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The Daily News: Airport panel pick's conflict of interest questioned
With hearings scheduled soon on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's nominees to the Airport Commission, a City Council member is questioning whether one appointee might have a conflict of interest.
Valeria Velasco is president of the Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion, which has filed suit challenging the $11 billion modernization plan for Los Angeles International Airport.
Councilman Tony Cardenas has asked the City Attorney's Office for a legal opinion on any potential conflict of interest. He also wants an opinion on whether Velasco's position on the commission could result in the entire panel being recused from decisions regarding the master plan or settlement of the lawsuit.
Under the city charter, all of the mayor's nominees to the Board of Harbor Commissioners must reside in Los Angeles. Furthermore, Radisich was selected for a seat earmarked for residents of San Pedro, Wilmington and Harbor City -- another requirement contained in the charter, the legal document governing City Hall.
Radisich, 42, said Thursday that he lives on Stonewood Court in the section of San Pedro known as The Gardens. But he refused to say whether he has ever lived at the two-story, Spanish-style duplex he owns in Manhattan Beach, which was listed as his residence when he made seven campaign contributions to Villaraigosa and other politicians from November 2000 to October 2004.
Five residents on 42nd Street -- in the El Porto section of Manhattan Beach -- described Radisich as their neighbor when contacted this week by Copley News Service. They said he lives in the upstairs unit of the duplex, which he has owned since 1996.