This is a sample letter to be sent to Blackwater Contractors.
I am writing to inform you about a serious concern the members of the community have about the location of a Blackwater training center and shooting range in Otay Mesa. It is my hope that you will consider other options and not proceed with any contract with Blackwater.
First, Blackwater installed the facility without any public review. They used pseudonyms "Southwest Law Enforcement" and "Raven Development Group" apparently to avoid public scrutiny of their plans. They called their shooting range nothing more than a "vocational school," and they did not reveal that explosives and firearms would be used. The public has the right to review their plans and approve or disprove this sort of facility, and public hearings are in order. We need your help to make sure the project is adequately reviewed. Please reassign any contracts directed to Blackwater to other firms, for example:
- American Shooting Center (Been doing this course since 2002)
- Linxx (Been doing similar courses since 2006)
- San Diego City College (Been doing similar course since 2001)
There is intense animosity against this sort of secret facility in our community, and we would appreciate your assistance in making sure that Blackwater follows normal public review of their plans. Please immediately redirect all contracts to use other options until this is resolved.
-- Raymond Lutz
- 23 May 2008