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Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/11/2013 12:43:00 PM PST
Updated: 02/11/2013 11:16:50 PM PST

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe plans to introduce a motion today that would force Los Angeles World Airports to comply with a 2006 settlement that required the agency to redistribute air traffic throughout the region.

The motion directs 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.

Knabe’s motion will also ask the county’s counsel to review the settlement and report back in 30 days on whether LAWA and Los Angeles have abided by the terms of the agreement.

He is expected to the introduce the motion at today’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting.

“I am very concerned that agreements to substantively address these fundamental issues, which were paramount to achieving the Settlement Agreement in the first place, have not been met by the City,” Knabe states in his motion.

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.

County officials last week blasted LAWA for not taking steps to meet the terms of the settlement.

In 2005, Los Angeles County was among several entities and cities to challenge the environmental reports associated with LAWA’s master plan to modernize the airport.

The following year, a settlement agreement was reached between Los Angeles, LAWA and those entities that were opposed to the plan.

The settlement was seen as the guiding document for the city and LAWA to comply with the environmental impacts of LAX and set a limit on future growth at the airport. It was also meant to serve in lieu of a court ruling.

Knabe’s motion states that an amendment to LAX’s modernization plan fails to provide enough of a detailed analysis on how the proposed changes address promises made in the settlement such as the redistributing of air traffic in the region.

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