Changes are in store for LAX with this week's mayoral victory of Antonio Villaraigosa, who is promising to shred the current airport modernization plan and replace most of the commissioners whom James Hahn appointed to run the department, the Daily Breeze reported. Villaraigosa has opposed several of the major projects in Hahn's $11 billion LAX Master Plan, including the new airport entrance in the Manchester Square neighborhood east of the airfield. He said before the March primary that he would scrap the projects, and on Thursday he vowed that his administration's actions will reflect his position on the plan. The City Council approved Hahn's LAX modernization in December.
Carson Looking Like a No-Go
The NFL executive overseeing the Los Angeles stadium search said Thursday that he expects at least one of the four sites to be eliminated from consideration next week when league owners meet in Washington, the Daily News of Los Angeles reported. While the NFL wouldn't say which sites are on the chopping block, all signs point to Carson, where the league has spent two years exploring the feasibility of constructing a stadium on a 157-acre former dump site. Although the Coliseum and Anaheim ironed out many of the terms they've been negotiating and the Rose Bowl appears to have been given a reprieve while the Pasadena City Council deliberates whether to go forward, the picture in Carson appears clear: Carson officials, who have had little contact with the NFL since traveling to New York in early April, already are planning for life without the league.
Pacheco Wants Mayor-Elect's Old job
Former City Councilman Nick Pacheco announced Thursday he plans to run for the seat he previously lost to Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa, setting the stage for a closely contested special election, the Daily News of Los Angeles reported. No date has been set yet for the election to succeed Villaraigosa, who must resign his 14th District seat when he is sworn in on July 1. The successor would fill out the two years left on the term. Pacheco said he wants a chance to finish programs he had started before being defeated by Villaraigosa in 2003. LAUSD board President Jose Huizar said he will announce next week whether he will run. State Sen. Gil Cedillo also is said to be studying a run.
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