I think this is another of those "developer opportunities" that will
ultimately brood bad for citizens and people of the area. I believe what
should happen is that the Military (Government) retain ownership, at
least until the cleanup is completed, and then give (sell for a
dollar) to the City or community of Mountain View for their main
municipal airport for their future use. Do not sell out to
the developers, they will exploit it, make area citizens responsible for
"clean-up", and then develop it and make lots of money on it, as they will
expect to get it for next to nothing. Also, it make be hard in the future
for the City to buy land and develop an airport when they need one.
In a message dated 11/19/2010 12:30:58 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
this story confusing because it blends the various sections of
Moffett Naval Air Station, but it seems to be based upon
someone in Washington wanting the federal government to
sell the runways
and perhaps more. - LS]
Should Government Airport Used by Google
Founders be Closed?
By Jane Wells
It costs $6.7 million a year to operate.
It's a convenient
parking lot for the private jets of two of the world's
And it's sitting on a prime piece of real estate - the heart of
Silicon Valley - which has some murmuring it should just be
But, its greatest treasure is a towering toxic nightmare that may
as much as $50 million to repair and restore.
Moffett Field is
a legendary Naval Air Station in Mountain View, Calif.
best known for the
massive hangars which famously accommodated wartime
military blimps. The
base was closed in 1994 and taken over by NASA Ames
Spread over 1,800 acres, the airfield houses important
wind tunnels for
testing and an Air National Guard wing.
For the entire
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
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