Chula Vista developer Paul Nieto resigned this morning from his seat on the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

Nieto, a partner with TMG and the former president of the company that developed Chula Vista’s EastLake, has been under scrutiny for profiting off a land deal that he’d claimed he was involved in on behalf of the San Diego Community College District.

Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox appointed Jack Miller to the authority’s board in Nieto’s stead. Miller is employed at Gafcon, a San Diego construction consulting firm. The former Navy pilot spent three years managing operations for San Diego County’s airport.

As a member of the authority board, Nieto played a lead role in developing the master plan for Lindbergh Field. Nieto, who’d sat on the board since its inception, was a supporter of the plan to move the region’s international airport to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. His resignation leaves City Councilman Tony Young as the sole remaining authority board member to have voted for the Miramar plan, which was resoundingly defeated by voters last November.


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