May 17, 2005
DEPT. OF DEFENSE NUMBERS WRONG
Naval Base Ventura County Hit Harder By Realignment Than Reported
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) called upon the Department of Defense to review its Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) net job loss figure in their Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Report. A review of the Report demonstrates that NBVC will have a job loss as high as 6,373 positions. Factoring in the anticipated job gains, the net loss is an estimated 5,495 positions at NBVC. In contrast, Appendix C of the Report, which was widely cited by the press, indicates a net loss of only 1,515 jobs.
"The Report is internally inconsistent on the economic effect on Ventura County," said Sherman, a CPA. "Do we lose a net of 1515 jobs or 5495? Or is it somewhere in between? The Defense Department has promised to provide me with revised and reliable figures soon."
"It is clear from this mistake that the Department of Defense has not fully considered the impact of the proposal on America's military preparedness or on our communities," Sherman added. "The much larger job loss figure makes it apparent that the realignment proposal is too drastic for such an important facility. I once again call on the BRAC Commission to reconsider the recommendation."
Congressman Sherman has previously sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in support of NBVC. In addition, he joined with the entire California delegation and Governor Schwarzenegger in calling upon Secretary Rumsfeld to consider the importance of California's military installations in meeting 21st Century challenges.
NBVC is made up of Point Mugu and Port Hueneme. After September 11th, Point Mugu supported aircraft patrolling the skies above Los Angeles. Point Mugu aircraft have also provided fire fighting support and transported military and civilian response forces during man-made and natural disasters in the Los Angeles region.
The BRAC Commission is currently reviewing the Secretary's suggestions and will be conducting hearings throughout the country. Their final recommendations will be presented to the President in September. If he accepts the list, Congress will have 45 days to reject the entire list, or else it takes effect.