The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday sought to determine whether Los Angeles airport officials have complied with a 2006 court settlement requiring them to spread the growth in flights at busy Los Angeles International Airport to others in the region.
Supervisors directed the county counsel's office and William T Fujioka, the county's chief executive officer, to assess how well Los Angeles World Airports has implemented the agreement that ended a legal challenge to the plans of former Mayor James K. Hahn to modernize LAX. They must report to the board in 30 days.
The settlement stemmed from a series of lawsuits brought in 2005 by the county, neighborhood organizations and communities surrounding LAX. Among other things, the agreement directed airport officials to seek to shift cargo and passenger operations from LAX to LA/Ontario International Airport and LA/Palmdale Regional Airport.
Inland Empire officials are now seeking to take control of Ontario, saying that Los Angeles has done too little to halt a severe decline in passengers since 2007. Palmdale, which struggled to retain airlines, closed in 2009.