Air Unit returns to Auburn |

Air Unit returns to Auburn

Sen. Sam Aanestad reports that the state division of the California Highway Patrol signed a final agreement Wednesday that will return the Air Operations Unit to its natural base at Auburn Municipal Airport.

The CHP signature on the dotted line comes barely 24 hours after the Auburn City Council voted to approve a lease agreement that provides for the use of two helicopter landing pads, four fixed-wing tie-down spaces and the aviation fuel truck parking area at the airport.

The California Department of General Services has also approved the agreement, which could send the Air Operations Unit back to Auburn before the end of this month.

“I’m thankful that the CHP, Department of General Services and the City of Auburn were able to work together so quickly to resolve this issue,” said Aanestad (R-Grass Valley).” It’s been well worth the two-year effort from my office to return this unit to its rightful home.”

Aanestad has been campaigning to return the Air Operations Unit to Auburn since it was moved to Sacramento Executive Airport in October 2003.

Aanestad met personally early last year with California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency Secretary Sunne Wright McPeak to talk about moving the Air Operations Unit back to Auburn.

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