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California Town Rejects Blackwater, Fires Council Members Who Endorsed Them

Blackwater wanted to turn an 800-acre former chicken farm into a training camp for law enforcement officers.

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Calif. town rejects Blackwater plan

POTRERO, Calif.-Residents balked at putting a Blackwater training camp near this sleepy mountain village, voting to recall five members of an advisory planning board that endorsed the global security firm's plan.


Hammers said the board's decision had been misconstrued, and that its goal was to investigate what jobs and other perks having Blackwater could mean for the community.

"We chose to stay engaged," said Hammers. "Certain elements made it an anti-Bush, anti-Iraq war surrogate and sold that to the community. They were successful."

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