From the San Diego Union Tribune:
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will re-evaluate the formula it used in deciding to remove San Diego from a list of cities eligible to apply for anti-terrorism funding, the mayor announced Thursday. Mayor Jerry Sanders arrived in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to lobby the federal government to reverse its decision.
â€œI am pleased that the Department of Homeland Security was willing to listen to our concerns and take another look at border proximity and the presence of military bases as risk factors,â€ he said.
With the help of local legislators, Sanders said â€œwe were clearly able to make a compelling case that San Diego belongs on the list of cities receiving the most homeland security dollars.â€
This comes on the heels of a meeting that Sec. Chertoff held in February to reevaluate Las Vegas’ eligibility for UASI grants, and a lot of criticism about the exclusion of San Diego and Las Vegas. I wrote in Januarythat these two cities had good reason to be upset about their exclusion, and I’m glad to see that DHS is reconsidering their involvement in the UASI program.