Saturday, December 18, 2010 – 10:00 p.m.

San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales, true-to-form, hasn’t a clue.

Gonzales, sits as co-chair of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA). The Airport Authority along with the Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) is vested with the redevelopment of the former Norton Air Force Base.

A base which closed in 1994! has become a steady critic of the waste of taxpayer money and lack of oversight related to the former base.

The investment of more than $100 million in terminal facilities which should have been located near the taxiway area along Third Street (What was known as “Area 2” when the base was in operation) instead of near the airport flight line and fueling system, will likely become an issue in the future. The placement of a military passenger terminal near the flightline of an air force base is one thing, a commercial airport another.

Both entities have been bleeding taxpayer dollars for 16 years and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

In the original on-line publication of a story appearing in Wednesdays Press-Enterprise, Gonzales speaks out in defense of the $163 million of long-term debt the authority has amassed. However, mysteriously Gonzales’ comments have since been deleted from the online version of the story.

Gonzales said the expenditures were necessary.

Gonzales’ other originally published non-sensical statements and ramblings provided a glimpse into why the airport is in trouble and cost taxpayers dearly.

The airport has suffered through years of failed business ventures and loan defaults, which are routinely covered-up in “restructured loan” agreements.

Loan agreements, whereby the authority provides additional funding to tenants in default, only to have the new funds exhausted followed by another default.

Airport officials desperate for some sign of success continue to inflate revenue projections with ‘phantom’ landing fees from non-existent airlines.

Airlines the officials know will not materialize for years, if at all.

The continued fall-off in operations at nearby LAX/Ontario International Airport has been a strong indicator of San Bernardino International Airport’s low potential for success.

The airports poor filghtpath appeal is another seperate issue.

Area elected officials, of which Gonzales is one, continue to allow themselves to be lied to year-after-year with no accountability from management.

The IVDA, an entity whose only main revenue is property tax increment from an enormous redevelopment project area, continues to be the SBIAA piggy-bank. The IVDA has agreed to fund SBIAA operations to the tune of $10 million per year through 2015. An amount that will likely grow.

Local newspapers appear to have grown increasingly skeptical of airport dealings. Rightfully so.

It’s time for a closer look at both SBIAA and IVDA finances.

Remember Tattoo on the show Fantasy Island yelling “The plane…. The plane.”