Ontario International Airport

A US Airways plane arrives at Ontario International Airport in Ontario. (John Valenzuela — File Photo)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/01/14, 11:33 AM PST | Updated: 15 secs ago

ONTARIO >> Negotiations over the control of LA/Ontario International Airport have collapsed, according to Alan Wapner.

Ontario International Airport Authority commissioners are calling for a meeting with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti by the end of the year. The authority directed Executive Director Al Boling, at its meeting Monday, to make weekly calls to Garcetti’s office to set up a meeting.

The last meeting between Los Angeles World Airports — the agency that operates LAX and ONT — and Ontario was Sept. 18, Boling said.

Wapner, OIAA president, said Ontario has made numerous attempts to make contact with Garcetti.

“We’re not sure where the breakdown in communication is with the city of Los Angeles. Whether they have changed direction or whether Gina Marie (Lindsey) is not reflecting the direction the mayor wants to go. Either case, they are flat out refusing to negotiate anymore,” Wapner said.

But Garcetti spokesman Jeff Millman said, “Los Angeles has met with Ontario representatives throughout the year and have kept the lines of communication open in hopes of resolving this dispute.”

Since the last meeting, Wapner said he has made numerous attempts to meet privately with Garcetti but has not received a response.

Wapner said he simply wants 30 minutes to meet in person with Garcetti to determine the status of negotiations and any change in direction Los Angeles might have.

“I believe it’s all of our wishes — both Los Angeles as well as Ontario — to come to an amicable settlement. To take it out of the hands of the court to save all of us the taxpayer funds that are being given to the attorneys that are working the case,” Wapner said following Monday’s meeting.

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