The first 2,000 feet of the runway is an uphill grade, but then it runs slightly downhill. This “crown” creates an optical illusion in which the runway looks shorter than it is to approaching aircraft. Also, at each end of the runway — and along its north side — the terrain drops off precipitously, with slopes approaching 45 degrees. Along the south side are the terminal buildings and an apron for parked aircraft.
Source: latimes.com – Los Angeles Times