Your front page article, "Congress Passes Plan to Cut Bases," points to just how serious a threat is the possibility of a commercial airport at the Los Alamitos Armed Forces Reserve Center. For the past five months, the Airport Site Coalition has been meeting in Orange County to locate one or more new airport sites in the county.
One of the sites studied is the base at Los Alamitos. This site already possesses three runways. One is 8,000 feet with 1,000 feet of overrun and is reported to be one of the longest in this area. The second is 5,900 feet, which is 200 feet longer than the longest runway at John Wayne. The smaller 3,000-foot airstrip is used for the helicopters. It is said that anything in the skies can land at Los Alamitos. The sophisticated navigational aid VORTAC is already in place at Los Alamitos and is used by Long Beach Airport. This is the same navigational aid used at Los Angeles International Airport.
The bill passed by Congress paves the way for the closing of many bases.
In your report, Rep. Robert E. Badham said: "Bases that are not important to the national defense ought to be closed down. . . . I will have to say everything is up for grabs. . . . The Army National Guard base at Los Alamitos is important to the Guard and Reserve programs . . . but I don't know if it is essential to national security."