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San Diego’s Congressional Delegation Denounces Prop. A

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Aired 4/19/09

In an unusual show of consensus, all five of San Diego’s congressional representatives held a press conference to oppose the Airport Initiative on the November ballot. Prop. A proposes that San Diego officials work towards using part of MCAS Miramar for a commercial airport. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The sight of San Diego’s normally bitterly opposed democratic and republican representatives gathered as a united front to oppose the Airport Initiative and prompted Congressman Brian Bilbray to observe. . .

Bilbray: That is not bipartisan, that’s bipolar.

 

In spite of their differing positions on the war in Iraq, all five politicians said the military is too valuable to San Diego to consider using MCAS Miramar for a new commercial airport.

Congressman Duncan Hunter announced he’s written new legislation into the defense bill- signed this week - that prohibits the Secretary of the Navy from entering any such agreement .

Hunter: This ballgame is over, the President signed this bill. It is the law that we can’t use Miramar and will not use Miramar.

The Alliance in Support of Airport Progress in the 21st Century, a business coalition, came out in support of Prop. A this week. Dennis Burks of ASAP 21 says Hunter’s legislation is an effort to make an end run around democracy.

Burks: How dare he try to thwart the people of San Diego by trying to block us from even having a decision on this.

Burks says the Secretary of the Navy doesn’t have authority currently to turn over Miramar, and the new law could be changed in the future if circumstances change.  

The language of Prop A, which is an advisory vote, specifies working towards a possible agreement by the year 2020. Alison St John , KPBS News.

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