jan 21, 2010 - 01:01 PM
By Lynn Thompson, Times Snohomish County reporter

A hostile Mukilteo crowd told the Federal Aviation Administration Thursday night that its plan to introduce commercial flights at Paine Field could lead to "virtually unlimited operations." A standing-room-only crowd of about 450 people attended the final of three FAA hearings on the proposal by two airlines to begin passenger service at the Snohomish County airport.

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Should Paine Field go commercial?
Tue, Jan 5, 2010 - 12:59 PM
..while Paine is synonymous with BIG on so many levels, it's what Paine Field isn't that also stands out. If you want to catch a flight to Paris or Prineville,forget it.Special passenger flights will leave from Paine on occasion, but there's nothing scheduled, and again, that's the way a lot of the neighbors like it

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Paine Field flights debate continues
Wed, Jan 6, 2010 - 12:57 PM
By Katya Yefimova , Herald Writer

The Federal Aviation Administration holds the second of three public hearings on Paine Field passenger flights.

Many people living around Paine Field are concerned commercial flights would bring noise, traffic, air pollution and shrinking property values. Others said commercial flights would attract more tourism and high-paying jobs to the area and be convenient for travelers.

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Smaller Airports May Endanger Health
Thu, Feb 25, 2010 - 12:49 PM
US News & World Report figured out something that we have been saying for some time already. Read the article to see how it provides additional supporting evidence that Smaller Airports Endanger Health. It shows what COULD happen to residents around Paine Field, and shows that the FAA is prepared to run over residents in its zeal to promote air service at any cost.

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The maiden test flight of Boeing's 787-9 is flawless
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 - 02:35 PMPosted by SOC in In-Depth

Amid cheers from Boeing employees, the 787-9 took off from Everett's Paine Field at 11:02am on Tuesday, September 17th, 3013.

The new Dreamliner is a victory for Boeing as they seem to have worked out the kinks of previous models.  The 787-8 was 3 years behind their projected production schedule and was grounded for 4 months earlier this year due to overheating lithium batteries.  The 787-9 version has a redesigned battery system that addresses the overheating issue.  The new version of the Dreamliner is 20 feet longer, allowing it to carry more cargo or about 40 more passengers as well as being more fuel efficient. 

The first test flight of the 787-9 lasted 5 hours as the pilots flew around the state of Washington before landing at Boeing Field in Seattle.  Boeing seems to be on track to fulfill the close to 400 orders of the new plane on time.  With all the new construction nearing completion at and around Paine Field, we can only hope that our local airport continues to be used to support local aerospace manufacturing, the priority here along with general aviation. 

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