Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/23/2011 08:52:14 PM P
LOMA LINDA – No comment and the promise of another meeting.
That’s all the public got after airport panelists came out of a 90-minute closed session meeting Friday to address issues related to the FBI raid Wednesday at San Bernardino International Airport.
“It’s difficult for the public to understand that we are bound by the very rules that make government open, honest and transparent,” San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales said.
She declined to say whether any airport management, including airport developer Scot Spencer, might lose their jobs.
“I think what they expected to hear or witness today will happen at the next meeting,” said Gonzales, who is a member of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority, and co-chairs the Inland Valley Development Agency board.
The emergency meeting was called in reaction to the FBI serving seven search warrants at the airport and the Riverside home of Spencer.
San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris, who presides over the airport authority board, was mum after the closed session meeting, only telling those gathered inside Council Chambers in the Loma Linda Civic Center that there was no reportable action from the closed session.
Asked whether the brief open session meeting that followed was the kind of transparency the airport authority had promised, Morris said:
“We are cooperating fully with the investigation. You probably know more about it than I do.”
Morris was among a list of those named in the federal warrants, including interim Airport Director Donald L. Rogers, Aviation Director Bill Ingraham and the airport’s assistant director, Mike Burrows.
The FBI is looking into allegations of bribery, conspiracy, money laundering, theft of federal funds, and wire and mail fraud, according a federal search warrant.
Federal authorities are also investigating the nature of the relationship between the named individuals in the warrant and Spencer, a convicted felon who has served time in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud and has been banned from the aviation industry.
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