In 1997 when Erik Prince started his company he knew hed face an uphill climb as a small businessman trying to make it in the cut throat world of California of the late 1990s. Prince wasnt deterred. He believed that if a man worked hard enough he could eke out a piece of the American dream. It never occurred to him that hed have to fight city hall to do it. Erik Prince would be the first to admit his Blackwater Worldwide hasnt had a great year. A grand jury investigation is ongoing in relation to the deaths of 17 Iraqi civillians and of course there is the arms smuggling scandal, but through it all Prince has lived up to his name donating to charity groups like Focus on the Family and the Alliance Defense Fund. What really must sting Prince though is the city of San Diego giving community residents a hearing before Blackwater can open a training center and indoor firing range. The hearing is scheduled for June 2nd, the same day Prince says Blackwater must get the site up by or lose a $400,000,000 Navy contract. If this was an old movie this is the time when Mickey Rooney or Judy Garland would enthusiastically shout, Hey! my familys got a barn. Lets build the firing range in there. Sadly, this isnt an old movie just the story of a hardworking businessman trying to get by and the man keeping him down.