The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority agreed today on what it wants to see in the legislation currently being offered by state Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, that would overhaul the authority.

The authority’s proposed reforms would cut major portions of Kehoe’s bill.

The state senator has introduced legislation that would overhaul the authority by requiring board members to be elected officials, cutting the $171,648 annual salaries paid to three board members and trimming the number of board members from nine to seven. It would strip the authority of its land-use planning abilities at the county’s regional airports.

The authority agrees that the salaries should be eliminated, but it wants to keep land-use planning responsibilities and the nine-member structure.

The authority also wants to:

  • Allow the San Diego Association of Governments to review future updates of land-use plans around airports. Those are the blueprints for development in neighborhoods close to the region’s airports.
  • Have Sandag develop a plan to coordinate ground transportation between other airports in the county.
  • See the authority’s advisory committee restructured. The committee has a broad membership, but it has no policy-making abilities.
  • Not have solely elected officials on the board, as is currently proposed. The authority wants the elected officials who have appointing power to continue to decide whether board members are elected officials or not.

Our most recent story on the legislation is here.


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