The continuing flap about the pay and benefits of Airport Authority CEO Thella Bowens is entertaining, particularly the latest development about hiring a consultant to justify her perks. But let’s address the real question, why do we still have an Airport Authority separate from the Unified Port of San Diego Diego?
Look, I have no way to evaluate Bowens’ performance; as far as I can see she is doing a fine job promoting more traffic at our airport from distant, exotic lands that are fun to visit, and I have to assume the Airport Authority Board wants her to do just that. My question is this: Given its total failure at the mission which originally justified setting up the Airport Authority separate from the port commission, why hasn’t it been eliminated?
My recollection of the details may be somewhat fuzzy, but I’m confident the following is pretty