Tamero said he had no choice; his cargo volume was down by half. The father of five said the financial strain forced him to sell his home in Rancho Palos Verdes. The family moved to another house in Lennox.
"I woke up one morning in shock," Tamero said. "I went from Palos Verdes to Lennox. It's tough."
Today's declining air traffic at LAX complicates the latest multibillion-dollar plan to upgrade Tom Bradley International Terminal by 2013.
A consortium of international airlines recently expressed concern that the renovation would result in higher landing fees and terminal rents. Airport workers could also face furloughs to offset the city's budget deficit.
It is against this backdrop that businesses around LAX try to move forward.
But it's been tough going for the likes of airline caterers who have seen their industry shrink 40% since 2000, said Roxanne Conrad, a spokeswoman for LSG Sky Chefs, which has a kitchen adjacent to the airport.
The recession only heightens their struggles as more cash-strapped airlines eliminate meal services. In the last six years, Sky Chefs has had its orders at LAX slashed nearly in half. It has adapted by consolidating three kitchens into one, Conrad said.