A proposal by Los Angeles City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski to have the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Master Plan Alternative D built in phases, rather than all at once, is being opposed by each of three candidates who want to succeed Miscikowski in the local 11th Council District when Miscikowski is termed out at the end of June.
Flora Gil Krisiloff, Angela Reddock and Bill Rosendahl all oppose the Miscikowski Alternative D “consensus plan.”
The opposition by Krisiloff is especially significant because Krisiloff is considered to be Miscikowski’s heir appointee.
When Krisiloff first told us a week or more ago during a Venice gathering of neighbors that she opposes Miscikowski’s “consensus plan,” we were a bit stunned.
“Are there other Miscikowski positions you oppose?” we asked her.
Krisiloff was very hesitant to criticize Miscikowski, telling us how long she and the councilwoman have worked together on land use issues, dating back to when Miscikowski did not represent the local area that includes LAX.
But Krisiloff also emphasized how much she opposes the full Los Angeles City Council approving an Alternative D environmental impact report that locks in the now-controversial provisions of Alternative D — provisions that Miscikowski would not separate from the existing Alternative D, but merely put them on the back burner for future study.
That’s too dangerous, Krisiloff said, emphasizing to us that she will be her own councilwoman if elected.
Krisiloff seems quite confident in her land use experience and, with her opposition to Alternative D, has indicated that she will make her own decisions, not simply rubber-stamp the positions of her predecessor.
Krisiloff doesn’t want the City Council to pass an Alternative D plan that will lock in the onerous Manchester Square passenger check-in facility, so opposed by the Westchester community.
Council candidate Bill Rosendahl has issued what he calls a “Rosendahl Pledge” for LAX, “formally and aggressively opposing plans for expansion of Los Angeles International Airport.”
Rosendahl has unveiled an eight-point pledge that he says is modeled after the 2001 “ARSAC Pledge” of the local Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion.
“The Hahn-Miscikowski plan must be rejected,” Rosendahl says. “It is a flawed proposal that fails to protect the community against expansion, noise, pollution, traffic and the threat of terrorist attack.”
Rosendahl promised that, if elected, he would:
1. immediately move to reject both the current LAX Master Plan and the so-called “consensus plan” version of Alternative D;
2. demand that LAX be physically constrained by gate limitations to a capacity of no more than 78 million annual passengers;
3. introduce a City Council motion to eliminate the proposed demolition of the central terminal area and the construction of the Ground Transportation Center at Manchester Square;
4. lead a meeting of city representatives with officials in Ontario, Palmdale and other Southern California communities to create plans for a regional aviation system, resulting in equitable distribution of air traffic;
5. introduce a motion requiring that the City of Los Angeles participate in a Regional Airport Planning Authority to work with the Federal Aviation Administration for “a truly regional system of air transportation”;
6. lead the fight for a system of sensible, cost-efficient mass transit, including north-south rail access and a Green Line extension to the airport, giving travelers access to LAX without clogging our streets with traffic;
7. insist that any plans for LAX and other airports include “community benefit” packages, providing construction and airport jobs to local residents, and mitigating all environmental and noise impacts; and
8. guarantee surrounding communities a voice in and a transparent process for LAX-related decisions.
The third candidate, Angela Reddock, reportedly told the Westchester Neighbors Association that she also opposes the Miscikowski Alternative D “consensus plan.”
Reddock reportedly told Westchester neighbors that the proposed Manchester Square facility would increase the chances for safety and security problems, rather than decrease the threat of terrorism as the mayor has been running around town telling everyone.
KNABE EVENT — The Marina del Rey/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce Harbor Committee billed the much-anticipated appearance of Supervisor Don Knabe at its Harbor Committee meeting last week as one of the year’s most stimulating opportunities.
What the few folks who attended got was a fabulous buffet put out by the host Marina del Rey Hotel, a beautiful waterfront setting at the hotel and a chance to exchange cocktail chatter with fellow chamber members.
Knabe didn’t have much to say about the Marina and the well-fed attendees didn’t seem much interested in seeking the supervisor’s views on the subject.
Knabe did say that the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station would be closed “over my dead body” — a comment he has made several times before.
Sheriff Lee Baca has threatened to close the Marina Sheriff’s Station if his half-cent sales tax increase isn’t passed November 2nd.
Knabe admitted he voted to put the measure on the ballot so that voters could vote on the sales tax increase.
But Knabe has made no secret of the fact that he opposes the measure and doesn’t think it will pass.
Knabe’s greatest contribution during the evening was some pretty snazzy moves during a South Seas dance portion of the program.