April 4, 2014
Forum addresses base closure process
Assemblyman Jeff Gorell’s office (R-Camarillo) will host a community forum on the Base Realignment and Closure process from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fri., April 25 in the Grand Salon at Cal State Channel Islands.
Titled “Ventura County and BRAC: Defending our Military Community and Economy,” the forum is to address the increased probability that the federal government will conduct another round of military base closures by 2017.
An integral part of the regional economy with more than 19,000 direct jobs, Naval Base Ventura County is the single largest employer in the county,
Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Howard P. “Buck” McKeon will be the keynote speaker. Rear Admiral Benjamin Montoya, USN (ret), a presidential appointee to the 1995 BRAC commission, and Bill Buratto, president of the Ventura County Economic Development Association, will be panelists.
The forum will address the history of BRAC; potential economic effects on Ventura County, the U.S. “Pivot to the Pacific” strategic evolution, likely criteria to be used by a future BRAC, and how the community can organize and defend against possible closure or consolidation of Naval Base Ventura County.