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McNerney helps steer $5.2-million to San Joaquin transit district

Funds earmarked for improved bus service in Stockton area

Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) said yesterday that the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will receive a $5.2-million dollar grant from the Department of Transportation to improve bus service in the region.

McNerney joined Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-18th) and Therese McMillan, deputy administrator of the federal Transit Administration in Stockton to announce the grant. The funds will be put to use for RTD's Metro Express: Hammer Lane Bus Rapid Transit project, which will run along West and East Hammer Lanes between I- 5 and State Hwy. 99.

"This is outstanding news for our community here in Stockton," McNerney said. "During these tough times, it's more important than ever to invest in key projects that will strengthen our local transportation infrastructure and keep people at work. This $5.227 million dollar grant will provide an important economic boost to our area. I will continue to advocate for important local projects such as this to receive funding."

RTD's Hammer Lane Bus Rapid Transit route is this third phase of a comprehensive Bus Rapid Transit system in Stockton.

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Posted by Larry McKinnon
a resident of another community
on Jul 14, 2010 at 8:21 am

McNerney helps steer $5.2-million to San Joaquin transit district
Funds earmarked for improved bus service in Stockton area

This is something that I don't understand. If the bus is riding around empty most of the time, myabe we should not be putting tax payer money into this system. It is in stockton, what does that have to do with pleasanton. All transportation services should pay for themselves the way they do it in Japan, not with tax payer money that we do not have enough of already.


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Posted by Del
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 14, 2010 at 8:27 am

McNerney dominates once again. Right-wing scum can't touch him. He has my vote this fall!


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Posted by Sueme
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2010 at 8:32 am

McNerney tries to buy votes by keeping empty buses moving. Typical liberal. Have fun joining the ranks of the unemployed in January, Jerry.


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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on Jul 14, 2010 at 8:43 am

Once again tilting at windmills, old Jerry just can't help funding failed public projects with our tax dollars. I'm sure the transit union is very happy.


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Posted by throwbumsout
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2010 at 8:49 am

Time for a change. The time has come. Regardless of party, throw the bums out.


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Posted by Dominic
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 14, 2010 at 9:02 am

McNerney is pandering for votes as he knows he is in trouble. We need to throw him out with the rest of the democratic social agenda incumbent garbage. Voting for McNerney is voting for big government, higher taxes, entitlement programs and the same old job killing policies we have now seen for years in CA...


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Posted by Lexie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2010 at 9:40 am

Isn't it interesting that the only articles about McNerney in the Pleasanton Weekly are hyping his "accomplishments"? There are few, if any, articles about his many, many failings, or his record of being Pelosi's puppet. The real irony about this article is that the PW even thinks that wasting a bunch of taxpayer's money on running empty buses around is an accomplishment. Come on, PW, why not practice some real journalism instead of being just one of many left wing loon propaganda machines. Your love affair for McNerney and the loons on the City Council is becoming obnoxious.


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Posted by Lexie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2010 at 9:43 am

Del,

I am so sorry that you have a mental disorder. Have you been afflicted with this condition for a long time, or was it brought on by controlled substances? You really should seek medical attention for your condition before you do something hazardous to yourself or others.


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Posted by Teri
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2010 at 10:15 am

My guess is that the PW is not paying its Editor enough so that the Editor is now receiving TARP funds for hyping McNerney.

Sorry Mr. Editor, you can fool some but not everyone in Pleasanton. We're on to "Nancy" McNerney and how his voting record...

- for TARP
- for (the unconstitutional) disastrous Obamacare
- against the 1st Amendment (Freedom of Speech)
- for the disastrous Cap and Trade
- for the massive expansion of Unions

I am sure there are many other disastrous bills he has voted for. After all, he is just a lapdog for the most left winged socialist Speaker of the House that America has ever had...Pelosi.

Mr. Editor...how about DOING your JOB by questioning at least ONE thing McNerney has voted on...instead of just serving as his Public Relations Director!!!


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Posted by Jimbo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2010 at 10:44 am

What a waste of money. When is the last time you have seen a public city bus with more than 3 riders on it (including the driver)? It would be a better use of public funds to just buy those 3 riders a car, and give the $5 million back to the taxpayers.

The only benefactor is the local unions, which own McNerny and the rest of the Democrats lock, stock, and barrel. I'm sure they will get a nice raise and a spike in their gold-plated pension benefits out of the deal. Which is why McNerny, Pelosi, Reed, and the rest of the socialists are ALL going to be bounced in November.

Viva La Revolution! Beware the taxpayer!


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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 14, 2010 at 11:58 am

dublinmike is a registered user.

I didn't know that some of you really live in Stockton and not Pleasanton. I was wondering how you knew the buses were empty...

Del, you opened yourself to ridicule from people like Lexie. Now, how she knew you took controlled substances is pretty much amazing. She must have had some experience with them herself...

Lexie, if you do not like the job PW is doing, then why are you reading online?


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Posted by Conservatives are ruining Pleasanton
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 14, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Nice to see all you KKKonservatives came out to bash McNerney. God forbid we actually fund public transportation. I guess the only answer to our transportation problems is to keep driving huge SUVs. Must be nice getting all your information from Faux News.


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm

"Sorry Mr. Editor, you can fool some but not everyone in Pleasanton. We're on to "Nancy" McNerney and how his voting record...

- for TARP"

Maybe you don't read the newspapers too much, but for your information TARP was a Republican thing. It was proposed and passed by the George Bush administration and supported by Sarah Palin.

Web Link


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Posted by Teri
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Patriot...(a term which I have a very hard time understanding how anyone who is in support of Obama's policies that steamroll the US Constitution, is against "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (i.e. private property), is against a strong national defense, is against energy independence, is against stopping illegal immigration, and on and on...against EVERYTHING that has made America great!!!)

Anyway, yes I am aware that Bush was not a true conservative and he spent excessively. That was my problem with him...that he did not govern consistent with conservative values.

However Obama has taken Bush's excessive spending and has expanded this problem EXPONENTIALLY.

President Bush expanded the federal budget by a historic $700 billion through 2008. President Obama added another $1 trillion.

President Bush became the first President to spend 3 percent of GDP on federal antipoverty programs. President Obama has already in­creased this spending by 20 percent.

President Bush presided over a $2.5 trillion increase in the public debt through 2008. Setting aside 2009 (for which Presidents Bush and Obama share responsibility for an additional $2.6 trillion in public debt), President Obama’s budget would add $4.9 trillion in public debt from the beginning of 2010 through 2016.

(source: Web Link)


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Posted by radical
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2010 at 2:16 pm

still campaigning against g w bush??

H R 3997

Web Link

NcNerney Yea

HR 1424

Web Link

McNerney Yea

Web Link

Aye CA-11 McNerney, Jerry [D]

nancy said yes--so Jerry voted yes
jerry does want nancy wants him to do


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Posted by Fred
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 14, 2010 at 3:05 pm

I have little doubt that if Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston were the GOP nominees for president and vice president they would attract a sizable following. All they would need are a set of talking points and assorted catch phrases, buzz words and slogans. Their youth, good looks and low melanin levels would supply them with the rest of what they need, and their supporters would eat it up. Is there really much doubt that the likes of Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and other Repug thought leaders would be hailing them as the best thing since sliced (white, of course) bread?


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Posted by susan
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm

McNerney CAN'T STOP SPENDING OUR MONEY, BOROWWED FROM CHINA. He voted for a health care bill, he never read, NANCY TOLD HIM TO VOTE FOR IT, not the citizens of his district. I CAN'T WAIT TO VOTE HIM OUT OF OFFICE.


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Posted by Chet
a resident of another community
on Jul 14, 2010 at 6:26 pm

We have a fantastic Congressman in Jerry McNerney. He works hard for all of us in District 11. His efforts have been key in getting funds for important projects in our District and his authored and passed bills for our returning veterans and soldiers have been a huge benefit for our brave soldiers. Thank you Jerry McNerney and he deserves to be re-elected and sent back to Washington to keep up the good work.


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm

"a term which I have a very hard time understanding how anyone who is in support of Obama's policies ..."

Huh?


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Posted by M.
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 14, 2010 at 9:39 pm

M. is a registered user.

I believe Teri is saying that because you do not agree with her political views by default you cannot be a patriot. Therefore you are a Communist, Socialist, Marxist or whatever...

In other words

If you disagree with me you hate America.


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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 14, 2010 at 11:24 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

Patriot, name calling was never been your better suit. Although I have fallen victim to such actions at weak moments...

So, let’s talk about how to get the economy going: if you wish to have people spend money to stimulate the economy, then why not put out more dollars to have them buy?

My looking back tells me that in our modern economy that if you see more people looking to buy your products or services then you have a expanded economy. Stimulus rather than tax breaks. As a former manager of a Livermore family steak house, floor tile store, sales positions, along with a degree in business, and so forth, I have observed that stimulated buying works better than my employer pocketing a tax break.

Immediate stimulation works better than tax breaks which takes time and often have limited benefits. I am firm about this. Oh, there are isolated occasions where some employer hires someone and taunts this implementation as a result of some obscure tax credit but it’s limited.


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Posted by Larry
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 15, 2010 at 1:25 am

They need to stop wasting money on busses. The local one called wheels also runs many empty busses. And they are dumping our tax money into the wasteful 'bus Rapid transit' deal.


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Posted by jimf01
a resident of another community
on Jul 15, 2010 at 8:15 am

"why not put out more dollars to have them buy"

Two reasons today: inflation and deficits

a "tax break" generally means letting people keep their money, but in your context it may mean a targeted tax credit for a specific action.

We could go round and round on this but it is keynesian vs supply side economics

i am not an economic theorist, but I posted an interesting query a while back:

$2.5 trillion spent on stimulus and bailouts. vs $2.2 trillion in personal, payroll and corporate income taxes collected in 2007.

The federal government could have suspended all taxation on individuals, payrolls, and corporations for 1 year and it would have cost less than the bailouts and stimulus.

Now at 9.5% unemployment nationally, CA at 12%+, I wonder where those rates would be if we had cut taxes to zero and let people take their full paychecks home and let the free market stimulate the economy

People with more money in their pocket spend more. People spending more means your steak house hires more servers, no tax credit required to stimulate that. That newly hired person is off the unemployment rolls, expanding the tax base in the country, and spending his or her check, more economic activity becomes a domino effect.

The US Chamber of Commerce says we have the exact opposite going on here in the US today.

Web Link


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Posted by so tired of it
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 15, 2010 at 9:35 am

Each time we near an election, incumbents start ‘steering’ funds to their constituents and their own pet projects. Both political parties do it. Personally, I don’t place a lot of trust in any of them that come in right before an election to ‘help us’.

For goodness sake – these are OUR tax dollars we are talking about. Media and elected officials always make it sound like they are ‘giving’ us the money. It is our money to start with.

No, I am not a tea party member – however I totally understand the frustration of those that are, ….and I am certainly not a community organizer of any kind.

I am merely tired of the old ‘tune’ from our politicians.

The ‘house’ needs to be cleaned.


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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 15, 2010 at 9:46 am

I don't think because McNerney is from Pleasanton this automatically makes it Pleasanton news. Is that the only connection to this story?

BTW, I live in Pleasanton and once bought something in San Joaquin County.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

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"McNerney’s composite conservative score is 46.8, which means he is more conservative than 46.8 percent of his House colleagues nationwide.
...

McNerney has grown more conservative since his first year in office in 2007, when his voting record was 70 percent more liberal than his House colleagues. In 2008, that percentage dropped to 55 percent. It fell slightly in 2009, to 53.2 percent more liberal or, put another way, his conservative composite score was 46.8.

Centrism is an uneasy place to stand on the political spectrum. Both liberals and conservatives often view moderates with disdain."


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Posted by Dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 16, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Jim01, thank you for the thoughtful in site.

Keynesian Economics is thought to be one of using mixed economic policies. He developed this thought, I believe, as a result of his observations of the mixed actions of free style, wild west capitalism of the 19th Century followed by the trust busting around 1898. He saw that both capitalism and citizen protection of it were important.

Therefore, stimulus and reasonable government control is the elixir.

You mention "People with more money in their pocket spend more" I had agreed to this thought years ago when times were good but now see it differently especially over the last few years. Now, people spend when they know that there is a pay check next week.

Consumer confidence is key, and stimulus is the other key to move our current situation upward.

But, if you were to say, "okay, when the tax dollars start rolling in due to a stimulated economy, will congress NOT increase spending accordingly..." If they do, as claimed by the age-old Republican script, then we have a common concern.


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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 16, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Sorry, but I did not address: "The federal government could have suspended all taxation on individuals, payrolls, and corporations for 1 year and it would have cost less than the bailouts and stimulus."

Interesting thought but I think it's more complex than that. I am trying to comprehend this. If the Feds ceased the revenue stream... sorry, I do not get this. Please explain.


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Posted by jimf01
a resident of another community
on Jul 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm

We are already in a deficit, spending by government now is deficit spending, a trillion $ already this year. It is the center of the unemployment extension fight in the Congress now. GOP has offered to divert stimulus funds (which is deficit spending), the Dems want to create additional deficits (more money we have to either print or borrow).

If we 'ceased the revenue stream' for 1 year, every dollar the govt spends would be deficit spending, so either way we create deficits.

Which would have been a better stimulus for the economy?

Politically, suspension of taxes is dangerous for tax and spenders because it does two things, the worst for them is when people actually get to keep their money for a period of a year, when it is taken again, people will vote to keep their money instead of vote for more taxation.

Second, it would bring into focus what DC is doing with all the money they take from us. Both bad for Democrats and progressive tax and spend Republicans


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Posted by watchdog
a resident of Danville
on Jul 18, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Stockton Transit is the place that has been critized by the Grand Jury every year since that wack job Donna Kelsay took over.
She keeps spending tax payers money on home improvements and more food for her fat self.
Why would anyone want to give someone who is known for wasting money another grant?
Are you nuts, you cannot find an agency that is not under investigation year after year?
Donna Kelsay should be arrested for fraud, not rewarded. If our elected officials had done their jobs, she would have been fired years ago.


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