Ontario International Airport

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/06/15 – 5:53 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> From Sacramento to the Riverside Superior Court House, the battle for local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport is taking off this week.

On Wednesday, attorneys for Los Angeles and Ontario will be in court for a motion by Los Angeles to protect certain documents attorneys for the Inland delegation requested during discovery.

About the same time, Ontario City Manager Al Boling and San Bernardino County CEO Greg Devereaux will be in Sacramento to provide testimony to a state Senate subcommittee on ONT-related legislation that has already cleared the Assembly.

The Governance and Finance Subcommittee will discuss Assembly Bill 1455 authored by Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez, D-Chino, and Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, which allows Ontario to secure the bonds from future revenues and charges from the airport. Although the bill doesn’t transfer the airport to Ontario, it creates the framework for financing if a transfer were to occur.

“It’s a very symbolic move that there is support for local control from here and Los Angeles as well,” Ontario Councilman Alan Wapner said about the bill. “It’s bringing the discussion to Sacramento about the importance of local control of the airport.”

It comes after a new regional transportation forecast that projects ONT will handle between 12 million and 22 million annual passengers by 2040. It is in stark contrast to a 2008 forecast which predicted ONT would have 30 million passengers by 2030.

In a move to urge Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to sit down to reach an amicable solution, the Ontario International Airport Authority last week sent out a letter – signed by 38 mayors and boards of supervisors for San Bernardino and Riverside counties – asking Garcetti to facilitate transfer of the airport.

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