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on Feb 10, 2014
From Saratoga. Retirement Community to be exact.
Nice to see that private enterprise can get it very nicely right now and again.
Nick F. w/bride Nancy 51 yr resident area code 94022 (Hills & Univ ave.) until SRC.
Congratulations on the award of a contract that will upgrade the airfield and Hanger 1. This has been a major issue and concern and now here is a protection in place. Congratulations to Google, and hopefully a small portion will be allocated to the Air and Space Museum who have worked very hard to help protect this valuable asset.
This appears to be good news. It's been sad driving by that skeleton every night on my way home from work.
HOORAY for Google. I grew up driving past Moffett Field in World War II and remember looking wondrously at those huge hangars then and for 30 years after until we moved to Hawai'i. Google seems to have an instinct for doing the right thing, especially impressive since the key players are not Peninsula natives. HOORAY for Google.
While all of you are crowing about how GOOD this news is... I have to say, apparently you are Low Information Voters whose opinions are formed only by the last good thing you have heard...
Did any of you [portion removed] recall that "Kind" and "Benevolent" [genuflect] Google was ripping us all off for its sweetheart FUEL Deal for its FLEET of 10+ corporate aircraft? Yeah you remember THAT dont you? Ahh SURE you do! That was where Sir Gay of Brin and Larry "Great White" Page were flying people to Tahiti and on corporate junkets using YOUR TAX DOLLARS to subsidize a vast majority of the fuel costs... [portion removed] "But that was the leasing corporation that runs the jets not google!"... Well to help turn on whats left of filament life in your overtaxed bulb-heads, the leasing corporation is owned by? Good class you are listening! Yes, its OWNED by Google! So... THAT is allll ok with you? Google was paying a SUBSIDIZED (read that: paid out of YOUR wallets) fuel price that was under $2 a gallon for aviation fuel while the rest of the country is paying around $8 a gallon. Sounds 'fair' does it? I guess only if you work at Google.
The news article spin is as expected. Google Good! Others BAD...
Well hey here is a prediction: Google will end up owning MOffet field and it will become another Google campus..The 'renovation' to the hangar? You are saying how great this is... But what will be INSIDE the hangar? I can tell you: OFFICES. Lets see in the words of their spokesfools it might sound a little something like this:
"With Google's acquisition of the Hangar and Moffet Field, the company shows that its pride runs deep by preserving the heritage and historic value of a landmark that has meant so much to so many. Google's re-purposed approach will preserve "The Hangar" while providing valuable new and unique office spaces for the bright minds within the company. Sergei and Larry ask you to join them in celebrating our history and look forward with them on this new adventure."
Do I have that about right? Meanwhile the historic nature will be trashed and Moffet field will belong to Google. How long before its called "Google Metro-plex Jetport"?
With their acquisition of the robotics companies, Google will also be bringing to life, the Skynet of Terminator fame for all we know... Perhaps Google Net IS skynet... IT just doesnt know it because its not self-aware yet. Give it time...
Oh and I did I neglect to mention that Google will likely soon own that Golf Course too? Yeah thats right, that golf course 'renovation' will be in exchange for eventual ownership... More pie for Google. Just have long memories folks. Have lonnnnng memories... Betcha Nancy 'old hag' Pelosi will be using that 'jetport' as her personal goto. Just find out how much of that money is really YOURS and not theirs. Bet the answers will surprise you...
Hmmm so lets see: Google Metro-Plex Jetport and Corporate Resort. Maybe part of the Hangar will have a Casino...
Cedric - I have been attending the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meetings on the clean-up of the Moffett Field Site. This place is a super fund site with toxic chemicals in the ground. You all can attend a meeting at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Avenue, Mountain View on Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 PM. There are numerous projects in process for the clean-up activity. The number of government agencies that participate in the clean-up are both local and federal agencies. A lot of money has already been spent on the clean-up that still has remaining issues. The government has run out of money for this effort.
Both private and public agencies - NASA have benefitted from Google provision of satellite derived information.
As to the golf course it is sitting on contaminated land, there were little foxes that could not move due to contaminated water.
If you look at Treasure Island and other super fund sites in the bay area you will see that they are all hampered in their attempts to make valuable property useful.
Keeping this as an air field is the best outcome for everyone.
Here's a link to one of those Tahiti excursions. My hat's off to anyone who works that hard to push the frontiers of science and engineering.
Hats off and wallets open! Treat them as equals and quit giving them tax breaks. Social Darwinism in SV needs to ease up.
Tax breaks are carefully designed to generate even more taxes. Local revenues are certainly going up. Governments are not as dumb as you think.
Thank you, Google (and also GSA and NASA) for saving this beautiful blimp hangar. I just hope that the tradition of a "holiday" tree at the top will continue. I hated seeing the skeleton last time I was in Palo Alto. I spent a lot of time at Moffett while my father was an active Marine, and the hangar was always a landmark and a reminder. Thank you.
The flight plans/runway use operation seems ill defined. I know Google has a "fleet" of aircraft. Can Google now let their buddies and business partners fly into and out of Moffett? Will there be any regulation or limitations on such flights??
This seems like there will be a major impact on thousands of Silicon Valley households in the airspace. I used to live in Sunnyvale, a larger city than Palo Alto, for example, and we could SEE every flight that landed at Moffett although we lived in the center of the city (not right by 101/237/the runway).
Since Google is so close with Obama, will he return to flying in and out of Moffett? I would actually prefer that to his typical method of shutting down SFO whenever he flies in/out for luxury fundraisers.
President Clinton used to fly into Moffett and that was an appropriate use of the airfield for the President and I recall minimum to zero impact.
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