Aanestad brings air unit back to Auburn | TheUnion.com

Aanestad brings air unit back to Auburn

Sen. Sam Aanestad says a two-year effort to return the California Highway Patrol Air Operations Unit back to its original base in Auburn is nearly complete.

Aanestad (R-Grass Valley), who personally lobbied Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other administration officials for the return of the Air Operations Unit, believes the move will take place before the end of March.

“I’ve been personally assured by the Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency that she has recommended that the Air Operations Unit relocate to Auburn,” Aanestad said. “I’m hopeful that this will be the final chapter in a long struggle to return this unit to its rightful place.”

The Air Operations Unit, which consists of two fixed-wing aircraft and two search-and-rescue helicopters, had been permanently based at Auburn Executive Airport until it was abruptly moved to Sacramento Executive Airport in October, 2003. Senator Aanestad opposed the move, calling it a major public safety concern. He has since been leading the fight to return the Air Operations Unit to Auburn.

For more information about the impending return of the CHP’s Air Operations Unit to Auburn, or to schedule an interview with Senator Aanestad, please contact Communications Director Bill Bird at (916) 651-4004.

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