This landmark agreement is a win-win for everyone! The real significance of this agreement, however, is that it is documenting a meeting of the minds and is not just another “enforceable agreement.” On behalf of ARSAC and the communities surrounding LAX, we thank Councilman Mike Bonin for his leadership in the development of this agreement, and to Mayor Eric Garcetti, The Board of Airport Commissioners, and Los Angeles World Airports for working with us to make this long-time coming agreement come to fruition. We also want to thank Congresswoman Maxine Waters for her unwavering support. This agreement demonstrates a new era of cooperation between LAWA and its neighbors not seen in over 40 years where air safety, air quality, noise, and health concern mitigations are on the same level of importance as operational efficiency.
We dedicate this landmark agreement to Denny Schneider’s visionary deceased wife, Nan; great, great, great friend Bill Rosendahl; and our airport mentor Roy Hefner, deceased Westchester Community member, whose efforts made this possible.
The ARSAC Board and community spent well over 100,000 man-hours during the past 20 years reviewing and commenting on LAWA projects. This agreement brings certainty to communities where unconstrained airport growth caused a very uncertain world and damaged quality of life.
This agreement calls for:
Improved north airfield safety without moving runways closer to airport neighbors. Safety enhancements include moving high speed taxiways to the last third of the runway ends, improved taxiways parallel to the north terminals and active safety technology such as Runway Status Lights (RSL) and Final Approach Runway Occupancy Signals (FAROS) to warn pilots if it is unsafe to enter or land on a runway. These new north airfield taxiway enhancements should result in a reduction in aircraft emissions thereby protecting the surrounding communities and the 50,000 people working at LAX.
New passenger gates within the Central Terminal Area will replace the west remote gates currently served by buses.
A new community park in the LAX Northside Development
A new site for an airport air quality monitoring station “Real” ongoing dialogue will occur between LAWA, ARSAC and the community to make LAX better while enhancing the community.
Denny Schneider, President of ARSAC, stated, “We have been the strongest advocates for fixing and improving service at LAX and to make it safe. This is a great day for Los Angeles because LAWA is now updating needed landside terminals and public access to LAX along with significant taxiway improvements and upgraded safety systems.”
Robert Acherman, Vice President of ARSAC stated, “The MOU is a giant step forward in airport and community relations. We look forward to working with LAWA in improving access to LAX while also protecting airport neighborhoods from airport impacts.”
We are so pleased that this is now going to happen. LAWA is addressing both air and ground safety along as well as health impacts.
Thanks again to all you have worked to make this happen.
ARSAC's correspondence to SCAG (Southern California Associations of Governments) regarding the agency's Regional Aviation Forecast:
"The FAA has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1E to document the potential environmental effects associated with the optimization of aircraft routes and the supporting airspace management structure serving aircraft operating under instrument flight rules (IFR) while departing from or arriving to the Southern California Metroplex area...
...The Draft EA for the SoCal Metroplex project was released and made available for public review and comment on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. A copy of the document can be downloaded from the documents webpage, or viewed at selected public libraries. The public is invited to comment by mail or email. Contact information is available on the public input webpage. Written comments will be accepted by the FAA until Friday, July 10, 2015.
The FAA invites the public to attend public information workshops for the Draft EA. During the workshops, representatives from the FAA and its Consultant Team will be available to answer questions about the project. The workshops will be open-house format and participants can attend anytime at the times and locations listed below."
We thank Mayor Garcetti and the Board of Airport Commission for their search to find a new Executive Director who has the expertise to operate one of the largest passenger traffic airports, LAX, and the rest of the LAWA airport family while exhibiting sensitivity to work with the surrounding communities to minimize airport impacts.
Ms. Flint has been the director of Oakland International Airport which has on-going construction projects of various types—both landside and airside. We are pleased that Ms. Flint is experienced in development of public access as well. Her expertise will help us continue to overcome decades of deferred maintenance at LAX. Her dedication to air safety is important to everyone. We understand that Ms. Flint has a history of working with local groups and business to improve surrounding communities and we look forward to working with her.
As Oakland International Airport director Ms. Flint has shown the ability to work within a network of regional airports. We see this as particularly important because LAX is situated adjacent to the two major So Cal earthquake faults. LAX’s near monopoly of international flights and large percentage of domestic flights for the entire Southern California region is a risk we need not bear. We understand that she will work to develop a cooperative effort with the other airports to improve their volume so that all of the region’s fortune is not in one basket.
We congratulate Ms. Flint for her decision to come to Los Angeles and look forward to a positive relationship that improves LAX while developing into a first class neighbor and partner in improving the visitor experiences for our tourists.
Denny Schneider, President of ARSAC, stated, “We welcome New Executive Director Flint and look forward to working with her to ensure that landside terminal and surrounding community changes are the best possible and that complementary airfield changes will provide the world class airport that Los Angeles and the region deserves.”