Guard troops arrive at airport

A hundred armed National Guard troops at San Francisco International Airport are protecting a rental car facility and patrolling the airport perimeter, a service that Oakland International Airport can apparently do without, having refused the 50 troops they were offered.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered 300 National Guardsmen to three of the state’s major airports: SFO, Los Angeles International and Oakland International. The nation’s threat level, set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, remains the highest since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Dan D’Innocente, acting SFO spokesman, said the National Guard spent Friday morning meeting with airport security officials “to determine what the best way that they could provide another level of security at San Francisco.”

The troops were assigned to guarding a rental car garage and several entry gates to the SFO airport. “We’re strengthening the area around the perimeter for the most part,” said Maj. John Preston, of the National Guard.

As troops arrived at SFO and LAX, Oakland airport security officials were trying to figure a use for the 50 troops earmarked for them.

“We have the resources that are necessary to provide a high-level of security here at the airport,” Oakland airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said, as reason for the refusal of troops.

National Guard troops are likely to begin patrolling other California airports as well. San Diego, Ontario and Orange County airports have requested between 30 and 80 troops, Wade said.

Bay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsLocalPolitics

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

U.S. Attorney David Anderson announces federal firearms charges against two men for their roles in a March 2019 shooting outside the Fillmore Heritage Center in a news conference alongside SFPD staff at the Phillip Burton Federal Building on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Departing U.S. attorney predicts corruption probe will continue

David Anderson shook up City Hall as top federal prosecutor

Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton, a former school board member, has been asked to help secure an agreement between the school district and teacher’s union. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
 <ins></ins>
Supervisor Walton tapped to mediate teacher contract talks

District and union at odds over hours in-person students should be in the classroom

California is set to receive supplies of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is still under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (Courtesy photo)
California could receive 380K doses of new J&J COVID vaccine next week

California could receive 380,300 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine… Continue reading

Disability advocates protested outside the home of San Francisco Health Officer Tomas Aragon. (Courtesy Brooke Anderson)
Vaccine rollout plan for people with disabilities remains deeply flawed

On February 13, disability activists paid a visit to the house of… Continue reading

A Bay Area Concrete Recycling facility that opened on PG&E property in 2019. Former PG&E employees have been accused of accepting bribes from Bay Area Concrete. (Courtesy of Bay Area Concrete Recycling via ProPublica)
Lawsuit reveals new allegations against PG&E contractor accused of fraud

By Scott Morris Bay City News Foundation Utility giant Pacific Gas &… Continue reading

Most Read