Thursday, September 22, 2100 – 08:00 a.m.
As federal agents were executing search warrants in an investigation into activities involving the redevelopment of the former Norton Air Force Base, San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris was reportedly knocking down the door of The Sun / Inland Valley Daily Bulletin newspapers.
No, I’m not kidding.
Morris is President of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA) and is also on the Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA).
Both agencies are responsible for redevelopment and operational activities at the former military base.
It may take more than an editorial board sell job to solve this $200 million boondoggle.
Yes, I said $200 million!
Some of which is alleged in a scathing grand jury report to have been spent by Morris without board approval.
A scandal that will very likely reach into the Redlands political “Old Guard”.
Former Supervisor Dennis Hansberger who sat on the airport boards for years staunchly supported the hiring of convicted felon Scot Spencer to a key position.
Inland Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands) was instrumental in securing federal funding for the IVDA.
Lewis’ office was quick to respond to yesterday’s events.
Hansberger, known as the world’s smartest man is unusually silent.
Spencer owes the county more than a half-million dollars in property taxes.
Combine this event with questionable contracts, a lack of internal controls and a plethora of bad press stories and you have a recipe for federal intervention.