The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors agreed this morning to endorse the airport authority’s November ballot initiative.

The 19-18 vote – taken by secret ballot – gives Miramar airport supporters a vital endorsement.

The chamber’s support had looked shaky after the business advocacy group’s public policy committee voted two weeks ago to oppose the plan that calls for moving the region’s international airport from Lindbergh Field to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

The chamber’s endorsement is expected to help mobilize a network of business interests and campaign donors to fight for the ballot measure. It has long been assumed the funds to support the airport authority’s ballot measure would come largely from the business community.

The chamber has been a key supporter of the search for a new airport, helping form ASAP21, an alliance of business advocacy groups that has spent three years advocating against Lindbergh Field as the long-term solution for San Diego’s air capacity needs.

We’ll have more on this breaking news soon. For background on the chamber’s decision, check out this story.

ROB DAVIS

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