The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Master Plan is approaching a second and final vote by the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday, December 7th.

At that time, the City Council will vote whether to certify the final EIR (environmental impact report) and a consensus plan for LAX development designed by local Los Angeles Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski.

The second City Council vote was forced by the opposition to the LAX plan by the County Airport Land Use Commission.

The City Council is expected to also vote Tuesday to override the county Airport Land Use Commission’s opposition to the LAX plan.

This week Supervisor Don Knabe introduced a motion before the County Board of Supervisors, asking the supervisors to file a lawsuit against the LAX plan if the plan is approved by the Los Angeles City Council next week.

Meanwhile, the city has appointed a liaison who will begin a community outreach process for the two parts of Miscikowski’s consensus plan — proposals that would move forward immediately under what is being called the “Green Light” and proposals in the plan that will be delayed as what is being called “Yellow Light” projects.

The city has named Bob Gilbert to serve on an interim basis to organize stakeholder outreach, which includes a city kickoff meeting in January, creation of a new Web site and an 800 phone number.

Shortly, LAWA — Los Angeles World Airports, the City of Los Angeles agency that operates LAX and three other city-owned airports — will make a public site on its Web site available on an ongoing basis for stakeholders to learn about community outreach meetings and keep abreast of the consensus plan and the Green Light/Yellow Light process.

Information on the consensus plan or the stakeholder liaison, Miscikowski deputy David Kissinger, (310) 568-8772.

MORE MONEY FOR YMCA — The phrase, “Take the money and run,” took on a whole new meaning for the Westchester Family YMCA in September with the Y’s fund-raising race, sponsored for the fourth year by Arden Realty.

But it wasn’t until recently that the YMCA discovered exactly how much Arden and the community helped raise for YMCA programs.

This year’s race, “Running on the Power of Community Giving” was held Sunday, September 19th.

More than 1,200 individuals participated by running through the streets of Westchester.

At a recent YMCA Board of Managers meeting, Arden Realty, Inc. representatives Kimberly Graham and Molly Hobin presented a check for $15,000 to the Westchester Family YMCA from the Fourth Annual Arden Energy Challenge.

The event also benefited the S.P.C.A. (Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals) Los Angeles and Children United Nations.

“After the success of last year’s event, it was easy to round up the over 70 participants from the Westchester Family YMCA” to run in the event, said Laurie Ferro, Westchester Family YMCA team event chair.

She added that the YMCA will be able to send more children to camp and provide more programs for the community as a result of the proceeds from the Arden Energy Challenge.

“We are grateful to Arden for their continued partnership and their investment in the Westchester community,” Ferro said.

BEAUTIFY WESTCHESTER — The Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association is looking for interested, creative people to join the association in plans to improve Westchester, starting with the Sepulveda Boulevard corridor.

The association recently held a series of community design workshops to solicit community input on improvements that could be made along the boulevard, including new landscaping and meandering sidewalks.

There are many interesting opportunities to get involved with new concepts for Sepulveda Boulevard.

Information, association president John Ruhlen, (310) 641-4504.

SEWER RATE INCREASE — The Los Angeles City Council will soon review a possible sewer rate increase that has evolved from the city’s recent landmark settlement to end a six-year clean water lawsuit filed by Santa Monica BayKeeper.

To meet the terms of the settlement agreement, and sustain the city efforts to renew its aging infrastructure, an increase in the wastewater fee will be required over the next five years, city officials say.

Currently, the average single-family household pays about $21 per month.

Proponents of the increase say the fee will need to be increased annually over five years, and by 2009 the monthly rate will be $29.75.

The increase will be for all users of the system — residential, commercial, industrial and contract agencies.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works is leading an outreach campaign which includes giving presentations to community organizations such as Neighborhood Councils.

For information or to schedule a presentation to your group, call Adel Hagekhalil, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation Division manager, Wastewater Engineering Services Division, (213) 342-6225.

SWIM MEET — The Westchester Family YMCA Swim Team, better known as the “Orcas,” is set to hold its Fourth Annual Southern California YMCA Invitational Swim Meet.

Under the coaching of Najeeb Shamsid-Deen, Shareef Holly, Steve Contarsy and Safoura Tahbaz, the Orcas are on a quest to retain their first-place ranking.

Last year, the Orcas placed first — the first time in more than 25 years that the Westchester Family YMCA team took the title.

The meet will take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 4th and 5th, and will feature some of the best swimmers from YMCAs throughout Southern California.

Information, Najeeb Shamsid-Deen, the Westchester Family YMCA (310) 670-4316, ext. 7609.

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