At the heart of an on-going controversy is Los Angeles World Airport's (LAWA) plans to expand LAX runways to increase capacity. A LAX Town Hall was held Monday, December 1 in Westchester to highlight critical airport issues impacting the entire So Cal region and also surrounding communities. The Town hall featured local political leaders from areas surrounding LAX, LA Council member Mike Bonin, and regional leadership from the Inland Empire that is being under served. Information from the Town Hall presentations is available in the documents section of this website. LA policy to concentrate air commerce at LAX needs to be changed to enhance prosperity for the entire region as well as improve long range prospects for Los Angeles City residents. Although a 2006 Stipulated Settlement called for LAX modernization and development of a regional network of airports, it has not happened.
Everyone supports LAX Modernization, but LAWA plans include capacity expansion. Past LAWA leadership had the foresight to push for Regionalization; it now acts to the contrary. We must stop their madness which puts our economy at risk. The only choice is to continue the lawsuits enforcing previous settlement requirements which LAWA ignores and to stop more recent expansion plans! Come express your local and regional concerns. Presentations will include topics of noise, pollution, and traffic congestion along with economic considerations. Hear the status of on-going lawsuits to force implementation of good public policy.
LAX continues to experience record passenger levels. Reports of newly scheduled international and domestic flights into LAX are touted as the deliverer of great economic value for our local economy. Economic studies show huge dollar value from these visitors entering Southern California at LAX, but similar income would also come if it were spread throughout our region.
Concentration at LAX has a cost. The local area cost is increased local traffic gridlock and oppressive pollution that would not be as substantial if the LAX “prosperity” were shared with the region.
There is increased financial disaster potential when virtually all air commerce concentrated into one location without a valid back up system. Last month two nominal earthquakes occurred just north of LAX. Had these quakes been stronger and associated with either of the two major earthquake faults adjacent to LAX the region could have experienced the disaster we know is overdue.
There’s lots of deferred maintenance at LAX in the Central Terminal Area (CTA) roadway, parking lots, and terminals. LAX is being modernized—and that is not only desirable, but absolutely necessary. LAX is undergoing the largest public works project in the region which is creating lots of needed jobs.
LAX will “look” better, but will it also make easy access a reality? The jury is still out on that. LAX landside construction projects will be at all-time levels. The people mover and consolidated rental facility are critical. However, the enunciated projects appear designed to provide “less costly,” quicker completion short term improvement instead of longer term, higher value improvements.
Why not spend even more and do it right once instead of spending even more over time to achieve the same desired result? Major issues impacting many of the Central Terminal Area (CTA) elements are known. Parking lots, roadways and even some of the terminals need to be replaced or have major structural refurbishments within ten to fifteen years or less. Isn’t it better to spend substantial money integrating more expensive, but longer benefit, convenience redesigns rather than the short time refacing projects planned?
This month LAWA did something right! The Proud Bird, a lexicon of Los Angeles history, was saved from demolition and given a new 20 year lease. The restaurant owners are going to invest $5 million in renovation improvements while keeping the traditions and feel alive. Thank you Mayor Garcetti and all of the elected who got the FAA to sign off on the lease.
Attorneys for Ontario are petitioning the state 4th District Court of Appeal in Riverside to reverse a ruling upholding the decades-old agreement that gave Los Angeles control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.
Ontario’s attorney, Andre Cronthall, filed a motion on Tuesday claiming the 1985 acquisition of ONT was invalid because a sale would have required a public vote.
“...The public was never put on notice regarding any purported sale or transfer of ONT in 1967 or 1985. As a result, the public was denied its constitutional and statutory right to a referendum,” Cronthall wrote in the 61-page document.
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