The Battle for Your Bucks at LAX Concessions Continues
Who will sell you your souvenirs at LAX has been decided. But who will sell you your food? (Photo by bassheaduk via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Not surprisingly, the process to award lucrative retail and food and beverage concessions contracts has been both drawn out and political. Loyalties, lobbyists, and complex economic and political ties have surfaced, and the battle continues.
Earlier this week, the City Council's Board of Referred Powers met and awarded--some say too hastily--the contracts for the retail concessions "to a joint venture that features former Lakers star Magic Johnson and the widow of attorney Johnnie Cochran," according to the LA Times. While that covers magazines, chewing gum, and postcards, the issue of food remains unresolved.
Once again, a discussion of the food services contract has been postponed, this time until September 20th. Meanwhile, the group whose contract was giving the initial approval heading into this final stage of the process, SSP America, is having to fight to not only stay in the running, but to ward off a negative counter-campaign by opponent and incumbent contract-holder HMS Host.
In a letter sent to the Board of Referred Powers by SSP America's legal team on September 9th, the bid's initial winners explain point by point how Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has sullied the process and made what they are alleging are faulty findings.
Here, from the letter, are the points raised by SSP America:
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The Board of Referred Powers meets on Sept. 20th to discuss the food and beverage contracts.
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