Blackwater Drops Plans for California Compound Amidst Local Outcry
The private military firm Blackwater Worldwide is abandoning plans for a massive training compound near San Diego following a groundswell of local opposition. Last December, residents of the town of Potrero voted out all five members of the local planning group who backed the Blackwater training camp in their area. The proposed "Blackwater West" included multiple firing ranges, training towers, an armory, a helipad, an urban simulation training area and a driving track. Blackwater says it's withdrawing its bid because of local noise regulations, not its unpopularity. Local residents say they plan to celebrate.