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Posted: Monday, April 7, 2008 10:00 pm

Congressman Jerry McNerney has requested more than $5 million to fix Highway 12 west of Lodi and money to improve the area's water supply, create a bypass around downtown Lockeford and make other improvements.

McNerney, D-Pleasanton, released a list of $114.7 million to benefit the 11th Congressional District, which covers much of San Joaquin County, Livermore Valley, San Ramon Valley and other areas.

That's a lot of money, and McNerney spokesman Andy Stone admits that McNerney isn't likely to get everything he wants. Some of the 79 projects for which McNerney requested funding won't be included in Congress' spending bill, and many others will be allocated less than the requested amount, Stone said.

If each of the 435 members of Congress requested an equal amount, that would be nearly $50 billion.

"I would say the congressman's in the middle of the pack (in spending requests)," Stone said.

Lockeford Municipal Advisory Council member Bob Marty said he's happy to hear about McNerney's funding request for Highway 88.

"The traffic isn't going to get any better, especially with the development in Calaveras County," Marty said. "It's not local traffic."

Marty also anticipates greater traffic through Lockeford if a proposed Indian casino is built in Amador County.

Lodi Mayor JoAnne Mounce said McNerney is doing a good job and shows commitment for his district.

"Anytime that a representative of the city of Lodi looks out for us and our financial needs, I guess I need to appreciate that," Mounce said.

In addition to Lodi-area requests, McNerney requested federal money for San Joaquin County projects and for projects in the East Bay part of his district.

Lodi-area project requests
  • $1 million to widen Highway 12 from two lanes to four from Lower Sacramento Road to the Sacramento County line.
  • $1 million to reconstruct the Highway 99-Harney Lane interchange, where the Reynolds Ranch development is planned.
  • $1 million toward diverting water from the Mokelumne River to a dam proposed at Duck Creek, south of Clements.
  • $2 million for groundwater recharge in eastern San Joaquin County. The project is called the Farmington Project, but it extends north to the Lockeford-Clements area.
  • $100,000 to retrofit library shelving for earthquake safety, electrical upgrades and other improvements at the Lodi Public Library.
  • $250,000 for Lodi Police Department to acquire an armored vehicle to protect officers against high-powered weapons. Lodi has a used armored car, but it won't protect officers from suspects with a rifle or assault weapon, according to the police department.
  • $1 million for new radio equipment for Lodi public safety officers. The equipment would allow Lodi officials to communicate with those from other agencies.
  • $200,000 for a new building to conserve artifacts at San Joaquin County Historical Society Museum at Micke Grove Park.
  • $1 million for Lockeford bypass improvements to decrease traffic on Highway 88.

    Regional requests

  • $1 million for a regional operations center for the San Joaquin Regional Transit District.
  • $10 million for an emissions reduction program in the San Joaquin Valley.
  • $1 million for an aircraft landing system for Stockton Metropolitan Airport.
  • $5 million for the CALFED Delta levee stability project.
  • $3 million for a comprehensive study of the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins.
  • $500,000 to enhance research capabilities at University of the Pacific's Business Forecasting Center.
  • $4 million for the California National guard to draft response plans to a terrorist attack or natural disaster in defense of critical American infrastructure. Money would also be used to conduct training to execute the plans.
  • $1 million to expand the free, volunteer-led tutoring, monitoring and after-school programs run by Give Every Child a Chance in San Joaquin County.
  • $600,000 to establish a partnership between San Joaquin County schools and the Stockton-San Joaquin County library system for staff development and curriculum planning.
  • $500,000 to purchase a mammography equipment for vans so that St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stockton can use the units outside the hospital.
  • $350,000 to create a sexual assault children's response team.
  • $350,000 to help law enforcement identify and break up gang leadership, infrastructure and hierarchy.
  • $250,000 for a methamphetamine suppression project, and $240,000 for a methamphetamine recovery project.

    Source: Congressman Jerry McNerney

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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4 comments:

  • posted at 3:44 pm on Tue, Apr 8, 2008.

    Posts:

    Considering that Mr. McNerney is a freshman, you can't expect him to bring home huge slabs of pork quite yet. I am an almost exclusively party line Republican, and I'm quite impressed with the job Mr. McNerney has been doing so far. He seems like a genuine, sincere public servant. An everyman. A rare quality in todays politicians, but what my vote seeks the most. I think he has earned another term.

     
  • posted at 11:50 am on Tue, Apr 8, 2008.

    Posts:

    This is interesting, because I'm on another congressperson's e-mail list. This person said that there was a moratorium on earmark funding right now.

    I guess Pelosi might be a little more lenient with McNerney, because they want the Dems to hold onto this district, which had been Republican for years.

    I think the other two comments are right. We'll see little of the funds, and road projects generally cost more than a million dollars, unfortunately.

    I noticed the river basin and delta projects got more. I guess human safety isn't as important.

     
  • posted at 5:15 am on Tue, Apr 8, 2008.

    Posts:

    This is cash we will never see. It is a campaign ploy by McNerney to announce he is fighting for cash for his district, but he will not deliver. Re-read the article, he is already lowering expectation.

    And why is there no money for the levy at Lodi Lake? He is on the Transportation and Infrastructure comm but can't get the cash to fix the levy and protect our home?

    We should hold him to this number. If he can't deliver 115 million by election day, we should vote him out.

     
  • posted at 4:54 am on Tue, Apr 8, 2008.

    Posts:

    "$1 million to widen Highway 12 from two lanes to four from Lower Sacramento Road to the Sacramento County line." They can not build even 1 mile of this project for $1 million, much less buy the required land and all the payoffs to all the environmental extortionists. What would this current request for money be used for?

     

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