The airport authority’s November ballot initiative didn’t find any endorsements this morning during a two-hour hearing before the county Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Bill Horn said he’d be voting against it. So did Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

Supervisor Ron Roberts admitted Lindbergh Field will have long-term problems – the region needs a new international airport here, he said – but questioned the Miramar plan.

Roberts said he had “major concerns” about joint use at Miramar, pointing to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton as a possible long-term solution.

“I don’t think much is going to be decided in November,” Roberts said, “regardless of how the vote turns out.”

Airport authority officials – board member William D. Lynch and Angela Shafer-Payne, the authority’s vice president of strategic planning – briefed the supervisors. So did two Marine officers, Maj. Gen. Michael Lehnert, the commander of Marine Corps Installations West and Lt. Col. Rick Pagel, from the base.

The authority’s proposal has so far seen little support from local politicians. The only exception: San Diego City Councilman Tony Young, who serves on the airport authority board.

For some background on supervisors’ lack of support, check out our earlier story.


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