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.
Former Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners president Michael Lawson has been nominated by President Obama to represent the United States to the International Civil Aviation Organization based in Montreal, Canada.
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.
Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, is one of the more polarizing public figures in Southern California.
Her core staff seems to love her and consistently cites her chief accomplishments, like overseeing the new $1.9 billion international terminal at Los Angeles International and presiding over impressive upgrades at Terminals 5 and 6. They note that the airport was essentially stuck in a time warp between 1984 and when she took over in 2007.
But Lindsey has plenty of detractors, especially residents living near LAX, who say she hasn’t listened to their concerns, and politicians in Ontario, who say she has mismanaged L.A/Ontario International Airport.
It is against this backdrop that Lindsey has signaled her desire to stay on the job under new Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. Last week, she sent a memo to the mayor outlining why she believes she should get to stay on.
Read Lindsey’s memo here: LAWA – Mission Achievements and Goals 2013
A spokeswoman for the mayor said it will be at least two months before Garcetti decides which city department heads get to stay. Many will be watching carefully to see what he decides.
What about you? Do you think Lindsey should stay? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Considering the number of films and TV show shot in Los Angeles, you’d think the operator of three of the region’s airports would be making big money off of film production.
But that does not appear to be the case. Data shared Tuesday with the Los Angeles Airport Commission shows Los Angeles World Airports, which runs LAX, Ontario International Airport and Van Nuys Airport, has recovered only about $3 million in fees during the past three and a half years.
LAWA has been waiving permit fees since 2006, which is part of the reason the amount is relatively low. But the airport authority still recovers fees for things like facility rental and trailer parking. At Ontario, it even rents out a Boeing 727 airframe for filming. According to the airport operator, most fees have not risen in almost 20 years.
The report suggests LAWA staff is considering raising fees for most productions. Under the proposal, the fee for filming inside most facilities would rise from $50 per day to $400 per day. The fee for filming on airport ramps would rise from $300 per day to $400 per day.
Here is what LAWA has recovered in filming fees at each of its airports in the past four fiscal years:
Airport 2010 2011 2012 2013 (Through Feb.)
LAX $315,659 $385,450 $118,830 $109,774
ONT $136,554 $651,201 $499,468 $516,943
VNY $119,017 $145,200 $80,400 $34,846.60