Gordon Park, which covers just under 120ha, is one of Brisbane’s smallest suburbs. It is situated 6km from the CBD on Brisbane’s northside and its biggest attraction is Kedron Brook, which forms about half of its boundary. The brook borders parklands, bike and walking paths and off-leash-dog areas. Lutwyche City and Stafford City shopping centres are within a few hundreds metres to the east and west respectively, while Westfield Chermside is a few kilometres north. Respected private schools St Anthony’s, Padua College and Mount Alvernia College are a few hundred metres north in the Padua precinct in Kedron. The public primary school catchments are Wooloowin or Stafford state schools, while Kedron State High School is the secondary school area. As for public transport, it was well served by Kedron Brook bus station.*** Greenslopes More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago Some 10km from Brisbane’s CBD, Arana Hills is a suburb possessing “village” warmth. Despite being a similar distance from the CBD as Upper Mt Gravatt and Chermside, it has so far escaped being picked over by developers. One reason may be because it sits beyond Brisbane City Council’s reach and under Moreton Bay Regional Council. The Moreton Bay Regional Council has approved pockets of development around Arana Hills Plaza under its Next Generation Neighbourhood Plan. Despite being known as a family friendly suburb, Arana Hills has no schools within its boundary. The nearest education centres are Grovely State School, Ferny Hills State, Mitchelton State High and Primary Schools, St William’s Catholic, Patricks Road State School, St William’s Grovely Catholic Primary School and TAFE Queensland, Grovely. The suburb also relies heavily on public buses, with the nearest train station, Grovely, about 1km from the plaza. It sits at the foot of Bunya State Forest and the most expensive houses in Arana Hills, which were only built in the nineties, have sweeping views of the surrounding suburbs and parkland. THIS HOUSE AT 316 DAWSON PARADE ARANA HILLS IS LISTED FOR OFFERS OVER $469,000 *** Rochedale South is a northern residential suburb of Logan City Council and borders the south of Brisbane’s CBD. It is a 35 minute drive from Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast and 20 minutes from Brisbane’s main airport. It borders Rochedale, Eight Mile Plains, Priestdale, Springwood and Underwood. The closest trains station is in Kuraby 4km west. In the past Rochedale was known for its rich, red soil that is good for crops. Yet due to recent years of drought in the area, much of the farming has been abandoned and is now commercialised. WHY I LOVE IT: “It’s a really family oriented place, very close to the CBD, airport, good schools and good parks around here. There’s good cafes and shops and good public transport too. Moreover it’s very reasonably priced so we are attracting first-home buyers. The median price is around $570,000 with developments and also decent land sizes. People are coming from Eight Mile Plains, Bulimba and Carindale.” — Mandeep Singh, Belle Property Cornubia, Shailer Park*** Merrimac (*Suburbs chosen based on house and/or unit prices below $550,000) Arana Hills Located close to the University of Queensland in St Lucia and only 7 kilometres from the CBD, Indooroopilly is popular with both professionals and students. Indooroopilly is a major transport hub for both buses and trains, and main roads run from the Western Suburbs to the city across the northern ridge. Buses are a good option for getting to uni or the city. It’s also a shopping and entertainment destination with the main shopping centre being Westfield Indooroopilly. There is a mix of Heritage pre-war and Queenslander-style homes, modern homes and old and new apartment blocks, which line streets of distinctive jacarandas and Moreton Bay fig trees. It is home to the famous Indooroopilly Golf Course which rests against the Brisbane River. Locals schools include Holy Family Primary School, St Peters Lutheran College, Ambrose Treacy College and St Peters, and the Indooroopilly state schools. An Open Day at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus earlier this year WHY I LOVE IT: “First-home buyers are in the future going to become parents so in terms of location, Indooroopilly captures primary and high school and university and it’s interesting how many home buyers are making those connections around education selection location. But also it’s how to get around and Indooroopilly has the bus station and train station, and it is a location where you can get out in many different directions, there’s not just one road in and out.” — Wade Ruffin, Place Graceville Bernard Tomic signing autographs at Westfield Indooroopilly. Pic Mark Cranitch.*** Toowong Tugun is so laid back its residents have given its already short title a nickname. Fondly known as Tugz (pronounced choogs), the beachside suburb on the southern Gold Coast is popular because of its village vibe. Located on the NSW and Queensland border, it is a small suburb nestled between Currumbin and Bilinga.It has arguably one of the best beaches but its real charm is in its quiet streets, cafe culture and fish and chip shops. A number of fancy new restaurants and quirky cafes have popped up in Tugun Village over the past few years while a major upgrade to Golden Four Drive has made it easier and safer for cyclists and pedestrians to use.Despite being 15km from bustling suburbs like Broadbeach, Tugun has managed to retain the “old Gold Coast feel”. It has a diverse range of properties on offer, including Old Beach shacks and luxury homes. As Tugun is right next to the Gold Coast Airport, it is often the first suburb new arrivals see when they head north towards Surfers Paradise. *** Located on an attractive stretch of the Brisbane river, near the Brisbane River Golf Club, Karana Downs is 22km from the Brisbane CBD and had a population of around 3800 in the 2011 Census. The area is not overdeveloped and is popular with 30-something homeowners. The established homes would appeal to first home buyers determined to make the leap into a quiet, attractive location. Prices are not prohibitive, but the longer commutes and lack of public transport have to taken into account. *** *** Median house price: $859,055 Median unit price: $326,500 Rocklea Where $500k still goes a long way Affordable and family orientated are often used to describe Merrimac, which is still within reach of the Gold Coast’s best beaches and attractions. It is a popular spot with young families but also attracts professional couples and retirees. The suburb is home to a range of schools, including primary school Merrimac State School, St Michael’s College, All Saints Anglican School and King Solomon College. Parklands include the enchanting Faerie Park, a popular spot thanks to its whimsical play areas. Boowaggan Park and Stoner Family Park are another of the area’s outdoor offerings. Robina Town Centre is a short drive away and Pacific Fair is also easily accessed. The M1 boarders the western side of the suburb to provide easy access to other parts of the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Tweed. Sporting fans will appreciate the closeness to Cbus Super Stadium in Robina where National Rugby League and other sporting and entertainment events are held. Pic: David Clark*** Currimundi New Farm *** Tugun Tingalpa has some older style homes built in the post war period — weatherboard and chamferboard post war cottages in particular. Most of the new estates are made up of typically low set and high set brick and tile homes. Previously the land that is now being developed into residential zones was devoted to small farmlets and semi-industrial developments. The recent developments, which occurred in the last five years, are increasing the population and the median house prices of the suburb. Also nearby is the Murarrie railway station that runs west to the City and east to Manly and the bay. There are also several bus routes from Tingalpa to neighbouring suburbs. *** Lifesavers on Mooloolaba Beach this season.Welcome to the First Home Buyers State, where the great Australian dream is still achievable.A number of recent reports have shone the spotlight on Brisbane and Queensland, highlighting the state for its resilience during the downturn and its s affordability. MORE: Why everyone is moving to Queensland The Brisbane Affordable and Liveable Property Guide (1st Half 2019) by PRDnationwide Research, found that 42.4 per cent of suburbs in Brisbane now offered first home buyers the chance to buy under the magic $500,000 mark. Other capital cities failed to offer such good value for first home buyers, nor did they offer suburbs that were both “affordable and liveable”. Another report also identified Brisbane as the city that offers the best bang for under $500,000.So is it any wonder everyone is moving to Queensland? With interest rates at a record low, and lending conditions easing, the time is ripe for buyers looking to buy their first home, and there are several ways they can save a few bucks. Pics of Brisbane skyline and Skytower (tallest building). Pic Annette DewIn Queensland, first home buyers can access the $15,000 First Home Owners Grant (FHOG), which was reduced from $20,000 in the last state budget. Available for new homes and units valued under $750,000, the latest data shows that 6697 applications for the grant were lodgedacross Queensland in 2018/19. The vast majority of those were in southeast corner statistical areas, with Brisbane (north, south, east, west and inner city) leading the charge with 1438 applications, followed by the powerhouse growth city of Ipswich (809), Logan/Beaudesert (788), the Gold Coast (762) and the Sunshine Coast (721). But with vacant land becoming harder to source close to the city, first home buyers wanting a new house are being pushed further out. Research by Oliver Hume revealed that Ipswich, which had the highest number of applications outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area, also had the cheapest vacant land, averaging $507 per square metre. The redevelopment of the Howard Smith Wharves has turned the once under-utilised site in to an entertainment destination. Picture: Brisbane TourismThe region is currently experiencing a housing boom, with large swathes of land set aside as Priority Development Areas. In Calvert, west of Ipswich, a basic house and land package starts from around $255,500, according to current deals on realestate.com.au — a whopping 52 per cent less than the median house price for the Greater Brisbane region. Other top performers for land value were Logan ($523/sqm), Moreton ($629), Gold Coast ($709), Redland ($741) and Brisbane ($970), with the southeast Queensland average price for land at $575 per square metre. Just one of the many reasons buyers are making the move to the Gold CoastOutside of the southeast corner, the number of applications for the FHOG dropped off significantly in some regions. There were just 170 applications lodged by first home buyers in Toowoomba, 172 in Mackay and 65 in the Darling Downs/Maranoa, according to government data. And herein lies the problem, according to REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella.Ms Mercorella said the grant “served a useful purpose” in the southeast, supporting the construction sector and boosting new dwelling offers for first home buyers. But she said regional areas did not always support the same level of new stock.“We know in places like Townsville and Mackay, there are endless stories about available, established stock on the marketbut because the grant is not available, it makes access harder for first home buyers,” Ms Mercorella said. “In some cases an established house is cheaper than a new house … our view is that buyers should have the right to exercisetheir freedom to choose.” Median house price: $548,500 Median unit price: $455,000 Just 10km from Brisbane’s CBD, Rocklea is heavily dominated by first-home buyers snapping up superb deals for a steal. The homes are appealing because they have renovation potential and room to add value. The larger block sizes mean the land can be subdivided and developed, but some areas are prone to flooding. Rocklea is at one end of the Ipswich Motorway and has a train station on the Beenleigh line. The suburb is predominately zoned for industrial land uses. Many of the companies situated in Rocklea are part of the transport sector, with the proximity to Archerfield Airport being a drawcard. Based on five years of sales, Rocklea has seen a compound growth rate of 4.1 per cent for houses and -6.2 per cent for units. *** Popular with investors, this tourist resort town in the Maroochydore urban centre on the Sunshine Coast is dominated by units, with 35.6 per cent of the 7735 residents living in units, flats or apartments. The suburb has a very high rental market with 43.3 per cent of residents renting. The median weekly rental rate for units is $400. Most units in the suburb are priced between $200,000-$400,000 and the predominant age group is 20-29. The Sunshine Coast Airport is a 16km drive away with direct flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Auckland. Greenslopes, home to Queensland’s largest private hospital, has become a target for investors and young professionals because of its ‘affordable’ housing. It is well serviced by several arterial roads, the nearby Pacific Motorway and was better connected to the CBD and Gold and Sunshine Coasts than nearby ‘brand name’ suburbs. There was also a busway, which will be incorporated into the Brisbane City Council’s Metro system, and Buranda train station in neighbouring Stones Corner. Even though there are few contemporary or freshly built homes coming on the market, there are new apartment blocks frequently popping up. Greenslopes Private Hospital is the biggest employer in the region. The main retail precinct is the Greenslopes Shopping Mall. *** Mooloolaba Median house price: $505,000 Median unit price: $135,000 Median house price: $824,000 Median unit price: $412,500 One of Brisbane’s most expensive suburbs, it is unlikely first home buyers would go looking here for a house. But they can still get a unit at a reasonable price. The median sales price for a unit in the sought-after suburb is $555,000 — a third of the cost of a house. Popular with young families and professional couples, New Farm is on the doorstep of the Howard Smith Wharves and some of the city’s finest restaurants. Then there’s the boutique breweries, Jan Powers Farmers Markets Powerhouse, New Farm Park and art gallery trail. As well as popular local hang outs New Farm Deli, Dello Manos, Double Shot and Moray cafe. New Farm also borders Fortitude Valley and its quirky attractions, amenities, bars and clubs. There is an eclectic mix of house styles in New Farm, with those on the river fetching some eye-watering prices. In terms of education, New Farm State School is a popular choice. Public transport is by means of ferry or bus, but there is also cycling tracks. HBrisbane city looking from New Farm Park. Pic Mark Cranitch. WHY I LOVE IT: “First home buyers are being pretty active. I’ve sold five apartments in the last five weeks, all with multiple offers on them. You’ve got a very good mix of properties in New Farm from big Queenslanders on big blocks to low maintenance apartments that people can downsize to. You’re surrounded by Newstead and Teneriffe. There’s the Gasworks and the Howard Street Wharves. I get uncomfortable talking about bargains but if you attend auctions, monitor what’s selling on realestate.com.au and keep your finger on the pulse with prices, you can buy well.” — Nicholas Given, Ray White New Farm — *** Oxley Median house price: $517,000 Median unit price: No data Median house price: $511,900 Median unit price: $297,500 Median house price: $890,500 Median unit price: $425,000 Median house price: $521,490 Median unit price: $351,500 But what about first home buyers that want to live closer to the CBD? Building a new dwelling may not be an option, but they may still be eligible for some financial assistance. Stamp duty concessions exist for first home buyers who purchase an established dwelling valued under $550,000, offering apotential saving of up to $15,925 if under $500,000. And new data from realestate.com.au shows that first home buyers could save some serious money by looking at some of the older suburbs. Take a look at some of the suburbs where you could be eligible for home loan concessions, even if that means forgoing the grant. The list might surprise you. MORE NEWS: RBA rate cut expected within days Indooroopilly Buy land for the price of a holiday Currimundi is considered one of Australia’s best holiday locations to invest in due to its family-friendly beaches and proximity to the employment hub of Caloundra. The coastal Sunshine Coast suburb is 5km north of Caloundra with an emphasis on houses rather than unit stock. Three quarters of the suburb’s 6786 residents live in houses, followed by semi-detached houses (14 per cent) and couples with children represent 39.2 per cent of the population. The most popular housing price bracket is between $400,000 and $600,000, with older homes in high demand. An artist impression of the Caloundra Centre Master Plan. *** Rochedale South Banyo This post-war suburb is undergoing a transformation as older residents move out and new blood moves in, ready and willing to renovate or detonate to create their dream home. Located about 9km from the CBD, Keperra is serviced by a train line and bus services. There is the TAFE Grovely campus, as well as Grovely State School and St William’s Grovely Primary School. The Great Western Shopping Centre is the main shopping centre and has a Woolworths, Aldi, retail shops, restaurants and takeaway stores. Brookside is in nearby Mitchelton and there is a Kmart-anchored shopping centre at Arana Hills. The local housing market is a high demand one, with a split between older couples and families, established couples and families and elderly singles. There is a retirement village in Keperra. The median house price is $548,500. WHY I LOVE IT: “I took advice from a lady in her 80s and bought my first house here. She said follow the train line. I’m so thankful I took her advice. There’s green spaces and bike paths and a really good community, and the Great Western Super Centre. An entry level home here is in the $400,000s. It’s affordable and the dog park is full of young families and first-home buyers. They’re coming from the inner city fringes and they’re using the train to commute.” — David Tyler, Century 21 Ferny Grove Median house price: $548,500 Median unit price: $387,500 Median house price: $916,500 Median unit price: $433,500 Jamboree Heights Karana Downs Gordon Park Median house price: $528,000 Median unit price: $416,000 The hybrid semi-industrial and residential suburb is sandwiched between the Gateway Motorway, Virginia, Nudgee and Northgate. Multiple new dining and retail establishments have opened. The ACU is one of three major schools in the suburb which includes St Pius’ Primary School and Earnshaw State College which was Banyo State High School until it amalgamated with Nudgee State School. The ACU, which has more than 5000 students, is in the semi industrial section on the eastern fringe of Banyo, but it’s in the west where houses are threatening to sell for a million dollars. WHY I LOVE IT: “We are seeing a lot of first-home buyers coming in to the area and younger families. There is a brilliant sense of community here. We have entry level homes starting in the early $400,000s and then going up to that million dollar price bracket. There’s increased development with more townhouses and units and the train line links you to South Bank.” — Renee Rennie, Ray White Banyo 105 MACOMA ST, BANYO, IS ON THE MARKET FOR OFFERS OVER $399,000 *** Tingalpa A tourist haven, Moffat Beach is a small coastal suburb on the Sunshine Coast, just north of the Caloundra CBD. The suburb has a sheltered beach, 11 parks and hosts the longest running surf competition in Australia. It supports a population of 2553 with 60 per cent living in houses. Almost one third of people are aged between 50 and 69. Most houses in this suburb are priced between $600,000-$1 million. WHY I LOVE IT: “It’s the vibe of the place with the beach, the micro brewery, the industrial area is changing too with little cafes, and the markets on the Sunday. First-home buyers are coming out of Brisbane, out of Fortitude Valley, and they’re looking to commute rather than live in the Valley. There are not many units in the area it’s more the redevelopment of older houses.” — Michael Kettle, First National Real Estate Caloundra Surfer riding a wave at Moffat Beach at Caloundra. Picture Lachie Millard *** Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:06Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:06 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHelp with buying your first home 01:07 How to avoid a home ownership nightmare Median house price: $650,000 Median unit price: $465,000 Median house price: $1,577,500 Median unit price: $555,000 REA’S TOP SUBURB PICKS FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS IN SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND Brisbane names Australia’s first home buyers hotspot Median house price: $545,000 Median unit price: $365,000 Median house price: $572,500 Median unit price: $330,000 *** Median house price: $410,000 Median unit price: No data Median house price: $720,000 Median unit price: $400,000 Currumbin Waters Median house price: $680,000 Median unit price: $429,000 Only minutes from some of the Gold Coast’s most beautiful beaches and featuring plenty of parklands and a lake, Currumbin Waters offers the best of both worlds.Currumbin Creek divides the southern suburb, which is the gateway from the beach to the Hinterland. On the other side of the suburb is Currumbin Valley — a nature-lover’s playground with rainforest walks, the ever-popular rock pools and mountains with picture-perfect views. Residents hold on to their houses for an average of 12 years, but it also provides a much cheaper option for buyers looking to break into the area but can’t afford to buy in Currumbin itself. On the boarder of Queensland and New South Wales, it is a handy spot for those who commute between the two states.It’s also a popular spot for families thanks to its range of amenities including sporting facilities. These include the Merv Craig Sports Ground, Tierney Park, which is home to the Currumbin District Horse Club, and Palm Beach Currumbin Rugby Union Club’s home ground at Currumbin Hills Park. *** Oxley could be one of Brisbane’s most underrated locations when looking to buy your first home. Located 11km southwest of Brisbane, the suburb has easy access to both the city and the coast thanks to the proximity of major arterial roads, and it’s only around 17 minutes by train to Brisbane’s CBD. Oxley’s proximity to major arterial roads has helped give Oxley the feel of being close to everything.Many in the area have chosen the suburb for its history and character, while it’s relatively affordable prices have made it attractive to home renovators. It’s well-serviced with a range of shopping options, and a burgeoning cafe scene that’s seen a younger set flock to the area. Parts of Oxley hark back to Brisbane of old, with its post-war homes providing a glimpse into another era. It’s also close to major shopping hubs at Mt Ommaney and Indooroopilly.Locals rave about their ability to have big homes and gardens with wide streets, and say there’s not much the suburb doesn’t have, from great schools to shopping and parks.It’s also home to the Canossa Private Hospital, Queensland Police Service’s training academy, large appliance and furniture retailers, golf courses and a driving range. *** Median house price: $545,000 Median unit price: No data Toowong, just a few kilometres southwest of the CBD, has been a hive of development since 2014 when the Brisbane City Council rezoned land near the railway station to allow for high-density living. Demand for units and apartments to accommodate downsizers and students from The University of Queensland in neighbouring St Lucia have been the biggest market, but there are still a large blocks of land. To the west, character homes still line the streets. The suburb was largely unaffected by the 2011 floods, with only two pockets affected, most notable an area around the historic Regatta Hotel on Coronation Drive. The Regatta Hotel and the nearby Royal Exchange Hotel, both heritage-listed, are popular watering holes in Toowong. The main commercial precinct is Toowong Village, and the suburb is home to Queensland’s largest cemetery. Public transport options include train, bus and CityCat ferry, but there are plenty of cycling tracks. It is also home to Toowong State School, St Ignatius Catholic School and the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology. *** Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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There are two main parks, Jamboree Park which has a playground and Phil Denman Park, which has a basketball half court, cycle-training track, dog area, a barbecue, a practice cricket net and other facilities. *** Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Launching a new effort to regionalize aviation traffic, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other local officials moved Friday to revive a joint-powers agreement with neighboring counties. Acknowledging that Los Angeles has to rebuild some credibility, Villaraigosa said he wants to show Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties that the city is willing to work with them to resume the Southern California Regional Airport Authority. “It will work to formulate a regional dispersion of airport traffic throughout the region,” Villaraigosa said. “I have said for a long time that we all have to work together. We have to address how we deal with air traffic here at LAX and regionalize it.” Supervisor Don Knabe, whose district includes Los Angeles International Airport, said he already has talked with other county officials about working on the panel, which will have no direct authority over airport operations but will recommend plans for individual counties. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We do have to rebuild our credibility,” Knabe said. “When we first created this in 1985, it was making progress and had the support of Mayor Tom Bradley. But it later fell apart, and a second effort to revive it never really worked.” The mayor and Knabe said they are sending letters to officials in the other counties to determine when the panel’s first meeting can be held. Knabe said he believes Villaraigosa’s support will be key as well as the mayor’s selection of Councilman Bill Rosendahl as the city’s representative on the panel. Rosendahl’s district includes LAX. “We face regional challenges at our airports and we need regional solutions to solve those challenges,” Knabe said. “We also have two areas, Ontario and Palmdale, that want more airport business. We need to work together to promote those areas.” Rosendahl said he, too, is committed to a regional aviation approach. “It has been said no one wants an airport in their backyard, but we have to work together if we are going to address the problems and opportunities that come with an airport,” Rosendahl said. He said he also hopes to expand the authority to include representatives from Ventura and San Diego counties. “It’s an insurance policy for those of us who live around LAX that it will live with its commitment to not grow beyond 78 million passengers a year by looking for a regional solution,” said Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo. “Also, it will be there to help us not make another mistake like we did with El Toro, when we had a chance to turn that into an airport. That was an opportunity missed, and we can’t let it happen again.” Knabe said the city and county of Los Angeles also are willing to consider changes to airport authority bylaws to eliminate concerns over veto power that had been used in the past by Los Angeles officials. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!