(IID Board agrees to an additional donation)….It was requested Tuesday by the Imperial Valley United Coalition.
The Coalition is working to convince the US Navy to Homebasing the Joint Strike Fighter Squadron at the Naval Air Facility, El Centro. The other choice to homebase the F-35C Squadron is the Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California. Brad Lucky told the Imperial Irrigation District Board another $10,000 donation was needed to help pay for extensive lobbying efforts to convince the Navy that the NAF is best suited for the Squadron. The Coalition and the County recently submitted a detailed response to an Environmental Impact Statement they said was extremely flawed. Lucky said because of the, the Navy has postponed a decision on the Homebasing until around March of next year. The IID Board agreed to donate another $10,000 to the cause. The County Board of Supervisors has also donated an additional $10,000.