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Mayor Garcetti announces millions in federal funding for projects across Los Angeles

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Mar 18, 2022 - 12:30 AM

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced nearly $9.5 million in federal funding for a collection of community-level projects in Los Angeles. The funding was made official when President Biden signed the FY 2022 consolidated appropriations law, which will fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year.

“There’s nobody fighting harder for their residents back home than our local and state representatives in Washington,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Thanks to their tireless advocacy, Angelenos will directly benefit from federal investments that will inject new opportunity, prosperity, and resilience into our communities – creating safe places to empower young people, expanding programs that reimagine how we deliver public safety, and laying the foundation for a more sustainable future.”

The funding is a direct result of Mayor Garcetti’s advocacy at the federal level and close collaboration with Congressional representatives in the L.A. region. The $9.5 million in community projects awarded to Los Angeles will fund or expand critical programs, public infrastructure, and community spaces across the region. Specifically, Los Angeles received:

$1.5 million from Senators Dianne Feinstein, Alex Padilla, and Representative Ted Lieu to expand CIRCLE, a first-of-its-kind program announced by Mayor Garcetti last year that diverts nonviolent 9-1-1 calls related to homelessness away from law enforcement to trained, unarmed professionals.

  • $3 million from Representative Brad Sherman for a new community space at the Sepulveda Basin Complex.
  • $1.7 million from Representative Jimmy Gomez for more than 700 acres of habitat restoration along an 11-mile stretch of the L.A. River.
  • $1 million from Representative Jimmy Gomez for improvements to the Highland Park Youth Arts Center.
  • $1 million from Representative Jimmy Gomez for a neighborhood cooling project in Boyle Heights.
  • $1 million from Representative Ted Lieu for a neighborhood cooling project in the Fairfax district.
  • $250,000 from Representative Brad Sherman for new community cooling capabilities at the Warner Center Park.

“I am pleased that the Community Project Funding that I fought for will go to our communities soon,” Representative Ted Lieu said. “Specifically, $2.5 million will go directly to projects in the City of Los Angeles. This funding will enable Los Angeles to invest in its compassionate community safety pilot program, CIRCLE, as well as invest in infrastructure improvements to expand urban cooling, urban greening and pedestrian safety. I am proud to have worked alongside Mayor Garcetti and other local leaders to help ensure our community has the resources it needs for a healthier, safer, and more resilient future.”

“I came to Washington to fight for the needs of California’s 34th Congressional District,” said Representative Jimmy Gomez. “With over $9 million in federal funding for vital community projects, we have taken another step in furtherance of that mission. These investments will directly provide benefits to my constituents across the district, including tackling urban heat in Boyle Heights, refurbishing the Highland Park Youth Arts Center, and increasing access to the Los Angeles River while restoring its ecosystems. I’m proud my office could secure these investments that I know will have a profound impact on my constituents.”

“The Sepulveda Basin is a wonderful park used by people from all over the Valley. I’m pleased to have obtained Federal funds to improve the Basin in prior years, and again today,” said Representative Brad Sherman. “I’m pleased that the House of Representatives advanced these priorities which will now allow us to support the efforts of dedicated leaders like Mayor Garcetti as we fight to enhance the lives of our residents and the future of our communities.”

“The CIRCLE pilot program will train 911 and non-emergency dispatchers to recognize non-violent situations with mental health or homelessness components and allow a community-based, health-centered crisis team to respond instead of police,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein. “Dispatching trained specialists in substance abuse, mental health, and other non-emergency medical fields is often the best way to de-escalate situations, and I’m hopeful this program can be replicated in cities throughout California and the nation.

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