San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman joins Ontario International Airport Authority
ONTARIO, Calif. – January 5, 2015 — San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman was sworn in today as a Commissioner of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA). He succeeds Gary Ovitt who retired from the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in December 2014, thus ending his OIAA service.
“I really appreciate your goal and mission here,” said Hagman after being sworn in.
“I’ve been watching from afar … and 100% agree that we need to regain local control of the Ontario Airport for the vitality of the airport as well as the economics of the whole Inland Empire.”Added OIAA President and Ontario Mayor pro Tem Alan D. Wapner, “It’s good to have you (Hagman) on board and certainly your relationships in Sacramento will be a huge help to the Board as well.”
Under terms of the Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement between the City of Ontario and the County of San Bernardino which formed the OIAA, two Commissioners are from the Ontario City Council, one member is the San Bernardino County Supervisor representing the 4th District in which Ontario International Airport (ONT) is located, and two are prominent community members from ONT’s air service market.
Prior to his election to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in November 2014, Hagman served in the California State Assembly from 2008 to 2014, representing communities in San Bernardino, Orange and Los Angeles counties.
At Monday’s OIAA meeting, Interim Executive Director Al Boling presented a report on the economic impact of the passenger traffic declines at Ontario International Airport in response to the Commission’s request at the December 2014 meeting.
“Based on the results of a standard aviation economic impact model, the loss of air service at ONT over the past seven years has had a huge negative impact on the region’s economy,” said Boling, who is also the Ontario City Manager.
“In 2014, the region is estimated to have lost $661 million in economic activity compared to 2007 as a result of the loss of air service at ONT. The region is also estimated to have 10,700 fewer jobs in 2014 as a result of ONT’s air service decline.”
For each of the past four years, the amount of economic activity lost as a result of the air service decline at ONT has been at least $500 million, Boling added.
This measure of economic impact includes the direct impact of lost jobs at the airport, the loss of spending by visitors, and the multiplier effect as those local wages and spending would otherwise have generated additional local jobs and spending.
Boling continued by discussing the environmental impacts associated with the loss of ONT air service: “With many of the former ONT passengers being forced to book flights into or out of LAX now, there are approximately 1.3 million unnecessary vehicle trips going past ONT and driving the 56 miles to LAX; that’s 72.8 million vehicles miles per year, producing 165,950 pounds of Volatile Organic Compounds and 37,170 pounds of Particulate Matter in an already polluted basin.”
Also at Monday’s meeting, Commissioner Ronald O. Loveridge was elected OIAA Vice President and Commissioner Lucy Dunn was elected Secretary. Wapner was previously elected as President and continues to serve in that role.
The next OIAA meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, February 2, 2015.
— News release issued by the Ontario International Airport Authority
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