A $410 billion federal spending bill that President Obama signed Wednesday will bring more than $80 million to the Bay Area for projects that include transit, port and harbor improvements, wetlands restoration and green jobs, according to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's office.
After signing the bill, Obama addressed the controversy over earmarks, or money for projects lawmakers insert for local jurisdictions.
"I am signing an imperfect omnibus bill because it's necessary for the ongoing functions of government, and we have a lot more work to do," Obama said in a prepared statement.
San Francisco received $10 million for the downtown San Francisco Municipal Railway light rail project; $1.9 million for a transit center connecting Caltrain with the planned California high-speed rail system; and $2.6 million for construction replacing the aging Doyle Drive approach to the Golden Gate Bridge, according to Boxer's office.
Other funding included $1.25 million for the rehabilitation of the historic Angel Island Immigration Station; $4 million for salt pond restoration in South San Francisco Bay, and another $2.7 million for an accompanying shoreline study in San Mateo County; and $1.34 million toward construction of navigation channels from San Francisco Bay to the port of Stockton; and more than $500,000 for green jobs training initiatives in San Francisco and Oakland.
Alameda County was given $25 million for dredging of Oakland Harbor to accommodate newer deep-craft container ships; nearly $8 million for a Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority bus project; and $800,000 for the Oakland Police Department.
San Mateo County received more than $1.4 million for a solar generation project for rooftops and parking areas, and nearly $500,000 for job training in East Palo Alto.
Santa Clara County was awarded more than $3 million for flood protection projects, and Contra Costa County got $428,000 for a program to help child victims of domestic violence.
Marin County received $14 million for wetlands restoration at the Hamilton Airfield, and another $153,000 at Bolinas Lagoon, as well as
$238,000 for research into the high rates of breast cancer in the county.