Letter: No sympathy for East Side San Jose residents regarding airport

Reid-Hillview Airport
should remain open

I have no sympathy for the residents of East Side San Jose who call for the closing of Reid-Hillview Airport. The airport was built in the 1940s far before any homes surrounded it.

It is the fault of these East Side residents for moving so close to an active airport, not the other way around. This airport supports numerous education programs in conjunction with San Jose State University that cultivate our next generation of aviators (of which there is a shortage).

Further, Reid-Hillview Airport has historically played a key role in the emergency management infrastructure of Santa Clara Valley (e.g., the Loma Prieta Earthquake and Super Bowl 50).

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Given the demographic and geologic reality we live in here in coastal California, it is only a matter of time before we will rely on Reid-Hillview’s services again. San Martin Airport should be seen as Reid-Hillview’s supplement, not a replacement. Keep Reid-Hillview Airport open.

David Julian
San Jose

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Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


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