LAX Concession Aftermath: Alan Rothenberg Resigns From L.A. Airport Commission

To take but one example, Councilman Bernard Parks managed almost single-handedly to award a retail contract to his friend and contributor, Magic Johnson. LAX staff had recommended awarding the contract to another firm -- Areas -- but Parks balked at that and persuaded his colleagues to give it to a joint venture including Magic Johnson Enterprises. The contract was worth $30 million a year over 10 years.

Compared to that, Rothenberg's conflict seems pretty trivial. With him now out of the way, perhaps that sort of thing won't happen all over again on the second round.


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