The fight to move (or not) the northern runways of LAX is heating up. For those out of the loop, an LA City airport panel recently approved a plan to modernize LAX, which includes moving the northernmost runway further northward by 260 feet. Now, two powerful Congressional Democrats are at odds over the issue. Rep. Maxine Waters has been an adamant opponent of moving the northern runways, while Rep. Henry Waxman has gone public in supporting the relocation. Waters accused Waxman of wafting between two opinions in order to let observers conclude that he was still undecided on the issue when his mind was already made up. Needless to say, Transit Coalition Chair Ken Alpern, a Westside resident, is not pleased with Waxman’s stance.
Not to be left out of the discussion is mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti, who is also against moving the northern runways. Instead, Garcetti offered his support for other alternatives as part of the study, one of which includes building a peoplemover connecting LAX with rail transit. (This was the subject of a previous Transit Coalition dinner meeting.) Opposing candidate Wendy Greuel has skirted the issue, stating she will meet with both neighborhood and business groups to discuss the proposal. The Los Angeles City Council is expected to make a decision on the matter later this year.