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Conversion of El Toro Base: Will It Fly?

May 02, 1993

It seems to me that Newport Beach should take up some other hobby than trying to turn the El Toro base into a commercial airport.

They state that a commercial airport in Orange County would benefit Orange, Riverside, Ventura, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. I fail to see the connection between Orange, Riverside, Ventura, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties.

The billions of dollars Newport Beach claims such a move will generate--"the biggest economic generator since Disneyland"--is absolutely ridiculous. How much benefit Disneyland has generated for Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties escapes me. The last I heard, all of these counties are broke right along with those counties that don't have Disneyland.

Besides, I don't imagine that 200-plus jetliners going over my house every day will do a lot to raise my property value in Mission Viejo.

JEAN WOFFINGTON

Mission Viejo

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