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PRSA Defends Industry in LAX PR Contract Dispute

Los Angeles International AirportLast week brought news of some significant challenges within the Los Angeles wing of the public relations world–and industry groups have begun to take sides.

Los Angeles World Airports, a group that owns and operates three major transport hubs including Los Angeles International/LAX, recently awarded approximately $4 million in contracts to Southern California PR/media firms charged with highlighting the LAX’s ongoing modernization efforts and promoting Los Angeles as a tourist destination. Last week, two politically ambitious members of the city council questioned the value of the investment and demanded a review by the full council (which has the power to overturn contracts awarded by city organizations).

Their issue? The contracts were “awarded without discussion by the Board of Airport Commissioners last week to companies that are not based in Los Angeles”. Of course the firms in question aren’t particularly happy about the possibility that they could lose these crucial contracts.

The Public Relations Society of America‘s Los Angeles chapter made its position clear over the weekend by stepping into the fray and writing a letter to the city council officially supporting the three firms involved–and the PR business at large.

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L.A. Lawmakers Listen to the Bicycling Minority

Give Angelinos one weekend of potential Carmageddon, and suddenly everyone’s all bike-happy.

Seriously. A new law passed Wednesday by Los Angeles City Council — described as “groundbreaking” by League of American Bicyclists president Andy Clarke — makes it a crime for motorists to verbally or physically harass bicyclists, and the penalties are stiff.

In a 2 million-car city — with a culture built around them — it would seem that 13,000 or so bike commuters and random cycling enthusiasts would practically go unnoticed. And they did — until recently.

It’s not unusual to hear stories of motorists — enraged, spiteful or bored — lashing lame insults at cyclists, or running bike-riders off the road.

But as the number of cyclists in the city continued to increase — along with the number of preventable vehicle-bicycle accidents — so did calls for protection from L.A.’s pro-bike activists. This week in particular, and just a few days after local cycling group Wolfpack Hustle beat a Jet Blue flight in a race from Burbank to Long Beach, lawmakers were listening.

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