Aviation officials agree that the unflappable Kennard is up for the challenges.
"Talk about everything in a package -- Lydia's got it," said Driscoll. "There was nothing that Lydia touched that didn't end up going in the right direction."
In the year since she returned to the city's airport agency, Lydia Kennard has aggressively tackled projects that officials tried to get off the ground for years. Her accomplishments are detailed in a 20-page spreadsheet, including:
* Creating an advertising program for Los Angeles and Ontario international airports.
* Refurbishing LAX's outdated Terminal 3.
* Developing a plan to improve restaurants and retail outlets at LAX.
* Establishing an ethics office.
* Installing new technology to illuminate light towers lining the entrance to LAX.
* Opening a park-and-ride facility at Union Station that buses passengers to LAX.
* Offering opportunities for LAX travelers to check their bags at several off-site locations.
Source: Los Angeles World Airports
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