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Iffy at best

Beale AFB

Well, I don't really have much to compare Beale to as I have been in 4 years and have yet to leave (if you have not heard, Beale is a black hole, once your here you never leave...). I guess the biggest complaint is the on base housing. Most of the houses were built in the 50's-70's range and ALL have black mold issues. We were lucky to get a newer house but still have mold issues. They are trying to privatize but that has yet to go through (as of 4/03/09). The base is huge, from housing to the main gate takes about 15 minutes by car. There is a Walmart about 25 minutes away in a meth infested neighborhood (oh and dont forget to dodge the fat people on scooters on your way there). To get anywhere decent to live or shop you must drive about 40 minutes or so. Also, if you are not a fan of high taxes/fees, regulated everything, stupid laws, and bad schools then I would not suggest living in California. The school on base is not too bad, but I would not even think about putting my kid in any school in this area. TLF was OLDDDDDD and moldy. BX and Commissary are about the size of my thumb. Good luck getting a dental/med appointment. Off base medical care is not much better either. About the only good things i guess i can mention are the people on base (off base- I hope you speak spanish). Did I mention my dog got attacked by a coyote last week and my other died last year from a rattlesnake bite? Location is not too bad, Lake Tahoe - 1.5 hrs, Sacramento - 1 hr, San Fran - 2.5 hours, Reno 2.5 hours. I guess I am rambling as it is 0230. I apologize for the poor grammar. I hope this post tells you everything you need to know about Beale.

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