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County Moves to Block Military Base Closures

The defense department last initiated a major set of reorganizations and closures in 2005 in an effort to reduce costs.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to press Congress to block any federal efforts to downsize or close California military installations.

Supervisor Don Knabe recommended sending a letter to the county's Congressional delegates expressing concern about potential shutdowns, and his motion was unanimously supported by his board colleagues.

"I understand that the Department of Defense will be attempting to secure a round of base realignment and closures as part of the National Defense Authorization Act," Knabe said. "In Los Angeles County, defense industry contracts provide thousands of quality jobs with real benefits."

The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes the department's budget, proposed at $496 billion for 2015.

Knabe said he thought congressional support for base closures was unlikely, but said it was important to remind everyone of the importance of defense contracts to the economic health of the county and the rest of the state.

"Over the past 12 years, defense contracts have totaled close to $186 billion for our county's economy and $880 billion across the state," Knabe said.

The defense department last initiated a major set of reorganizations and closures in 2005 in an effort to reduce costs.

The department's budget overview calls for a "robust national defense strategy" that it says "can only be achieved by the strategic balance of reforms and reductions that the department is presenting to Congress and will require Congress partnering with DoD in making politically difficult choices."

A report by the House Committee on Armed Services dated May 13 noted that the Department of Defense requested the authority to conduct another round of closures in 2017. The committee asked for a report back in March 2015 on the effectiveness of such closures in cutting costs and proposed legislation prohibiting another round of closures.

—City News Service
Tina Gulotta-Miller June 13, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Actually the city charges very little for other entities like the Autry Museum who pays $1.00/year to be in our Griffith Park. How much are the leases for these bases?
Noel Park June 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Keeping open unneeded military bases is just about the dumbest and most wasteful jobs/corporate welfare program imaginable. Shut 'em down.
Jill Pyeatt June 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM
I really really hope bases are closed. This country needs to refocus its funds elsewhere. Perhaps the land where the bases are can have factories built on them to replace jobs lost.
Tom Jackson June 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM
I guess keeping anything military open is stupid if you plan on becoming a third world country at the mercy of one of the other big three. People don't get the far reaching ramifications of closing bases. One only needs to drive over to Norton a air a base in San Bernadino to see how a base closure affects the local community. The place has become a slum. All the local businesses that flourished with the base business are gone now. Thousands of jobs were affected. It's likedriving through TJ. The problem with supporters of base closures is they dont think outside their own little box. The closures also affect the budgeting for our National defense. Of course I understand that many of the viewers here don't believe in National defense. Perhaps if one of our buildings were leveled like in NY by a terrorist organization you would be more supportive of a base remaining operational. Clinton trimmed everything he could back in the 90's dozens if basis were closed. Even he knew when to stop. We are at the bare minimum now having just enough bases to support our needed military.
R. Ray Morford June 13, 2014 at 02:45 PM
The Obummer can use the closed military bases to house all of the illegal youth crossing our borders.....at tax payer expense. We're coming closer to being a Socialist nation every day. Hillary will love that. ARE YOU A SOCIALIST OR A PATRIOT?

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