LONG BEACH — The closets were piled high. There were a couple of All-Star jerseys worn by Indian Pacers forward Ron Artest in February games, dozens of top-of-the-line electronics including PDAs, DVD players, MP3 players, and a huge assortment of designer handbags, clothes and fancy perfumes.

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We are under siege and although we seemed to have averted a crisis last week it has returned. Our airport is unusual in that it lies on the border between California and Nevada, with the cost of operating born solely by the former and the revenue disproportionately going to the latter.

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The Santa Ynez Valley Airport is unusual among general aviation airports-it’s healthy! The fiscal soundness of the Santa Ynez Valley Airport Authority and its Board’s desire to contribute to the community, led to the recent decision to begin an aviation scholarship program. The scholarship was set into place to provide one student a 100% financial credit to apply toward the completion of a private pilot program with a private pilot license as the end result.

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SAN DIEGO — The Navy and Coronado residents are considering the possibility of turning Naval Air Station North Island into a joint-use commercial airport, 10News reported.

North Island is one of five military bases on the list for consideration as a possible location for a new airport.

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Torrance Airport, aka Zamperini Field, was a subject of the Torrance City Planning Commission the evening of 21 April. I had initially misunderstood the proposal to reduce the roadway leading into the airport. It was not the road into the Gen Av Ctr (GAC) that was to be reduced, but the main entrance road from the Pacific Coast Highway (I believe this was the original south boundary of the Army Airfield in WW II) leading to the entry road to the GAC.

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The FAA won’t let Lake Tahoe Airport operate the control tower part-time, but it will let the city of South Lake Tahoe raise fees charged to aircraft and limo operators, hoping to avoid a financial crunch that looms June 30th.

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LIVERMORE — Officials and residents of Livermore, Dublin and Pleasanton will meet during the next few months to try to resolve differences of opinion about the proposed expansion of Livermore Municipal Airport.

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