When will they get some proper management at Chico Airport?

30 Jul

I’m blowing off this morning’s Internal Affairs discussion on liquor licenses because I’ve already heard what Kirk Trostle has to say: “I want more MONEY!”  I also got a kick out of the editorial posted this morning – it’s a – MAY- zing how many things me and Dave Little agree on, for two people who’d rather eat a Dodger Dog than be civil to one another. 

I will be taking in the Airport Commission meeting at 6pm, however. I know, 6pm, and no hors d’oeuvres or nothin’, that is gauche. 

But tonight, Brian Nakamura is going to give the report I been dying to ask for – where the airport gets it’s revenues and how it’s spends them. 

The airport is so neglected, it’s ridiculous. And when they do pay attention, it’s “we want service to Disneyland.”   Nobody seems to realize what an incredible manufacturing area it is, and how much it would mean to our city to get some big employers out there. In the old-old days, a manufacturer wanted to be next to the river, not only for hydro-power, but for transportation – raw materials in, processed goods out! Then it was the railroad tracks. Today, it’s the airport. We have one, but we have not set it up as a very good business zone. In fact, a friend of mine who owns a small manufacturing operation at the airport tells me constantly – Chico is business hostile. “They treat anybody who wants to start a business like they’re some kind of ‘Sugar Daddy’.” 

The biggest problem at the airport is Maria Rock, who owns the fueling station. The city spent hundreds of thousands of dollars protecting Maria Rock’s business from Danford Jay, an airport business owner who says he was given a verbal go-ahead by the city to open his own fueling station, but later told the Rocks have the exclusive rights.  Airport users complain that the Rocks run the fueling station a la Gomer and Goober, but staffer Debbie Collins told me she write these complaints off as “anecdotes” and refuses to act on them. 

We’ll never know if their daughter, city attorney Alicia Rock, had anything to do with it – who cares – the whole thing was inappropriate, and just another symbol of the mismanagement of our town. 

So, I’m  going down there  tonight, I’ll fill you in. 

And don’t forget, First Sunday meeting, August 4, Chico library, 9am. 

2 Responses to “When will they get some proper management at Chico Airport?”

  1. Jim July 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    The last time I flew out of Chico, the pilot apologized and said there was going to be a delay. When the plan came into Chico the pilot ordered 500 pounds of fuel. However the cowboy running the fuel truck loaded all the fuel into one tank, he should have divided it into both tanks. Since the tanks are in the wings, that makes the plane unbalanced. So we had to sit there at the airport for about 45 minutes while the pilot run one engine till the excess fuel in that wing was burned up and the plane was balanced again. A waste of time and 250 pounds of jet fuel

    • Juanita Sumner July 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

      Thank you so much Jim for this “anecdote.” When I told airport commission staffer Debbie Collins the outrageous stuff I’d heard about Northgate Aviation, she indicated that she’d gotten lots of complaints like these, but regarded them as “anecdotal” and had no intention of acting on any of them.

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