By Brian Sumers, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/16/2013 05:59:18 PM PDT
Updated: 07/16/2013 06:18:53 PM PDT
Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said she deserves to keep her job under new Mayor Eric Garcetti because she has turned around an inefficient city agency with “conflicting priorities,” according to a memo delivered to City Hall.
“LAWA, long moribund with inconsistent planning and development direction, conflicting priorities, and seemingly intractable tenant conflicts, is now moving forward with full steam to deliver the airport experience that best reflects the city’s goals and market demand for these economic engines,” Lindsey wrote in the memo delivered Friday. “While much has been accomplished, much work remains.”
Lindsey was appointed by former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in 2007, and while she had considerable successes — like a fast-tracked, soon-to-be completed almost $2 billion international terminal and overall facility upgrades — her tenure has been marked by rocky relations with residents living near Los Angeles International Airport and with officials from the city of Ontario.
Los Angeles World Airports also runs L.A./Ontario International Airport, and annual passenger traffic there has fallen by about 40 percent since Lindsey took over, a drop that has disappointed Ontario leaders.
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