In a 13-0 vote Tuesday, September 6th, the Los Angeles City Council gave unanimous approval to the nomination of Playa del Rey attorney Val Velasco to the city airport commission.
Councilmembers tossed aside comments from critics that Velasco had a conflict of interest because she earlier was president of the Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion (ARSAC), a community organization that had earlier sued the City of Los Angeles regarding the proposed Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) master plan.
After she was nominated by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Vi-llaraigosa to the airport commission, Velasco resigned from ARSAC.
Tuesday, the City Council held deliberations on the nominations of Velasco and six other nominees for the airport commission and the city harbor commission.
Despite comments that Velasco might have to “recuse” herself from various airport commission issues, no City Council member opposed her nomination.
Even Councilwoman Janice Hahn had kind words for Velasco, calling the Playa del Rey attorney “the community voice” for Westchester and Playa del Rey.
Wednesday, Velasco said she is “excited” to have been approved for the commission “and can’t wait to get to work.”
“We will start Wednesday at 9 a.m. and I understand we have a long agenda.”
During the City Council deliberations, Velasco told council-members that her appointment would help the airport.
“One of the biggest problems I see with LAX is really a public relations problem. I’m looking forward to being able to go out into the community and say, ‘Look at all of these fabulous things that LAWA (Los Angeles World Airports) is doing.”