From the Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
 

Pelosi Announces San Francisco Funding in Department of Defense Appropriations Bill

June 22, 2004

Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today announced funding for several key San Francisco priorities - including $13 million in funding for the revitalization and remediation of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard - in the fiscal year 2005 Defense Appropriations bill, which overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives this afternoon.

"With the signing of the conveyance agreement earlier this spring, we are on the path to converting the shipyard into a place of promise," Pelosi said. "This funding will help bring economic opportunity to Bayview Hunters Point."

The bill approved today includes $10 million requested by the Navy for the continued cleanup of the shipyard. Pelosi also obtained $3 million for infrastructure improvements for the first phase of redevelopment. This spring, the Navy and the City finalized the conveyance agreement and the first parcel is expected to be transferred to the City this summer.

Pelosi also worked to obtain the following funding for San Francisco parks:

  • $2.5 million for operations and building maintenance at Fort Baker. These facility improvements are expected to leverage significant private and public investment to make the successful transformation to a sustainable national park site.

  • $2.5 million for the planning, design and restoration of the parade ground at the Presidio of San Francisco's Main Post. The parade ground will serve as the center of activity for the Presidio and its restoration is part of an effort to create a site for public education about the impact of the military on American life.

  • Additionally, Pelosi fought for funding for vital medical research in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally. The bill includes the following funding:

  • $20 million for HIV/AIDS research and prevention initiatives at the Department of Defense that will be used to monitor and prevent new HIV infections in the military, conduct research on HIV vaccines, and further the Department’s HIV/AIDS prevention and education initiatives in Africa and other regions;

  • $5 million for the Northern California Institute for Research and Education, a medical research facility affiliated with the San Francisco Veterans Administration, to continue research focused on protecting American troops from chemical and biological threats;

  • $5 million for the University of California at San Francisco Department of Neurology Gallo Center to continue research on alcoholism, which is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States;

  • $3 million for research on spinal muscular atrophy, with a focus on spinal injuries of military personnel in Iraq; and

  • $2 million for research on the effect of lifestyle and diet on the progression of prostate cancer.



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