Friday, December 16, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 17, 2011 – 10:39 a.m.

A $10 million Federal Highway Administration grant to the city of Highland is no more.

Based on publicly available information, and also upon the recommendation by the U.S. Department of Justice, the city of Highland has lost a federal “Tiger II” grant for the improvement of Fifth Street west to Del Rosa Avenue.

The reason?

The ongoing investigation affecting the San Bernardino International Airport, Inland Valley Development Agency and City of San Bernardino.

Another sad downside to the lacking oversight, mismanagement and fraud at the former Norton Air Force Base.

While the city of Highland has really nothing to do with the goings on at the Airport, some of it’s elected officials blindly sit on the airport authority board.

Sources say Congressman Jerry Lewis was asked to intervene.

But, in all honesty, that would be a futile gesture coming from Lewis, who is seen as securing earmarks for the facility.

Of course all of the East Valley cronies tied into this long-time cash cow will decry the move and refuse to take responsibility.

Officials under investigation include, Developer Scot Spencer and partner T. Milford Harrison, former Airport Director Donald Rogers, San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris and Assistant Airport Director Mike Burrows.