Photo of object over L.A. on February 25th, 1942. Photo courtesy of The L.A.Times

Ever since February 25th, 1942, and the incident that will forever be referred to as the “Battle of L.A.”, California has been the focus of a majority of the reported UFO sightings. Since the days of World War II there have been numerous reports of unknown aerial phenomena that defy the description of any known aircraft, yet were observed by multiple witnesses, military personnel, or other credible trained professionals.

Last month alone over two-thirds of sighting reports to MUFON worldwide were generated in California. So why is California of such interest to whoever or whatever the intelligence is behind these sightings, and what might be their ultimate goal? With many military bases, defense contractors, two nuclear power plants (one, San Onofre was just taken off-line and retired), and many miles of open spaces, there are many possibilities to think about. That’s not even considering all the reports of USO activity just off the California coast! So let’s break it down and see just what California has to offer the galactic neighborhood.

At the top of my list of possible reasons for all the added attention, is Los Angeles itself. Being the largest city on the west coast, the sheer size of the city and all the traffic that goes along with it has to be highly visible from space, and ultimately a source of great curiosity.  As the terminus of so much air traffic, shipping, railroads, and freeways, you can bet that L.A. is more than just a blip on any observer’s radar. With MCAS El Toro to the south, Edwards A.F.B. to the east, and Lockheed Skunkworks in Palmdale, L.A. was host to some of the most exotic air traffic in the world anyway.

With an area of 163,694.74 square miles, California is the third largest state, with Alaska being the largest and Texas the second largest. The diversity of geographic features in the state could very well have something to do with the attraction as well. The longest fault line in the world, the San Andreas Fault, stretches the length of California for 700 miles as the crow flies, or 800 miles if its curves were straightened out! It has an average depth of 10 miles, and is thought to be around 28 million years old…plenty of time for many studies of it to be done by different cultures in the universe. Another notable feature is the Channel Islands. Many USO reports occur in the area, yet nothing is known about them due to our limit of penetrating our own oceans. We know more about space that we do the world under the waves of our own planet. Other notable geographic locations that have a high number of sightings are Mt. Shasta, Yosemite, and Lake Tahoe. In fact a very famous case written about by Noe Torres and Ruben Uriarte in their book “Aliens In the Forest”, deals with the 1964 case of Mr. Donald Shrum in the forest near Cisco Grove, who was “locked in a horrific 12-hour struggle with aliens that seemed bent on carrying him away to a fate worse than death.” Only Mr. Shrum’s quick wit, and skills as a hunter allowed him to defeat the attackers. I urge anyone who is not familiar with this case, and even those that have heard about it before, to order their book through roswellbooks.com

Another extremely viable reason for stopping off in California in my opinion, are the two nuclear power plants, resting conveniently right on the coastline. How much easier could it be? Face it, it you’re driving down the highway and you need to stop for gas, you look for an exit with a gas station right next to the freeway, not one blocks out of your way. Why should the occupants of UFOs be any different? Although San Onofre is now decommissioned and out of service (thank God!), Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant is nestled right on the coast just west of my home in San Luis Obispo. Being as it sits right on a fault line, I hope it too is not relicensed, and is instead decommissioned before there is a serious accident. I might add that while it has not been proven that UFOs “gas up” at nuclear power plants, there is definitely enough evidence to at least support giving the idea serious thought.

I would be remiss if I didn’t also add the many defense contractors into the equation. How can we say that there is NOT some sort of agreement, and perhaps people, “not of this world”, are helping them? What then? For years I was convinced that a sighting I had in 1979 had to be a craft from some distant world. The craft I saw was at least a mile long, about quarter as wide as it was long, and moved silently overhead at an altitude of about 200 feet, from the west going towards the east, before it took off into space at an impossible speed. I was so sure we didn’t have anything like it, and no technology even close to it. Now, knowing what I know, I’m not sure if what I saw came from Zeta Reticuli, or Palmdale. With all the claims of backwards engineering, and supposed cooperation with extraterrestrial races, how do we know whether what we are seeing is simply them or us?

Of course not everything that is reported is a UFO. It is still true that most of the cases reported can be easily identified by MUFON investigators as simply being either misidentified aircraft, or Chinese Lanterns, or some such easily resolved explanation. However, after clearing those out, there is still a large number of “unknown’s”. Around the end of spring and the beginning of summer, Southern California was plagued with Chinese Lanterns, which resurfaced on the fourth of July along with LED lit drones! Also attributing to the high volume of reports is MUFON’s office’s move to Newport Beach, along with the debut of the hit show “Hangar 1” on the History Channel’s H2 network.

When all these factors (although by no means are they the only factors) are considered, it quickly becomes obvious why an extraterrestrial observer might show more interest in California than other parts of the world.



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