Meeting to Focus on National Guard Move

A public meeting will be held Tuesday night in Van Nuys to present an environmental impact statement on the Air National Guard's proposed move from Van Nuys Airport.

The guard's 146th Tactical Airlift Wing occupies a 62-acre site at the airport, all that remains of its role as an Air Corps base in World War II.

The federal government's $1-a-year lease expires this year, and city airport officials and guard officers want the unit to move. Airport officials want the $1 million a year they estimate the site would earn in commercial leases and guard officers say the airport area has become too congested, on the ground and in the air, for military operations.

The environmental statement, prepared by private analysts, reviewed the expected effects of four choices--moving to Norton Air Force Base in Riverside County, to a site near Palmdale, to Point Mugu Naval Air Station just south of Oxnard or remaining at Van Nuys.

The hearing will be at 7 p.m. at Mulholland Junior High School, 17120 Vanowen Blvd.

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