Congress to Fund South SF Bay Mountain Clean-up
7/24/2009--In a breakthrough toward creating a new mountaintop park overlooking Silicon Valley, a key committee in Congress has approved spending $4 million to remove old buildings and toxic materials atop
"I'm pretty elated," said U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, D-Campbell, who pushed for the money. "This is a prime spot where you can see 360-degree views of the valley,
On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee OK'd the funding as part of the 2010 defense budget. A vote in the full House is expected next week, with the Senate slated to take up the bill in September.
Despite previous efforts by Honda, this week's vote represents the first time Congress has approved cleanup money for the aging military site since it closed nearly 30 years ago. "I have all the expectations that it will come through now," Honda said. "This was the big hurdle."
The 3,486-foot mountain, whose name comes from the Ohlone Indian word for hummingbird, towers above South San Jose and
Given the complicated situation surrounding