CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2004 |
The place played a quiet but key role in World War II, the Korean War and the Cold War. Fighting didn't reach Cheli Air Force Station southeast of downtown Los Angeles until after the last of its stockpiles of equipment and its squadrons of airmen departed its front gates, however. For more than 40 years, the military depot in Bell has been the focus of a tug-of-war between those clamoring to own pieces of its valuable land next to Atlantic Boulevard and the Long Beach Freeway.