UPDATE: Airport Commissioners meeting time
Councilmember Bill Rosendahl led a group of community leaders, business owners, and local residents who pressed airport commissioners to back a modernization proposal that would be less disruptive to airport neighbors while providing better facilities and passenger conveniences at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The Board of Airport Commissioners held a special meeting today to allow for more public comment on the Specific Plan Amendment Study — a report that contains a list of modernization proposals for LAX. One of those proposals includes a controversial plan to move the North Runway 260 feet closer to homes in Westchester and Playa del Rey.
Rosendahl, the 11th District councilmember whose district includes the airport, has opposed the controversial runway plan and has pushed for more neighborhood-friendly modernization at LAX. He asked the California Congressional delegation in Washington for their support.
“I’m gathering broad support on behalf of my constituents to properly modernize our airport in a way that benefits everyone,” said Rosendahl. “My good friend, Congresswoman Janice Hahn, has agreed to join me at a meeting with local airport stakeholders to hear directly from the community about its support for SPAS Alternatives 2 and 9, and we have other members of Congress engaging in this issue as well.”
Rosendahl said he has also heard from Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who has thrown her support behind the Westchester and Playa del Rey communities who want a modernized airport without moving the runway.
Airport commissioners listened to public testimony for several hours today, which included remarks by Rosendahl and Councilman Dennis Zine, and community leaders Denny Schneider, Craig Eggers, and Cindy Hench.
Rosendahl’s chief of staff Mike Bonin was also at the meeting. Bonin, who co-chaired the panel that examined the safety issues on the north airfield, reminded commissioners that the airfield is remarkably safe and Los Angeles World Airport’s own planning documents say that Alternative 2 is the “environmentally superior” alternative.
Here’s a rundown of the next step in the process:
On February 5th, the BOAC will meet to formally consider the proposed modernization plans, including possibly certifying the SPAS Final EIR, and to provide another opportunity for the public to weigh in on the proposals.
The Airport Commissioners will meet on February 5th at 1:30 p.m. at 1 World Way at LAX.
The Board is then expected to make a recommendation to the Los Angeles City Council.