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I’ve just got to take a moment and address some comments by Mr. Nifontoff. Let me start with the taxpayer funded study comment.

Mr. Nifontoff states,

SDCRAA has created a measure that allows it to spend millions more in FAA (taxpayer) dollars…

Sorry, but the FAA grant money that paid for the study is derived from aviation system users and the airport itself, not the general fund of the Federal Government. FAA employees are paid from the general fund, airport improvements and studies are paid from the trust fund. You can view the FAA website for the regulation here.

Now let’s look at the noted economist the opposition found to support their position.

Mr. Nifontoff states,

Dr. Richard Carson, head of the UCSD Economics Department, has shown the airport authority’s economic analysis to be bogus.

Dr. Carson is noted as an outstanding environmental economist, but if you look at his biography you will note that he has no experience examining aviation or airport related economic issues. He has not even consulted to any company or agency on the subject. And his criticism has been rejected by experts in the field of aviation and airport economics.

But enough petty bickering. Let’s review some other interesting points.

The Navy voluntarily left Miramar in 1994 and is flying the same jet fighters with the same mission from NAS Lemoore over 300 miles away. The Marines Corps senior command studied an alternative basing option for its fighter jets in 2005 and 2006; it involved relocating all the fighter jets to MCAS Yuma from MCAS Miramar. The study was so harmful to their argument for staying at Miramar that the Marine Corps removed it from their public website.

It’s time that we started finding people who want to solve important problems in the region instead of naysayers who tell us what can’t be done. Nothing ever got accomplished by doing nothing.

JOHN CHALKER

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