Monday, Feb. 5, 2007 | Airports, airports, airports. The airport authority says we need a new airport. For now Miramar is out, the Navy and voters say so. The idea of a U.S./Mexican airport has surfaced again. Will it work? I don’t know, but how will the millions of dollars in “mordida” be charged off? Nothing happens in Mexico without payments being made. This is never going to happen.
To me a good site is Ramona, but the supervisors took it off the list early. How about the floating airport? Oh, there is the airport in the desert, with the multibillion dollar high-speed train. Right now we have Lindbergh Field. That’s all were going to have for the next 20-30 years. We should bring in the best planners on how to make Lindbergh the best it can be. We might need to move the terminals; we could build a transit center off the PCH. Maybe MCRD should be moved to camp Pendleton. When I went to boot camp in ’68, we spent half our 12 weeks at Pendleton. MCRD was “old” then.
If there are toxic problems under the Convair land, it should be cleaned up now, and the surviving company should be charged for it. The same with Mission Valley, clean it up and charge the oil companies. If a beautiful new embarcadero fits, then do it. We need a safe, efficient airport that will serve us for the next 30 years. By then who knows, we might have a space port, just like the Jetsons.