Friday, April 01, 2011

Baca (D-Rialto) Supports Ontario Airport Transfer (Press Enterprise~Business) March 16, 2011

Baca (D-Rialto) supports Ontario Airport transfer

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Amid all of the recent Ontario Inernational Airport back-and-forth between the city of Ontario which wants to control the airport and the city of Los Angeles which currently owns and manages it, I missed a letter that Inland Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) sent to the city's chief administrator.

On Feb. 24, not long after state Sen. Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) introduced Bill 446 that would establish the Ontario International Airport Authority to usurp control of the Inland airport from the city of Los Angeles, Baca wrote a letter to the City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana to support transferring the management of Ontario airport to a local authority.

"I believe that under local operating control, ONT can recover from the the economic downturn of the past several years while positioning itself for long-term growth," he wrote.

Baca's letter follows one from the Southern California Association of Governments that also supported transferring the airport to local control. The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation has also said the city of Los Angeles should look at giving up management control of the airport, although the group didn't say who should manage it. An editorial from The Los Angeles Times questioned why the city of Los Angeles' control of an airport so far away.

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