UPDATE: Watch or listen to the Joint Committee meeting from home, office, or on the go.
LA Cityview Channel 35 is now airing a two-minute segment with a leading aviation expert who questions the need for a costly proposal to move the north runways at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 260 feet closer to neighboring homes in Westchester and Playa del Rey, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl announced today.
In the video, Rosendahl interviews Dr Arnold Barnett, a professor of statistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T). Barnett conducted a comprehensive safety study using National Aeronautics and Space Administration collated data and satellite imagery of the LAX North Airfield. Barnett also interviewed pilots and air traffic control to conclude that the current layout of the north runways is ‘extremely safe.’
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Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officials claim that more room is needed on the north side of the airport for newer, larger commercial jets to land safely. Airport staff recommended a $700 million proposal that would move the north runways 260 feet closer to neighboring homes in Westchester and Playa del Rey.
“The general public needs to be aware,” said Rosendahl. “There is a plan out there, a costly and unnecessary plan, to move the runways at LAX that will have a dramatic impact on the lives of all Angelenos. It will generate more traffic, disrupt neighborhoods, stifle the local economy, and create a complete mess for anyone needing mobility in the area.”
Local residents have expressed concern that the project would require demolishing and reconstructing parts of Lincoln Blvd, potentially creating severe traffic impacts throughout the Westside of Los Angeles for an undetermined period of time. See Citizens for a Modern LAX.
Rosendahl and his constituents oppose this proposal and instead prefer alternatives to modernize the terminals, facilities, and transportation access to LAX, including bringing light rail directly into the airport. Rosendahl also supports developing a regional network of airports, such as Ontario International Airport, as a way to relieve traffic on congested corridors like the 405 and 105 freeways.
“We can build a world-class airport that’s a first class neighbor,” said Rosendahl. “Why spend millions of dollars on a plan to move the runway, creating more traffic and pollution in Los Angeles, when the facts clearly show it is not necessary. We need to modernize our airport with the latest technology, and in a way that benefits everyone in LA.”
The Councilmember requested Channel 35 staff to produce the video segment, which will be broadcast throughout the month of April. The segment is also on Rosendahl’s YouTube channel in an effort to spread factual information about the north runways.
As for the next steps in this public process to modernize the airport, members of the Trade, Commerce and Tourism and Planning and Land Use Management committees will hold a joint meeting in the John Ferraro Council Chamber at City Hall on Tuesday, April 9, at 2 p.m. Rosendahl encourages his constituents to attend and voice their concerns.
Constituents who are not able to attend the meeting can watch or listen to any LA City Council meeting from their home, office, or on the go.