LA Ontario airport lawsuit back on after no deal
ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) -- A two month cooling-off period in the fight over Southern California's Ontario International Airport has yielded no deal.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/1bsbEqX) the city of Ontario's lawsuit against Los Angeles for control of the airport will now move ahead. A hearing is scheduled for June.
Judge Gloria Connor Trask told attorneys Wednesday she was disappointed two months of talks didn't lead to a settlement, but urged further negotiations.
Ontario attorneys said outside court the main issue is how much the city would pay for the airport, suggesting that assuming its debts should be sufficient.
The lawsuit says Los Angeles poorly marketed the midsize airport 50 miles to its east, which has lost nearly half its passengers since 2007.
Los Angeles argues the drop was inevitable in the slow economy.
Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com