Los Angeles Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski has responded to our editorial last week, in which we suggested that if James Hahn fails to make a March runoff for reelection or is defeated in a June general election that the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Master Plan Alternative D is a dead duck.
It was Miscikowski, of course, who rushed in to save the mayor’s goose — as they say — by proposing what she calls a “Consensus Plan” for Hahn’s battered LAX Master Plan Alternative D.
The councilwoman’s concept is that all the good stuff in the LAX Master Plan would be given a “green light” and a go-ahead and all the worst of the awful stuff would be delayed — given a “yellow light,” if you will.
The problem with Miscikowski’s “Consensus Plan” is that the public must swallow the awful stuff in the plan in order to get the good stuff. The plan is voted upon as one entity with the hope that somehow the bad stuff won’t get built.
But unfortunately, the “awful stuff” also becomes law if the City Council approves the plan in its next two of three votes. The general public is just supposed to rely on the “promises” of future mayors and City Council members.
The public relying on the promises of politicians? Such a thought would create a gaggle of giggles if the issue weren’t all so serious.
But back to Miscikowski’s response letter to us:
The councilwoman writes that her “Consensus Plan” “will not just disappear at the whim of a new City Council, new Airport Commissioner or a new mayor.”
If we get a new mayor, we’ll get a new Airport Commission and we’re two-thirds there to dumping this dog.
Miscikowski does a good job of outlining the process:
“The City Charter and the Municipal Code clearly describe the process for amending or overturning a specific plan — a new EIR (environmental impact report), new public hearings, new data, new public process.”
Folks, if we get a new mayor, get ready for a “new EIR, new public hearings, new data, new public process.”
We can hear the cheers from Westchester and Playa del Rey neighbors already.
In fact, a new EIR, new public hearings, new data and a new public process are exactly what many of the plaintiffs will be asking for when they hit the courts moments after the City Council passes the LAX “Consensus Plan” in a third vote in December.
Of course, a “new EIR, new public hearings, new data, new public process” will take years.
More loud cheering from Miscikowski’s Westchester and Playa del Rey constituents.
The councilwoman is correct that LAX needs to do maintenance upgrades to keep itself viable.
But each upgrade can be a separate project and not completely destroy the adjacent neighborhoods in the process, as Miscikowski’s “Consensus Plan” would do.
As for the councilwoman’s comments that her Consensus Plan won’t just disappear at a “whim” of a new mayor or council, even Miscikowski would acknowledge that City Council members change laws and policies — and specific plans — all the time.
We’ve been around long enough to remember when an earlier City Council decreed that LAX would not accept any more than 40 million annual passengers.
Ah, what a great victory that was for then-Councilwoman Pat Russell.
We appreciate Miscikowski taking the time to write us and our readers on this issue.
She offers a great guide on what neighbors need to do and look forward to in order to “make disappear” — again, Miscikowski’s words — this onerous LAX “Consensus Plan.”
As one Westchester resident writes in his letter to the editor this week:
“The fight over LAX expansion is far from over.”
HELGA GOT MARRIED — Eagle-eyed readers have already noticed that we have a new reporter on our staff this issue.
Well not quite.
Helga Carr got married over the weekend and is now gracing our pages as Helga Gendell.
Our congratulations and best wishes to Playa del Rey residents Larry and Helga.
MARY LOU CROCKETT — We join the local community in sending our thoughts to the family of Mary Lou Crockett, who passed away after a very busy life in the Westchester and Playa del Rey communities.
She was quite a lady and we feel fortunate to have known her.
She leaves us all with many wonderful memories.