San Diego City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf wants Miramar Air Show to go on

Budget cuts could mean show's cancellation

SAN DIEGO - Despite air shows being canceled across the country, San Diego City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf plans to call on the Defense Department Tuesday to allow the annual Miramar Air Show to go on as scheduled this fall.

Zapf aide Job Nelson wrote in a report that dozens of air shows around the country have been scrubbed because of budget cuts, and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar has not received permission from the Pentagon to host the event.

He said the air show attracts about a half-million people over its three days and is linked to $17 million in direct and indirect spending.

Zapf said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was likely to soon decide on whether the 58th annual show at MCAS Miramar will go on.

"Be it resolved, that the council of the City of San Diego strongly supports the MCAS Miramar Air Show and encourages the Secretary of Defense to take all necessary actions to restore funding to allow the 58th annual Miramar Air Show to take place on its scheduled dates of October 4, 2013 through October 6, 2013," Zapf wrote in a motion to be considered Tuesday.

According to published reports, the canceled air shows have also grounded private stunt pilots and impacted other performers, announcers and vendors.

A pending Senate version of the 2014 Defense Authorization Act includes language that requires the Pentagon to consider resuming support of air shows.

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