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$80-million in federal earmarks heading our way

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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.

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Comments

Posted by My kid's mom..., a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2009 at 8:45 am

All are probably worthwhile causes, and in a better economic time some of them are likely justified. But why did we have to do this all RIGNT NOW, in a time when we are all struggling to make ends meet? Do you realize that YOU and I are paying for this? Why now, when so many of us have lost our jobs and when those of us who are lucky enough to still have jobs are trying to save for the future and prepare for the day may come when we don't?

Furthermore, take a look at these projects? Does it make any sense to anyone that we are going to spend $25 million for dredging of Oakland Harbor and nearly $8 million for a Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority bus project, yet the Oakland Police Department is only getting $800,000? Of the three projects, doesn't it make sense that getting more money to the Oakland PD is far more important?

What the hell are we letting our government do to us??? Did anyone really HOPE for this kind of CHANGE?


Posted by J Flack, a resident of Stoneridge
on Mar 12, 2009 at 9:16 am



Yes. I do Hope for this kind of change..

At this time our economy and region needs STIMULUS! Money coming back from Washington into the pay checks of local workers (bus drivers, construction crews, flood plain projects, etc.) I'd even be happy if some of it went to local artists.

- by investing in infrastructure instead of tax rebates that go for consumer imports from China, we get to recycle the money in the Bay area a few times. All those workers pay taxes and buy at local grocery stores.

- turning Oakland (or anywhere) into a police state won't solve its problems. Social programs, education programs and economic investment are needed to repair the problems.

It would be nice to hear your positive suggestions for stimulating the economy.










Posted by E Blume, a resident of Country Fair
on Mar 12, 2009 at 9:58 am

All this was going to be spent anyway....

Just instead of it being labeled as not enough from George Bush, its being touted as Obama saving the day.

The net difference: 0


Posted by Busrider, a resident of Jensen Tract
on Mar 12, 2009 at 10:36 am

$8 million for a Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority bus project;
Will they stop raising the rates?


Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of California Reflections
on Mar 12, 2009 at 11:57 am

I agree with J. Flack as there needs to be money put in places where the average working man can earn a wage and spend in his local neighborhoods. A Stimulus package does just that as it helps to get the money flowing again by spending. I only hope it is evenly spread out so that all the states and cities across the board get something to stimulate their communities. This will give hope to the hopeless and give us goals to reach for again and a brighter future to look forward to. The important thing to remember is that we need to move forward to put the negative behind us.


Posted by ticked big time, a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2009 at 6:09 pm

It's a stimulus package alright. It's stimulating the porkers.
Too bad so much of the money is going to places that aren't going to encourage a lot of jobs. Worse yet, too much money is going to places that shouldn't even be on the radar right now. Oink, Oink.
Sadly, it's not coming my way as I seem to not qualify for anything. I call it 'the black hole'. Congress isn't even aware of it as their heads are too far up it.
Isn't it funny that the media plays Obama as regretfully having to dish out so much money but after it's all dished out, "we must change". Cart before the horse. But, in truth, this is all going to be Bush's fault.
PS. Did you know that B.O. really stinks?


Posted by sue, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Oh Please Claudette, This just doesn't surprise me at all. We didn't need to spend all this money now and everyone knows it. Just wait and see what is in store for all of us. Is isn't going to be pretty. Hopeless...now we are all hopeless...mindless people who don't have a clue, can't wait to see our future!


Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2009 at 11:18 am

Sue, I think the "Wait and See" is what got us into this.... How about some positive suggestions, anyone? Since jobs are being lost daily, pink slips being given out, it seems we need to make more jobs available to those that have lost theirs. Even in other fields. Job development opportunities within communities by city funded projects.... Anybody else?


Posted by Sue, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2009 at 11:29 am

OK Claudette, I have a positive suggestion. I trust the people of this great nation to spend their own hard-earned money much more that a liberal government. Tax refunds, tax decreases....Don't give the excuse that President Bush tried that and it failed. Stimulus packages fail..not tax decreases. I give alot of my money that I work hard for, to many organizations that I feel need and deserve help. I CHOOSE. We DO need to look ahead into the future and the future of America is not bright. We will be in a great deal of debt for future generations to bear. If it makes everyone feel better that the rich get poorer instead of the poor getter richer, go for it!!


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