Wednesday, April 04, 2007

More on Blackwater West in San Diego

The San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice has compiled some information about Blackwater's plans in Potrero, which is located in the rural backcountry of San Diego County. This should be helpful info for anyone who wants to speak out against the plans for Blackwater West. If you read nothing else, take a look at the open letter from Jan Hedlun, the ONLY Potrero planning board member to take a stand against the development of Blackwater West, despite overwhelming opposition by the residents. She is the one working for the people of Potrero. As she states in her letter:
The majority of Potrero’s population is against this venture, illustrated by a petition presented to the
County of San Diego with 320 signatures from an 800 plus population that has only 400 some registered

She's done a thorough job of documenting the concerns of the community. Give it a read.

The Public Scoping Meeting will be held TOMORROW, Thursday, April 5, 5:30 p.m., at the Planning Commission Hearing Room, Department of Planning and Land Use, 5201 Ruffin Road, Suite B, San Diego, CA 92123. This is your opportunity to express your opinion on this project. They are also accepting written comments until April 27, so if you can't make it to the protest or the meeting, take the time to write a letter to the Department of Planning and Land Use.

Blackwater West - Impact on Potrero
Blackwater West Project Description
Blackwater West - What is it?
Blackwater West - Open Letter from Jan Hedlun

(edit - from The Raw Story: Massive security contractor faces growing protest in rural California town over 842-acre base)

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Blogger Paul said...


Thanks for your involvment. We need more people to speak to the direct issues of planning and land use. I also have blogged on this issue. I am antiwar, but my political involvment has been primarily local issues. We can stop this thing, but only if everyone sticks to the issues at hand. Iraq has nothing to do with this, other than supplying a demand for the services being proposed.

4/07/2007 08:19:00 AM  
Blogger Terry said...

Thanks, Paul. I agree with you. The way I see it, the land use and environmental issues are what will make or break this project, and that is where we should focus.

I object to the nature of Blackwater's business, but that isn't what matters from a legal or bureaucratic perspective and THAT is what we have to deal with and address right now. In fact I think that over-focusing on Blackwater's business could be counter-productive. So, yes, I agree with you that the land use issues are the primary focus. Thanks for you comment!

4/07/2007 08:30:00 AM  

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