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Another business community guy gives us his position on the airport. Craig Benedetto, who represents Benedetto & Danon Public Relations Inc. on the San Diego County Taxpayers Association board of directors, said he didn’t go to the meeting today either and didn’t vote on whether the association should endorse or oppose the airport initiative.

If he had, he said, he would have voted to support the ballot initiative that would have the airport authority work to put a new commercial airport at Miramar.

Why is this significant? Because had Benedetto and Steve Francis (who we talked to earlier) showed up and voted their feelings at the taxpayers association board meeting, the board would not have had a “supermajority” against the ballot measure.

The board voted 12 to 8 to oppose the measure. With Francis and Benedetto in support, and Cox’s Mary Ball opposed to the initiative, the vote would have been 13 to 10 with the majority opposed to the initiative.

Thirteen of 23 is only 57 percent. According to the taxpayer’s association, a supermajority – required to take a stance like this – would be 60 percent.

Would have, should have, could have, I know, I know: the point of the vote is to show up and cast one. There are a million things that might happen given certain circumstances.

But I don’t care.

We’re still calling around.

SCOTT LEWIS

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