Susan Luzzaro 6:30 p.m., July 31
Blackwater Sues City, Claims Its Bid for Border Facility Thwarted by Politics
Blackwater Worldwide, the controversial mercenary firm, has filed suit in federal court claiming that the City is thwarting for political reasons its attempt to have a training facility near the border. Earlier, Blackwater was stopped in its bid for a major outdoor training facility in Potrero in far East County. Then it quietly moved to put an indoor facility near the border. City Attorney Mike Aguirre said the project needed further review, and now Blackwater has gone to court, saying the City was currying favor with activists, among other things. "We are going to bring a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that there is no basis to go to federal court," says Aguirre. Blackwater "wants to skip the process. But [Blackwater's planned facility] will require a review by the planning commission and probably the city council."