The full LA City Council voted this morning to approve the huge, $4.1-billion LAX modernization program, reports SCPR; mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti was one of the three votes against. Almost all of the debate over the plan has centered on the proposal to move one runway a little closer to neighboring houses, though that's only one small element of a much larger airport makeover that also includes upgraded terminal buildings, a people mover into the terminal area, and a centralized car rental facility. But before you go forgetting the way to Lot C, the plan still needs to be approved by the County and the FAA, and then each component of the plan needs to be approved on its own, which means there's still plenty of time to argue about runways. In the meantime, outgoing City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl warns that "there will be a lawsuit," which is probably also what they'll call it when they turn this whole thing into a movie.
· LA City Council approves multibillion-dollar LAX expansion plan [SCPR]
· LAX Modernization Archives [Curbed LA]