Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 | Recent suggestions by Christine Kehoe and George Plescia to restructure the airport authority threaten to further politicize and destabilize an organization that is already doing an excellent job of running Lindbergh Field and finding a solution to the city’s coming air transportation bottleneck.

Granted, the airport authority itself is a political creation. All of its board members are appointed by elected officials. However, in the years since its inception, something unexpected happened: the authority started to do its job intelligently, make headway in the site selection process and – heaven forbid – ignore the myopic views of politicians. This obviously does not sit well with the likes of Kehoe and Plescia, who would rather have an organization that curries favor to elected officials, instead of one that implements concrete measures to upgrade our infrastructure and save our local economy.

The effort to restructure the airport authority is a shameful, thinly-veiled attempt by those who have already proven they would rather use scaremonger tactics to win a few votes, rather than actually do something to help solve one of our city’s most critical problems.

Here’s a message to local politicians: let the people of the airport authority do their job. Unlike you, they might actually do something good for San Diego, for a change.

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