Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Aug. 28
Blackwater Drops Bid for Training Facility in Potrero
Chalk up a victory for the tiny town of Potrero in East County. Blackwater Worldwide, the controversial mercenary firm, wrote a letter to the county today (March 7), saying it is withdrawing its application for the 824-acre facility, which was strongly opposed by most people in the town. Earlier, the community had voted to remove planning group members who had voted for Blackwater at sparsely-attended meetings. As revealed in the Reader in early 2007, the county was getting ready to push the Blackwater proposal through on a fast track, but the citizen rebellion apparently ended that.