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Miller calls for Mare Island national park

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, June 11th, 2010 at 3:09 pm in Congress, George Miller.

Mare Island, Vallejo

Mare Island, Vallejo

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, has asked the National Park Service to evaluate the former military on Mare Island in Vallejo for suitability as a park.

Click here to read Miller’s  full release.

Miller acted upon the request of Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis.

“Even for those of us who have spent our entire lives in the Bay Area, there is always more we can learn about the importance of places like Port Chicago and Mare Island,” Miller said in a prepared statement. “By making these places national parks, we’re helping preserve them for the next generation so they can better understand our past.”

Miller also helped designate as national park sites Port Chicago, Rosie the Riveter / World War II Home Front memorial in Richmond and the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez.

Miller

Miller

In other congressional news out of Miller’s office this week:

As chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, Miller demanded today that BP immediately evaluate clean-up workers’ exposure to hazardous chemicals and working conditions from federal occupational health and safety scientists.  (Click here to read the full release.)

Miller held a press conference Thursday with lawmakers, daytime host, author and child nutrition advocate Rachael Ray and anti-hunger and child nutrition advocates to unveil the details of The “Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act.” (Click here to read the full release.)

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  • Mike F.

    A park that’ll produce few jobs and just put further drain on federal resources. Why doesn’t he try to lure business investments that’ll produce jobs? Couldn’t Tesla or another green automotive company put a plant here, or maybe get a major ship builder? Lets think better what could be done and give someone an incentive to come here. We’d need to do something to overcome the high price of business in CA. We need jobs to get this economy back on track, not nonsense.

  • Elwood

    What Mike F. said.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Who gives a flyin’ cowpat about Mare I. outside this region?