LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County supervisors heard from several residents and employees of Los Angeles International Airport about their concerns whether Los Angeles World Airports has complied with a 2006 settlement that required the agency to redistribute air traffic throughout the region.

The five-member board on Tuesday morning also heard concerns over the modernization plans and the possible economic and environmental effects that could result.

The residents addressed a motion introduced by Supervisor Don Knabe that would force Los Angeles World Airports to comply with a 2006 settlement that required the agency to redistribute air traffic to airports throughout the region.

But before the item could be discussed by the board, it was moved to closed session.

"(LAWA) management's plan can only be regarded as a violation of the 2006 stipulated settlement agreement and is a way to thwart efforts of regionalization. Instead, it will concentrate traffic at LAX," said Linda Edelman, a resident of Playa Del Rey.

She also feels LAWA has violated the agreement. Edelman said she is in favor of plans to update and modernize LAX but the plan approved last week does not make economic sense.

Knabe's motion directed William Fujioka, the county's chief executive officer, to meet with officials from the city, LAWA and the county's Airport Land Use Commission and enforce compliance with the settlement agreement that stems from expansion plans at Los Angeles International Airport. Fujioka would follow up with the board within 30 days.

The settlement called for the agency to take substantive steps to reduce environmental impacts near LAX by encouraging passenger and cargo expansion at L.A./Ontario International and L.A./Palmdale Regional airports.

LAWA operates LAX as well as the Ontario, Palmdale and Van Nuys airports. The agency reports to the city of Los Angeles.

Knabe, who represents the county's 4th District, is the latest official to question whether LAWA has done enough to redistribute air traffic.

The issue was brought up by Fujioka, who had concerns over the lack of redistribution, in a letter sent to LAWA. He sent the letter in October in response to an environmental report for the airport's modernization plan.

A spokesman for Supervisor Mike Antonovich said the city of Los Angeles has failed to act in the best interests of travelers.

Denny Schneider, president of Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion, told the board that it's incumbent upon the entire region to have a good airport system and good rail system as well.

The agreement calls for plans redistribute air traffice, which he said has not happened.

"Again, LAWA has not done their job to help foster a network of airports instead of just one," Schneider said.


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