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As their eviction deadline loomed near, the 25 Cedarwood Apartments families remaining out of the original 51 huddled with legal counsel to discuss their options. Third District Supervisor Brooks Firestone expressed frustration that none of the tenants took advantage of a concession Firestone procured from the landlord’s attorney to allow them additional time to relocate on a case-by-case basis, nor had they taken advantage of county housing services. Firestone said he had assumed the Isla Vista Tenants Union and nonprofit PUEBLO would promote these resources, but that he planned to distribute handbills to the tenants. The tenants and UCSB student activists have considered legally challenging the evictions.

The Air Force announced Friday that it will transfer its Space Control Center, which serves as the command and control hub for all of the nation’s space surveillance activities, to Vandenberg Air Force Base. This will involve the relocation of 140 military personnel, civil servants, and contractors from the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Center in Colorado to Vandenberg during the first six months of 2007.

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