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"San Bernardino Airport Authority reacts to report"
- From: "Stephen Irwin, M.S., A.A.E., I.A.P." <stepheni@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2011 22:07:42 -0700
- Organization: www.californiaaviation.org/irwin.html
Friday, July 1, 2011
San Bernardino Airport Authority reacts to report
By Ryan Carter
The Contra Costa (CA) Times
The executive director of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority
on Friday fired back at a report out this week that raised questions about
how the former Air Force base is being run.
In a statement, authority officials said the San Bernardino County Grand
Jury's Annual Report - which was released Thursday - repeated several errors
that are far from "anything resembling reality."
"They ultimately ignore a bigger picture, one that residents of our county
deserve to see," the statement said.
The statement was unattributed, but in a June 29 letter to the Grand Jury,
responding to an advance reading of the report, Executive Director Don
Rogers touted efforts by the airport authority and the Inland Valley
Development Agency, which oversee development around the airport, to create
thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the
region - through the former base.
Still, the Grand Jury report noted several flaws, based on a consultant's
That audit found multiple contracts entered into with a convicted felon,
identified as Scot Spencer; a fast-tracked terminal construction project
based solely on a developer's projections; and that Rogers himself is a
founding partner of an accounting firm hired to conduct the airport's
In his letter, Rogers said that the Grand Jury consultant's report was plain
wrong about leases allegedly never executed and dates and terms of critical
And it was wrong about certain legal interpretations, he also said.
Rogers pledged to continue reviewing the consultant's report and "correcting
significant factual errors contained in the report."
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