Ridgecrest’s Dirty Little Secret: Wherry and NAWS China Lake, the City’s Albatross and Your Future
Wherry must go, from two people who know what needs to be done:
Mr. John Watkins, publisher of the Daily Independent and Mr. Scott O’Neil, Executive Director of the Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corp. (IWVEDC): “It all began back when they Navy offered Wherry Housing to the city and the city fathers accepted that plot of land and housing—without heed to infrastructure or other costs. Scott O’Neil noted earlier this week when that happened the City of Ridgecrest was the fastest growing community in the state … yet not one new body moved into the area. It was because of the transfer of the plot of Navy land, housing and residents to the city’s burden and nothing else.”
So what does Wherry have to do with the Wastewater Treatment Facility, The Officer’s Club, The China Lake Golf Course and the future of the Indian Wells Valley?
WATER AND ENERGY
See the location of the proposed wastewater treatment plant and the China Lake Golf Course?
Hence the reason the Navy wants your wastewater as payment for rent so we can use their (public) land to build our new wastewater plant to pay for watering their (our) golf course… Sufficiently confused?
Could Wherry still be on BLM land, status withdrawn by Navy, and leased to Ridgecrest? Not likely, but the google street map indicates so...
See all that developable land (dark green) conveniently located and in a Qualified Opportunity Zone?
See the Officer’s Club? Why no, we don’t. What is it?
Stop! Wait a minute. What was that we saw? In the first photo, the one with the open desert and mountains, and a million acres of land with geothermal energy and plentiful groundwater? Could it be La Mirage? No, it’s the Naval Air Warfare Station at China Lake. Why are they saving all that water when we need it now?
What you see here, what you say here, what you do here, when you leave here, Remember! let Wherry stay here and keep everything else behind the fences…
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