San Diego Airport Authority Rejects Revamp Legislation

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority board voted yesterday to oppose state legislation to revamp the agency, unless changes are made in the bill.

Proposed by state Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, the bill would eliminate the board's executive positions, shift some authority to the San Diego Association of Governments and trim the number of board seats from nine to seven.

Several board members said they could not support the bill as currently crafted. Board member Robert Watkins said one key provision -- the transfer of planning authority to SANDAG -- does not include funding.

Members promised to work with Kehoe on amendments. Kehoe may meet with the board later this month.

The authority operates Lindbergh Field and is responsible for long-term aviation planning in the region.