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Pete Stark’s interactive stimulus spending map

Lots of lawmakers are quick to note the appropriations they’ve brought home to the district, especially those that come under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) economic stimulus effort. But the office of Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, has come up with a clearer, more interactive way of seeing the impacts in his 13th Congressional District: A tagged Google Map with clickable icons explaining each appropriation.

If you click through to a larger version of the map, there’s a scrollable list as well.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • What’s the difference between Stimulus and Pork?

  • bjd

    Stimulus is what you congressmen brings you, Pork is what the other guys do.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Gotta hand to Ol’Pete’s staff, they’re tech savvy. As for Pete, he hasn’t had a new idea since Sam Rayburn’s last stint as Speaker, or maybe earlier.

  • Arne Simonsen

    Bjd, love your explanation! BGR left himself wide open for that one LOL

  • That was a great explanation, Arne. It’s only pork when it’s the other guy. Words to live by! Good call Bjd!

  • It was an impressive display of the Google API