LAX is expected to settle fines assessed by TSA

I came across an unusual entry in the agenda this week for the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners closed session meeting scheduled for Wednesday. It appears the Transportation Security Administration has assessed fines on Los Angeles International Airport.

Here’s what it says:

“Transportation Security Administration Settlement of five (5) Orders assessing Civil Penalties to Los Angeles World Airports for violations at Los Angeles International Airport. [2013LAX0162; 2013LAX0170; 2013LAX0216; 2013LAX0256; 2013LAX0017].”

I’ve reached out to the TSA about what these fines might be for, but I am not optimistic I’ll receive an answer. Usually I’m told this is “security sensitive” data. The meeting in which they will be discussed in closed to the public.

Do any of my readers know why these fines were asessed? If you know and want to say anonymous, you may email me at brian.sumers@langnews.com.

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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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Supporters of Proud Bird restaurant plan to attend Thursday’s LAX commission meeting

The Proud Bird at Los Angeles International Airport plans to close on Nov. 21. Staff photo by Scott Varley.

The Proud Bird at Los Angeles International Airport plans to close on Nov. 21. Staff photo by Scott Varley.

Want to save the Proud Bird restaurant at Los Angeles International Airport?

Thursday is your chance to make yourself heard.

The restaurant is asking community members to attend the special meeting of the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners to lobby on behalf of keeping the Proud Bird open. In September, the Proud Bird — which has been around for almost five decades — announced it would close on Nov. 21 due to a rent dispute with Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX.

The Proud Bird is located on airport property just east of Runways 25R and 25L, but according to airport officials, it has been paying below market rent for years.

Airport officials tell me they’re required to charge “market rent” to all tenants, and they’ve been adamant they can’t give the Proud Bird a sweetheart deal to stay. But the restaurant’s supporters are still going to try to lobby the airport board.

Here’s the flyer that’s being circulated:

Proud Bird

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