As expected, the LA Board of Airport Commissioners voted to reject all bids for a lucrative contract that would purvey advertising at LAX, after conflict-of-interest issues arose between a former Commission president and one of the firms vying for the contract. However, the same Board also voted to award two construction management contracts totaling $87 million despite allegations that current contractors receive costly benefits and unseasonably high salaries. On a related note, Transit Coalition Chair Ken Alpern and LA CityWatch contributor Kay Martin take on the issue of how to best connect the airport to the growing Metro Rail system.
It is no secret that San Diego is in dire need of a new airport to replace the cramped Lindbergh Field. Attempts to situate a new airport on existing Navy and Air Force properties and even in Tijuana have failed. In a last-ditch effort, San Diego officials are touting construction of a new airport 115 miles to the east in Imperial County. Political pundit Dan Waters believes their sights should instead turn northward… to the equally distant Ontario Airport. Waters concedes that a high-speed rail link would be required to make this option work. Mind you, this is coming from the same guy who vehemently opposes the state HSR project.