Noah Bierman | Los Angeles Times

Workers cut loose metal plates in a project to relocate DWP lines for the Metro's expansion. Mayor Eric Garcetti said the Metro extension along Wilshire Boulevard is the nation’s largest public works program and his top priority. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)Overall, Obama would spend more than $800 million on transit throughout the state — including $165 million to expand the Bay Area Rapid Transit system to San Jose and $150 million toward a light-rail project in San Diego — as he tries to make the case that infrastructure spending will propel a faster economic recovery.

The plan also would seed California with money for weapons systems, allot more than $600 million to build and renovate Veterans Affairs facilities and set aside more than $200 million to help the Jet Propulsion Laboratory send another rover to Mars.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city’s slate of transportation projects, including the Metro extension along Wilshire Boulevard are now the nation’s largest public works program and a top priority of his administration.

“I am going to make sure we spend these dollars efficiently through tough oversight and sound management,” he said in a statement.

Despite the cheer in City Hall, the money is still far from committed. Read more