Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plane ticket to China cost more than 5K

In May, about a month before Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa left office, he led a trade delegation to China. Now some of the the bills from that trip are becoming public.

Los Angeles World Airports, operator of LAX, paid $5546.50 for Villaraigosa’s plane ticket, documents show. The price appears to suggest Villaraigosa flew in business class. The airport also paid the same price for Michael Lawson, president of the Board of Airport Commissioners. The airport also paid $2,095 for the plane ticket of mayor’s office employee Martha Preciado, documents show.

LAWA and the Port of Los Angeles — both self financing city departments — combined to pay for the trip. The two entities estimated they would each pay about $40,000 in total. The goal was to stimulate trade and build relationships with China’s political and economic leaders.

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Pictures of LAX’s new Tom Bradley International Terminal

Phase One of LAX’s new Tom Bradley International Terminal was supposed to be done by now. It’s not. But for the next three days, airport officials will nonetheless celebrate the more than $1.7 billion building.

Part of the reason appears to be as an honor to outgoing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the new terminal’s champion. He leaves office at the end of June. Instead of a ribbon cutting, he gets some preview days.

We’re getting a sneak peak this morning at the new terminal. You can register to visit the building between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday. Or if you would prefer to wait, much of the terminal should be completed by late summer or early fall.

Here are some airport-handout pictures and renderings to whet your appetite.

20.1 Photo North Concourse (2) (800x533)

21.1 Photo Customs Secure Corridor and North Concourse (2) (1024x683)

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