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LAX Food Re-Haul Put on City Council's Back Burner for Now

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Will you soon be able to get some Bertha's Soul Food fried chicken at LAX? (Lindsay William-Ross/LAist)

Will you soon be able to get some Bertha's Soul Food fried chicken at LAX? (Lindsay William-Ross/LAist)
Another week and another stall in having a meeting of The Board of Referred Powers, a group of five City Council members who need to review the "proposed concession contracts," on the table to update food services at LAX, reports LA Now.Pushed from earlier dates in recent weeks to tomorrow, the Council has now rescheduled the meeting to next Monday, since Thursday is during the observance of Rosh Hashana. What had previously held up the meeting was a need for "City Atty. Carmen Trutanich to review conflict-of-interest allegations posed by a losing bidder," as called for by Councilman Tony Cardenas.

That losing bidder is HMS Host, who currently holds the concession contracts. Despite their efforts to stage counter protests to the "Eat-In" event held by lead bidder SSP America--HMS allegedly paid students to march outside the event, then a few days later HMS held their own event--HMS hasn't successfully had the SSP bid thrown out.

If approved by City Council, several of LAX's terminals could house outposts of local restaurants with the goal of reflecting the city's vast culinary diversity, including soul food, Korean BBQ, Mexican and Latin American, macrobiotic, all-American, and more.

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