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Eshoo asks Fed for $51 million in funds for MV projects

Congress woman Anna Eshoo's list of federal funding requests in 2011 includes over $51 million in funds for various Mountain View-related projects, including $10 million to help restore Hangar One.

Eshoo's list of appropriations and funding requests also includes $4 million to extend Stevens Creek Trail over Highway 85 into the Dale-Heatherstone area, $10 million to reconfigure the 237 Freeway and Highway 85 interchange, $250,000 to study a grade-separated rail crossing at Rengstorff Avenue, $125,000 for a new cancer care facility at Mountain View's Palo Alto Medical Foundation campus, $250,000 to make the VTA's bus yard in Mountain View completely solar powered and $80,000 for communication technology improvements at the Mountain View Emergency Operations Center to "increase stability" of its responses to emergencies.

As Eshoo had previously promised, she is requesting funds to help restore Moffett Field's massive icon Hangar One, which has been locked in a preservation battle for years spurred by the Navy's need to remove it's toxic siding. Estimates for putting on a new skin have ranged from $15 million to $40 million and the $10 million request is expected to help owner NASA Ames find a tenant to re-use and possibly help fund its restoration.

Another significant Moffett Field-related funding request would put $8 million toward cleanup of environmental damage left behind by the Navy at the former Naval Air Station with in order to "support NASA's mission of increasing R&D at the Research Center." NASA Ames has plans for a 75 acre Research Park West of the airfield and South of Moffett's historic district.

Several funding requests have an indirect impact on Mountain View, including $4.5 million for South Bay salt pond restoration and $4.8 million for a pedestrian bridge over Highway 101 in Palo Alto that helps connect Palo Alto's residential neighborhoods to Mountain View businesses near Shoreline Park. Bicyclists have complained about the danger of riding over the nearby San Antonio Road overpass, which lacks bike lanes or sidewalks.

The 129th Air Rescue Wing at Moffett Field could also get $2.3 million for a new building for its Pararescue Jumper Unit. The building would "safegaurd the unit's inventory of high-cost, specialized equipment from exposure to the elements."

Another $2 million appears to be a request for the relocation of the main gate at Moffett Field at the end of Moffett Boulevard, which has long been a request by NASA Ames in order to open the former Navy base for the development of the NASA Research Park to include additional private businesses and a major university campus. But relocation of the main gate has been opposed by the military in part because of the military housing located inside the gate. The request description reads: "The relocation of the main gate will meet post 9/11 force protection requirements for the California National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing, located on the former Moffett Field."

Eshoo's staff was not immediately available for comment.

Comments

Posted by vfree, a resident of Waverly Park
on May 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Typical re-elect me! free advertising article. The best she can do is continue to spend other peoples money?


Posted by SC Trail, a resident of Castro City
on May 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm

The project to extend Stevens Creek Trail over 85 to Dale/Heatherstone is already fully funded. How about funds to extend from Dale/Heatherstone to MV High?


Posted by Taxpayer, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Does everybody understand that when Eshoo secures Federal funds all she is doing is spending our taxes????

I'd be happy if all politicians just agreed to not asking for any federal funds for the next few years. That's the only way this country's budget deficit will decrease.


Posted by Daniel DeBolt, Mountain View Voice Staff Writer
on May 14, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Daniel DeBolt is a registered user.


This article simply points out Eshoo's funding requests as they relate to Mountain View. It's not free advertising for her re-election and it doesn't make any analysis of whether she is doing her job well or whether these requests are legitimately necessary. That's up to you to decide.


Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community
on May 14, 2010 at 6:48 pm

It seems they all line up for funds, here in Napa the Flood Control Dist. Got 50 million plus dollars for train tracks.


Posted by ed, a resident of Shoreline West
on May 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

"$250,000 to study a rail" just sounds kind of funny. (please don't be offended union people)


Posted by Political Insider, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm

For a politician with no political challenger on the horizon, still nice that she delivers some pork to Mtn View


Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on May 17, 2010 at 10:24 am

Pork is off the menu for the foreseeable future. It'll be beans and rice from now on.


Posted by bkengland, a resident of Whisman Station
on May 17, 2010 at 2:51 pm

According to 2005 records, California received 78 cents in Federal spending for every dollar of taxes paid to the Federal Government and ranked 43 out of the 50 states for such spending. Unless this has changed much in the last five years, I don't think we have to feel guilty about being a pork state anytime soon.


Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on May 18, 2010 at 12:04 am

Expect considerably less in the future.


Posted by Thank You Rep Eshoo, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 18, 2010 at 7:01 pm

We elected Rep Eshoo to be our voice in Washington in which the Rep has done a job well done.

There is nothing about PORK in the process to date. It appears the political person stating PORK does not understand pork barrel politics. The state of California does not have in general have any pork projects in the federal budget unlike other states.


Posted by CMS, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Anna Eshoo has never found a tax increase objectionable. She wants the high speed rail to go right through the towns in this District. She is a menace who should be voted out of office.


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