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Kehoe Seeks More Accountability from Airport Authority

San Diego's Airport Authority was in the hot seat today as California Senator Christine Kehoe held hearings on how to make the agency more accountable to the public. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Now that voters have defeated the Airport Authority's ballot measure favoring Miramar as a new airport, Senator Kehoe wants to regroup. She' d like to see a new Airport Authority with more direct links to elected officials and the voters.

With the focus now on Lindbergh Field, Airport Authority board member Paul Nieto came up with several ideas of how to expand the existing airport. He suggested a new transit center near Interstate 5, with a tunnel under the runway for passengers to reach the existing south terminal.

However, five of the nine Airport Authority members are due to be replaced next month, and even the current plan to add 10 new gates at Lindbergh is in limbo.

Kehoe will draft a bill to restructure the authority, but those changes won't be approved until next year.Alison St John, KPBS news.

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