Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.
Did Press Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff get her chain jerked by newspapers editors over her initial column on the arrest of San Bernardino International Airport Developer Scot Spencer?
Spencer and an associate, Felice Luciano, were charged by the San Bernardino County District Attorney with counts related to conspiracy to commit grand theft in an amount ranging between $1.2 million and $1.8 million.
A case that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what really went on at San Bernardino International Airport.
Tuesday’s column by MacDuff, that actually went online yesterday afternoon, morphed into a completely different saga late last night. I’ve been critical, in the past, of MacDuff writing as if she resides in an alternate universe. This time someone appears to have called her on it! The actual now-published column is less kind to San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA) officials, and rightfully so.
The original column, written by MacDuff, contained so much cheer-leading and praise for the airport, and its various officials, it was nauseating.
MacDuff’s original “It’s a new day for the airport” theme, was still carrying water for her favorite Former County Supervisor and Former Airport Authority Board Member Dennis Hansberger. MacDuff apparently came down with amnesia, and forget about Hansberger saying Spencer was “uniquely qualified” for the job. After all, Hansberger, who sat on the SBIAA board for more than a decade, voted to hire Spencer.
MacDuff was also carrying water for newly-elected Third District Supervisor James C. Ramos, who was backed by Hansberger in his successful campaign against against Former Supervisor Neil Derry.
A blind man could see what was happening at the airport all these years. And if SBIAA officials, who approved nearly $200 million in contracts to build an airport that’s not viable to serve any commercial airlines, couldn’t see what was going, then they’re idiots.
Any claims of being duped won’t fly here.
It’s time for MacDuff to take off those rose-colored glasses and see the situation for what it is.