SAN JOSE, CA—City officials cleared the runway for a corporatejet center at the Mineta San Jose InternationalAirport—a move that will mostly benefit executives withGoogle and other Silicon Valley techcompanies.

The city coucil voted 10-1 Tuesday night to approved a 50-yearlease agreement with Signature Flight Serviceswhich will build an $82 million facility on the west side of theairport, according to report in the San Jose Mercury News.The deal includes no curfew provisions, which had been discussedduring the approval process.

Several residents who live near the airport's flight path urgedthe council to reconsider the project by adding back the extracurfew provision, increasing the curfew violation fines, orreducing the length of the lease, the paper reported.

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David Phillips

David Phillips is a Chicago-based freelance writer and consultant with more than 20 years experience in business and community news. He also has extensive reporting experience in the food manufacturing industry for national trade publications.