|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Sun, 28 Jul 2013 10:38:48 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] REUSE: Former Naval Training Center, San Diego (CA)|
Liberty Station is a San Diego success story By Wayne Raffesberger U-T San Diego (CA) July 27, 2013Twenty years ago this month, the sky was falling economically in San Diego. After a nasty recession in the early 1990s that was particularly devastating to local industries, along came the BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) process.
BRAC was a congressional effort designed to close military bases deemed unnecessary by the Department of Defense. Rumors swirled around town early that year that the Naval Training Center (NTC), the core of the Navy's presence in San Diego, could be on the list for closure. When the BRAC Commission held hearings in San Diego, every politician in the state, from Gov. Pete Wilson down to local San Diego City Council members, testified and urged the commission not to close the base. They detailed economic losses that would occur, losses of jobs, the danger to national defense readiness, and numerous other arguments. No one seriously believed that an integral part of the largest naval port in the world like NTC would actually be closed.
But in July 1993, the BRAC Commission stunned everyone, recommending closure of NTC. President Clinton agreed, virtually assuring congressional assent, which occurred a few weeks later. Seventy years of naval history at NTC began winding down, leading to the base’s ultimate closure in 1997.
... For the entire article, see http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/27/a-san-diego-success-story/ -- 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 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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