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Community Project Funding Requests

Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro announced that the House Committee on Appropriations will be accepting Community Project Funding (CPF) requests from Members. This is in addition to the standard programmatic and language-based requests. Below are Community Project Funding applications that my office has received.

Note: The projects are listed in alphabetical order by project sponsor.

Amigos de los Rios - Emerald Necklace Monrovia Unified School District Green Infrastructure Campus Projects: Monrovia High School, Santa Fe Middle School, and Plymouth Elementary - $360,000

908 E Altadena Dr, Altadena, CA 91001

This would complete the Emerald Necklace Green Infrastructure Campus retrofit project that benefits three Monrovia Unified School District Public School/Joint Use Campuses serving over 2,000 students and surrounding communities designated as low income (DAC) by Cal Enviroscreen: Monrovia High School, Santa Fe Middle School, and Plymouth Elementary School.  The project would implement green infrastructure solutions to protect water resources and address legacy public safety flooding, drainage, and vector challenges within communities underserved by the County Storm Drain network. Funding would also go towards outdoor classrooms, assembly and gathering spaces. These outdoor classrooms will include green infrastructure elements: bioswales, rain gardens, LID infiltration planters, and pervious surfaces created to address 20+ acres of storm water/runoff and related drainage and flood control challenges on all three campuses. The Green Infrastructure School Campuses will serve as immersive STEAM environments where students can learn about watershed protection through sustainable public landscape design.

Signed Disclosure Letter: 

Azusa – Azusa Teen and Family Center - $560,000

213 E Foothill Blvd, Azusam CA 91702

The project would provide counseling, job training, and social services in Azusa as a part of the Azusa Teen and Family Center. This is an extension of All in for Azusa, which is a community driven initiative, that works to create deeper, meaningful and more impactful collaboration across sectors and organizations citywide and regionally.  The goal of the Azusa Teen and Family Center is to create improved emotional wellbeing for youth and their families.  We understand that to be successful, we must serve the whole individual, the whole family and the whole community.  The diverse group of service providers at the Center includes the City of Azusa, Community Resources Department; the YWCA of San Gabriel Valley; the Azusa Pacific University Community Counseling Center; the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership; and Unite Us.

This comprehensive center would be a first in Azusa and would include social and mental health services, job readiness and leadership programs, as well as recreational activities.  These services would be integrated as a “hub” at Memorial Park, in the center of the City, with mobile services to other school and park sites.  This project would enable us to better support the emotional wellbeing of our community, which has been tremendously impacted by the pandemic.  These support programs would help to prevent and treat mental health disorders. They would also ensure the early detection of risk and trauma, and provide the necessary supports for individuals and families to be well and thrive.  These requested funds would create a sustainable system of care in Azusa by integrating the programs of our innovative service providers, through deep collaboration and technology.

Signed Disclosure Letter:

Baldwin Park – Roadside Park Project - $2.2M

1081 Leorita St, Baldwin Park, CA 91706

This project proposes to develop a new park that will utilize water conservation and sustainability techniques and include features such as stormwater capture bioswales and parkway detention basins that collects rainwater into an underground water infiltration system to recharge this region’s groundwater table.  Other features include drought tolerant native trees and shrubs, permeable walkways and bikeways, recycled picnic tables and benches, and solar-powered security lighting; all to provide the surrounding residents with a passive open space park to be enjoyed by all users.

Signed Disclosure Letter:

City of Hope Duarte Medical Center - Expansion of Blood Stem Cell Transplantation Availability to Diverse and Older Patients with Post-Cyclophosphamide Dose Optimization for GVHD Prophylaxis  - $455,901.00 

1500 East Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010

City of Hope will use the funds to purchase a CytekTM Aurora machine to further examine the human immune system in their blood stem cell transplants patients, critically important for their ongoing National Cancer Institute (NCI) research. Right now, City of Hope is funded by the NCI, through a research grant of $3 million, to build mathematical modals to predict complication after blood stem cell transplantations. This grant runs until May 2024, and the CytekTM Aurora machine will building upon that research.  

Blood stem cell transplantation can be the sole curative approach for many blood cancers. However, finding a suitable donor can be very challenging for individuals based on their demographics, and transplant therapy has been difficult for older adults due to major toxicities. The CytekTM Aurora will help City of Hope understand how to best treat these transplant patients, especially for racial/ethnic minorities and older adults. Oftentimes these communities have been disfranchised from access to this highly curative procedure. Also, the machine will help City of Hope understand how to make transplant therapy safer for these vulnerable populations.

Signed Disclosure Letter:

County of Los Angeles Parks Department - San Gabriel Valley Park Center - $1,500,000

635 N California Ave La Puente, CA 91744

The County of Los Angeles (County) proposes a multi-benefit green infrastructure and park creation project (Project) at the site of the former Temple Academy, located at 635 N California Ave, in the heart of the unincorporated area of West Puente Valley. The proposed Project is multi-jurisdictional and is a joint use project between County and the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District (School District). The project includes park development that will include a pollinator garden, interpretive signage, a natural themed playground, a permeable circular walking path, shade tree plantings, an amphitheater, a plaza, civic art, directional signage, and various stormwater capture approaches.  As a collaboration between County DPR, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, County of Los Angeles Public Works, the School District, and nonprofit organization Active San Gabriel Valley, the  new park space will improve sustainability, connectivity, recreational opportunities, and quality of life for residents in the communities of West Puente Valley, Bassett, Avocado Heights, Hacienda Heights, Charter Oaks and beyond.  These communities all have Very High Park need and suffer from some of the highest pollution burdens statewide.

Disclosure Letter:

Covina – Recreation Village - $9M

125 E. College Street, Covina, CA 91723

The Covina Recreation Village Project is the adaptive reuse of a 2.4 acre abandoned industrial site that will create a hub of indoor and outdoor recreation activities including a Dog Park/Regional K9 Training Center, Library, Fitness Center, Rock Climbing structure, and Multi-Court Gymnasium. The Multi-Court Gymnasium will convert a former fruit packing storage warehouse, now abandoned yet structurally sound, into a City-owned indoor sports and recreation complex.

Signed Disclosure Letter:

El Monte - MacLaren Community Park Project - $1,500,000

11333 Valley Boulevard, El Monte, CA 91731

The MacLaren Community Park (MCP) is a park improvement project in the City of El Monte. The new proposed park project will be situated on a 5.33 acre portion of the old MacLaren Hall site, that has been closed for 20 years. The new park will feature ecological and educational elements including a bio-swale system, demonstration gardens, and native landscaping with interpretive signage, along with amenities to accommodate a variety of active and passive recreational uses, including a regulation-sized soccer field, basketball and tennis courts, walking promenade, raised pavilion/gazebo, BBQ/picnic area, and quiet areas for reading and reflection.

Signed Disclosure Letter:

Industry and Industry Sheriff’s Youth Activities League - Industry Sheriff’s Youth Activities League Gymnasium and Multi-use Facility - $10M

15625 East Stafford Street, City of Industry, CA 91744

The project is to build an Industry Sheriff’s Youth Activities League Gymnasium and Multi-use Facility of approximately 50,000 square foot building that brings law enforcement together with local youth.  Within the proposed building, uses will include Administrative Offices for Industry Sheriff’s Youth Activities League and the Gymnasium and Multi-use Facility (basketball, boxing, classroom, dance, gymnastics, handball, indoor soccer, performance stage, pickle ball, volleyball, etc.)

Signed Disclosure Letter:

La Puente - Final Phase of the La Puente Park Master Plan - $10M

501 Glendora Ave, La Puente, CA 91744

The City of La Puente is requesting support for the final phase of the La Puente Park Master Plan.  The Project will update La Puente City Park through the installation of a new amphitheater, open air pavilion, fitness pavilion, and the event promenade. 

La Puente City Park is a 22-acre park that features plenty of open green space, picnic shelters and tables, a playground, basketball courts, handball courts, and athletic fields. La Puente City Park is home to La Puente National Little League, La Puente Girls Softball, and Jr. All American Warriors Football and Cheer. As the only park situated within city limits, it plays a vital role in offering both passive and active recreational opportunities for La Puente residents. It is a central meeting place for community members to gather, socialize, and engage in recreational activities while enjoying the natural setting.

Signed Disclosure Letter:

La Puente Valley County Water District – Nitrate Treatment Project - $1.66M

112 N First St. La Puente, CA 91744

La Puente Valley County Water District’s (LPVCWD) existing Groundwater Treatment Facility (Facility), located in Baldwin Park, California, provides drinking water in La Puente and City of Industry communities. The Maximum Contaminant Limit (MCL) for nitrate in drinking water is 10 milligrams per liter (mg/L) as nitrogen (N). LPVCWD currently manages the water supply from its wells through blending to maintain nitrate concentrations lower than 80% of the MCL. LPVCWD plans to install a nitrate treatment system at the Facility to mitigate the increasing nitrate concentrations it is experiencing in order to maintain a treated effluent nitrate concentration at less than 80% of the MCL.

Signed Disclosure Letter:

La Verne – Gold Line Station Pedestrian Bridge – $4M

2399 Arrow Hwy, La Verne, CA 91750

The project is to build a pedestrian bridge linking the north side of Arrow Highway to the south side where Fairplex (the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds) is located at the new gold line station. The Gold Line (L Line) is expected to be operational as early as 2024. Based on the La Verne station’s proximity to Fairplex, it is expected there will be demand to safely and efficiently move people from the station (on the north side of Arrow Highway) to the LA County Fairgrounds (located on the south side of Arrow Highway) for the various events held at the venue throughout the year.

Signed Disclosure Letter:

Monrovia - Monrovia Public Safety Critical Communications Replacement Project - $843,011.  

415 S. Ivy Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91606

The City of Monrovia is in dire need to replace the outdated radios that are currently in service. The funding requested will provide 81 portable (handheld) radios, 28 mobile (vehicle) radios, and 38 vehicular chargers across our public safety departments. The project will allow a radio for each safety position on front-line emergency vehicles. Additionally, the project will replace existing vehicular chargers so that they are compatible with the new radios and will allow the installation of bank chargers at headquarter and sub-stations.

Signed Disclosure Letter:

Monrovia Parks, Wilderness, and Recreation Foundation, Inc - Monrovia Station Square Playground Shade Structure -$35,000

119 W Palm Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

This project will provide a new Shade Structure for the Station Square Park Playground. The project will include the design and installation of a Shade Structure(s) for the playground area and will be completed in FY22. 

Signed Disclosure Letter:

Mt. San Antonio Community College (Mt. SAC) - Short-Term Apprenticeship and Vocational Employment Program for Healthcare Related Industries - $495,000

1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut, CA 91789

The project would develop pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships in short-term vocational programs leading to immediate employment and career ladders in high demand health care related careers, including first responders, and technical workers, such as pharmacy and medical technicians.  The demand for trained healthcare workers has never been so urgent, particularly as communities seek to recover from the economic downturn due to COVID-19.

Signed Disclosure Letter:

San Dimas – Maintenance Yard Relocation - $9M

245 East Bonita Avenue, San Dimas, CA 91773

The City’s Maintenance Yard located at 301 S Walnut Ave is the designated location of the parking facility for the future San Dimas Gold Line Station.  As such the City Maintenance Yard will need to relocate. The City’s Maintenance Yard is used by the Public Works department, Parks and Recreation department, as well as Development Services department.

Signed Disclosure Letter:

San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority - San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund - $10,000,000

1720 W. Cameron Ave., Suite 100., West Covina, CA 91790

The project will provide treatment and remediation of the groundwater treatment facilities constructed and address clean-up of orphan sites and Non “Record of Decision” projects where there is no responsible party identified or where the responsible party does not have the resources to do the work.  The Basin provides 90% of the drinking water supplies for over 1.8 million residents, of which more than 400,000 are in disadvantaged communities (DACs).  Some of the contaminants removed include PCE, TCE, perchlorate, NDMA, 1,2,3 TCP, hexavalent chromium, PFAS and 1,4 dioxane.

San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust - San Gabriel Valley Affordable Housing Project Pipeline - $10M

1000 S. Fremont Avenue, Unit 42, Building A-10N, Suite 10-210, Alhambra, CA 91803

San Gabriel Valley cities have joined the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust (SGVRHT), a joint powers authority, to fund and finance the planning and construction of homeless housing, and extremely low, very low, and low-income housing projects. Project funding is requested for the SGVRHT affordable housing project pipeline which identifies 1,188 units of affordable housing in developments proposed for 11 San Gabriel Valley cities. These projects could advance to construction if provided relatively modest federal funding.

Signed Disclosure Letter:

Valley County Water District - Valley County Water District, Drinking Water Reservoirs - $5M

14521 Ramona Blvd, Baldwin Park, CA 91706

The proposed “Nixon Expansion Project” includes the construction of two (2), 2.5 million gallon reservoirs. The construction of two (2) 2.5 million gallon reservoirs will help with supply management and provide increased fire and earthquake protection. These proposed reservoirs have the storage capacity to hold enough water to serve the households and businesses within the VCWD service area.  The proposed project, along with the newly constructed booster pump station will allow for uninterrupted water service and fire protection in a wildfire event or major earthquake.

Signed Disclosure Letter:

Watershed Conservation Authority - Rio San Gabriel Equestrian Center Water Quality Improvements and Development - $1.5M

451 S Rall Ave, Basset, CA, 91746

This funding would go towards the $4.58M Rio San Gabriel Equestrian Center Water Quality Improvements and Development project which would realize a new 5-acre demonstration facility of watershed stewardship at the new regional River Park (former Duck Farm) located in unincorporated Avocado Heights/La Puente/Basset. 

The water quality focused renovation will transform a half-century old facility into a modern green equine keeping center demonstrating nature-based solutions including a 60'-wide, quarter-mile-long shade tree lined creek/bioswale with tributary swales integrated between new barns/stables, minimum 2.5 acres of native vegetation, a modern compost station, new trails, native planting/habitat, interpretation, infrastructure, and visitor amenities including improved entrance landscaping, paving, signage, gating/fencing, dust controlling hedgerows, and public restrooms all highlighting leading practices for water quality and habitat improvements in our urban river corridors. 

Signed Disclosure Letter: