Airlines that use Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will have to charge passengers a minimum of $35 per ticket because the airlines will have to pay for the construction costs of Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn’s proposed LAX Master Plan Alternative D, the local anti-airport master plan organization ARSAC (Alliance For A Regional Solution to Air Congestion) president Val Velasco is alleging.
Velasco says that a coalition of airline companies at LAX — with the exception of United Airlines — is working with ARSAC and Velasco to oppose the mayor’s proposal.
Those airlines have told Velasco that the $35 per ticket charge is based on the $9 billion cost of redevelopment in the Hahn proposal, Velasco says.
But if the $9 billion cost goes higher, the per ticket fee may go to $70, Velasco alleged.
Velasco said that her organization is currently gathering signatures, with a goal of 20,000, for a petition against Alternative D and a consensus plan proposed by Los Angeles City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski.
The consensus plan would split Hahn’s Alternative D into two segments — allowing the least controversial portions of the plan to be developed immediately and the more controversial portions of the project to be delayed until a second phase of development.
Miscikowski’s plan would put less controversial projects, such as widening of a southern runway, into a first phase, which would move forward.
More controversial projects — such as building a ground transportation center at Manchester Square in Westchester and demolishing the present Terminals 1, 2 and 3 — would be put on hold for further study.
ARSAC has been making presentations before various Neighborhood Councils and neighborhood groups, asking that they oppose Alternative D and Miscikowski’s consensus plan, said Velasco.
“A representative for Hahn told me that Hahn has been working with other community groups, garnering support for Alternative D with a community benefits agreement, promising ‘first-source jobs’ — the first to be hired, construction jobs, improvements to schools — if these groups support Alternative D,” Velasco claimed.
A community benefits agreement is a project-specific contract between developers and community organizations, intended as safeguards to ensure that local community residents share in the benefits of major developments.
“So far, the Mar Vista Community Council, Grass Roots Venice Neighborhood Council, and the Westchester/Playa del Rey Neighborhood Council have all voted to oppose Hahn’s Alternative D and Miscikowski’s consensus plan,” said Velasco.
The West Los Angeles Neighborhood Council recently voted to recommend to the Los Angeles City Council and government officials that Hahn’s and Miscikowski’s plans not be considered until the results of a new RAND study, commissioned by the Los Angeles City Council, are returned and fully studied, said Velasco.
Velasco questioned whether airport redevelopment funds could be legally used for off-site projects, such as the proposed community benefits agreement proposed by Hahn.
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