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Breaking Rumors: Moffett Field being put up for sale / NASA Ames closing

Original post made by Fly on the wall, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 16, 2011

From a very reliable source out of Washington D.C., I hear that NASA is now planning to put Moffett Field up for sale and close the NASA Ames Research Center.

Are you all ready to have planes taking off above Palo Alto 24/7, including commercial cargo planes in the wee hours of the morning?

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Posted by Too close
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Oct 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Maybe GOOGLE will buy it Larry Page wants to expand GOOGLE!! The GOOGLE planes take off right over my house anyway.

25 years ago when I moved into my house the Navy sent up those PBY submarine hunters, they flew over my house constantly. Very often just practicing take-off and landings - very annoying!!


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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 16, 2011 at 9:51 pm

If Ames is really for sale, why on earth would anyone keep such a huge, prime piece of real estate as an airport? San Jose is 7 minutes away, SFO about 30 minutes. It would become office space - probably Google.


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Posted by Yank
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 17, 2011 at 8:48 am

So an anonymous person on an internet message board claims he heard an unnamed "reliable source"say this?
Sounds pretty credible.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 17, 2011 at 9:25 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Just as long as it is a real sale, not one of those deals where the lion's share of the property has to be dedicated to some "public" interest.


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Posted by The Public Good
a resident of Nixon School
on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:34 am

"Just as long as it is a real sale, not one of those deals where the lion's share of the property has to be dedicated to some "public" interest."

Why not? It is the public's property - it belongs to the people. If our government sells it, it can dictate the terms in the interest of the community.

We'll even let self-centered libertarians use it!

As opposed to what Mr Wallis would dictate....


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Mr. Wallis would prefer that the site be sold to the highest private bidder with little restriction on use.
Mr. Wallis would further wish that the yield from the sale go directly to retiring the public debt.


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Posted by The Public Good
a resident of Nixon School
on Oct 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Yeah, like John Boenher is going to propose that.

And he has a bridge he'd like to sell you.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm

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Mr. Wallis would establish ONE precondition - The successful bidder would guarantee the maintenance and restoration of Hangar One.


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Posted by The Public Good
a resident of Nixon School
on Oct 17, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Okay, then. Your preconditions are sacrosanct.

Someone who wants a little open space instead of urban sprawl isn't worth listening to, apparently.

About what we expect out of libertarians. Or to put it redundantly: "self-centered libertarians"


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm

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Hey, it was the liberal cities who filled the Bay with mountains of garbage. Conservatives wanted the Excess Express, a train that would run around the bay collecting garbage, then haul it up past Herlong for long term storage. This would have kept the Western Pacific alive and the Bay side flat. Where were you when that happened, Buster? You still have time - Dig out all that garbage and send it away and you have real Bay Views.


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Posted by The Public Good
a resident of Nixon School
on Oct 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Nice misdirection. Some 50 year old straw man.

I'll play - why do you stay in those pesky liberal cities in the Bay Area? Oh yeah, they have regulation and rules that keep quality of life high.

Funny about libertarians - they don't move to the great libertarian Perry Paradise of Texas to enjoy the pollution. I hear the sunlight off the oil sheen in Galveston Bay makes a purty sunset.


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Posted by Drag racing
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Al that concrete, why not drag racing


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2011 at 10:43 pm

If you have a very reliable source for important NASA news, you ought to discuss it with the people at nasawatch.com. I am sure that they would be extremely interested.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 18, 2011 at 8:30 am

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That old supper dish!


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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Oct 18, 2011 at 10:36 am

>>>"I'll play - why do you stay in those pesky liberal cities in the Bay Area? Oh yeah, they have regulation and rules that keep quality of life high."

Yeah, like sanctuary cities. Now that really improves the "quality of life".


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Posted by The Public Good
a resident of Nixon School
on Oct 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm

"Yeah, like sanctuary cities. Now that really improves the "quality of life"."

Again: I'll take any of our sanctuary cities for quality of life and regulations that protect our citizens over the oil sheen across Galveston Bay.

You and Walter should stick to your principles! Find a good libertarian part of the country and show your support for it. Maybe Rand Paul's Kentucky. Or daddy Ron Paul's district in Texas.

And move there. Stand up for solid libertarian principles!


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 19, 2011 at 4:50 am

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One libertarian principle is to not take advice from liberals. I have lived here over 40 years, earning a decent living from honest [non-government] employment and practice. I live here in spite of the mountains of garbage, the construction fences around street trees and the closing of the yacht harbor. I do not need reinforcement of my principles by clustering with like minded, and I kinda get a kick out of tweaking the absurdities of liberal pretense, usually without effective rejoinder. Have a real nice day.


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Posted by The Public Good
a resident of Nixon School
on Oct 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm

"I kinda get a kick out of tweaking the absurdities of liberal pretense"

And we love having you in one of the deepest blue areas of this great country! It helps to hear from the far fringe in these local forums to remind us of the conservative policies of destruction (Medicare eviseration, tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, etc..) without having to watch the 12th GOP debate and hear it directly from "true" conservatives like Mitt and Cain.

The great Bay Area where we will continue to vote and elect politicians that protect your rights and the quality of all our lives.

Only 40 years? have a real nice day!


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm

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And your ultimate victory would be everyone with a government job?


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Posted by The Public Good
a resident of Nixon School
on Oct 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm

"And your ultimate victory would be everyone with a government job?"

What on earth are you talking about? Where did that come from???? A little anger seething to the top, Walter?

I mention that the GOP has passed a budget of destruction, that ends Medicare as we know it and you equate that with government jobs somehow.

Walter: do you support Medicare? Are you against Medicare?


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Posted by Former Ames employee
a resident of another community
on Oct 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm

How about using it for Top Gear's test track? They could hire Stieg's American Cousin to test the cars for it...


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 20, 2011 at 11:06 am

The U.S. Congress (both parties) has been passing budgets of destruction for decades. With very, very few exceptions - always spending well above the annual revenues.


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Posted by Top Gear fan
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 20, 2011 at 11:32 am

Former Ames Employee, Nice One.


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