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Residents Concerned Over LAX Expansion

Meetings will be held this week to discuss impacts.

Some people who live near Los Angeles International Airport criticized modernization and expansion plans at a public hearing, the first of three that will be held this week.

"Between the noise and the flyovers, we're doomed," said Playa Del Re resident Joyce Maleady in an interview Saturday with NBC4. Additional public sessions will be held in downtown Los Angeles and in Westchester this week to allow the public to comment on the proposed master plan revisions, which include demolishing and relocating three terminals and shifting some of the northern runways to the south.

Earlier this summer, LAX officials released a list of nine major projects proposed for the airport. The options include a centralized ground transportation hub, and relocating terminals 1, 2 and 3 to allow for new taxiways and runway configurations.

The airport routinely ranks near the bottom of surveys for efficiency and convenience, and airport officials have sought to relocate the northern pair of runways to allow for a midfield taxiway and other safety and operational improvements. Some of the improvements are intended to accommodate larger aircraft that are coming onto the market, and to keep LAX competitive with San Francisco International Airport as a business and tourism gateway.

A coalition of business and labor groups is using that argument. The proposals are online at laxspas.org and comments may be filed there. Additional meetings and hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., and at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 Aviation Blvd., Westchester. The ultimate decision will be made by the L.A. city council next year, LAX officials said.

Robert Alphenaar August 27, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Come on people, you purchased a house near one of the busiest airports in the world and you are somehow shocked that there is traffic on the ground and planes flying overhead. Really?
Monty Stretham August 27, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Why people who live near the airport complain about airport noise i'll never know. It it bothers you, MOVE!
Ernest S. Cowell August 27, 2012 at 06:42 PM
AGREE!!! Y would anyone complain when they knew what was their neighbor. I think they don't use their brains. Like movining to the mountains and/or canyons and complaining about deer, ground squirrels, and other wild life.
Sean August 27, 2012 at 10:07 PM
expand the old air base in irvine, i think they still call it the great park it is still not too late to turn air force base into major airport tax orange co, san diego co residents if they use LAX
Hans Huth August 28, 2012 at 02:14 AM
It's one thing to live with the airport as Westchester residents have been doing for years; it's quite another to have to deal with the severe environmental impacts that will result from expansion. We know what we are dealing with now; we shouldn't have to deal with all the additional impacts. More information at: www.laxislax.com .
Virginia August 28, 2012 at 05:34 AM
I totally agree with the comments regarding why people that live near the airport and complain about airplane noise should consider moving. BUT, these expansions will result in some very severe environmental impacts in our Westchester, Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista neighborhoods. Has the airport evaluated what impact those much larger airplanes will have on our home foundations? I live in Playa del Rey, part of the plan includes building a soccer field ,where alcohol will be served, behind my home. One of the reasons we choose to live over here is because of the wonderful, cool ocean breezes we get through our open windows. The noise of a loud soccer field would ruin that for many of us. In addition, will be losing a small neighborhood dog park that sits where the soccer field will be if they are successful. I, and I'm sure many others in our neighborhoods, actually happily anticipate the expansion of the airport. It is important to me that my home city airport remains competitve with other cities. I admire the way the planners have included some retail and some public recreation in the plans. I am sure there is a way to include these features in the planning while still maintaining the quiet and peace we now have in our neighborhoods.
Hans Huth August 29, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I understand that many readers may not recall this fact, but much of the land that LAX is proposing for expansion was occupied by homes at one time. You can still see the streetlights and residential roads that once fed into private driveways. Those homes were condemned under the premise of creating a "safety buffer" for the expanding LAX. Many families were forced to move and were paid below market value for their property. On that note, many residents living in the Westchester community didn't have an airport as a neighbor, they had homes and families that were destroyed by LAX, so the idea that people moved in next to an airport and should just deal with it rings hollow, particularly for older residents who helped build this community. Westchester has been the buffer between surrounding communities and LAX. If that buffer is lost, then don't complain when the impacts of LAX (traffic, idling diesel busses, lights, noise, and passengers parking cars for weeks in front of your home) expands into your community next. After all, "you purchased a house next to one of the busy airports in the world". From someone who grew up in the area has witnessed the impacts first hand - take my word for it; this is something that will impact neighboring communities. For those who don't live near LAX, you'll understand when AT&T plops a cell phone tower in your kid's park, or LA county expands a road next to your home. After all, you live in one of the busiest cities in the world.

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