23May

Supervisor Hahn Touts Importance of Los Angeles Air Force Base As Trump Administration Considers Base Closures

24 hour Torch Relay, U.S. Air Force photo by Joe Juarez

Los Angeles, CA—Today, Supervisor Janice Hahn touted the unique importance of the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo on the same day that the Trump Administration released its proposed federal budget recommending a new round of military base closures.

“The LA Air Force Base is unlike any other,” said Supervisor Hahn. “Not only is it the anchor for thousands of jobs in the Southern California aerospace industry– it is the brain trust behind our country’s national security system.”

The President’s proposed federal budget released Tuesday includes a recommendation for another round of Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC) in 2021 as a way to save money and address excess infrastructure capacity. 

“As Congress considers the administration’s base closure proposal, I will be the loudest defender of our LA Air Force Base,” said Supervisor Hahn. “It is and will continue to be a pillar of the El Segundo community and the Southern California economy. We saved this base from closure in 2003 and, if it comes to that, we can do it again.”

 The LA Air Force Base was saved from the last round of BRAC closures in 2003 when a group of local elected officials and business leaders joined together to lobby strongly against the proposed closure.  Then City Councilwoman Hahn was among the group fighting to keep the base open.

Supervisor Hahn met with Air Force officials at the Pentagon during her visit to Washington in April in order to discuss the significance of the Los Angeles Air Force Base and the importance of keeping it operating.

The Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo contributes $1.8 billion to the local economy annually and is one of the region’s largest employers with over 6,000 employees.  The base does not have a runway but instead serves as a hub for technological and strategic development for the Air Force as well as the home for the Space and Missile Systems center. The base has also been an anchor for the extensive local aerospace industry that has developed around the base including Northrup Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and SpaceX.

In addition to Supervisor Hahn, the South Bay Chambers Association, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, and the South Bay Council of Governments have also voiced opposition to closing the LA Air Force Base.