Rep. Sánchez Requests $10M for Native Metropolis Tasks and Organizations – Cerritos Group Information
BY BRIAN HEWS • JULY 19, 2021
The MP Linda Sánchez (D-Lakewood) is working to raise almost 10 million dollars for local cities and organizations, including 2 million dollars for the tiny La Palma, in order to rehabilitate their street medians. The money comes from the 2022 Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Affiliate Agencies bill.
A $ 475,000 request was made for better accessibility and lighting inside The ten hectare Neff Park in the city of La Mirada. The funds would be used to replace damaged asphalt paths with concrete, place new concrete paths to improve accessibility to all areas, improve lighting throughout the park, and expand wooden rail fences around the park. These improvements would improve public safety in the park and help meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The park includes three historic buildings, a pavilion, basketball and tennis court, horseshoe pits, a newly renovated playground, and picnic areas. Community events are also held in the park.
Sánchez asked for $ 2 million for rehab La Palma’s main artery; a redesign that addresses California’s ongoing drought and water restrictions. The project includes the removal of existing landscaping / irrigation, removal and replacement of hardscapes, the installation of a new drip irrigation system, the planting of new trees and new landscaping / hardscaping on 48 islands in the Central Plateau. Median reassessment is also included to capture irrigation and storm runoff for compliance with state / federal rainwater regulations. Three redesigned center islands on Moody Street from Avenida Malaga to Avenida Orangethorpe would be added, with the completed project providing a consistent center island design for all street centerlines in the city. This project is being built in preparation for using treated water for irrigation to reduce the consumption of drinking water.
An application was made for $ 322,000 The Bellflower Constitutional Park, with new leisure facilities such as play and fitness equipment and a sports field. The funding application for this project is intended to cope with the final phase of the plan to revitalize the park. The city has already seen a decrease in illegal activity within the park and an increase in positive recreational pedestrian traffic.
Sánchez charged $ 300.00 for Montebello to build this Henry Acuna Park Dog Park. Montebellos The first dog park will provide an enclosed area where dogs can exercise, socialize and play off-leash under the supervision of their own owners. The area in which the dog park was to be built would have a fence, double entrance, benches, dog droppings, a water station, shade, and adequate drainage. The area is approximately 32,630 square feet, is located near the park center, and is adjacent to an existing playground and picnic areas.
For Norwalk, Sánchez asked for $ 1.72 million for various locations in the city. The Smart Cities Digital Divide Free Wi-Fi Project was designed and developed for students, employees, workers, and small businesses from the underserved neighborhood of Norwalk. The city wants to create areas in public parks and institutions near these locations. The Smart Cities solution offers students, employees and small businesses free “Smart & Safe” WiFi zones. This is a critical Wi-Fi resource that is necessary to simply exist in this COVID pandemic and post-COVID era in order to deliberately narrow the digital divide.
Sánchez applied for $ 2.5 million for the Pico Rivera Water Authority for a PFAS groundwater treatment projectt. These funds are to be used for the planning, environmental protection and construction of phase 1 of the PFAS groundwater treatment project of the Pico Rivera water authority. Work on this project began in November 2019 and is expected to be completed by April 2022. Due to industrial activities in previous years, the aquifers are contaminated with PFAS – commonly known as “Forever Chemicals”. In order to provide drinking water to the surrounding communities, the Pico Rivera Water Authority needs to pump and purify water thoroughly to remove this contamination.
Sánchez requested $ 200,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier for their main clubhouse. The current two-story clubhouse does not meet all security requirements and is not accessible to some parishioners. The funds would be used to make changes that improve accessibility, security and equity. The modifications include a fully ADA-compliant elevator, accessible toilets, ADA van-accessible parking lots, accessible pathways and associated equipment and manpower. The main clubhouse serves more than 5,000 people in need and will better serve the community, including parents with young children in strollers, seniors and elderly family members, and those with physical disabilities.
Sánchez asked for $ 1.5 million for The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works completes Rosemead Boulevard Road improvements. The Rosemead Project will build 4.2 miles of protected bike and walkways along Rosemead Boulevard, which divides the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area and provides a major north-south route for vehicle traffic. The project will increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists along Rosemead Boulevard and improve access to the various recreational destinations within the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area such as Legg Lake, playgrounds, several soccer and softball / baseball fields, hiking trails, the Whittier Narrows Nature Center, the San Gabriel River Bike Path, the Lario Trail, and the Rio Hondo Bike Path.
Mental health and housing services could get $ 500,000 – the whole child for Interim Housing & Supportive Services Center for homeless and veteran families. The Whole Child (TWC) would receive funding to build an interim housing and support service center for homeless families in Santa Fe Springs, California. Specifically, the funding would be used to build a 40-unit interim residential home and 6,000-square-foot support service center. Transitional housing units would provide six to nine months of safe temporary housing, a crucial first step away from homelessness, and support services would be available to help families resolve issues that have caused their homelessness and find permanent housing.
Sánchez applied for $ 450,000 for the Whittier Public Library Foundation rebuild the central library. The foundation is requesting $ 250,000 for the youth center and homework center and $ 200,000 for the children’s department to expand the child and youth services department in the library. The facility has overcrowded shelves; lack of seating for library users, insufficient electrical capacity including cabling, sockets, data lines and space for current and new technology; Lack of community meeting places for the wide variety of library programs the library now offers; insufficient space to house and display materials and collections related to local history; Bad light; and a critical job shortage.
Including these funds in the Budget Committee’s draft law is the first step in the funding process. Sánchez said she will “continue to fight for this funding” as the bill moves to the entire budget committee, House review and Senate negotiations.
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