L.A. Airport Commission President: City wants fair price for Ontario Airport

L.A. wants a fair price for L.A/Ontario International Airport, which it has operated since 1967. Staff file photo.

L.A. wants a fair price for L.A/Ontario International Airport, which it has operated since 1967. Staff file photo.

Los Angeles must receive a fair price in order to sell L.A/Ontario International Airport to Ontario, the president of L.A. Board of Airport Commissioners said today in a statement.

“LAWA is willing to consider a transfer of ONT to a qualified entity representing the cities and counties in the service area of the airport,” commission president Sean Burton said. “However, LAWA will only consider such a transfer in exchange for fair compensation for assets transferred and reasonable protections for airport workers, including City of Los Angeles employees.”

Regular readers know that L.A. and Ontario told a judge on Wednesday that they failed to reach a settlement during the roughly two month break in their lawsuit. Ontario had filed suit against Los Angeles in June, accusing L.A. of mismanaging the airport. L.A. has operated the Ontario field since 1967 and Ontario wants it back.

This is a very important issue for Ontario politicians and voters, who are concerned that that Ontario airport had fewer than 4 million passengers in 2013 for the first time in nearly 30 years. I don’t hear much about the issue, however, from anyone in L.A.

We’ll have more about Ontario’s lawsuit as it moves forward. Stay tuned.

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Proud Bird restaurant may actually pay less rent in 2014 than in 2013, documents show

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The Proud Bird restaurant is staying for at least one more year. Staff file photo. Staff photo by Steve McCrank.

The Proud Bird restaurant at Los Angeles International Airport likely will pay less rent in 2014 than it has in recent years under an arrangement with landlord Los Angeles World Airports, documents show.

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Judge: Ontario lawsuit against Los Angeles World Airports may proceed

The city of Ontario’s lawsuit against Los Angeles World Airports may proceed, a state court judge ruled on Wednesday.

Ontario officials contend that Los Angeles World Airports has mismanaged L.A./Ontario International Airport, which has lost more than 40 percent of its air traffic since 2007. The airport authority, a department of the city of Los Angeles, also manages Los Angeles International Airport and Van Nuys Airport

Ontario wants to regain control of the airport from Los Angeles and has sued to make that a reality. Ontario officials believe they could do a better job at managing the facility.

My colleague Liset Marquez has a full analysis of today’s Riverside County Superior Court ruling. 

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Eric Garcetti appoints new Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners

As expected, new Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has put his stamp on the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners, replacing six of seven members. The only holdover from former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is Val Valasco, a Playa Del Rey attorney.

The commissioners oversee operations — and the pursestrings — at Los Angeles International Airport, Van Nuys Airport and L.A./Ontario International Airport. Technically, they serve staggered five-year terms. But by tradition, new mayors are generally permitted to replace the entire board.

The new members are: Sean Burton, Gabriel Eshaghian, Jackie Goldberg, Bea Hsu, Matthew Johnson and Cynthia Telles.

Read on for a biography of each commissioner provided by the mayor’s office.

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