A Baby Grand Piano (Pictured) currently sits in the lobby at the publicly-funded Million Air Terminal
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/21/2011 07:01:53 PM PST
San Bernardino County will hold its annual State of the County Address in February at the Million Air jet refueling facility at San Bernardino International Airport, where federal agents served a search warrant in September.
County spokesman David Wert said the county held the event at Million Air this year to much success, and therefore decided it was the ideal location to hold it again.
“There was no reason in the world not to have it there again in 2012,” Wert said in an e-mail Wednesday. “The controversy is not about the facility, but the way in which it was managed and the people who managed it.”
Roughly 80 FBI agents swarmed the airport in September, serving warrants at several administrative buildings and hangars, as well as the gated Riverside mansion of airport developer Scot Spencer.
Spencer’s primary office is housed in the Million Air facility, said Terry Cross, chief operations officer for Million Air, a Houston-based corporation with 30 franchises across the continental U.S., Alaska and Canada.
“They’re not looking at Million Air. Scot’s just a franchisee,” Cross said Wednesday.
Spencer entered into a franchise agreement with Million Air in 2007. Cross said a typical Million Air franchise agreement is awarded for 10 years, but he would not disclose the specific terms of Spencer’s agreement because it was confidential information.
Cross, however, did say that Spencer’s contract is still active. He said he wasn’t sure why the FBI served a warrant at Million Air San Bernardino, but he has a pretty good idea.
“(Spencer’s) office is in the upstairs portion of the Million Air facility, and that is his primary office, so of course they would enter the building to search,” Cross said.
According to one of the search warrants, special agents were seeking official documents and other materials related to “any company or business owned, operated, managed, controlled by or affiliated with” Spencer. Though the Million Air corporation was not one of the 16 businesses listed in the search warrant, Million Air San Bernardino LLC., a limited liability company Spencer launched to manage income and taxes generated from the Million Air fixed base operation at the airport, was.
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