PRESS-ENTERPRISE EDITORIAL BOARD
The Editorial Board recommends Rep. Ken Calvert for re-election to his Congressional District 42 seat.
Rep. Calvert, R-Corona, is a veteran representative, first elected to the House in 1992.
This year, he sponsored the legislation that allowed the transfer of Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles to local control, by allowing future ONT passenger fees to be used to reimburse Los Angeles World Airports. He partnered with Rep. Norma Torres, D-Ontario, to get that passed as part of a larger Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization. The transfer of the airport, one of the major events of the year in the Inland Empire, took place Tuesday.
“The transfer of Ontario Airport is just the start of the process to give Inland Empire air travelers a premiere airport with competitive flight fares and modern amenities,” Calvert said in a statement.
Calvert, chairman of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, has made water one of his specialties. His bill to settle the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians’ water rights is moving through House committees. Calvert has also worked to clear the way for the Cadiz water project in the Mojave Desert.
He has been a strong voice for veterans and the military.
Calvert’s opponent, for the second time, is Democrat Tim Sheridan, who makes a decent case for himself, but not good enough for the Editorial Board to want to turn out Calvert in District 42.