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Santa Monica Airport Closes For Maintenance

SANTA MONICA (CBS) — The skies over Santa Monica will be relatively quiet this week, with the city's airport shutting down for more than four days as work continues on a runway/taxiway improvement project.

Flight operations will be grounded beginning Sunday night at 9 p.m. and ending 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24.

The temporary closure is being hailed by some residents of Venice and West Los Angeles who have been regularly complaining about the noise generated by aircraft above their homes.

Members of the "Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution" will stage a "Santa Monica Airport Peace and Quiet Vigil" Monday night.

"We want to give residents in the neighborhoods surrounding Santa Monica Airport the opportunity to celebrate the peace that is possible when we're free of airport pollution and noise," said Martin Rubin, the group's co-founder. "We 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."

The vigil will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Rose Avenue in Venice.

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