Senator Feinstein's Appropriations Requests for Fiscal Year 2011: Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies
Apr 06 2010
COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES
FY 2011 APPROPRIATIONS REQUESTS
Agency: Department of Justice
Project Title: Butte County Drug Endangered Children Program
Recipient: County of Butte
Location: 25 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA 95965
Amount Requested: $500,000
Butte County is an epicenter for methamphetamine use. The Drug Endangered Children Program provides services to children who must leave their homes because of meth manufacture or use by their parents or guardians. On average, approximately 300 children are removed annually, in a county of 220,000 residents. This program not only serves the children who are living in deplorable conditions with immediate and long term intervention and treatment services, but also allows law enforcement to focus on gathering evidence and handling the arrest. Butte County’s program was the first in the State and its members have helped establish other programs across the nation. The County had received a grant from the State to finance its team of investigators, prosecutors, and social workers, but this funding ended in 2003. Since then, Butte County has continued to keep the program running with local funds. Federal funding will allow the program to continue. Taxpayers benefit when state and local law enforcement have the tools they need to maintain public safety. For this reason, the federal government, through a variety of state and local law enforcement assistance programs, has made providing grants to support a broad range of activities that prevent and control crime and improve the criminal justice system a national priority.
Project Title: California Department of Justice Digital Forensic Evidence Laboratories
Recipient: California State Department of Justice / Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement
Location: 1300 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Amount Requested: $500,000
The California Department of Justice will activate two digital processing labs: one in Sacramento to serve Northern California, and a second in Fresno to serve Central California. This will supplement current crime lab capabilities, which include fingerprint processing and DNA analysis, by enabling the Department to analyze data stored on laptops, blackberries, cell phones and video cameras. The project will support digital forensics services in 48 counties across the State. There is an increasing need to emphasize this area of forensics because of the use of digital media in gang and drug operations, homicide, methamphetamine manufacture, fraud, and child pornography. For high priority Federal cases, California can utilize the electronic forensics capabilities of the FBI, but otherwise the State relies on private forensics labs. The total cost to initiate these two digital labs is $1.25 million, and the State has identified a 20 percent match ($250,000).
Project Title: City of Fresno, CA to provide law enforcement equipment
Recipient: City of Fresno
Location: 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721
Amount Requested: $300,000
The Mayor is seeking to enhance the Fresno’s police force through the installation of streetscape video cameras and mobile recording equipment. The requested funding would be used to install video recording equipment in downtown Fresno, allowing Fresno police to conduct active monitoring to detect crimes in progress, provide additional suspect descriptions to responding officers, and collect video evidence to enhance criminal prosecutions. Additionally, the City is seeking to equip 450 police officers in the field with mobile video cameras to record interactions with community members. This is a valuable use of taxpayer funding because it will substantially improve public safety for the more than 500,000 residents of Fresno, enhance the safety and effectiveness of the City’s police force, and will assist public safety officers in their efforts to continue to meet the needs of the community.
Project Title: Del Norte County Police Technology Upgrades
Recipient: County of Del Norte
Location: 981 H Street, Crescent City, CA 95531
Amount Requested: $525,000
More than 70 percent of Del Norte County is publicly owned National/State Parks and U.S. Forest Service lands. This high percentage limits the County’s property tax base and also makes public safety enforcement difficult because of the rural terrain. Funding will be used to upgrade the County’s interoperability equipment and the 911 Dispatch Center, purchase and equip a crime scene evidence van, and install in-car video equipment in 10 police vehicles. The total project cost is $705,000, and the County has provided a 26 percent match. This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will improve public safety in this rural county and supplement a loss of tax revenue due to the high percentage of Federal and State lands in the County.
Project Title: East Bay Regional Communications System Authority
Recipient: East Bay Regional Communications System Authority
Location: 4985 Broder Blvd., Dublin, CA 94568
Amount Requested: $3,000,000
Alameda and Contra Costa Counties are no strangers to the devastating effects of natural disasters: The experience of both the Oakland Hills Firestorm and the Loma Prieta earthquake demonstrated firsthand that public safety communication systems must be integrated. In order to build a federally-compliant regional communications system, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, their 27 cities, and four special districts formed a Joint Powers Authority in 2007. The total cost is $72 million, with each participating jurisdiction paying a portion of the system’s cost. To date, the JPA has spent $35 million on the system’s central processor, the microwave communications network, and equipment for ten microwave sites. Once completed, the system will enhance public safety throughout the region by assisting state and local law enforcement agencies to investigate, respond to, and prevent crime, and help protect 2.5 million residents. The requested funding will assist with the development of four additional repeater cell sites (of six total). Without the implementation of this interoperable communications system, the disparate nature of the regions current communications network will continue to hinder any coordinated disaster response and will remain an obstacle to effective emergency response. Taxpayers will benefit from this project because it will bolster public safety by providing local, state, and federal law enforcement with the tools they need to communicate with one another effectively to prevent and respond to emergencies.
Project Title: Interagency Communications Interoperability System Joint Powers Authority
Recipient: Interagency Communications Interoperability System Joint Powers Authority
Location: 613 East Broadway, Suite 200, Glendale, CA 91206
Amount requested: $250,000
In 2003, the cities of Burbank, Glendale, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Pomona, and Montebello created the Interagency Communications Interoperability System (ICIS) joint powers authority. ICIS is a digital communications network which facilitates interoperability between allied agencies and has shown success, an example being the multi-agency response to the MetroLink commuter train derailment near Glendale in January 2005. This funding will be used to upgrade microwave transmitters in the San Fernando Valley. The project will make the ICIS network less vulnerable to failure should any of the existing transmitters be damaged in a wildfire or earthquake. This is a valuable use of taxpayer funding because this enhancement will make the ICIS network more reliable for critical municipal and first responder communications services serving over one million citizens.
Project Title: Legal Advocacy for Crime Victims
Recipient: National Crime Victims Law Institute
Address: Lewis & Clark Law School, 10015 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., Portland,
Amount requested: $4,500,000
In order to provide the victims of violent crimes a set of procedural rights under federal law, and to ensure that they have a standing to assert their rights before a court, Congress passed the Crime Victims’ Rights Act as part of the Justice for All Act in 2004. The Act also authorized federal funding for victims’ clinics for pro bono legal counsel and support services. With the assistance provided through these clinics, victims understand their rights, learn how to actively engage in the case against their offender, and ensure that they are not treated by the justice system as only a “witness to” or “piece of evidence in” the case. In 2009, Congress enacted legislation (P.L. 110-431) authorizing up to $11 million per year through 2013 for the National Crime Victim Law Institute. The requested $4.5 million in FY11 will allow the Institute to continue its important work and run related clinics.
Project Title: Monterey County Street and Anti-Gang Project
Recipient: County of Monterey
Location: Sheriff’s Office, 1414 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93906
Amount Requested: $1,000,000
Since April 2005, this joint gang prevention and intervention effort by the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, Probation Department, District Attorney’s Office, the City of Salinas Police Department, FBI and the California Highway Patrol has worked in the 18 jurisdictions of Monterey County, generating more than 2,800 gang-related Criminal arrests, over 5,000 Probation and parole searches, and more than 200 Firearms seizures. In 2009, the City of Salinas (population 150,000) had 29 homicides, all gang-related, and approximately 147 non-fatal shootings. The task force works on multiple fronts, combining gang suppression activities by local law enforcement, with prevention and early intervention efforts intended to reduce gang involvement by County youths.
The Gang Task Force has also been very active in public outreach, conducting more than 133 gang awareness training sessions for parents. The task force, which was created to combat an overwhelming spike in the rate of gang-related homicides across Monterey County, has made a significant positive impact on crime, and has become a statewide model for effective gang suppression, prevention, and intervention.
For more than a decade, I have worked to enact legislation to authorize grant programs for gang abatement and prevention. This program is critical to public safety in California, making federal investment in combating gang-violence in Monterey County beneficial to taxpayers by enhancing public safety and easing the costs associated with gang activity.
Project Title: San Diego Superior Court Case Management System
Recipient: Judicial Council of California
Location: 350 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-4797
Amount Requested: $1,500,000
This funding will help implement a case management system in San Diego Superior Court. As the largest court to test this system, San Diego is the highest priority for federal interest and full-scale early adoption. San Diego is the second largest court in the California trial court system, serving more than 3.1 million people. Currently, California’s 58 Superior Courts are operating on more than 70 different case management systems that cannot connect with one another and impede the courts’ abilities to communicate with other trial courts and justice partners. Once implemented, the new system will integrate every aspect of criminal, civil, family law, mental health, juvenile delinquency and dependency, small claims, probate, and traffic case management. Law enforcement officers will have in-field access to information about outstanding warrants, protective and restraining orders, and terms of probation. Similarly, it will help to link cases involving the same family members or parties heard in different courts. The California Judiciary has made a significant statewide investment in building this system since FY02, totaling nearly $500 million.
Project Title: Stanislaus County and City of Modesto, Law Enforcement Communications Equipment
Recipient: City of Modesto
Location: 1010 Tenth Street, Modesto, CA 95353
Amount Requested: $1,000,000
Regional communications between law enforcement agencies in Stanislaus County are inadequate. The current interoperability channel is aging and unreliable, and has greatly hindered emergency response or has been unusable in several high-profile incidents over the past several years. Most recently, radio communications were ineffective during the summer 2006 Canyon Fire that devastated 34,000 acres of the western portion of Stanislaus County.
The requested federal funds will upgrade the existing 26-year-old interoperability channel, expand radio coverage, replace aging equipment, and upgrade all 23 emergency service agencies in Stanislaus County to P-25 compliance. Equipment purchased this year will include new towers, transmitters, antennae, and a security system at the primary transmission site. The County estimates the entire project will cost $21 million. Modesto has set aside $7 million in local funding and secured a $1.5 million Homeland Security grant. This project serves to benefit taxpayers by providing law enforcement the tools required to communicate across jurisdictional boundaries, allowing for local, state, and federal cooperation, particularly during emergencies.
Project Title: County of Tulare, CA to provide law enforcement equipment for the Tulare County Gang Prevention Initiative
Recipient: County of Tulare
Location: 2800 West Burrel Ave., Visalia, CA 93291
Amount Requested: $159,000
In 2007, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors formed the Gang Prevention Task Force, a regional coalition of local businesses, faith-based organizations, non-profits, school districts, local government and law enforcement agencies, to combat the County’s growing gang problems. The County’s law enforcement jurisdictions are seeking funding for the purchase of surveillance and safety equipment to assist in their gang abatement efforts. Specifically, this funding will be used to purchase in-car dashboard video recorders for ten patrol vehicles, thermal imaging equipment, night vision binoculars, body armor and Kevlar helmets, and a Universal Forensic Extraction Device for mobile phone forensic analysis both in-field and in the forensic lab. This equipment will allow for more effective surveillance and evidence collection for gang prosecutions, and provide better protection for officers during high-risk searches and carrying out arrests and search warrants.
Project Title: Yolo Emergency Communications System Improvements
Recipient: County of Yolo
Location: 625 Court Street, Room 202, Woodland, CA 95695
Amount Requested: $1,000,000
Funding would assist with the purchase of equipment to ensure the reliability and interoperability of the emergency communications system operated by the Yolo Emergency Communications Agency, which supports 21 public safety agencies. The requested funding would allow the Agency to improve the current radio systems’ coverage, reliability and capacity, and also take the first step towards achieving an interoperable radio communications network for multi-regional public safety communications. An evaluation of the emergency communications system in 2007 identified significant radio communication shortfalls, including a high failure rate because of a lack of back up radio receivers and other equipment. The current communications system does not allow Sheriff’s deputies to handle multiple incidents at the same time. The total cost of the upgrades is $2 million, and the local jurisdictions have $1 million in matching funds. This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because, as one of the five Delta counties, Yolo County’s system is an integral part of first responder efforts in the event of flooding or other disaster in the Delta or Sacramento region.
Agency: Department of Commerce
Project Title: Los Angeles Coastal Interceptor Sewer Project
Recipient: City of Los Angeles
Location: 200 North Spring Street, Third Floor, Los Angeles, California 90012
Amount Requested: $2,000,000
Coastal sewage pollution in the Santa Monica Bay frequently requires beach closures to prevent human contact with the outfall. A relief sewer is needed to handle the increased sewage flows associated with the Santa Monica Canyon and the Palisades Park Low Flow Diversion upgrades, which are being implemented to mitigate this problem and bring the City into full compliance with Federal and State bacterial requirements. This project proposes to construct a 4,500 foot long sewer to provide additional sewer capacity beyond that of the existing system, by capturing stormwater and directing it to a wastewater treatment plant instead of discharging it directly to the ocean. The additional capacity will also allow nearby areas (Malibu, Mandeville Canyon, and Topanga Canyon) that are served by septic tanks to connect to a sewer system. The total project will cost $15 million, towards which the City has secured $13 million using funding provided by Proposition O and the City’s Sewer Construction and Maintenance Fund. This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funding because its implementation is expected to have a significant effect on the water quality of the Santa Monica Bay. Additionally, moving residents off septic use will reduce the danger of contamination in area streams and creeks.
Project Title: Pacific Salmon Tracking and Sustainability
Recipient: California Salmon Council
Location: P.O. Box 2255, Folsom, CA 95763
Amount Requested: $500,000
Fisherman, scientists and fishery managers are seeking to assemble data on time, location, and stock of origin for Chinook salmon sampled across management regions in California and Oregon. Fish collected by trollers will be analyzed to determine their stock of origin, using DNA samples. This data will be used to map the Pacific stock’s distribution patterns. With this information, scientists will better understand where the fish from each river go and when, which will improve the sustainability of the salmon population by directing fishermen not to fish in certain parts of the ocean at particular times. The total cost of this project is $7 million, towards which the California Salmon Council is providing $200,000. This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because this information would be used by fishery managers to direct fisheries towards stocks of harvest intent and away from stocks of conservation concern, including Sacramento and Klamath River fall Chinook, and could potentially reduce the frequency of fishery failures/disasters.
Project Title: Tijuana River Valley Trash Interceptor Facility
Recipient: City of San Diego
Location: 202 C Street, 11th Floor, San Diego, CA 92101
Amount Requested: $1,200,000
Funding will support the design and construction of trash interceptors and sediment basins at two tributaries to the Tijuana River in San Diego, to reduce pollutant loads and decrease flood risk in the Tijuana River Valley. The City removes up to 65,000 cubic yards of trash and sediment annually to clear these channels, including nearly 5,000 used tires, at costs exceeding $1.5 million per year. Two new trash interceptors and sediment basins will capture the waste, and a transfer station will remove the trash for final disposal or recycling. The river will subsequently be channeled to sedimentation basins or similar devices to remove sediment which is identified as having beneficial use for local beach replenishment. The requested funding is for final environmental studies and facility design. The total cost of this project is $3.665 million, towards which the City has already secured $2.465 million (67 percent).