From The Courage Campaign:
Help Stop Blackwater Today.
...I keep thinking about the good people of Potrero -- a serene small community
in East San Diego County -- that I met just a few weeks ago as we rallied
together to block Blackwater from building a base in their tiny, beautiful town.
These concerned community members have been working for months to stop
Blackwater from building a mercenary training facility on 824 acres, consisting
of 11 firing ranges, a helipad, and an emergency vehicle operator's course
covering the equivalent of 10 football fields. As we watch the fire burn across
the area today, one can only imagine what might have happened if an armory full
of ammunition and explosives were located inside this box canyon.
...Beyond the damage and destruction to life and property, the timing of
this wildfire could not be much worse. This fire exploded just as the people of
Potrero were preparing for a recall election on December 11 to kick out the
planning group members who approved Blackwater's base. With ballots scheduled to be mailed in early November to less than 600 registered voters in this historic
vote-by-mail recall, Potrero residents were preparing for an intense campaign
over the next six weeks.