The Los Angeles City council is looking into nearly $4 million in contracts to educate travelers on construction at LAX.
The Board of Airport Commissioners approved three contracts totaling $3.8 million last week:
- The Phelps Group, $1. 6 million
- AdEase, Inc., $1.55 million
- Nothing Films, Inc., $690,000
Los Angeles World Airport’s Mark Adams told the city council that their purpose is to explain to passengers why the terminals and nearby roadways are under construction and how it'll affect their travel plans.
“What this is to do is to inform the traveling public, inform locals, inform anybody who would be coming to LAX about the nature of the impacts that they would see at LAX and what is coming to LAX after that construction period,” Adams said.
Councilman Dennis Zine, a candidate for city controller, introduced a motion to review the decision. The board's seven members are appointed by the mayor. The councilman, who represents the third district, said he was particularly concerned that two of the contracts were given to companies based outside the city. (The Phelps Group is Santa Monica-based; AdEase is out of San Diego.)
“There should be some common sense to try and help the local businesses before we help out San Diego with $1.55 million,” Zine said.
The concil's Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee will review the contracts within the next two weeks.
“The more we know about things, the better off we are,” said Councilman Bill Rosendahl, whose district includes the airport. "Nobody is accusing anybody of anything except what we want to do is get some answers so we feel comfortable."