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LAX runway may move closer to residential neighborhoods

A plane coming in for a landing at LAX.
A plane coming in for a landing at LAX.
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The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote on proposed improvements for LAX. This nearly $5 billion set of changes includes additional terminals and a transportation center, but the most controversial change is moving a runway 260 feet closer to neighborhoods in Westchester and Playa del Rey.

This runway move is so LAX can add a center taxiway, which is supposed to help the airport manage air traffic and increase safety for large commercial jets. However, opponents are not happy and say this move would increase pollution, noise, and traffic and decrease the value of local homes. Councilman and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti opposes the change, but these improvements have already been approved by most commissions, including the airport commission and the city's Planning Commission, according to the L.A. Times.

Will this runway move improve air traffic and safety? Are opponent concerns valid? Are there other options?

Ruben Gonzalez, Vice President of Public Policy and Political Affairs at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce 

Ken Alpern, Boardmember of the Mar Vista Community Council and co-chair of the CD11 Transportation Advisory Committee