Keep notorious Blackwater out of Portrero

Thursday, April 5 2007
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

County Dept of Planning & Land Use
5201 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123

No Blackwater in Portrero!
Protest & Public Hearing

Blackwater USA, the private military contractor that trains mercenaries and is under investigation by Representative Henry Waxman's Committee on Oversight and Government Reform plans to build an 824-acre training facility in Potrero, a small town in southeast San Diego County.

We need your help to stop this project!

1. Attend the demonstration: There will be a public protest "NO BLACKWATER! STOP BLACKWATER!" from 4:30 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M. , Thursday, APRIL 5, on the sidewalk on Ruffin Road in front of the county facility just prior to the scoping meeting. Make & bring signs if you can.

2. Attend the Scoping Meeting: The County Department of Planning and Land Use will hold a Public Scoping Meeting on 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. The Scoping Meeting is an opportunity for the public to comment on the project and provide input into what should be covered in the environmental impact statement. (note: written comments can also be submitted by April 27)

The Raw Story about Blackwater: Read complete STORY HERE

Massive security contractor faces growing protest in rural California town over 842-acre base
Miriam Raftery and Muriel Kane
Published: Tuesday April 3, 2007

SAN DIEGO -- Potrero, California boasts a broad swath of meadowland that currently houses derelict chicken coops.

Surrounded by the Cleveland National Forest, the property boasts a former chicken ranch and includes an environmentally sensitive, protected agricultural preserve southeast of San Diego.
But if private security contractor Blackwater USA gets its way, this 850-strong community will soon host an 824-acre military training base, replacing the erstwhile chicken ranch with fifteen firing ranges and an emergency vehicle operatorís course the length of ten football fields.

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