Delta Air Lines improves LAX Terminal 5: See the renovations

Delta unveiled the first half of its $229 million renovation Los Angeles International Airport last week, and while there’s no ‘wow’ factor in the upgrades, Terminal 5 is looking much cleaner and brighter than before.

Los Angeles World Airports, the landlord, is paying nearly all of the upgrades, with the Transportation Security Administration funding about $25 million in security improvements and Delta adding another $12 million for so-called “proprietary improvements.”

Most of Delta’s big changes will come in 2015, when Phase 2 improvements such as a wider security checkpoint and special VIP lobby will be finished. But I got a look this week at Phase 1.

Here’s what I learned:

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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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LAX Security: Interview with airport police chief Patrick Gannon (Part 1)

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Police gather outside of Terminal 3 at LAX on Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Patrick Gannon is chief of the Los Angeles World Airports police, which puts him in charge of security at Los Angeles International Airport, Van Nuys Airport and L.A./Ontario International Airport. We met Monday for an interview.

Part 1 of the interview here focuses on the Nov. 1 incident at LAX, in which a gunman attacked Transportation Security Administration officers at Terminal 3, killing Gerardo Hernandez  and injuring several others. Part 2 — available on Wednesday — deals with the overall challenges of policing at LAX.

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Source: LAX airport director Gina Marie Lindsey will keep job

In case you have not seen my story from our main website, I reported last night that Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, will remain on the job under new Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Garcetti, who celebrates his 100th day in office today, had asked the heads of all Los Angeles city departments to reapply for their jobs.

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