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Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/06/2013 09:17:36 PM PDT
Updated: 08/06/2013 09:17:45 PM PDT

ONTARIO — A prominent Inland Empire business leader is questioning Los Angeles International Airport’s management after it was revealed consultants there received lucrative perks.

Documents obtained by Los Angeles News Group found LAX has paid consultants more than $300 per hour, provided housing and transportation for construction advisory services, as part of an overall contract with Los Angeles World Airports worth more than $16 million. LAWA manages LAX, LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys airports.

Frank Williams, interim executive director of the Ontario Airport Alliance, said he thought it was ridiculous for LAWA to be paying such amenities. The alliance is comprised of community and business leaders who want to mobilize efforts for local control of the airport.

“It’s almost criminal what they’re doing at LAX,” Williams said.

LAX and LAWA should be held accountable for its actions, he said.

“It calls into question the management of the airport,” Williams said.

Steve Lambert, a board member of the Alliance, said he needs more information to better understand the situation at LAX, including the comparing rates for consultants in this field.

He acknowledged that LAWA has been criticized by LA’s city controller for contracting consultants, but said more and more companies are using consultants because they can provide highly specialized skills that staff can’t.

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