WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, has not co-sponsored legislation to create the Southwest Border Regional Authority although his spokesman, Michael Harrison, said Hunter is a friend of Silvestre Reyes, the El Paso, Texas congressman who wrote the legislation.
Harrison said Hunter doesn't know if another level of bureaucracy is necessary.
"Hunter is not always too quick to create bureaucracy to solve local problems. Another thing that concerns Hunter is that Los Angeles and Los Angeles County would be included in the authority," he said.
According to the text of the legislation, Los Angeles County would qualify for assistance as a "distressed county."
Harrison said Hunter is worried a huge metropolitan area such as Los Angeles would gobble up a large part of the resources allocated by the authority annually.