Looks like another round of political debate is brewing over placing a commercial airport at the former El Toro MCAS in Southern California (the airport proposal that never seems to die). Voters in Orange County passed a proposition last year calling for the former base to be converted to parks, housing and commercial development. The proposed alternative was as a commercial airport to help eliminate the pressure from the SNA slots and congestion at other Southern Calif airports.
Today it was revealed in the LA Times
that Los Angeles World Airports (operator of LAX and ONT) sent a 37 page memo to the US Dept of Transportation proposing that LAWA be allowed to operate a commercial airport at El Toro. LAWA states they could have an airport up and running in 6 years. Within 15 years of opening LAWA feels an El Toro airport could see "28.8 million passengers and handle 2 million tons of cargo a year".
The revelation of the behind the scenes memo has Orange County cities in an uproar. This is what led to the press release put out this afternoon condeming LAWA.