Hundreds of Westchester and Playa del Rey constituents packed a conference room near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) last night to voice their concerns over a controversial proposal to modernize the nation’s 3rd busiest airport.
The LAX Specific Plan Amendment Study took center stage at the City Planning Department’s community meeting to discuss the report. It contains a menu of modernization options — reconfigure the North Runway, build a new Automated People Mover and Consolidated Rental Car Center, and connect the Green Line directly into the airport, to name a few.
Councilmember Bill Rosendahl continues to stand by his constituents and look outside the box for solutions to modernize LAX. Lately, he’s been promoting railways — and not runways — as the modern conveniences that Angelenos want and need at their airport.
“I’m very proud of my Westchester constituents who continue to fight for modernization, yes! Expansion, NO WAY! The real solution is to bring Metrolink into Ontario. This will link Santa Barbara, Palmdale, and Ontario, as well as tie-in Palm Springs.
This is a no brainer — of course, get the Green Line and the Crenshaw Line to LAX so you can get downtown to the airport in 40 minutes. But more importantly, passengers on big international flights that use Ontario can take Metrolink to get downtown in 20 minutes.
We are a megalopolis — from Santa Barbara to San Diego. We are the blender of the planet in the microcosm of humanity. People will come to LA and the big jets will take advantage of the convenience of Ontario. It’s a win-win. Metrolink is our link to the future!”
Bill Rosendahl, 11th District
The next stage in the process takes place on January 29. This is when the Board of Airport Commissioners and Los Angeles World Airports hear more public testimony at the BOAC meeting.
On February 5th, the BOAC will meet to formally consider the proposed modernization plans. The Board will then make a recommendation to the Los Angeles City Council.
Rosendahl is the vice chair of the Trade, Commerce, and Tourism Committee.