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Subject: [dfa-23] Blackwater pulls
application for Potrero training center . ( HOORAY! WE MADE A DIFFERENCE!!!!
Blackwater pulls application for Potrero training
( HOORAY! WE MADE A DIFFERENCE!!!! Carol HOORAY! NADYA)
Congratulations to the residents of Potero,
& Carl Meyer, the recently-elected chairman of the Potrero planning group
& Raymond Lutz, an El Cajon-area resident who created an anti-Blackwater
Web site. And SD DFA members, Bob Filner and all who rallied, wrote and spoke
out against Blackwater.
I am sooo Happy! Grassroots can work!Carol
Blackwater pulls application for Potrero
By Anne KruegerUNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
p.m. March 7, 2008
Blackwater Worldwide officials have announced
they are pulling their application to build a training center on an 824-acre
site in the East County community of Potrero.
Blackwater's letter to the
The North Carolina-based company dropped off a letter to
the county planning department today notifying officials of their decision not
to pursue plans for the project on a former chicken and cattle
?Although our project would have brought a great benefit to San
Diego County, ? providing local, state, and federal law enforcement with
access to low-cost superior training facilities while bringing much-needed
jobs to the area ? the proposed site does not meet our business objectives at
this time,? states the letter from Blackwater vice president Brian
Bonfiglio said noise tests the company conducted at the site
did not meet county standards, and the cost of reducing the noise was too
expensive. He said Blackwater had spent well over $1 million in its effort to
get government approval for the site.
The company's effort to build the
training center for law enforcement and the military met with a storm of
criticism. Opponents said the training center would bring more noise and
traffic to the quiet rural community, and others were critical of Blackwater's
role as a military contractor in Iraq.
Bonfiglio said opposition to the
project played no role in the company's decision to withdraw the
Opponents of the project were stunned and pleased to hear
?It's great news for the community of Potrero,? said Carl
Meyer, the recently-elected chairman of the Potrero planning group. ?I think
Potrero will start to rejoice tonight. We'll have a party.?
Lutz, an El Cajon-area resident who created an anti-Blackwater Web site, said
he's glad the controversy is over.
?This poor community has been put
through enough,? he said. ?There's a lot of people who were friends who were
on different sides of the issue.?
Anne Krueger: (619)[masked];
35 total comments
(MY FAVORITE COMMENT)
By whytman on
03/07/2008 at 4:53 p.m.
Now if we could just get them out of
Iraq....Along with all of our troops!
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