Kennard connection may make LAWA job candidates wary

first_imgKennard has served twice as executive director of LAWA and was credited with helping resolve lawsuits over a massive modernization plan for Los Angeles International Airport. At the same time, however, she has not won any friends among the airlines, which are suing LAX over proposed rent increases. For Villaraigosa, Kennard is seen as a valuable adviser, and the Airport Commission recently awarded her a $200,000-a-year consulting contract on matters involving LAX. Villaraigosa drew some more national attention last week when The New York Times featured him in a four-part online video interview. Reporter Calvin Sims couldn’t resist asking the mayor about his political plans – particularly speculation that Villaraigosa is looking to run for governor in 2010. The mayor’s response is certain to continue to fuel speculation. The shadow of former airport chief Lydia Kennard appears to be affecting the search for the next director of Los Angeles World Airports. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – who invited several City Council members to join him last week in interviewing three finalists for the post – is said to be nearing a decision on an appointment. The three candidates are Gina Marie Lindsay from Seattle-Tacoma Airport; Thella Bowens, president of the San Diego Airport Authority; and Susan Kurland, a former associate administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. All three are said to have done well in interviews, but several have questioned the continuing presence of Kennard and how much freedom they would have running LAX and the city’s other airports. “I’m not taken with myself,” Villaraigosa said of the national audience he has attracted. “I’m a grandpa. I’ve got four kids. I’ve been blessed. I don’t think a lot about being a national leader, frankly. “What I’ve told people is let me just be grateful for what I’ve been blessed with, with this opportunity. The best way to demonstrate that gratitude is to do my job. I want to be mayor today. I want to be mayor tomorrow. I want to be mayor the next day after that. The future will play itself out.” Cops like to pride themselves on always being there to back up their partners. But Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton is still looking over his shoulder, waiting for the Police Protective League to back him up. Bratton, who has done more to try to improve relations with the union than his three predecessors, announced he would seek a second term last week – but it took nearly 48 hours before the league issued a statement of support. “While the LAPPL will not always agree with Chief Bratton – and we do not expect that he will always be in agreement with the officers union – during his term in office he has shown the willingness to hear our views. “The current success the department enjoys is a shared success … and we hope to see this success continue.” The league’s slow response came amid squabbles among its board of directors. Some directors were concerned members believe they are too in line with Bratton and sought to use the opportunity to leverage their support into concessions from the chief. It is not often that a candidate who places second in a primary election uses a Rose Garden strategy. Yet that’s what it looks like in the Los Angeles Unified school board race in which incumbent Jon Lauritzen is struggling to keep his job against Deputy City Attorney Tamar Galatzan. Lauritzen got fewer votes than Galatzan in the March primary and, so far, has refused to debate her. He also has issued a plea to Galatzan to run a positive campaign. “Too often, campaigns sink into a morass of negative campaign tactics,” Lauritzen said. But in a school district where teachers aren’t getting their full paychecks and test scores continue to decline, he might be better off confronting Galatzan and defending his record. Lauritzen’s campaign aides say they will accept a debate if it’s in a “fair” setting. So far, they have rejected the Chamber of Commerce’s offers to host a debate. The chamber has ties to Villaraigosa, who is backing Galatzan. (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Gone in 90 seconds IAF pilots narrate the story of Balakot strikes

first_imgIndian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighters taking off.PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Indian Airforce’s deadliest operation against terrorists in Balakot, Pakistan, was “over within 90 seconds,” one of the pilots who took part in the operations has reportedly said. The secrecy of the covert strikes was maintained to such an extent that even the close family members were not told about the operation. Mirage-2000 aircraft of the Indian Airforce (IAF) carried out precision strikes and destroyed the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) camp in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s province after the terrorist group claimed the responsibility of killing 40 CRPF jawans in Pulwama on  February 14, 2019.Hindustan Times reported that even the wives of the pilots involved in the operations were unaware. One of the pilots said:  “It was over in 90 seconds; we released the weapon and we turned back. No one, not even my close family knew.” He further added “Next day, when news broke, my wife asked me whether I was part of the attack. I kept quiet and slept off.”Giving further details of the operation, another IAF pilot said: “We flew a lot of Combat Air Patrols (CAP) mostly along Line of Control (LoC).”Notably, this was a ploy to engage Pakistan’s air defences while flying numerous CAPs along the LoC. Just when Pakistan’s air defence systems were looking for any attack from Indian CAPs, Mirage-2000 jets carried out one of the most courageous strikes. The pilot also said that he got an indication just before 48 hours when the IAF has increased the number of sorties.”We knew something was happening, but no one had a clear picture. The number of sorties had increased manifold. Many of us were flying multiple sorties,” the second pilot said who is serving as Squadron leader in IAF. An Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter jet prepares to touch down at the Agra-Lucknow highway during a touchdown operational exercise by the Indian Air Force at Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh on October 24, 2017. [Representational Image]Getty ImagesHe further added: “While previous CAPs and sorties were without weapons, on [February] 25 at about 4 pm, the Spice-2000 [missiles] was loaded on to the Mirage 2000s. The specific coordinates of the terror training camp were fed into the weapon systems. We took off at 2 am that night.”Sukhoi-30s were put on standby to engage with enemy aircraft in case the Mirages were intercepted by Pakistan Airforce (PAF). The senior officials of IAF worked as per their daily schedule to avoid any tip-off about the attack. The IAF aircraft moved towards eastern part then took a longer route and to the complete success of the operation, they were not intercepted either by enemy batteries or the aircraft.last_img

JON Wilkin and Kyle Amor have been banned after of

first_imgJON Wilkin and Kyle Amor have been banned after offences committed in Round 6 match at Wakefield.Jon Wilkin was found guility of making a reckless high tackle on Chris Riley of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the fifth minute of the game. Saints will not be appealing the ban due to recent comments and reports in the media.Kyle Amor was found guility of making a reckless high tackle on Wakefield’s Matt Ryan – he submitted an Early Guilty Plea and misses this week’s match with Leeds.last_img