Burke Joins Forces with Speaker Atkins to Protect California’s Military Bases

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AJR 11 calls upon the President and Congress to protect vital defense infrastructure from closure.

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Los Angeles) was joined by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) and Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) in introducing AJR 11 which calls upon President Obama and Congress to recognize the unique value of California’s defense installations and the disproportionate sacrifices the state has made in previous base realignment and closure (BRAC) rounds.

“My district is home to Los Angeles Air Force Base, the hub of an aerospace industry that generates billions in economic activity,” said Assemblywoman Burke. “AJR 11 makes it clear to our leaders in Washington that we stand united to protect the jobs, innovation, and industry that our economy depends upon.”

The federal Department of Defense has conducted four BRAC rounds since 1988, the most recent in 2005 which resulted in the closure of 25 major bases in California and the realignment of eight other facilities.  A sixth BRAC round has been proposed for 2017.  There are currently more than 30 major federal military installations and commands in California that could be closed or realigned under a new BRAC process.

“I am proud to co-author AJR 11 with Assemblymember Burke. As a donor state that sends more tax dollars to the federal government than we get back, California does more than our share, and that has certainly been the case with shouldering the burden of base closures,” said Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins.  “I am proud that San Diego is home to the largest concentration of military in the world, and I will work with my colleagues throughout California to ensure that the state’s unique attributes and past sacrifice are considered in any further rounds of base closures.”

AJR 11 asks the President and Congress to not only recognize the unique value of California’s defense installations, but also take into consideration our unparalleled geographic resources, highly skilled and educated personnel, and current connections between military installations and private sector companies.  The resolution will be up for a full vote on the Assembly Floor in the coming weeks.