Mayor Garcetti announces millions of dollars in federal funding for projects across Los Angeles
The funding was announced as part of the consolidated finance law
LOS ANGELES— Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced nearly $9.5 million in federal funding for a set of community projects in Los Angeles. The funding was made official yesterday when President Biden signed the Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Appropriation Act, which will fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year.
“There is no one who fights harder for their residents back home than our local and state representatives in Washington,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Through 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 the way 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 working closely with congressional officials in the Los Angeles area. The $9.5 million in community projects awarded in Los Angeles will fund or expand essential programs, public infrastructure and community spaces throughout the region. Specifically, Los Angeles received:
- $1.5 million from Senators Dianne Feinstein, Alex Padilla and Rep. Ted Lieu to expand CIRCLE, a one-of-a-kind program announced by Mayor Garcetti last year that diverts nonviolent 9-1-1 calls related to roaming away from law enforcement to trained and unarmed professionals.
- $3 million from Rep. Brad Sherman for a new community space at the Sepulveda Basin Complex.
- $1.7 million from Rep. Jimmy Gomez for more than 700 acres of habitat restoration along an 11-mile stretch of the LA River.
- $1 million from Rep. Jimmy Gomez for improvements to the Highland Park Youth Arts Center.
- $1 million from Rep. Jimmy Gomez for a neighborhood cooling project in Boyle Heights.
- $1 million from Rep. Ted Lieu for a neighborhood cooling project in the Fairfax District.
- $250,000 from Rep. Brad Sherman for new community cooling capabilities at Warner Center Park.
“I am pleased that the community project funding that I have fought for will soon flow into our communities,” said Rep. Ted Lieu. “Specifically, $2.5 million will go directly to projects in the city of Los Angeles. This funding will allow 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,” Rep. Jimmy Gomez said. “With more than $9 million in federal funding for vital community projects, we have taken another step forward in pursuing this mission. These investments will directly benefit my constituents throughout the District, including addressing urban heat in Boyle Heights, renovating the Highland Park Youth Arts Center, and improving access to the Los Angeles River while restoring its ecosystems. I am proud that my office was able to secure these investments which I know will have a profound impact on my constituents.
“The Sepulveda Basin is a beautiful park used by people from all over the valley. I am pleased to have secured federal funds to improve the basin in previous years, and still do today,” said Rep. Brad Sherman. “I am pleased that the House of Representatives has advanced these priorities that will now allow us to support the efforts of dedicated leaders like Mayor Garcetti as we fight to improve 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 health-focused community crisis team to respond in place of the police said Senator Dianne Feinstein. “Dispatching specialists trained in addiction, mental health and other non-emergency medical areas is often the best way to defuse situations, and I hope this program can be replicated in cities across California and across the country. .”