2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 19 May 2005 15:29:05 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Luke AFB (AZ) anti-encroachment measures
Luke protections prove their worth 
Base is spared from closure

David Madrid
The Arizona Republic
May 18, 2005

In the battle against residential encroachment, those who have worked to
protect Luke Air Force Base appear to have won the first fight.

It's been a long, hard haul as local communities have fought one another
and developers to stop the onslaught of homes toward the base. The
payoff came Friday when Luke was spared from closure on the base-closure
list offered by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. 

It's been quite a turnaround from the late 1990s to 2003, when some
local communities and developers encroached on Luke with impunity. 

But intense peer pressure, the attention of state legislators and the
state's U.S. senators and congressional delegation resulted in changed
attitudes that worked to reverse the rampant encroachment.


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
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