Los Angeles County, CA
May 17, 2005 Election
Bill's commitment on how to handle questions of regional aviation.
I strongly oppose the current Master Plan for the development of Los Angeles International Airport. It is a flawed proposal that fails to protect the community against expansion, noise, pollution, traffic and the threat of terrorist attack.
I will voice my opposition to the LAX Master Plan throughout this campaign. And if I am elected:
1. I will immediately move to reject both the current LAX Master Plan and the so-called "consensus plan" version of Alternative D.
2. I will demand that LAX be physically constrained by gate limitations to a capacity of no more than 78 million annual passengers.
3. I will introduce a council motion to eliminate the proposed demolition of the central terminal area and the construction of the Ground Transportation Center at Manchester Square.
4. I will lead a meeting of City of Los Angeles representatives with officials in Ontario, Palmdale and other Southern California communities to create plans for a regional aviation system, resulting in equitable distribution of air traffic.
5. I will introduce a motion requiring that the City of Los Angeles participate in a Regional Airport Planning Authority to work with the FAA for a truly regional system of air transportation.
6. I will lead the fight for a system of sensible, cost-efficient mass transit, including north-south rail access and a Green Line extension to the airport, giving travelers access to LAX without clogging our streets with traffic.
7. I will insist that any plans for LAX and other airports include "community benefit" packages, providing construction and airport jobs to local residents, and mitigating all environmental and noise impacts.
8. I will guarantee surrounding communities a voice in and a transparent process for LAX-related decisions.
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