Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS

FROM: CITY MANAGER

DATE: MAY 20, 2003

SUBJECT: CONSIDER SUPPORTING LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE MODERNIZATION EFFORT

RECOMMENDATION

Consider authorizing a letter of support for the Los Angeles Air Force Base Modernization effort as requested by Councilmember John McTaggart.

BACKGROUND/DISCUSSION

The Cities of El Segundo and Hawthorne are requesting support from the South Bay region for the modernization of the Los Angeles Air Force Base (LAAFB). The current base facilities, which were built in 1957, are in need of renovation to meet current building safety codes for fire and earthquake safety. The cities believe that without renovation the base is vulnerable to closure or relocation, which may directly impact the 13,000 jobs and $8 billion annual contracts associated with the local aerospace/defense industry.

The LAAFB modernization plan involves a private developer to build a 560,000 sf facility for the Air Force. In exchange, the Air Force will deed the ownership to the developer of two properties in El Segundo and Hawthorne that will be developed into new housing or for commercial uses to help finance the new Air Force facilities. Both cities have pledged funds and are seeking additional financial assistance from South Bay cities as well as higher levels of government for the modernization project.

Councilmember McTaggart is requesting City Councilís consideration to support the retention and modernization of the Los Angeles Air Force Base. With Councilís approval, the attached draft letter of support will be sent to the Cities of El Segundo and Hawthorne.

FISCAL IMPACT

None associated with this report.

PREPARED BY
Gina Park
Sr. Administrative Analyst

APPROVED BY
Les Evans
City Manager

Attachment:

  1. Draft Support Letter
  2. Request for Support from Cities of El Segundo and Hawthorne
  3. April 4, 2003 Daily Breeze Article.

May XX, 2003

Mayor Mike Gordon
City of El Segundo
350 Main Street
El Segundo CA 90245

Mayor Larry Guidi
City of Hawthorne
4455 West 126th Street
Hawthorne CA 90250

RE: Los Angeles Air Force Base Modernization

Dear Messers:

The City Council of Rancho Palos Verdes supports your efforts to retain and modernize the Los Angeles Air Force Base (LAAFB).

It is our understanding that if the LAAFB is not modernized it will likely become a target for base closure in the next round of government review of all military bases. The City recognizes the economic importance of the LAAFB and its 13,000 jobs and $8 billion in annual contracts for the South Bay region.

In addition to preserving jobs and local businesses that are dependent on the LAAFB and the aerospace defense community, the innovative modernization plan will create a great opportunity to further enhance the regionís economic picture with new housing and/or additional commercial development.

The City commends your leadership and dedication of resources to ensure the Base modernization moves forward.

Sincerely,
Douglas W. Stern
Mayor