Resurrected panel will plan airport growth

first_imgUnder the revised master plan, the city green-lighted a $4 billion modernization effort while promising to limit passenger traffic by gradually closing airplane gates, giving critics and neighbors a greater voice in upgrading the facility, and funding noise- and traffic-mitigation projects in nearby communities. Villaraigosa also vowed to see Los Angeles regionalize its air traffic to spread the burden – as well as the economic opportunities – to other areas. The Southern California Association of Governments has estimated the region will get 2.2 million more people over the next 25 years, with the greatest demand for air traffic coming from the eastern end of Los Angeles County and neighboring jurisdictions. In addition to LAX, Los Angeles World Airports owns Van Nuys, Ontario and Palmdale Regional airports. Ontario Airport is the more developed passenger facility in the region, and the city has committed to expansion of its operation. Palmdale has proved more problematic in attracting airline services and passengers to the High Desert, and no carrier is currently operating there. At Van Nuys, the nation’s busiest general-aviation airport, the City Council has approved a 20-year plan that maintains 34 acres for propeller planes while allowing the expansion of the lucrative charter-jet business. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Mayor Villaraigosa will announce how the SCRAA will help regionalize air traffic, achieve his vision of airport regionalization and how the SCRAA plays into the historic LAX master plan settlement,” the Mayor’s Office said in a statement. There has been discussion over the past year about creating a regional airport authority that would control operations at all airports in Southern California. However, no formal proposal has been developed and Los Angeles city officials remain wary of other jurisdictions getting control of LAX. The Southern California Regional Airport Authority would have no direct involvement in an airport’s operation, but Villaraigosa believes it can help open discussions with neighboring areas on how air traffic can be dispersed more equitably throughout the region. Also expected to participate are Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, and Supervisor Don Knabe, in whose districts LAX is located. Both were critics of an earlier master plan that would have increased the number of flights out of LAX, the nation’s third-busiest airport. In December, Los Angeles city officials announced a deal to end litigation over the modernization of LAX, with opponents agreeing to drop their lawsuits in exchange for the mayor and City Council abandoning the most controversial elements of the $11 billion plan. Taking the next step toward addressing Southern California’s air-traffic needs, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected today to announce the revival of a panel to plan the expansion of regional airport operations. Villaraigosa – along with city, county and state officials – has scheduled a news conference at Los Angeles International Airport, where Councilman Bill Rosendahl will be named the city’s representative on the Southern California Regional Airport Authority. The panel will include representatives from Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ontario. The authority was disbanded several years ago amid disputes over how to plan for air traffic growth in the region, even as the controversial master plan for the expansion of LAX was being developed. last_img read more


first_imgMilford man Brendan Boyce may not have finished in the medals at the Olympics today but he did Donegal and Ireland proud.The 50k walker smashed his personal best time by more than two minutes to cross the line in a time of 3.55.01.Brendan finished 29th overall and it will provide a great platform for his next appearance in the Olympics – hopefully in Brazil in four years time. The pace was set from a very early stage in what looked like blistering heat around the streets of London.Brendan’s team-mate Rob Heffernan, who recorded a new national record, finished a terrific fourth place just outside the medals.Brendan is expected to come home to Donegal where he is expected to receive a huge welcome.“I was delighted with how I did; I mean I smashed my personal record and finished in the top 30, so I’ve got to be very happy with that,” said the Milford man. Well done Brendan – you did us all proud. BRENDAN SMASHES HIS PERSONAL BEST AS HE DOES DONEGAL AND IRELAND PROUD was last modified: August 12th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:50K WalkBrendan BoyceMilfordOlympicslast_img read more