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Miramar Air Show grounded by federal shutdown

Miramar Air Show Tarmac

MIRAMAR, Calif. — One day before it was supposed to start, the annual Miramar Air Show became a casualty of the government shutdown, with the military Thursday announcing its cancellation.

“The timing couldn’t be worse, but it is what it is,” Col. John P. Farnam, commanding officer at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, told reporters.

He said people who bought special access passes would be reimbursed, as would all event sponsors.

Farnam learned of the cancellation from the Defense Department early today. He said the event was already paid for and organizers thought it could proceed, but guidelines pertaining to the government shutdown forbade it.

“Personally I’m disappointed …  from the bottom of my heart,” Farnam said. “I apologize to San Diego for having to stand here and make this statement.”

The 58th annual aerial extravaganza was scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Even before the cancellation, the show was scaled back from its usual three days to two after the Defense Department announced that military flight demonstrations — including the Navy’s wildly popular Blue Angels — would not be allowed due to the automatic spending cuts known as “sequestration.”

Todd Gloria, interim mayor of San Diego, said residents were looking forward to their annual pilgrimage to the base to celebrate the armed forces. San Diegans love the air show and go every year to enjoy it, he said at his weekly media briefing.

“The emotional and economic impacts of losing this year’s event are great, and I’m extremely disappointed in the political dysfunction that brought us to this point,” Gloria said.

Proceeds from the event go to programs that support families of military personnel, he said.

“It shows how illogical things are back in Washington, that you can take a money-making event and cancel it under the auspices of saving money,” Gloria said. “It’s bizarre and emblematic of the problems we’re having back in the nation’s capital.”

Councilwoman Lorie Zapf, who donated office funds in an effort to keep the air show afloat despite sequestration cuts, said she was “really disappointed in this last-minute cancellation of the Miramar Air Show.”

“It is unfortunate for the entire San Diego community, but it is especially unfortunate for the military families who depend on the programs provided by Marine Corps Community Services,” Zapf said.

She said her office was reaching out to base officials to see how the community might be able to provide assistance to the family programs.


39 Comments to “Miramar Air Show grounded by federal shutdown”

    Bowler's Desk San Diego News said:
    October 3, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Reblogged this on San Diego News – Bowler's Desk and commented:
    Miramar Air Show is canceled.

    Worried Mom said:
    October 3, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Jets are you kidding me. Why isn't anyone reporting about the families of Ice,Border patrol and Federal agents working for free right now. Our family will probably be getting 1/2 a check next pay period and even smaller one after that. We have. Family to feed and bills and mortgage. And all you can report on are jets. Shame on you. Our Federal agents deserve much more respect that .

      Get a life said:
      October 3, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      Shut your pie-hole. This event raises millions of dollars for this city. Move on, there is nothing to see here.

    Hola amigo! said:
    October 3, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    @ Worried Mom,

    Then tell your husband to do his job and stop me at the border, other wise. I take the food off your table and take the roof over your head! Because I am an illegal alien that gets everything for free!
    Good luck Worried Mom, your going to need it!

    Bruce said:
    October 3, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    While blaming illegal aliens may be fun, the Tea Partiers in Congress have been able to hold the country hostage and created this whole scenario. Obamacare is the law, and won't be repealed. Expressing hate like "Hola amigo" solves nothing, it just makes him/her look like a fool.

      Hola amigo! said:
      October 3, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      I look at myself more like the court jester,
      You see Bruce, the entire country is not held hostage. Other wise. Our dear potus would declare marshal law. With that said, the illegal alien comment was to bring attention to those with blinders on. Such as yourself (Bruce). Our country is being overthrown by illegal alliens with out even firing one shot! And you blame the Tea Partiers. Now you are the court jester Bruce! The USA can not even pay it's bills! Keep up with the blame game Bruce, while I have a simple answer, round them up, and deport all of the illegals! No hate just pride!!!

        YeaIts Meagain said:
        October 3, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        I am mexican and I agree, get em all (illegals) outta here so I can get a job

        Michael said:
        October 3, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        If our country is being overthrown by illegals, why am I working? In a good industry. You know, education will get you past an attack from an illegal immigrant that is here to work a job I for damn sure don't want. Was the mayor of LA illegal? No, but he was a latino mayor taking a white man's job, is that the problem? you see people you don't like taking opportunities you wont better yourself to take? The US can pay bills in the same fashion we have since the 1700's, debt is not a new theory. Had we not spent the trillions on war, pharmaceuticals, auto-bailout's and focussed on preventing the housing crisis Obama wouldn't have been 10 trill in the hole. Now, we work to dig out, again, like we did with Clinton, Roosevelt, Lincoln, etc. The dollar amount is higher but we've always paid bud. Go figure, Obama makes cuts, raises taxes and we finally have surplus coming in, going to debt but a reversal of the past 8 years. Long range, funny, it's the tea party that shuttered immigration reform. Hmmm.

    devfo said:
    October 3, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    when do the welfare checks get cancelled????

      Guest said:
      October 3, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Welfare is a state run program, not federal.

        Shakisha said:
        October 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        Spot on Guest,
        The feds fund the program dumb ars!

    Jim said:
    October 3, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    you’re not paying attention if you blame illegals without playing more blame on the companies that exploit them – you want to stop illegal immigration genius? START WITH STOPPING THE ILLEGAL BUSINESS PRACTICES

      Hola amigo! said:
      October 3, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Nice one Jimbo!

      That's right, keep those blinders on. moonbean made it official yesterday, illegal aliens get CDL's now??????? LAPD will not impound or arrest illegal aliens pulled over for a minor infraction due to their liberal approach ( the illegals can not afford to get their vehicles out of impound)????
      You just got me started Jimbo!!! Free healthcare, free education (including college), free housing, free EBT, free legal, free phone, free electricity, free water, free gas, free money!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I am paying, big time in taxes for illegals to send BILLIONS back to their homeland and not paying taxes on earned income!!!!! But illegals are reaping the benefits of free America (free everything)!!!!

      The government is to blame, they are responsible for stopping them at the border!!!
      Another shepole with blinders on, wake up Jimbo! It's not business, it's the government!!! STOP THEM AT THE BORDER AND DEPORT ALL ILLEGALS WITHIN THE USA!!!

      Problem solved, we get our country back. No hate, just pride!!!

        Michael said:
        October 3, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        Whew! Enjoy the prices of EVERYTHING going up if that happens. Wonder why they don't move. The little secret is we benefit a lot from it being in the dark. Funny they were so close to passing a bill to amnestitize and fix the system so the people could come out, be citizens and pay the taxes you speak of but no, tea party felt it was giving too much. Not my sides fault, we were all for making em tax payers.

          Just the facts said:
          October 3, 2013 at 4:21 PM

          Give me a break Michael!
          My family of five, grow our own veggies, we wash our cars, we mow our lawns, we grow our fruit, and clean our home! You flipping liberals trying to pull the wool over sheoples eyes! You may be able to spin your foolishness on the masses. But me. Forget it! Send the illegals back to their homeland! We no longer can afford to raise their families!

    Guest said:
    October 3, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    How can anyone blame Republicans when the House continues to pass budgets and resolutions that the Democrats in the Senate reject? It's like me giving 5 bucks to a homeless person who then throws it back at me because he wants 10 bucks and then somehow it's my fault that he's still hungry.

      Michael said:
      October 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      Becuase their budget attempts don't deal with reality one bit. The $5 bill has ricin on it.

    East County Ed said:
    October 3, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Let me preface this with…I am a Vet. The thing all of you are missing here is that the defense department thought it just to cancel the air show where some local small businesses make part / some / most of their annual income with food sales and the like at events like the air show but the powers to be think it is ok to still have the Army/Navy college football game go on as scheduled in Anapolis ( just outside DC) go on as scheduled. Where is the outrage for this. I do feel sorry for the border patrol agents that are out of work but we need to stand together and stop the bickering between us. I applaud the Republicans for finally standing up. It is going to be worse when the debt ceiling fight starts.

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