2007 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 17:53:45 -0800
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Vandenberg Air Force Base rod closure
State beach is off-limits
Vandenberg Air Force Base riles hikers by closing the road into Point Sal.

By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles Times
December 11, 2007

At the trail head to one of the most remote and rugged public beaches in
California, graffiti scratched onto a road sign asks: "What good is a
state beach if you can't use it?"

It's a question that has vexed lovers of wind-swept Point Sal State
Beach in the year since officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base abruptly
closed the only public road leading to and from its rocky shoreline and
began citing hikers who used it.

Since January, at least 15 hikers trying to visit the pristine cove near
Santa Maria have received citations.

Base officials insist they have acted to "secure critical national assets."

But their move to block beach access has angered naturalists, local
residents and the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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