Rosendahl’s Six Points for Modernizing LAX Heads to CPC

Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl has released six critical points for modernization at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in advance of a public hearing on a controversial plan to move the northern runways closer to homes in Westchester and Playa del Rey.

Rosendahl’s six points, which are part of a letter addressed to the City Planning Commission (CPC), will be introduced for the record when the commission meets on Thursday, February 14, at 8:30 a.m., in the John Ferraro Council Chamber at City Hall.

Here are Rosendahl’s six points:

1. Modernization, yes; expansion, no. We should put a hold on moving the runways north closer to homes in Westchester and Playa del Rey. Analysis in LAWA’s Final EIR shows that we don’t need to move the runways for safety or operational efficiency. Instead, we should move forward with terminal and ground access improvements, including the five projects that were green-lighted as part of the LAX legal settlement agreement, as well as a new Intermodal Transportation Facility and improvements to Terminals 1, 2 and 3.

2. We must develop and implement a real and substantive regional strategy for accommodating air traffic in Southern California. Regionalism is the key to mitigating the environmental costs of growth at LAX, including air quality, noise, health, and traffic impacts. We should focus on airport growth in areas of the region that can sustain it, like L.A./Ontario International Airport, and build a direct connection to the Metrolink system at ONT.

3. We should connect the Crenshaw Line and the Green Line directly into the LAX Central Terminal Area, with an Automated People Mover to transport passengers to the terminals.

4. We must quickly finish installation of Runway Status Lights (RSL) at all runway intersections at LAX. RSL is a proven and effective runway safety improvement, and will make an already safe North Runway complex even safer.

5. We must fully staff the FAA Control Tower at LAX with certified air traffic controllers. Today, there are 37 certified controllers staffing the tower, with 16 controllers in-training. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association has recommended a tower staff of at least 47 certified controllers to ensure safety and smooth operation at LAX

6. We should meet with local airport stakeholders and the neighbors surrounding LAX, and listen to their ideas for building a world-class airport that is a first-class neighbor. Already, Members of Congress have begun to do this, including Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Congresswoman Janice Hahn, and I encourage others to do the same.

Rosendahl along with his Westchester and Playa del Rey constituents have fought against the proposal to move the northern runways. Instead, Rosendahl and his constituents support alternative 2 and alternative 9 in a recent report.

The public is encouraged to attend and weigh in on the issue at the CPC meeting on Thursday, February 14, at 8:30 a.m., at 200 N Spring Street, in downtown Los Angeles.

Rosendahl along with his Westchester and Playa del Rey constituents have fought against the proposal to move the northern runways at LAX. Rosendahl and his constituents support alternative 2 and alternative 9 in a recent report.

The public is encouraged to attend and weigh in on the issue when the CPC meets on Thursday, February 14, at 8:30 a.m., at 200 N Spring Street, in downtown Los Angeles.

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