Press Releases


Agency: Department of Health and Human Services

Project Title: Expansion and Renovation of Trauma Center at Riverside County Regional Medical Center
Recipient:  County of Riverside
Location:  26520 Cactus Avenue, Moreno Valley, CA 92555
Amount Requested:  $1,000,000

Riverside County Regional Medical Center is the emergency first responder for the County and has the County’s only pediatric trauma designation and the only mass decontamination unit for chemical/biological incidents.  The current Trauma Unit is equipped with one trauma room with limited space.  This project is to expand the trauma center to four new trauma bays.  This is a valuable use of taxpayer funding because the medical center is the first responder and major trauma center for the County’s 2 million residents.

Project Title: Medical Equipment for University of California, Davis Cancer Center
Recipient:  University of California, Davis Medical Center
Location:  One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA, 95616
Amount Requested:  $500,000

The University of California, Davis is seeking to expand its Cancer Center.  This project will address the rapidly growing demand for specialized cancer diagnosis and treatment services in Northern California.  The expansion will provide additional exam rooms and infusion treatment stations, administrative support space and a new special-procedure suite.  The requested funding will help pay for medical equipment for expanded cancer diagnosis and treatment facilities.  This is a valuable use of federal funding because the UC Davis Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute serving the Central Valley and Northern California, a region of more than 6 million people.

Project Title: Alameda County Medical Center Hospital Equipment
Recipient:  Alameda County Medical Center
Location:  1411 East 31st Street, Oakland, CA 94602
Amount Requested:  $1,000,000

The Alameda County Medical Center is seeking to replace its out-dated physiological monitoring systems, used to measure patients’ vital signs, and purchase Fluoroscopy digital imaging units and Ultrasound scanning equipment for its emergency facilities.  The Center’s current systems are past their end-of-life use, leaving outpatients to seek medical imaging examinations at private facilities and inpatients to be transported to other hospitals for these services.  The Center’s Emergency Departments are the busiest in the County, with nearly 80,000 visits annually.  Replacing these outdated systems is a valuable use of federal funding because it will improve treatment, reduce wait time and length of stay, and improve service in the ER, radiology and intensive care units.

Project Title: Tulare Health Care District Hospital Expansion
Recipient:  Tulare Regional Medical Center
Location:  869 Cherry Street, Tulare, CA 93274
Amount Requested:  $550,000

Tulare Regional Medical Center is constructing a five-story medical tower, to expand its services to more than 100,000 people.  The hospital has experienced an annual increase in patient volume and services across multiple departments, and is preparing to meet increased demand in the future.  However, the services provided are limited by the hospital’s size, leaving patients to travel over 300 miles for advanced care.  The total cost of the expansion is $120 million, towards which $85 million in matching funds through voter-approved General Obligation Bonds, operating income and cash reserves has been secured.  The hospital expects to complete the expansion in the next five years.  This is a beneficial use of federal funding because it will provide significant public health benefits to a medically under-served community.

Project Title: University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
Recipient:  University of California, Riverside
Location:  900 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92521
Amount Requested:  $1,000,000

The University of California, Riverside is planning a new School of Medicine to address a regional physician shortfall, forecast to be over 50 percent by 2015, in the Inland Empire.  These funds will be put toward capital improvements required to open the medical school: expansion and renovation of existing biomedical sciences instructional space and construction of a new health sciences building.  This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will produce more physicians in an area of high growth and a lack of medical personnel.  As one of the nation’s most diverse campuses, and a Hispanic-Serving Institution, the University is equipped to train a diverse physician workforce and to develop innovative health care delivery programs to improve the health of medically-underserved populations.

Project Title: California 211 Emergency Notification System
Recipient:  United Ways of California
Location:  1107 Fair Oaks Avenue, #12, South Pasadena, CA, 91030
Amount Requested:  $1,000,000

United Ways and local governments run the 211 disaster response and health and human services call centers.  While California’s 211 system already covers 21 counties, five million Californians in rural counties do not have access to this service.  While the system is useful on a daily basis to aid callers in finding local health resources, its importance comes during emergencies.  During the 2007 wildfires, the six southern California counties handled 130,000 calls providing up-to-date information concerning evacuation, shelters, road closures, and medical services availability.  This request will fund communications infrastructure to help build-out the system statewide.  This is a valuable use of federal funding because these funds will help rural areas of the State connect to this system and allow residents to access vital information.

Agency: Department of Education

Project Title: College Track Bayview Hunters Point Facility
Recipient:  San Francisco Redevelopment Agency
Location:  One South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94103
Amount Requested:  $250,000

The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency has partnered with College Track, a nonprofit organization that works to increase high school graduation, college eligibility and enrollment, and college graduation rates among low-income students.  Together, they are working to expand educational programming to under-resourced students in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood.  In order to add an additional 350 students over the next five years to this program, the partners are purchasing and rehabilitating a new facility in Hunters Point.  This funding will complete the $5 million required to expand this college preparatory program in Bayview Hunters Point.  This is a valuable use of funding because it will provide substantial educational benefits to low-income, under-resourced students.

Project Title: Community Colleges "Vets Connect" Program
Recipient:  California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
Location:  1102 Q Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Amount Requested:  $500,000

California Community Colleges serve 3 out of 4 veterans using their GI Bill benefits in the State (24,000 students enrolled with veteran education benefits and 8,000 active duty personnel).  The Chancellor hopes to encourage even more recent veterans to return to school with the Vets Connect Initiative.  This initiative will provide recent veterans with additional academic support, explanation of their veterans and GI Bill benefits and requirements, and mental health or rehabilitation services when appropriate.  Federal funding will expand services provided at several campuses with programs already in place, and bring the program to three new campuses with large veteran populations.  This is a valuable use of taxpayer dollars because it will provide greater access to education and services for California’s veterans.

Project Title:  Educating Young Minds
Recipient:   Educating Young Minds
Location:  3325 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Amount Requested:  $175,000

Educating Young Minds provides home study, after school tutoring, and Saturday test prep programs that serve 300 high-risk students in grades K-12 in the greater Los Angeles area.  Since its inception, Educating Young Minds has served more than 2,000 under privileged youth in the greater Los Angeles area.  The organization is expanding into an additional 2,000 sq. ft. of classroom space, a 700 sq. ft. computer lab, and is seeking funding for the necessary materials and staff to enroll an additional 150 students in their programs.  Additionally, funding will support the development of a new on-line computer program, to help students transition from middle school to high school, and from high school to college.  This is a valuable use of federal funding because the program provides under-served students with a safe afterschool environment and the education and skills necessary to graduate, apply for and attend college.