Sánchez advances funding for Artesia, Haw. Gardens, Pico Rivera, La Mirada, WRD, among others

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Included in a larger spending package that would reduce costs for families, create well-paying jobs and support small businesses

July 20, 2022~Today the House of Representatives voted HR 8294, a set of six government funding bills that will reduce costs for families and create well-paying jobs. Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA) announced that it had successfully advanced funding for 11 community projects in the spending program.

Passing this spending bill in the House is just the next step in the process of funding these projects. Congresswoman Sánchez will continue to fight for that funding in negotiations with the Senate.

“I am pleased to advance this much-needed funding that will improve the lives of working families in our communities,” said Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez. “From creating more affordable housing to improving public transportation, these investments will directly benefit families in Southern California. I will continue to fight for each of these projects as they move forward in Congress.

The projects, listed in alphabetical order, include:

  • $3 million for the City of Artesia. The funding will be used to transform an unused parcel of land at the Artesia Botanical Gardens into usable park space for the enjoyment of residents. The city will maintain the existing forest area and enhance it with educational features to teach children and families about caring for plants and trees, California’s climate, and the benefits of preserving forestry.
  • $1.4 million for the Hawaiian Garden City. The funding would be used to upgrade sports facilities, fields and concession stands at city parks and sports fields. The goal of these improvements is to provide safe recreational facilities for the enjoyment of the community.
  • $2.5 million for the town of La Mirada. The funding would be used to construct median landscape improvements in the town of La Mirada, which will improve road safety, improve streetscape aesthetics, and provide ecological and environmental benefits.
  • $1.05 million for the town of Pico Rivera. The funding would be used to transform an underused and dilapidated bus depot into a colorful and vibrant neighborhood park that includes 14 new canopy trees and drought-tolerant native landscaping, a grassy knoll and performance amphitheater, decorative fencing, creative solar panel shade structures, a butterfly garden, community artwork, children’s play areas, free Wi-Fi hotspot and architecturally designed shipping containers to use as a community space flexible. The PAD park will also engage space dedicated to incubating small local businesses such as galleries, cafes, bakeries and other vendors.
  • $2.2 million for the city of Santa Fe Springs. The funding will be used to commission water well #12 and provide safe and affordable drinking water to residents and businesses. Water Well #12 was built in 2015 but was never in service due to its failure to meet state and federal drinking water standards.
  • $750,000 for the Town of Whittier. The funding would be used to convert 8 acres of underutilized property at Whittier Union High School’s Sierra Education Complex into a shared community recreation space. Once completed, the space can be used for youth sports programs that serve more than 2,000 young people a year.
  • $2.5 million for the Water Replenishment District of Southern California. Funding will be used to treat three PFAS-affected wells, helping to ensure residents of Whittier, Montebello and La Habra have access to clean drinking water
  • $2.5 million for the LA County Department of Public Works South Whittier Community Bike Lane Access Project. The funding would be used for the installation of cycle paths and cycle boulevards, wayfinding signage, pavement resurfacing, landscaped medians, lampposts, curb bulb; rebuild curb and gutter, sidewalk and curb ramps; and upgrading pedestrian push buttons with audio and vibration devices.
  • $620,000 for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Sunshine Shuttle Route C Electric Bus and Charging Infrastructure Project. The funding will be used to acquire two electric buses for the Sunshine Shuttle service, replacing existing buses that have now exceeded their lifespan. Sunshine Shuttle provides residents of Los Nietos and the South Whittier area with access to shopping malls, community centers, medical facilities, parks and recreation areas, libraries, job training, and job sites. employment for Cal-WORKS recipients.
  • $4 million for Foothill Transit. The funding will be used to purchase zero-emission double-decker buses in LA County’s San Gabriel Valley. With this capital project, Foothill Transit will continue to pave the way for cleaner, smarter public transit in one of the most congested regions in the country. The buses will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve residents’ quality of life and access to vital resources such as medical services and groceries.
  • $500,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. The funding will support the construction of 18 new homes in Santa Fe Springs that will be sold with an affordable mortgage to low-income families. This is Habitat LA’s contribution to the Lakeland Development project, a public-private partnership aimed at developing affordable housing in the area.
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