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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
An airline services company at Los Angeles International Airport has won a court victory in a longstanding battle with a labor union fighting to regain its representation of the firm's workers. Aviation Safeguards announced Thursday that U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson threw out a lawsuit filed in July 2012 by several company workers and United Service Workers West, a local of the Service Employees International Union. The case accused company managers of coercing their employees' choice of union representation before a majority of workers voted to terminate an SEIU contract in December 2011.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Officials kept their cool as they turned up the heat to finish construction of a new central utility plant in the middle of Los Angeles International Airport. LAX operators invited retired plant engineers to return and help run the old heating and cooling plant while current engineers were being trained to operate a new $438-million facility. On Tuesday, the retirees will be on hand at noon when 79-year-old former chief building operating engineer Walt Garrick flips the switch to shut down the old plant, which has been in continuous operation keeping airport passengers and workers comfortable since 1961.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
For late summer travel as well as fall travel to Tokyo, Singapore Airlines has an $870 round-trip fare from LAX that includes all taxes and fees. It is for travel Mondays-Thursdays from Sept. 1 until Nov. 20 and for return any day of the week through February. It is subject to availability. Info: Singapore Air , (800) 742-3333 Source: Airfarewatchdog
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Matt Pearce
At least 17 flights that were scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport were canceled Monday morning after a massive winter storm wreaked havoc on the East Coast. The canceled flights had been scheduled to fly to LAX from airports in Washington D.C., New York and New Jersey, among others. In a Twitter message Monday morning, Ronald Reagan National Airport said runways were closed as crews made a "herculean effort" to clear snow. The winter storm marched toward the East Coast on Sunday night, prompting airlines to preemptively cancel 1,500 flights scheduled for Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The man accused in the deadly shooting rampage last fall at Los Angeles International Airport is likely to be moved soon from a county jail to a federal holding facility, his attorney said in court Monday. Paul Anthony Ciancia entered a federal courtroom in downtown L.A. in handcuffs and stared straight ahead as his public defenders and federal prosecutors updated U.S. District Court Judge Philip Gutierrez on their progress in the case. Ciancia, who turned 24 a little over a week ago, is being held without bail at a San Bernardino County jailhouse where he is receiving medical care . But public defender John Littrell told the court his client was expected to be moved to the federal facility in downtown L.A. this week or next.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
After the chaotic evacuation of passenger terminals in last year's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said they are making significant improvements to emergency response plans. The measures include a special team of 300 airport officials to assist stranded passengers and a new wireless communication system that would send information to cellphones during emergencies. Among the other improvements are conveniently located distribution points for food and water, an enhanced public address system to better inform passengers and more assistance for people with disabilities.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Air China will take you from LAX to New Delhi and back for $926, including all taxes and fees. New Delhi, in north-central India, co-exists with Old Delhi, and together the area is home to about 16 million people. Summer-like weather generally begins in the middle of March, and temperatures frequently hover around 100 degrees during the day. Summer ends toward the end of June, when monsoon season begins. During the season, the area can get as much as 2 feet of rain.  The coolest month generally is January with highs in the 60s and 70s. This fare will put you in the city in April, in time for hot summer weather.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
On the main boulevard leading to Los Angeles International Airport, an aging office building will be converted into a much more in-demand product: a hotel. The 12-story Royal Airport Center at 5933 W. Century Blvd. will be turned into a 231-room Residence Inn by Marriott, contractor R.D. Olson Construction said. Olson will perform the $44.5-million makeover for the building's new owner, a limited liability company called Svi Lax. Guest amenities are to include a pool, spa, fire pit, sports court, exercise room, business center and meeting space.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
State workplace safety inspectors have opened an investigation into the death of a baggage worker at Los Angeles International Airport despite an initial report indicating he had a heart attack. Based on that report, Erika Monterroza, spokeswoman the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said an inspection was not initially planned into the death Friday of Cesar Valenzuela, 51. However, inspectors visited LAX Monday and "for whatever reason, Cal/OSHA decided there was a need to open an investigation,” Monterroza said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The  worker at  Los Angeles International Airport  who was killed early Friday while driving a baggage cart was identified by coroner's officials as a 51-year-old Los Angeles man. Cesar Valenzuela died early Friday when he fell out of the baggage cart and was struck by a “tug” cart. He  was traveling on a service road about 5 a.m. when he either had a medical issue or lost control of the vehicle, airport officials said.   Los Angeles Fire Department   paramedics found him unconscious and were unable to revive him, airport officials said.
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