Community Project Funding Requests

House Committee on Appropriations
Community Project Funding Requests

 

Congresswoman Sánchez has submitted funding requests for important community projects in the 38th Congressional District to the House Appropriations Committee.

Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for fiscal year 2022 – although there is no guarantee on how many will be funded.

Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here.

In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Congresswoman Sánchez has certified that she, her spouse, and her immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects she has requested.

 

Projects Requested

NOTE: The projects are listed in alphabetical order by recipient name.

 

Recipient Name:  Boys & Girls Club of Whittier  
Project Name: Accessibility Modifications of Main Clubhouse
Recipient Address: 7905 S. Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA  90602 
Amount Requested: $200,000 
Project Description and Justification: The current two-story clubhouse is does not meet all safety requirements and is inaccessible to some community members. The funding would be used to make modifications that improve accessibility, safety, and equity at the Boys & Girls Club Whittier’s Main Clubhouse. The modifications will include a fully ADA-compliant elevator, accessible restrooms, ADA-van accessible parking, accessible pathways, and related equipment and labor.  
The main clubhouse is located in a low-income priority area within the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Consolidated Plan and serves more than 5,000 high-need individuals. Therefore, these modifications are needed to better serve the community, including but not limited to parents with infants in a stroller, seniors and elder family members, and persons with physical impairments. The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because it will make the clubhouse more accessible to community members.  
Disclosure Letter: Click here

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Recipient Name: City of Bellflower 
Project Name: Bellflower Constitution Park Revitalization
Recipient Address: 16600 Civic Center Drive, Bellflower, CA, 90706
Project Address: 8848 Cedar Street, Bellflower, CA, 90706
Amount Requested: $322,000 
Project Description and Justification: This project seeks to revitalize Constitution Park with new recreational amenities, including play and fitness equipment, and a sports court, within a current park that has experienced many issues and concerns over the years.  
The funding request for this project will serve to address the final phase in the plan to revitalize the park, adding recreational components and amenities back to the park for the neighborhood to enjoy. With the first few phases now in motion, the City has already seen a reduction in illegal activity within the park and an increase in positive, recreational pedestrian traffic. The City feels strongly that this final phase will have a monumental positive impact on the community and attract more positive recreational activities for all to enjoy. Additionally, the project will increase recreational opportunities for residents in an underserved neighborhood and support individuals in their efforts to engage in healthy activities. 

Disclosure Letter: Click here

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Recipient Name: City of La Mirada   
Project Name: Neff Park - Accessibility and Lighting
Recipient Address: 13700 La Mirada Boulevard, La Mirada, CA 90638 
Project Address: 14300 San Cristobal Drive, La Mirada, CA 90638 
Amount Requested:  $475,000 
Project Description and Justification: The City of La Mirada would receive funding for accessibility and other physical improvements to Neff Park. The funding would be used to replace deteriorated asphalt walkways with concrete, place new concrete walkways to enhance accessibility to all areas, improve lighting throughout the park, and extend wood rail fencing around the perimeter of the park. These improvements would improve public safety at the park and help meet requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  
La Mirada’s Neff Park is important to the community. The park covers ten acres and includes three historic buildings, a gazebo, a basketball and tennis court, horseshoe pits, a newly renovated playground, and picnic areas. In addition, the park hosts community events including the City's Halloween event, Father and Son Campout, Summer Day camp, and gatherings for weddings, birthdays, and other reunions. This project was deemed a priority by residents during the Los Angeles County Parks Needs Assessment in 2016; therefore, this project would be an appropriate use of taxpayer funds.  
Disclosure Letter: Click here

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Recipient Name: City of La Palma
Project Name: Arterial Street Medians Rehabilitation Project
Recipient Address:7822 Walker Street, La Palma, CA 90623
Project Address: 48 existing and 3 new median islands (located on Moody Street from Malaga Avenue to Orangethorpe Avenue) in the City of La Palma, Orange County, California.
Amount Requested: $2 million
Project Description and Justification: To address California’s ongoing drought and water restrictions, in 2018 the City of La Palma hired a landscape architect to redesign the arterial street medians. Working with the community, staff, and the City Council, the project was developed and refined. The project includes the removal of existing landscaping/irrigation, hardscape removals and replacement, installation of a new drip irrigation system, planting of new trees along with new landscaping/hardscaping in 48 median islands. Re-grading of the medians is also included to capture irrigation and storm runoff to meet state/federal storm water regulation compliance. Three newly designed median islands on Moody Street from Malaga Avenue to Orangethorpe Avenue would be added, with the completed project presenting a consistent median island design for all of the City’s roadway medians.  This project will be built in preparation for the use of reclaimed water for irrigation to reduce the use of potable water. 
As La Palma is an Orange County city that borders Los Angeles County, the arterial streets are well-traveled by residents of both counties. The rehabilitated arterial street medians, which include drought tolerant landscaping, reflect the City's commitment to protecting the environment and encourage residents to continue to be good stewards as well. Due to California's water restrictions, the City's medians have deteriorated and look rundown. They do not represent La Palma's commitment to well-maintained infrastructure, including its arterial and residential streets. Additionally, updated medians will allow La Palma to meet current state/federal storm water and drought regulations. 
Disclosure Letter: Click here

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Recipient Name: City of Montebello
Project Name: Henry Acun͂a Park Dog Park
Recipient Address: 1600 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640
Project Address: Henry Acun͂a Park, 1700 W. Victoria Ave., Montebello, CA 90640
Amount Requested: $300,000
Project Description and Justification: The Acun͂a Park Dog Park would be the City of Montebello’s first dog park and provide an enclosed area for dogs to exercise, socialize and play off-leash under the supervision of their own owners.  The area that the dog park would be constructed would feature fencing, double-gated entry, benches, dog waste stations, a water station, shade and adequate drainage.  The area is approximately 32,630 square feet, located near the center of the park and is adjacent to an existing playground and picnic areas. The new park amenity adds community benefit to an underutilized are of Acun͂a Park.  The immediate neighborhood around Acun͂a Park is expected to see an approximate 15% in population growth over the next 15 years, based on analysis of two reputable projection scenarios –SCAG Demographic and Growth Projection Report and the SCAG Regional Housing Needs Assessment Report.  
The addition of this amenity will aid to alleviate park deficiencies as the population continues to grow. The City’s Park Master Plan identifies Acun͂a Park as an ideal location for the development of a dog park area due to the available open space and proximity to existing cohesive amenities.  The community has expressed its interest in overall park improvements and has specifically identified a dog park as a desired amenity through public outreach efforts which included four virtual workshops, as well as several public surveys.  Workshops were held in July, September, November and December of 2020 and made available to the public online.  A mailed survey was sent out to 4,000 Montebello households in September of 2020 and made available online to the general public.  An additional online survey was made available in January of 2021.  All outreach was advertised on the City’s website and social media platforms.  
Disclosure Letter: Click here

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Recipient Name: City of Norwalk 
Project Name: Smart Cities Digital Divide
Recipient Address 12700 Norwalk Boulevard, Norwalk, CA, 90650 
Project Address: Multiple sites within Norwalk, CA
Amount Requested: $1.72 million 
Project Description and Justification: The City of Norwalk’s Smart Cities Digital Divide Free Wi-Fi project is designed and developed for Norwalk underserved neighborhood students, employees, workers, and small businesses. The Smart Cities solution was designed and developed specifically to bridge the digital divide and incorporates public safety as a component for the community. To help and ensure that students and residents have equitable access to necessary digital infrastructure, the City is looking to create areas within public parks and facilities near these locations. This budget request is to build a local digital divide infrastructure to provide Wi-Fi to the community which enhances an ecosystem and allows for digital empowerment, equity, and stability to our community by prioritizing students, employees, and small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Smart Cities Solution will provide students, employees, and small businesses with a free opt-in “Smart & Safe” Wi-Fi Zones. This is a critical Wi-Fi resource necessary to simply exist in this COVID pandemic and post-COVID era to intentionally diminish the digital divide. 
This is a critical Wi-Fi resource necessary to assist residents and businesses simply exist in this COVID pandemic and post-COVID era to intentionally diminish the digital divide. Those students, employees, and local businesses hardest hit by the pandemic will be prioritized World-Class lighting network with the best-in-class technology into a diverse Smart city ecosystem to keep the users safe & cyber secure online & in person. It will also ensure that our minority and low-income residents have appropriate access to telehealth like most of their more affluent counterparts in other communities. Without better access to telehealth, our community will continue to be ill-equipped to address the public health disparities that existed before the pandemic and will persist following the pandemic. 
Disclosure Letter: Click here

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Recipient Name: Pico Rivera Water Authority
Project Name: PFAS Groundwater Treatment Project
Recipient Address: 6615 Passons Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660.
Project Address: 8739 Gallatin Road, Pico Rivera, CA 90660 and 8316 Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Amount Requested: $2.5 million
Project Description and Justification: These funds are to be used toward the design, environmental and construction of Phase 1 of the Pico Rivera Water Authority’s PFAS Groundwater Treatment Project. Work on this project started in November 2019 and is expected to be completed by April 2022.
Due to industrial activities in prior years, the groundwater aquifers are contaminated with PFAS – commonly known as “forever chemicals.” In order to provide potable drinking water to surrounding communities, the Pico Rivera Water Authority must pump and thoroughly treat water to eliminate this contamination. Providing safe drinking water is of critical significance and directly corresponds with the health and welfare of our community. The Water Replenishment District (WRD) has been actively monitoring 335 groundwater wells on behalf of 43 cities in Southern Los Angeles County for several decades. The WRD produces and publishes a regional groundwater monitoring report and a replenishment assessment on a regular basis that clearly outlines the significant challenges related to addressing PFOA and PFOS.
Disclosure Letter: Click here.

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Recipient Name: Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
Project Name: Rosemead Boulevard Complete Street Improvements
Recipient Address: 900 S. Fremont Ave, Alhambra, CA 91803
Project Address: Rosemead Blvd within unincorporated Whittier Narrows. Zip Codes: 90660, 91733, 90640
Amount Requested: $1.5 million
Project Description and Justification: The Rosemead Boulevard Complete Street Improvements project will construct 2.6 miles of protected bikeways and walkways along Rosemead Boulevard which divides the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area and is a major north-south route for vehicular traffic.  The County’s Vision Zero Action Plan identified two segments of Rosemead Boulevard within this stretch as Collision Concentration Corridors, which are defined as any half-mile roadway segment that contained three or more fatal or severe injury collisions between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2017.  The County of Los Angeles manages nearly 3,300 miles of roads, and the section of Rosemead Boulevard immediately north of State Route 60 (SR-60) was prioritized as one of its Top 20 Collision Concentration Corridors when factoring in fatal and severe injury collisions involving vulnerable users in a disadvantaged community.  
The project will enhance safety for pedestrians and bicyclists along Rosemead Boulevard and improve non-vehicular access to the various recreational destinations within the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area such as Legg Lake, playgrounds, multiple soccer and softball/baseball fields, walking trails, the Whittier Narrows Nature Center, the San Gabriel River Bike Path, the Lario Trail, and the Rio Hondo Bike Path.  The project includes pavement resurfacing to support active transportation, and modifications to the interchange at SR-60 to complement and incorporate complete street features through the interchange to more equitably serve all roadway users. 
Disclosure Letter: Click here

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Recipient Name: The Whole Child – Mental Health and Housing Services 
Project Name: Interim Housing & Supportive Services Center for Homeless and Veteran Families
Recipient Address: 10155 Colima Rd., Whittier, CA 90603 
Project Address: 13231 Lakeland Road, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 
Amount Requested: $500,000 
Project Description and Justification: The Whole Child (TWC) would receive funding for construction of an Interim Housing and Support Services Center for Homeless Families to be located in Santa Fe Springs, California. Specifically, the funding would be used toward construction of a 40-unit interim housing and 6,000 square foot supportive services center. Interim housing units would provide six to nine months of safe temporary housing, a crucial first step away from homelessness, and supportive services would be available to help families solve issues that caused their homelessness and to locate permanent housing.  
This project is a responsible use of taxpayer funds because it would make a decisive impact on family homelessness, including veteran homelessness. For two straight years, Los Angeles County experienced double-digit growth in homelessness. The Center will make an overall impact on the issue by integrating housing stability and service solutions and by increasing critically-needed housing stock in California’s 38 Congressional District and Southeast Los Angeles County.   
Disclosure Letter: Click here  

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Recipient Name: Whittier Public Library Foundation 
Project Name: Whittier Central Library Remodel and Improvement Project
Recipient Address: 7344 Washington Avenue, Whittier, CA, 90602 
Amount Requested: $450,000
Project Description and Justification: Whittier Public Library Foundation is requesting $250,000 in funding for Teen Center and Homework Center and $200,000 for Children's Section be used for enhancement to the Children and youth services section in the Library.  
The Whittier Central Library was opened in 1959 and has welcomed millions of visitors since.  The library collection on opening day was 80,000 items; the collection has now grown to over 220,000 items, an increase of 175%. However, the building has not been updated with the changing role of the library. The facility has overcrowded shelving; lack of seating for Library users, inadequate electrical capacity including wiring, power outlets, data lines and space for the current and new technology; lack of community meeting place for the wide variety of library programs which are now offered by the Library; inadequate space for housing and displaying local history materials and collection; poor lighting; and a critical shortage of work space.  
The Central Library annually circulates 320,000 items and receives 898,000 hits on its web site and electronic databases. The number of annual visitors to the library has grown to over 400,000 visits every year. The Library offers many programs for children, young adults, and adults of all ages in formats such as author series, lectures, performances, and art shows. Community libraries, more than any other civic institution, are the hallmark of an informed society, and the single most important community resource to insure the intellectual and social health of a community. The library’s mission, and its public obligation, is to serve as the repository of the City’s knowledge, and its central access point for information. A library can transform the way a community thinks about itself by providing the conditions and possibilities for education, intellectual growth, social mobility, community development and cohesion. They are the essence of a community, the bridge across all segments of society, without regard to age, office or wealth.   
The public Library in Whittier has been an important part of this community since late 1800s, the City government has always been supportive and has funded the operation of the library and realizes the role it plays in an informed and educated community. The Library makes its resources available to library patron from the community of Whittier and surrounding community of Los Angeles and Orange County.   
The City Council has been working on making this project a reality since 1998 and were committed to implement this project for our community. After many attempts the City Council was successful to secure some funding from State and Los Angeles County and on October 2019 started the official process for this project. The Project is due to start in April 2021 and will be completed by April 2022. 
Disclosure Letter: Click here

 

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