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By Liset Marquez
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Posted: 06/19/2013 07:10:39 PM PDT
Updated: 06/19/2013 07:13:11 PM PDT

ONTARIO — Don’t expect Los Angeles World Airports’ governing body to hold a board meeting at L.A./Ontario International Airport anytime soon.

LAWA’s Board of Airport Commissioners president Michael Lawson has denied an April invitation to meet in Ontario.

Alan Wapner, the president of the Ontario International Airport Authority, sent a letter on April 17, just days after Ontario filed a claim to dissolve the joint-powers agreement between the two cities and LAWA, which manages ONT, LAX and Van Nuys airports. The city eventually filed a lawsuit on June 3.

Lawson’s letter fires back at the OIAA for making what he described as false allegations of “chronic neglect and mismanagement” of the airport in its claim.

“I have no intention of staging a public meeting to provide the OIAA or the city of Ontario a platform to repeat such false claims or engage in other public displays that do nothing to substantively advance the goal of improving passenger and cargo traffic at L.A./Ontario Airport,” Lawson wrote in his response dated May 2 but not released until this week by Wapner.

Rather than meet, Lawson said he would prefer to review what implications the claim — which has since been rejected — could have on the city of Los Angeles.

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