By Ryan Carter, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/01/2011 08:58:37 PM PDT

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 audit.

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 audits.

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