Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has appointed 11th District City Councilman Bill Rosendahl to serve as the city representative on the reactivated Southern California Regional Airport Authority (SCRAA) board.

The SCRAA is a joint powers agreement between the County of Los Angeles, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Orange County and the City of Los Angeles.

“I thank Mayor Villaraigosa for his leadership and welcome the appointment as the city’s representative to SCRAA,” Rosendahl said.

The SCRAA board will work to regionalize air traffic among Los Angeles World Airports and other airports in Southern California, formulate ideas to promote the regional dispersion of air traffic in Southern California and act as a key player in the joint-planning and joint-marketing efforts to help promote regional air traffic.

“I am happy to announce my friend, Councilmember Rosendahl, as my appointment to the SCRAA board,” Villaraigosa said.

“Councilmember Rosendahl has shown his dedication to modernizing and regionalizing aviation in Southern California through his unyielding involvement with LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) and other airport issues.

“The Councilmember will bring this same dedication and commitment to the board,” Villaraigosa added.

Demonstrating his commitment to the LAX master plan settlement agreement and upholding his promise to work to regionalize air traffic among LAWA and other Southern California airports, Villaraigosa announced plans Friday, June 2nd, to reactivate the Southern California Regional Airport Authority.

The Southern California Regional Airport Authority was established in 1984 and had a consistent run until becoming inactive in 2003.

“By working together, we will accomplish our goal of regionalizing air traffic and making our airports better neighbors to our residents, all while remaining a vital economic engine for the entire community,” Villaraigosa said.

He was joined by Congresswoman Jane Harman, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and Rosendahl during the announcement at LAX.

“We face regional challenges at our airports and we need regional solutions to solve those challenges,” County Supervisor Don Knabe said.

“I am proud the City of Los Angeles recognizes the need to be part of this partnership and I look forward to working with the mayor, the city and all of our regional partners on improving access to our airports.”

Added Harman, “What a difference a new mayor makes.

“Bringing all the parties together will lead to enhanced security, better service, shorter lines, cleaner air and less traffic near all our airports,” she said.

“Antonio Villaraigosa and Bill Rosendahl both get that.”