Oct 27 2021
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced the Senate versions of the fiscal year 2022 government funding bills include nearly $180 million in direct funding for Southern California projects that the senator requested from the Appropriations Committee.
“California deserves its fair share of federal funding since we pay more than any other state,” said Senator Feinstein. “That’s why I’m glad nearly $180 million was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee for direct funding to Southern California.
“The bills include funding for projects to improve our water infrastructure, address homelessness, provide more education opportunities, reduce the threat of wildfires and expand mass transportation.”
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees are expected to begin negotiations soon over a final omnibus bill to fund the government through September 30, 2022. Congress must pass these appropriation bills for the projects to be included. This is the first time since fiscal year 2011 that congressionally directed funding is being included in government funding bills.
Following is a county-by-county breakdown for Southern California of the projects included in the bills at the request of Senator Feinstein:
- $650,000 for the New River to address pollution in the river that originates from Mexico.
- $200,000 for the Salton Sea to contribute to the habitat and ecosystem restoration in the region to address the growing public health crisis in Southern California.
Los Angeles County:
- $10 million for the San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund for groundwater cleanup in the San Gabriel Basin and the Central Basin in Southern California. The basin provides 90 percent of the drinking water for more than 1.8 million residents, of which more than 400,000 are in disadvantaged communities.
- $3.8 million for the Mills Memorial Park Recycled Water project to install pipeline extensions to increase recycled water for municipal and environmental uses in the Los Angeles area.
- $3.5 million for the LA Metro Sepulveda Transit Corridor to provide high-quality transit service between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside. The corridor will eventually be extended south to the Los Angeles International Airport.
- $1.9 million to expand the Catheterization Laboratory at White Memorial Medical Center.
- $1.5 million to construct a Mental Health Hub at the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center Campus to provide children and youth with the appropriate level of care and services in a comforting, therapeutic environment.
- $1.5 million for the Los Angeles Crisis Response to establish a community-based, health-centered alternative to certain 911 emergency calls that might otherwise be routed to local law enforcement agencies.
- $1.2 million for Long Beach to use the Georgetown Law Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement training program for its police force.
- $1 million for the Los Angeles Community College District to expand the Metro Fareless System Initiative Pilot Program to ensure that students have access to transportation to get to community college campuses.
- $1 million for the LA Metro West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor that would connect Southeast Los Angeles County with downtown Los Angeles.
- $700,000 for Torrance to upgrade the back-up power infrastructure for the new, stand-alone Emergency Operations Center.
- $500,000 for the Downtown Women’s Shelter to repair, paint and upgrade the safety features to the building’s elevator.
- $500,000 for the San Gabriel Valley Affordable Housing Project Pipeline to provides for site acquisition, construction and capital improvements of affordable housing developments.
- $480,000 to fund a Highways to Boulevards Regional Study to help communities replace aging highways with city streets that better fit the context of their surroundings.
- $450,000 for the UCLA Bruins Basic Needs program to create services to help students with extreme commutes and affordable housing.
- $250,000 for the Burbank Enhanced Workforce Training for Economic Recovery to expand its current retraining skill program to a more in-depth program focusing on providing help to people who may have lost jobs during the pandemic.
- $250,000 for Norwalk for stormwater collection to be used for groundwater infiltration and recharge.
- $250,000 for the Ready, Set, Read of Los Angeles childhood literacy program for book distributions, literacy activities, teacher support and parent involvement.
- $750,000 for the Orange County West Santa Ana Branch High Capacity Transit Study to evaluate high-capacity transit options between Santa Ana and the Orange County/Los Angeles County border area.
- $610,000 for the South Orange County Community College District for the Saving Veterans with Interventions Pilot Program, which aims to address the inequities and barriers experienced upon discharge from military service.
- $500,000 for the Huntington Beach Mobile Crisis Response program to establish a mobile crisis response program to swiftly address mental health, substance abuse and similar 911 calls.
- $3 million to build a PFAS treatment facility at the Western Water Recycling Facility and repair the sewer system.
- $1.25 million for the Banning Wastewater Treatment and Groundwater Protection Project Fund to build a wastewater treatment facility equalization basin at the site of the current facility to protect the environment from overflow events caused by large surges in demand primarily driven by storm events.
- $1 million for the Riverside University Health System for a new proposed hospital for improved care of Riverside County’s most vulnerable populations.
- $250,000 for Desert Hot Springs to transition septic tanks to wastewater treatment systems.
San Bernardino County:
- $1 million for the Yucaipa Wilson III Basin Groundwater Project to help protect the city from flooding, controlling sediment and debris in the drainage system, improve water quality, provide additional opportunities for groundwater recharge, provide multi-purpose trail and other recreation opportunities and provide open space habitat preservation areas.
- $565,000 for Chino Hills to reduce the potential for wildfire by removing fuel hazards in close proximity to residential communities.
- $250,000 for the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board to hire a dedicated business services representative to engage employers to encourage them to hire persons with disabilities.
San Diego County:
- $63 million for the Naval Base Coronado to build a maintenance hangar for the CMV-22B Osprey.
- $10 million for the COASTER commuter rail to complete the stabilization of the Del Mar Bluffs. The rail corridor is within feet of the coastline, nested on cliffs that experience annual/episodic erosion.
- $5.6 million for a Southern California pilot research program to survey and sample the barrels of DDT dumped off the coast of California and determine if there has been any human exposure to the toxins via fish.
- $750,000 for the San Diego Shoreline Feasibility Study to evaluate modifications needed to address deficiencies that pose a public safety risk.
Santa Barbara County:
- $1.7 million to restore LeRoy Park to provide the community facility that the LeRoy family intended the park to be in 1871.
- $48.7 million for the Naval Base Ventura County to build a Combat Vehicle Maintenance Facility.
- $8.7 million for the Channel Islands Harbor to maintain safe and navigable depths of the federal channel in the harbor.
- $2.1 million to dredge the Ventura Harbor to ensure adequate navigational depths for harbor safety, commerce and operations.
- $200,000 for the Santa Paula Creek Flood Risk Study to address flood risks along the Santa Paula Creek.