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Stripped Hangar One "a failure in government"

Original post made on May 20, 2011

The Moffett Field Restoration Advisory Board members signed a letter in support of NASA's $32.8 million request to re-skin Moffett Field's historic Hangar One -- a response to news that the NASA Inspector General is questioning the merit of that request.

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Comments (13)

Posted by Nitpicker, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Larry Ellis, CEO of the Air and Space West Education Foundation, (ASWEF) said... -> Larry Ellis, CEO of the Air and Space West Education Foundation (ASWEF), said...

Posted by Frankie Div, a resident of another community
on May 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm

If it is torn down completely then it won't be an eyesore. There are so many better things to spend tens of millions of dollars on than restoring this hanger, and I'm sure most people would agree. Why not put an initiative on the local ballots, to add fifty bucks to all car licenses registered in the Bay Area to save this? We'll see how far that goes. And in any case, NASA's money is still your money, because it's taxpayer money. And if Mountain View residents don't want to pony up the money themselves, making people in other states pay for it via their federal wages, makes even less sense.

Posted by the_punnisher, a resident of Whisman Station
on May 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm

the_punnisher is a registered user.

If it stays stripped,how about putting up a BIG sign that says:




Remember the " Freeway that goes nowhere " in San Jose....maybe we can keep the HUMILIATING pressure on the Feds...

Posted by Truth, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm

A sustainable society, both ecologically and financially recognizes that re-reoofing 8.5 acre building for $32.8 million (or $14 million) is far less expensive to both our environment, our pocketbook, and social memory than slashing and burning an iconic National Historic Site, like the Huns would have done. Let's grow up as a society and recognize the fiscal benefit and sensibility of appropriate reuse, acting like responsible tax payers.

Posted by AC, a resident of another community
on May 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm

AC is a registered user.

I'm sorry Frankie Div, but I would much rather "waste" money on preserving our history and heritage than a whole lot of the other things our government wastes money on. Both our local and federal government, mind you.

And I have no personal connection to the hangar at all.

Posted by Mike Laursen, a resident of Monta Loma
on May 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm

It shows a total lack of grown-up perspective to think that the government's priority in a time of recession and widespread unemployment, three foreign wars, etc. should be preserving a hangar because it's really big and old.

Posted by John doe, a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 20, 2011 at 11:57 pm

How many NON-white people actually support this? NONE.... Why? There are more important things in life......Poverty, education, homelessness.... spending 32 Mil of TAXPAYERS money on Hanger reskin will not help any of these..... MY POINT is: If you want it then pay for it yourself and not ask others or Gov money (my money too)... It is a nalstagic cause at best...

Posted by Rational, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 21, 2011 at 5:47 am

More people means more buildings, the population centers aren't shrinking in this country. If it's less expensive to re-roof a building than rebuild anew, isn't that the sensible choice?

The challenge to NASA is to find the right tenant. If It takes NASA time, is it responsible tax dollars to spend millions of additional dollars and tear down the entire building?

What's truly fiscally responsible?

Posted by Another view, a resident of Monta Loma
on May 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Spending any money on the hanger is a diversion of funds that the Defense department could put to better use elsewhere. Tear it down and let's focus on more important issues.

Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm

USA is a registered user.

Not spending taxpayer money = "a failure in government"

OK, got it.

Posted by VSA, a resident of Monta Loma
on May 22, 2011 at 8:50 pm

The defense department could instead spend the $30M to pay for 99.1 minutes of the war in Afghanistan. Or 25 cruise missiles for Libya.

Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm

USA is a registered user.

Good point, VSA. $30 million to play Whack-A-Mole in Libya and take down Gaddafi would be well spent.

Posted by Catherine, a resident of Shoreline West
on May 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

NASA should send the soon to be retired space shuttles to be put on display here.

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