Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Blackwater Worldwide sues San Diego...

From San Diego:

Blackwater Sues City Over Permit Issuance
Last Updated:05-28-08 at 12:09PM

Blackwater Worldwide was reported today to have filed a lawsuit against San Diego over stalled permits for a military-style training center in Otay Mesa.

Mayor Jerry Sanders announced earlier this month that the controversial North Carolina-based firm would have to undergo a public review process if it wanted to forge ahead with plans for 61,600-square-foot training center in a business park three blocks from the U.S.-Mexico border near Brown Field.

A lawsuit filed by the company Friday alleges that its training center plans were being scrutinized more intensely than similar facilities that previously won the city's approval, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

City clerks and inspectors had already signed off on permits for Blackwater to turn an existing warehouse into classrooms and an indoor firing range when Sanders and other city officials voiced concerns.

"We have met all the permitting requirements, and withholding the certificate of occupancy is in violation of law," Blackwater attorney Michael Neil wrote in the lawsuit, according to the Union-Tribune.

City Attorney Michael Aguirre disagreed.

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