Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Security Contractor Blackwater ends bid for Calif. training site

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU
 
Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:50 AM
Original message
Security Contractor Blackwater ends bid for Calif. training site
Source: Associated Press

Security contractor Blackwater ends bid for Calif. training site
By ALLISON HOFFMAN Associated Press Writer
Article Launched: 03/07/2008 03:29:26 PM PST


SAN DIEGOMilitary security contractor Blackwater Worldwide has pulled its plans to build a training facility in a remote area about 45 miles east of San Diego.
Company project manager Brian Bonfiglio said in a letter submitted Friday to the San Diego County planning department that the site near the small community of Potrero no longer meets Blackwater's business needs.

<snip>

Tiny Potrero, home to about 850 people, found itself split by the plan, with environmentalist and anti-war factions ardently opposing those who welcomed the prospect of an economic boost for the area. In December, voters recalled five members of a local planning board who supported the project.

"I feel giddy," said Jan Hedlun, a planning group member who led local opposition to the project. She said word was spreading fast as opponents celebrated by faxing around copies of Bonfiglio's letter, which was posted online Friday by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Bonfiglio said the repeated marches and protests had nothing to do with the company's withdrawal. Recent noise tests indicated that sound levels in the bowl-shaped valley exceeded the county limits and would have been prohibitively expensive to fix.

Read more: http://origin.mercurynews.com/news/ci_8493247



If you believe all the public protests had no effect on Blackwater's decision to tuck tail and run, then i've got some swampland to sell you in Florida.

Score a big win for the people vs. mercenaries!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
junior college Donating Member (290 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:53 AM
Response to Original message
1. Ah!
Some good news
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Faux pas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:57 AM
Response to Original message
2. Power to the People! Boo Hoo blackwater, go peddle your
warring ways somewhere else.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:24 AM
Response to Original message
3. Hooray for the citizens of Portrero! Tell the warmongers to go to hell!
I was down near Portrero exactly once, visiting my brother at his booth at either a local Ren Faire or an SCA encampment, I can't remember which at this point. The heat was well into the triple digits -- I stepped out of my car and it felt like a hammer hit me over the head. There was a lot of armor about, but that weekend participants could hardly bear to move, much less joust.

For preference, I'll take the coast, but I must say the 850 souls who live in Portrero are a hardy breed. Congratulations to them all for taking on the President's private army and winning.

Hekate
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:41 AM
Response to Original message
4. Yay! k&r nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 07:23 AM
Response to Original message
5. It is great to see all the hard work pay off like this.
Kudos to everyone involved.

:thumbsup: Liberty Belle
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 10:21 AM
Response to Original message
6. duplicate topic
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Sun Nov 23rd 2014, 10:12 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC