2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 3 Jan 2005 17:00:40 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Air cargo at former AF bases
Cargo flights drive wedge between Sacramento-area cities

CONVERTED BASES: Like Inland's March, Mather in Sacramento County faces protests over noise.

Riverside Press Enterprise (CA)
January 3, 2005

RANCHO CORDOVA - Airborne Express Flight 1408 floated above a cluster of auto-salvage yards before touching down at Mather Airport near Sacramento recently.

Motorists and workers nearing the end of their shifts hardly seemed to notice as the Boeing 727 rumbled overhead that afternoon.

It's a different story to the east, where community leaders and some residents of nearby foothill communities complain that noise from descending planes has disturbed meals and sleep.

The dispute evokes the ongoing debate surrounding the decision by shipping giant DHL - which merged with Airborne Express last year - to open a regional hub at March Air Reserve Base near Moreno Valley.

Mather and March have much in common: They are both former Air Force bomber bases, set amid booming housing markets, that are recruiting air-cargo carriers to jump-start economic development after military downsizing.

For the entire article, see

-- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 http://www.cpeo.org

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