By Donna Westfall – -NEW UPDATED INFO as of Sept. 11th 10:15 am: The previous public member was Matt Fearing who resigned on July 10th. The ad showing the application for public member was published in the Triplicate in July. There were 2 submissions of which David Finigan was one.
Sept. 10th – 2017 – Ok, quick recap. Former 5th District Supervisor, David Finigan, spearheaded the $2.8 million loan to build us a nice new airport terminal. As far as I know, it should be finished sometime next year – 2018. At that point, about $95,000 in interest will be due to be repaid on the loan. Also remember that none of the so-called “partners” coughed up one red cent. It’s all on us. Isn’t that special?
With great anticipation and worry, breaths are collectively being held as PenAir may be announcing their withdrawal from the Crescent City airport at any moment. Then where does that leave us?
Bids were put out to attract other airlines. Have any applied? Not to my knowledge. If there’s no airline servicing Crescent City, what do we need a terminal for? And if there’s no airline servicing Crescent City, then the Essential Air Service (EAS) subsidy goes bye-bye.
BUT, aside from all of that, let’s look at the upcoming Board of Supervisors, September 12th Consent Agenda Item #7… “To approve and appoint David Finigan as the new PUBLIC MEMBER of the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority (BCRAA).”
I didn’t even know who the old public member was. I didn’t know they were accepting applications for a new public member. I don’t even know why there’s a BCRAA when the so-called “partners” aren’t doing a blasted thing. And mostly what I don’t know is WHY in the world anyone in their right mind would want former Supervisor Finigan, on the board at all!@%&+!#?
Are they stupid? Are they corrupt? What’s going on? The only one to point out all those obvious problems (mentioned above) at that time looming on the horizon was, guess who? Supervisor Roger Gitlin, that’s who.
So, tell me….. why would anyone want Finigan on the BCRAA as a public member? Didn’t get enough of Finigan’s Folly the first time around?
Methinks the time has come to pull this from the consent agenda because BCRAA Commissioners Lori Cowan & Gerry Hemmingsen already voted on Sept 7th to put him on the Sept. 12th agenda. Of the 3 stooges that control the BOS, that only leaves the last stooge, Sup. Chris Howard to cast his approval. Personally, I’d like to see this item tabled until we learn how many other applicants there were and who they were. And, I also think we need to put in some rule about former politicians NOT being able to go on Boards as public members at all.