More than $71m has been secured in federal funding. This will be used for 20 projects throughout California. The projects still need to receive full Senate approval.
Senator Padilla explained:
“I’m proud to support projects that will strengthen our water infrastructure, improve our ability to fight fires, and help develop small businesses. I am constantly working to help meet the needs of California’s diverse population, economy, and geography. And in response to the current drought and wildfires, I will keep fighting to secure federal funding to increase California’s water resiliency and aid communities across California.”
In LA there was also cause for celebration by the Mayor who received approval for a $100 billion budget for the California Comeback Plan to help locals. He said:
“These funds and many more will help us expand and implement programs that will have lasting, positive impacts on our city and our communities. Thanks to our Los Angeles legislative delegation, our city secured some big wins. I want to thank our delegation and Governor Newsom for the important resources that will be coming to our community to address homelessness, housing, economic recovery, climate change, and more.”
Some of the money will be used for Los Angeles Department of Water and Power clients who have not been able to pay their bills due to the pandemic; expansion of summer youth employment programs; LA’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program; Enhanced pedestrian access at Louise Avenue 1010 Freeway; San Fernando Valley’s Roller and Skateboard Rink ; Potrero Canyon Pacific Coast Highway Pedestrian Bridge improvements and much more.