(July 23, 2003) -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta has thrown cold water on a proposal by the City of Los Angeles to operate a commercial airport at El Toro, telling Congressman Chris Cox (R., Newport Beach) in a letter LBReport.com posts below that the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, including the FAA, "does not intend to intercede in the El Toro reuse process."
Secretary Mineta's letter adds: "Our jurisdiction and historical exercise of our authority does not extend so far as to overrule the Navy’s authority under the base closure statute as owner of the property or the decisions of local governments regarding use of that property…. We have no plans to interrupt the Navy’s process."
Congress retains the theoretical legal power to involve itself in the issue and direct the U.S. Dept. of Transportation to pursue the L.A. plan.
To view Secretary Mineta's letter, click: Mineta July 22 letter to Cong. Cox re El Toro
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