Friday, April 13, 2007

Osama Targeting . . . La Verne?

While people don't often view La Verne as being at high risk for terrorism, [Mayor] Blickenstaff said, if there were to be some sort of attack, "the MWD water facility is the most feasible target."
--Harrison Shepard, Daily Bulletin

La Verne is a smallish (30 some thousand), placid town that could serve as an example for certain smaller and meaner towns in the FC. (Yes Sierra Madreans, hang your heads in shame.) Yet it may be the site of our vector surveillance system, er, flock of chickens, on the front lines of the war against routinely hyped diseases—and something about large amounts of chlorine gas and whatnot makes this spot near the 210 a potential target for Osama and friends. [A good B-level horror movie replete with a ludicrous plot could start with either or both of these scenarios...]

More interestingly, the plant is actually a pretty big deal—this is where we filter lots of the water that we steal from all those desert-y states to the east of us. And please, don't even get us started on all those whiny, denim clad, John Denver listening, aging ex-Californians turned Coloradans who live in great, big, chopped up timber homes in Aspen with 16 bathrooms and complain about us "sucking the Rockies dry." Most interestingly, this "water facility" is an architectural treasure, people:The F.E. Weymouth Treatment Plant at La Verne in the San Gabriel Valley is one of five such treatment plants within the Metropolitan Water District system.

Weymouth was the first Treatment Plant built by Metropolitan, and today, largely serves Los Angeles and Orange counties. Completed in 1940, it is noted for its Mission Revival style architecture and features a blue-tiled bell tower, graceful arches, a vivid district seal mosaic and colorful tiles cast with the Native American zigzag sign for water.

7 comments:

Robert C. J. Parry said...

Joke as you might, but the Islamist insurgents in Iraq have clearly shown knowledge of the weapon value of large quantities of chlorine, which is exactly what Weymouth has.

I've toured the place (when I was a student at U of LV). It would not take much more than a couple of guys with commonly available weapons to raid the it and set off a mid-size explosion that would flood the Valley with chlorine gas and put 20% of the water-filtration in LA off line. Combine that with a truck bomb on the 10-57 interchange, and now you've cut the place off to a large extent.

This, of course, is the problem with countering terrorism. Ignore a little place like Weymouth and Bad Hajji will make you pay for it. There are a hundred thousand places like this around the country. Every one we don't completely secure is an opportunity for Al Queda to kill hundreds. If you want to make all Americans uneasy, you don't hit New York, you hit a little place that nobody thinks you would hit.

Publius said...

Fair enough, I'm glad someone is taking care of such things. But I'm also not going to lose any sleep over it.

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