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Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear Appointed to Three-Year Term on Airport Authority Board

San Diego CA— Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear attended her first meeting today as a Board Member of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. Blakespear was appointed by the North County coastal area mayors to serve a three-year term on the Board representing North County coastal cities.

“Mayor Blakespear’s solutions-driven approach and depth of experience in the public sector will be a great asset to our board,” said Board Chairman April Boling. “We look forward to working with her.”

Mayor Blakespear is a fourth generation resident of Encinitas and is currently serving her second term as Mayor of Encinitas. In her role as Mayor, she is working to improve open space, trails, parks and beaches, as well as upgrading Encinitas streets.  She is also deeply committed to environmental issues impacting Encinitas and supports efforts to reduce pollution and direct the city’s Climate Action Plan.

“I want to thank the North County coastal area mayors for this opportunity,” Blakespear said. “I am excited to have the chance to serve on the Airport Authority Board and help shape the future of San Diego International Airport, a critical economic asset for the region.”

In addition to her role on the Airport Authority Board, she serves as the Vice Chair on SANDAG’s Board of Directors and holds positions on various regional water and waste water district boards.

While Blakespear spends the majority of her time as Mayor of Encinitas, she is also licensed to practice law in California.

Blakespear replaces Michael Schumacher who ended his three-year term on the Authority Board as the North County coastal cities representative on January 27.

She will serve on the Airport Authority Finance and Audit Committees.

The Airport Authority is governed by a nine-member Board, with three additional members serving ex officio. Board members serve three-year terms and may be reappointed. For more information about the Authority, please visit www.san.org.

About the San Diego International Airport

San Diego International Airport (SAN) offers nonstop service to about 70 destinations in the continental U.S., Europe, Asia, Mexico and Canada.  In operation since 1928, the airport celebrated more than 90 years of service to the San Diego region in 2018.  The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has managed the airport since 2003.  The Airport Authority plans for and provides air transportation services to the region with safe, effective facilities that exceed customer expectations.

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