Union Tribune

November 10, 2003

Military construction bill allocates millions to San Diego region
$460.3 million in all headed to California


WASHINGTON Congress has approved a military construction bill that includes $185.6 million for projects in the San Diego area.

Overall, $460.3 million of the $9.3 billion funding measure will be spent in California.

The military construction bill usually is one of the first of the 13 funding measures Congress must pass each fiscal year.

This one was held up for months because the spending ceiling set by the White House set off a prolonged fight between the House and Senate for the limited funds.

In the process, the ceiling was raised by about $100 million, of which about $14 million will go to California.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Randy Cunningham, R-Escondido, are members of the military construction appropriations subcommittees in their chambers.

North Island Naval Air Station will get $65.2 million for a squadron operations facility, a hangar to house the Naval Air Reserves' new C-40 transports and for taxiway and control tower improvements.

Camp Pendleton will receive $47.9 million to build a barracks and to start work on a sewage treatment plant.

San Diego Naval Station will get $42.7 million to build barracks and $6.2 million for transient quarters on San Nicolas Island, which is administered by San Diego.

Miramar Marine Corps Air Station will receive $7.6 million for a fire station and a ground combat range, and the Coronado Naval Amphibious Base will get $2.8 million for a small-arms range.