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FAA to close control towers at Ramona Airport, Brown Field

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Ramona Airport TowerSAN DIEGO — The control towers at Ramon Airport and Brown Field are slated to be closed because of forced federal spending cuts, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday.

The agency said it will begin closing air traffic control towers at 149 low or moderate volume airports across the country beginning on April 7.

The agency said the cuts are necessary to help meet $637 million in forced spending cuts.

San Diego Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who represents Ramona, was not pleased by the decision to close the towers.

“I am deeply troubled by the FAA’s decision to close down the Ramona air traffic control tower,” Jacob said in a written statement.  “Clearly, this is a situation where the federal government can’t get its budget act together and is failing to put public safety first.”

The tower closures will be phased in over four weeks, FAA Chief Operating Officer David Grizzle said in a memo. Some towers were spared after the FAA considered appeals from towers and consulted with the departments of defense and homeland security.

Ramona Airport is used by Cal Fire’s firefighting aircraft, but Cal Fire officials said they didn’t expect the tower closure to adversely affect their operations.

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