AirTalk for December 1, 2005

LAX Overhaul Plan Scrapped

The City of Los Angeles is scrapping its latest plan to modernize Los Angeles International Airport. After 11 years and $150 million in design costs for the plan drafted by former mayors Richard Riordan and James Hahn, the city will start over to craft a proposal that will do more to improve security and refurbish the aging facility. The plan had drawn criticism from the LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, poor reviews from security experts and lawsuits by airport-area residents. All but one of its elements will be reconsidered and some of the most controversial, including a check-in center near the San Diego Freeway, are almost certainly dead. Larry Mantle talks with LA City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, US Congresswoman Jane Harman, El Segundo Mayor Kelly McDowell and Mark Pisano of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).


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