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"Security to improve at Big Bear airport"



Saturday, February 16, 2013

Security to improve at local airport
By DAVID HELDRETH
The Big Bear (CA) Grizzly


The hunt for Christopher Dorner in the Big Bear area weighed on the Big Bear
Airport Board of Directors during its meeting on Feb. 13.

The board directed staff to move forward with capital improvement projects
aimed at improving security during the meeting. The projects include
updating the gate system around the airport to allow them to be controlled
from within the airport office. Airport staff will also be looking into the
cost and requirements of adding two security cameras to the system already
in place.

General Manager Pete Gwaltney told the board that law enforcement asked the
airport to review the security footage of the existing cameras to see if
Dorner had attempted to enter the airport. It is believed that Dorner had
flight training and may have tried to steal a plane.

Director Steve Baker said that people in the community have down played the
need for additional security at the airport in the past, but Dorner's
attempt to hide in Big Bear demonstrates the need.

The airport's other capital improvement projects are on schedule and below
budget, according to Baker's report to the board.

The airport appeared to be on track financially as well. Auditor Shawn
Washington reported to the board that there were no irregularities or red
flags found in any of the airport's accounting or bid processes, and he was
able to give the airport a low-risk rating for future grant or loan
applications.

The board will next meet for a workshop regarding its strategic plan March
2.

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