Ontario International Airport

LA/Ontario International Airport. (File photo)

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/24/2013 05:59:56 PM PDT
Updated: 05/24/2013 06:01:15 PM PDT

Special Section: Ontario Airport

The claim by Ontario seeking to end its agreement over LA/Ontario International Airport has been rejected by the city of Los Angeles.

Ontario officials will now have six months to decide whether it will sue the city and Los Angeles World Airports, the agency that manages ONT, Los Angeles International and Van Nuys airports.

The attorney representing Ontario blasted the L.A. delegation for failing to address the issues raised in the claim.

If the case is taken to court, Ontario would ask to dissolve the 1967 joint-powers agreement that rescued ONT from failure but now is blamed for strangling the airport’s prospects. Ontario officials contend LAWA is putting its resources into LAX and mismanaging ONT.

“Los Angeles rejected the claim with a single-sentence denial that fails to address the specific and detailed grounds for relief in the Ontario claim,” said Roy Goldberg, the Washington, D.C.-based attorney representing Ontario.

The 30-page claim was filed on April 11.

Goldberg said the city is disappointed that Los Angeles has rejected its administrative claim that sought to turn control of ONT to a local agency.

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