Josh Dulaney, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 12/05/2011 07:59:34 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – An effort to get Mayor Pat Morris to speak from the dais about the ongoing federal investigation at San Bernardino International Airport was thwarted Monday night at the City Council meeting.

The issue was pushed by 7th Ward Councilwoman Wendy McCammack, a political opponent of Morris, who placed on the agenda a motion calling for the mayor to “give a public briefing and discussion to inform the council as a whole and the residents of San Bernardino” about the FBI’s investigation into alleged mail and wire fraud, bribery, conspiracy and money laundering, and theft and fraud related to federal funds.

Morris, who presides over the boards overseeing redevelopment at the former Norton Air Force Base, said the matter is discussed at regular joint meetings of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority and the Inland Valley Development Agency boards.

“Everybody’s encouraged to attend,” Morris said.

Fourth Ward Councilman Fred Shorett made a substitute motion that the discussion be tabled. It was supported by council members Virginia Marquez, Tobin Brinker and Rikke Van Johnson.

Councilman Robert Jenkins, who joined McCammack and Councilman Chas Kelley in opposing having the discussion tabled, referred to the vote as “politics as usual.”

The FBI raided the airport in September.

More than 80 FBI agents filled a 26-foot U-Haul truck with airport records after serving search warrants at the airport and the Riverside home of airport developer Scot Spencer, a convicted felon.

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