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Council Joins Battle to Have Say in Base’s Use

A South County coalition challenging how jurisdiction is awarded over military bases slated for closure will have the support of Mission Viejo.

The City Council this week backed a resolution that will be presented to the California League of Cities in October in the hope of winning statewide support.

Engaged in a struggle with Orange County over the future of El Toro Marine Air Base, the South County coalition wants to see any city that borders a base on the federal government’s closure list have a voice in deciding what will become of the land.

“This is a lobbying effort,” City Manager Dan Joseph said. “The League of Cities represents more than 400 cities in California. We’d like to have the weight of that organization behind us.”

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Known as the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority, the group hopes to see a federal law passed that would give base neighbors a direct hand in any conversion process.


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