No longer funky, Mather base is all Sacramento's

“We get to keep the planes, right?”


Twenty years after Mather Air Force Base officially closed, the United States Air Force handed over the last chunk of the 5,717-acre base to Sacramento County during a ceremony on June 5.

It took that long to sponge up every last bit of environmental muckery left at the Rancho Cordova site.

A onetime linchpin in the area’s economy and training ground for pilots, yesterday’s ceremony was more symbolic than anything else. The site is already home to random government buildings, businesses and a transitional housing program, among other things.

But hopefully no more contamination.

On an indulgent note, Mather is also the reason I exist. When my uncle was assigned to the base in the 1970s, he brought along my aunt and her sister, who met a chatty Iranian waiter while hostessing at a Sacramento restaurant. Years later, they got hitched and made me.

Mather has yet to account for that environmental spill.

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