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The debate over the presence of armed police officers at airport passenger screening areas continued Friday as lawmakers met at Los Angeles International Airport to take a fresh look at November's deadly shooting and the steps airport and federal officials have taken in its wake.
More than four months after a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport left one TSA agent dead, others wounded and passengers terrified, a congressional hearing was held Friday to review recommendations for security improvements at LAX.
An LAPD officer and her K-9 leave after making a sweep of the re-opened Terminal 3 on Nov. 2, 2013, a day after a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. (Credit: Getty Images)
The congresswoman whose district includes Los Angeles International Airport says the Transportation Security Administration's recommendations to improve security are a good first step in addressing concerns after a deadly shooting last year.
Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters says the TSA's recommendation for armed law enforcement to be stationed at screening checkpoints during peak hours addresses a concern about the airport's security protocols that she identified last year.
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) called for security problems at LAX to be fixed immediately and urged that police officers be stationed at airport passenger screening checkpoints.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles International Airport was ill prepared for a crisis when a gunman ambushed security officers last year, and the emergency response was hindered by communication problems and poor coordination, according to a report released Tuesday.
The report spotlighted flaws in various divisions of the airport and in systems that were in place, but it did not single out individuals responsible for problems.
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, called Tuesday for a federal investigation into the Los Angeles County Office of Education's handling of Head Start programs in Los Angeles.
"We're here today because Head Start in this county is being threatened time and time again in so many ways," Waters said of the federal program that promotes school readiness for underprivileged children up to 5 years old.
A local congresswoman Tuesday called for a federal investigation into the Los Angeles County Office of Education because of events that could lead to the closure of Kedren Head-Start centers across the county.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) protested outside the county Board of Education meeting in Downey with a few dozen Kedren staff members and parents clutching signs and their children who attend those preschool centers.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) will host an Emergency Preparedness Workshop designed to increase disaster awareness and preparedness planning for constituents. Experts from federal, state and local government will be on hand to answer questions and help people get prepared in the event of a man-made or natural disaster. The workshop will take place on Saturday, April 12th from 10am - 12pm at the George Nakano Theater in Torrance. The event is free and open to the public.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), whose district includes Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), issued the following statement today regarding the release of a report by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), about the response and recovery efforts following the November 1, 2013, active-shooter incident at LAX:
Officials celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday for the $2.06-billion north-south Crenshaw Line that will connect the Mid-City Expo Line with the South Bay's Green Line.
"This is a day that Angelenos deserve, a great day for L.A., a day to move America forward," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
The Department of Transportation also announced Tuesday that the project would receive a $545.9-million loan. The project also is expected to receive about $130 million in other federal transportation funds, according to a statement.