Westchester: Community meeting on LAWA plan for north runway

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Posted January 3, 2013 by The Argonaut in News

REPRESENTATIVES from New Directions and Safe Place for Youth were each presented with a $35,000 check from Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl (center), provided with funds from his former re-election campaign.

The Los Angeles Planning Department will host a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the Proud Bird Restaurant in Westchester regarding a proposal to move the northernmost runway at Los Angeles International Airport. An open house is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Los Angeles World Airports staff have recommended moving the runway 260 feet north, which various entities, including the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa’s Airport Relations Committee, oppose.
Some residents argue that this proposal will increase noise, air pollution and traffic along Lincoln Boulevard.
Airport officials counter that the move will allow them to enhance safety on the airfields as well as accommodate some of the larger aircraft at LAX, which are arriving with increased frequency.
The newly refurbished Tom Bradley International Terminal, which is slated to partially open this summer, will have larger terminals to house these larger aircraft, such as the Airbus A-380.
Those who oppose the move north, including a large number of Westchester and Playa del Rey residents, have offered a counter proposal that they say will do everything that LAWA wants without moving the runway closer to their homes.
City staff will be available to present proposed changes and answer related questions at the open house. The public hearing will be conducted by a hearing officer, who will consider all public testimony and any written communication received prior to or at the hearing. A written recommendation report will subsequently be prepared by the Department of City Planning for consideration by the city Planning Commission and then by the City Council and the mayor.
Written communication may be e-mailed or mailed to Shawn Kuk, Department of City Planning, 200 N. Spring St., Room 667, Los Angeles, CA 90012; e-mail, shawn.kuk@lacity.org.
Information,
www.lawa.org/laxspas.
The Proud Bird Restaurant is at 11022 Aviation Blvd., Westchester.


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