Court Filings

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/08/15, 8:56 PM PDT |

Attorneys for Ontario are petitioning the state 4th District Court of Appeal in Riverside to reverse a ruling upholding the decades-old agreement that gave Los Angeles control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

Ontario’s attorney, Andre Cronthall, filed a motion on Tuesday claiming the 1985 acquisition of ONT was invalid because a sale would have required a public vote.

“…The public was never put on notice regarding any purported sale or transfer of ONT in 1967 or 1985. As a result, the public was denied its constitutional and statutory right to a referendum,” Cronthall wrote in the 61-page document.

The filing disputes a ruling by Riverside Superior Court Judge Gloria Connor Trask on March 19 in which Trask validated the 1967 joint-powers agreement that initially turned over control of ONT to Los Angeles.

Trask found that Ontario had an opportunity to rescind a 1985 agreement that turned the deed over to L.A. but waited too long to exercise the option.

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