VAN NUYS GOLF COURSE OPERATORS LOSE CONCESSION.
A four-year extension on the concession contract for the Van Nuys Golf Course was killed by the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday, with officials saying they wanted to see if the city should take it over or seek competitive bids.
Attorneys for the operators of the course questioned whether the city can take over the facility and run it as well as the concessionaire has, and make $400,000 in improvements while making payments of $475,000 a year to the Department of Airports.
``I think once the city really looks at this, they won't find a better deal,'' said attorney Sheldon Sloan, representing the concessionaire, Van Nuys Public Golf Course.
Councilwoman Laura Chick said she wanted to delay the extension until she gets a more detailed briefing on the course operation and whether the city should attempt to take it over.
``I want to see if we should be able to compete in this process and maybe we can get a better deal,'' Chick said.
The council agreed with her and rejected the extension of the contract, which expires Dec. 31. The matter now returns to the city Airport Commission, which will meet with parks officials and others.
``Because the land is owned by the Department of Airports, the Federal Aviation Administration will have to sign off on anything,'' Sloan said. ``And they are very concerned about giving away any airport assets.''
He said the concessionaire has agreed to make $400,000 in improvements to bring in reclaimed water as well as pay workers the city's living wage.
Sloan said the current operators have run the facility for 30 years and officials acknowledged there have been few complaints about its operation.
The course consists of an executive golf course, a par three course, a driving range, practice putting green and a pro shop. It will be operated month to month until the issue is resolved.