Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/22/2011 03:08:36 PM PDT
The San Bernardino International Airport Authority and Inland Valley Development Agency boards plan to meet jointly to address the FBI’s serving of seven search warrants at the airport and the Riverside home of airport developer Scot Spencer.
The meeting was called for by Josie Gonzales, who chairs the county Board of Supervisors.
“I was angry,” said Gonzales, who also co-chairs the Inland Valley Development Agency board and is a member of the airport authority board. “I’m disappointed.
“I’m frustrated and angry because here we go again with not being able to get ourselves into positions of leadership and trust.”
Gonzales said she told San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris, who presides over the airport authority board, that a special meeting was needed.
The SBIAA is a joint-powers authority composed of San Bernardino County and San Bernardino, Colton, Loma Linda and Highland that oversees redevelopment of the airport.
The IVDA is a joint-powers authority composed of San Bernardino County and San Bernardino, Colton and Loma Linda that oversees redevelopment around the airport.
Morris was among a list of those named in the federal warrants, which included interim Airport Director Donald L. Rogers, Aviation Director Bill Ingraham and the airport’s assistant director, Mike Burrows.
Federal authorities are looking into the nature of the relationship between the named individuals and Spencer, a convicted felon who has served time in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud, has been banned from the aviation industry and is a central figure in the redevelopment of the former Norton Air Force Base.
Morris declined to comment on the warrants, but issued a statement Thursday saying:
“Because these matters involve the operations of the airport, the Airport Authority is meeting tomorrow. The Authority Board may have more to say regarding these matters after the meeting.”
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