Kudos to the brilliant journalists at ProPublica, who have compiled and put online a national database showing stimulus projects in every county in America.
Data on stimulus contracts, grants and loans for each county are juxtaposed with demographic information such as the local unemployment, median household income and poverty rate. Here are links to the greater Bay Area counties’s pages — Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, San Joaquin, Solano, Napa and Sonoma — and here’s a statewide survey for California.
My initial pass through the numbers found the alarming fact that, of these counties, Napa County so far has received the largest chunk of stimulus money per capita – $467 – with the next-closest being Alameda County at $297. But most of Napa’s $62.3 million is $53.4 million from the Defense Department – no, not for missile silos beneath those verdant vineyards, but toward an Army Corps of Engineers contract with an Alaska-based construction firm for parts of a massive flood-control project.
Meanwhile, Contra Costa County clocks in at $157 per capita – right near the middle of the Bay Area pack – while Marin County has recieved the least per capita, at $56.