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Congressman delivering $200,000 for Vets Hall

Original post made on Jan 6, 2010

U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (D., 11th) will be in Danville on Thursday for a happy occasion. The congressman will deliver a check for $200,000 of federal funding that he secured to be used toward the renovation of the Veterans Memorial Building on Hartz Avenue at Prospect in downtown Danville.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 5, 2010, 6:23 PM

Comments (16)

Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on Jan 6, 2010 at 9:29 am

One wonders what "strings" are attached to the grant of the " free" federal funds. You know there are some!

Posted by Bob Schepman
a resident of Danville
on Jan 6, 2010 at 9:46 am

i would feel much more excited if I new the money wasn't borrowed and that "givor" had no hidden agenda. This all feels "funny"

Posted by TL Nelson
a resident of Danville
on Jan 6, 2010 at 10:08 am

Federal money is taxpayer money. It is borrowed money and must be paid back by taxpayers like you and me. However, in the case of Federal money, the poor taxpayers in other states will get stuck with part of the bill. Why should people in Illinois, North Carolina, or Alabama be paying for our Veterans Memorial Building? Has Congressman McNerney no consideration, no compassion for the people who have to pay back this borrowed money?

Posted by AC Makely
a resident of Alamo
on Jan 6, 2010 at 11:15 am

It's sad to see that the three first posters are so partisan that they view any action by a Democratic representative in a negative way. I be they would not have uttered a peep if Republican Pombo had got the money.

Posted by AC Makely
a resident of Alamo
on Jan 6, 2010 at 11:24 am

This is a correction to my previous grammatical disaster. I bet that these posters would not utter a peep if the money had been obtained by Representative Pombo

Posted by Christina
a resident of Danville
on Jan 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I am still so upset about cutting down the trees. Is there anything that can be done to avoid this happening??

Posted by Nancy
a resident of Alamo
on Jan 6, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I think this is a wonderful gesture on Congressman McNerney's part, especially for our Veterans - it's nice to see something positive in the New Year instead of such drab stories all the time. So sad for you naysayers...the cup isn't always half empty!

Posted by BRW Nancy
a resident of Danville
on Jan 6, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I am wondering if I will be able to take a tax deduction for this facility, since the state is increasing my personal income tax and now I know what I am paying for! I don't care who brought the money in to Danville, it is wrong to expect anybody other than those who will benifit from the facility to pay for it! There is too much unemployment, this project should not be a priority!

Posted by Karen Stepper
a resident of Danville
on Jan 7, 2010 at 8:04 am

Congress allocates dollars across America, and many of the best projects get defined by the needs of local taxpayers who know what is needed now. The Veterans Memorial Building is 85 years old and does not have the rooms to deliver veteran resources. It has been our Senior Citizens Center since 1978, and yet it does not have activity rooms or acoustical improvements so that the seniors can "hear." It a place for community awards and weddings, and yet the kitchen and oratory facilities are so deficient that it often sits empty. Please help us celebrate a wonderful new facility that will spur our struggling economy right in the middle of downtown.
In our valley, we pay out far more tax dollars then we receive. We have worked on this project with Jerry McNerney for several years and appreciate the return of these tax dollars to meet our local community needs.
Karen Stepper, Chair of Capital Campaign for Veterans Memorial Building, and Council Member.

Posted by Mary Grace Houlihan
a resident of Danville
on Jan 7, 2010 at 8:22 am

The Veteran's Memorial Building has served Danville and San Ramon Valley residents for many years. This facility has been named to honor Veterans but in reality has been a unique resource in the center of our town providing a place for all ages to learn, provide service, enjoy and participate in community. What an incredible opportunity to apply tax dollars to somewhere where there is something for everyone!

Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on Jan 7, 2010 at 1:27 pm

To AC Makely, "a resident of the Alamo neighborhood" - don't you realize how partisan you're reflexive reaction appears?

To Karen Stepper, "Chair of Capital Campaign for Veterans Memorial Building, and Council Member" - What part of broke and/or bankrupt don't you understand?

Posted by Ken
a resident of Diablo
on Jan 8, 2010 at 9:33 am

Politicians slap themselves on the back for taking our tax money and distributing it as if they wrote the check out of their own bank accounts. This is only the tip of the iceberg of wasteful government spending that is sapping the economic engine of our country and leading to high unemployment amongst people who simply want to be self reliant and not beholding to politicians for handouts. I honor our Veterans, but why this and why now? Get people back to work, and maybe we can afford this.

Posted by Ron
a resident of Danville
on Jan 8, 2010 at 11:20 am

This project - to rebuild this historic but decrepit veterans memorial building - will generate local work for a lot of people, and the people using the new facility will increase foot traffic in downtown Danville. That means more local shopping and more business revenue (and jobs) in the area. The building will be available for use by veterans, seniors and citizens throughout the San Ramon Valley. Sounds like a great use for our tax dollars.

Posted by Farmer Dave
a resident of Danville
on Jan 8, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Farmer Dave is a registered user.

Thanks, Jerry, for all your help for veterans. Thanks in particular for your assistance in getting additional VA benefits for my father-in-law, a Pearl Harbor Survivor (USS Nevada).

Posted by J. Garfield
a resident of Danville
on Jan 8, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I am against 90% of the "pork & fat" the congress, which the nation elected, to represent us "adds" to various bills. Although, A "real construction project" which is "shovel-ready" and will "actually put people to work" in cour community is what our tax dollars are actually all about!

The other 90% for "turtle crossings" - "tatoo removal machines" - "study of bees" - "use of facebook" - "sexual habits of college students" - "highways & bridges to no where" - "airports with few or no travelers" and the worst: "down-right bribe & pay-off of Elected Congressional Representatives" - "funneling money to their states" - just to obtain "their vote" a certain way on a bill... This is what is really wrong! Congress gave millions upon millions to those "so-called" projects and YES... you paid for them! We should be upset and Danville has every right to get "something back for your / our tax dollars" - even obtaining a small amount to assist with construction for a building to assist the citizens and veterans in our community. I am against ALL pork... but I am not going to sit back and watch every other state and congressional district obtain funding from those currently elected officials in Washington - and get "nothing" when the veterans and community need to raise three million dollars to complete this memorial. This building is to "honor all those who gave each of us the right and freedom to be sending your personal viewpoint to the editor!" Freedom is not Free! All gave some... Some gave All! This new construction project is a "Veteran's MEMORIAL Building" and members of the community should NEVER forget this... and ALWAYS "Honor" - appreciate and "Support" those who served and the building which honors them. I made my pledge to the new building campaign - have you?

Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Jan 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm

We shouldn't destroy historic Danville buildings.

We should build a new Vet's building on a spot currently occupied by one of the many ugly 1970's style building in town.

Let's preserve the best parts of Danville.

This disappoints me. I'll be sure to remember this when deciding whether to vote for Congressman McNerney and others involved in the decision to tear down Vet's hall.

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