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Rep. Farr hails success of stimulus bill

Posted: Thursday, Feb 18th, 2010

Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, addresses a gathering at Clinica Del Valle Del Pajaro Wednesday about the benefits of stimulus money reaching Pajaro Valley. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula)

Standing in front of the newly completed expansion of the Salud Para La Gente medical clinic on Aviation Way, Congressman Sam Farr, D-Carmel, with members of the building trade and leaders of nonprofits to back him up, touted the effectiveness of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on its one-year anniversary Wednesday.

Farr said the $787 billion stimulus bill has been getting a lot of undeserved bad press, but has saved jobs and stopped the economy from getting a lot worse. Stimulus money used for the expansion of Salud Para La Gente is just one example of how the bill created local jobs, Farr said.

“Watsonville is one of the communities most affected by it,” he said. “You had shovel-ready projects, you’re home to Granite Construction and Graniterock and you’ve got a rail line and an airport.”

The expansion of the medical clinic — which included the hiring of two more physicians and additional support staff — cost nearly $1.3 million, a good investment, according to the many supporters of the project who were on hand. The renovation included an 8,980-square-foot addition with 26 new rooms, 10 of which will serve as exam rooms.

For the complete article see the 02-18-2010 issue.

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