Sunday, August 21, 2011 – 09:00 a.m.
It would appear there are more secrets at San Bernardino International Airport that anyone could have ever imagined.
In addition to the questionable expenditure of roughly $200 million to revamp the former Norton Air Force Base. There is now a growing belief that the airport will always remain a black hole for money.
Sources say the San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA) has a study in its possession, which indicates the necessity of twenty daily flights would be needed for the facility to self-sustain its operations.
That’s right! Twenty daily flights are needed.
Yes, as in passenger flights.
A daunting and unlikely scenario under any circumstance.
The airport has been under intense scrutiny for more than a year for lapses in oversight, management, and expenditure tracking.
Recently the San Bernardino County Grand Jury blasted the Airport Authority in a scathing investigative report that has cast the governing board as being asleep at the wheel.
Local officials from the County of San Bernardino and cities of Colton, Highland, Loma Linda and San Bernardino, who sit in the SBIAA board, appear enamoured after receiving tours of the facility.
New members are quickly hypnotized by the bullshit being fed to them.
Even though the airport has basically become an empty boondoggle in terms of needless spending.
Since SBIAA has no revenue stream from actual operations it must therefor rely on the Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) for nearly all of its operating revenue.
The IVDA, a redevelopment project area, receives a portion of property tax revenue from its expansive area.
So far, much of the money received has been used for the airport property.
The big question now circulating is whether or not the IVDA funding of SBIAA through so-called “grants” is permissible or legal, since that money is used for operations and building construction.
Build it and they will come isn’t working out too well.