Senator Hueso Urges San Diego County Regional Airport Authority to Drop Lawsuit that Threatens Funding for Chula Vista Bayfront Project

August 01, 2018

San Diego, CA – August 1, 2018 – After learning of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s decision to join a lawsuit against the Port of San Diego, State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) today issued the following statement: 

“I’m disappointed by the Airport Authority’s decision to join a lawsuit that threatens the Chula Vista Bayfront project. This important waterfront project is the result of 20 years of hard work by the Port of San Diego, City of Chula Vista, business community, labor and leading environmental groups, and will have a regional impact of more than $2 billion annually and create more than 20,000 permanent jobs.

At issue in the lawsuit is a negligible rental car fee being collected by the Port of San Diego that serves as a crucial funding source for the Port and City of Chula Vista’s resort and convention center development.

Let’s not forget that this same funding mechanism was used from 1999 to 2006 to help fund the parking garage serving the San Diego Convention Center, as well as Petco Park, Gaslamp Quarter, nearby hotels and more. If the fee was acceptable when used for projects in downtown San Diego, it should be embraced for development in the South Bay, too.

I strongly urge the Airport Authority to reverse its decision and drop this lawsuit.”

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