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Airport officials will revise $3.9-million LAX publicity contracts

February 5, 2013 |  8:02 pm

Los Angeles airport commissioners on Tuesday unanimously decided to withdraw and renegotiate $3.9 million in public relations contracts for LAX that have come under fire from two city councilmen.

Last month, the Board of Airport Commissioners awarded three-year contracts to the Phelps Group in Santa Monica, AdEase Inc. in San Diego and Nothing Films Inc. in Fountain Valley. They were responsible for developing a public education campaign, buying advertising from media outlets and video productions related to the ongoing modernization of Los Angeles International Airport.

Councilman Dennis Zine, a candidate for city controller, and Councilman Bill Rosendahl, whose district includes LAX, called for a council  review of the contracts, which were granted without board discussion to companies that were not based in Los Angeles. The council has the power to overturn decisions by city departments.

Zine and Rosendahl questioned the amount of the contracts and the fact that they were given to companies that were not located in Los Angeles.

Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, said the length and amounts of the contracts will be revised before they are resubmitted to the airport commission and the City Council for approval.

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-- Dan Weikel

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