LA’s Secret Military History
On June 10, PSR-LA will offer the first-ever Military Tour of Southern California – and you’re invited. This all-day tour will carry PSR members and supporters to the military sites that have shaped the world and, in some cases, the health of Californians.
Few realize that Los Angeles is one of the nation’s foremost military regions. Weapons are regularly shipped from our shores, from Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station to warships outside Afghanistan and Iraq. U.S. Marines depart from Camp Pendleton to Iraq. Intercontinental ballistic missiles are built in Canoga Park, their engines are tested in the foothills, and test launched from Santa Barbara’s Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The missile defense program, and most of our nation’s military satellites are manufactured in the South Bay. The eastern half of the San Fernando Valley and entire San Gabriel Valley are EPA Superfund sites due to the military industry’s sloppy environmental activities.
Despite the presence of this influential industry in our midst, the economic, environmental and moral implications of local military activities have remained ignored. The tour proposes to discuss not merely the global security issues associated with these sites as well as the environmental, public health and moral repercussions of military production. Local experts will present information on dozens of LA sites on busses and at locations along the way.
Participants will gather at UCLA at 9:45 AM, and on clean-air buses visit the following sites:
- Santa Susana Field Laboratory
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station
- Los Angeles Air Force Base
Busses will return to UCLA by 5:30 PM. The tour is free-of-charge but lunch costs $15.