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Appropriations Requests

Below is a list of the project requests Congressman Schiff submitted to the House Committee on Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2011.  They have been posted online in the interest of transparency.  Rep. Schiff submitted these projects because he believes they are important to the health and prosperity of our community.  The Appropriations Committee will now select projects that will receive funding.  Congressman Schiff will continue to work to support the interests of the 29th District.  The appropriations process has just begun, so it's too early to know which projects will ultimately receive federal funding.

$5,000,000 - Agricultural Research Initiative, California State Universities, 401 Golden Shore Long Beach, CA, 90802

Funding will be used for research, outreach-education, and technology transfer activities to augment, enhance and extend the basic agricultural research in California.  Project and program results are made widely available in the public domain through technology transfer assistance and information dissemination, and are provided directly to producers, processors, and consumers who need it most.

$50,000 - After School Teen Center for At-Risk Youth, City of Temple City, 9701 Las Tunas Drive, Temple City, CA 91780

Temple City has developed a supervised program for junior and senior high school aged youth after school and during the summer months.  Requests from parents and school administrators led to the development of the program.  Prior to the inception of the program, supervised activities for youth ended once they entered junior high.  Without a supervised program after school, and during school holidays, many of these youth would be left home alone, without adequate supervision, or remain on the school campuses, again without supervision. With the completion of a new facility this past year, the program now has a facility designed specifically for the youth.  The goal of the program is to provide a safe, supervised facility for junior and senior high school students where they can have access to computers and the internet to do their schoolwork. This is a good use of federal funds because it will help youth in Temple City excel in the classroom and offer them an alternative to crime.

$500,000 –Arroyo Seco Watershed Management Plan, Los Angeles County Flood Control District, Los Angeles County, 900 S. Fremont Ave, Alhambra, CA 91803

The requested funds would be used by the Army Corps of Engineers for the feasibility portion of the Arroyo Seco Watershed management plan. This study will focus on restoration of the natural hydrologic functioning of the watershed. The study will also fund survey and mapping, geotechnical studies and engineering design. This is a good use of federal funds because it will help protect some of the riparian habitat that is left in the Los Angeles area and improve the lives of residents by providing much needed open space in an urbanized setting.

$50,000 – At-Risk Youth Job Training for Entrepreneurs of the Future, We Care for Youth, PO Box 10399, Glendale, CA 91209

We Care for Youth currently operates a teen business academy trains youth in retail sales and marketing. The academy is operated by at-risk youth and the products it produces are designed to empower youth, while providing youth with entrepreneurial skills they can use in the job market. We Care for Youth will expand the current operation from a store to satellite markets, expansion of the web-based markets through state-of-the-art technology, awareness-building and revenue generation through publishing of proprietary materials. Expansion of the program will allow We Care for Youth to significantly expand the number of at-risk youth the business academy is able to serve on an annual basis.  This is a good use of federal funds because it will provide at-risk youth and opportunity to gain valuable job skills that they can use as they enter the job market.

$100,000 – At-Risk Youth Workforce Development, Neighbors Acting Together Helping All, 456 W. Montana St. Pasadena, CA 91103

Neighbors Acting Together Helping All's At-Risk Youth Workforce Development program will help train at-risk youth to be entrepreneurs. The program will not only teach at-risk youth how to run successful businesses, but also development of self-advocacy and conflict resolution skills, important skills in the 21st Century workplace. This is a good use of federal funds because the program provides safe activities for at-risk youth and provides them with marketable skills as they enter the workforce.

$500,000 – Burbank Solar Powered Public Buildings Initiative, City of Burbank, 275 E. Olive Avenue, Burbank, CA 91502

The project will install solar energy infrastructure in vital public buildings in Burbank, reducing the City’s electricity use. Federal funding will be useful by helping improve air quality in our region and in the nation by producing less electricity and reducing our addiction to foreign oil.

$ 0 – Bus Station and Shelter Improvements, City of South Pasadena, 1414 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

This technical correction would change the intended purpose of project number 401 in SAFETEA-LU (P.L. 109-59) from “South Pasadena, CA Silent Night Grade Crossing Project” to “South Pasadena, CA Bus Station and Shelter Improvements.” The City of South Pasadena at 1414 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030 will remain the recipient. The City of South Pasadena has decided not to pursue the “Silent Night Grade Crossing Project,” necessitating the technical correction. This is a good use of federal funds because the funds will be used make improvements to the City’s bus stations and shelters.

$500,000 – California Electric Car Infrastructure Deployment and Coordination, CALSTART, 48 S. Chester Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

The project is to coordinate and accelerate the statewide development of infrastructure for plug-in electric vehicles.  Of those global car companies starting to produce plug-in vehicles, they have all targeted California as the first and largest market.  However, an insufficient number of public charging stations exist today that can accommodate the latest generation of cars.  There is a strong need to have a single coordinating committee by which “best practices”, strategies, and information can be shared. This is a good use of federal funds because it will reduce the environmental impact of car travel, improving air quality, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and lessening our dependence on foreign oil.  

$200,000 – California Spatial Reference Center, University of California, San Diego – Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 9500 Gilman Drive MC0210, La Jolla, CA 92037

The California Spatial Reference Center (CSRC) ensures the timely availability of accurate and consistent horizontal and vertical reference systems for California, as a backbone for real-time precise positioning and navigation applications, and in support of height modernization in California.  Dependable geographic data are essential to seismic and infrastructure monitoring, mapping of coastal erosion and flood plains, urban planning, modernized maps for national defense and homeland security, disaster preparedness and relief efforts, and navigation systems used in personal and commercial transportation systems. This is a good use of federal funds because CSRC’s services directly contribute to commercial, civic, housing, and economic development, as well as the management of water resources, traffic congestion, transportation, energy, and wastewater systems. 

$300,000 – Charles White Park Improvement Project, Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, 433 S. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020

In Fiscal Year 2009, federal funds were secured to conduct a feasibility report on ways to improve LA County's Charles White Park. The existing facilities do not meet the current needs of the surrounding public. The completed feasibility report, released after five community meetings, recommends new recreation opportunities for the community residents. The new improvements include a group picnic area, walking path, a series of exercise stations and other improvements. This is a good use of federal funds because it will improve the quality of life of residents from the surrounding community, providing a place to play, gather and socialize. Parks help to promote physical activity which helps to address the health issues of our society.  A community with well improved parks will help reduce social costs at the state and federal level by providing an opportunity to engage in healthy lifestyles.

$1,000,000 - Purchase of CNG Trolley-styled Buses, City of Temple City, 9701 Las Tunas Drive Temple City, CA 91780

Temple City is looking to expand from its on-demand bus service to a fixed route transit system that will enable the City to serve a greater number of city residents. In order to establish this service, Temple City is seeking to purchase two Clean Natural Gas trolley-style buses.  All buses will be ADA compliant and meet all the FTA requirements. This is a good use of federal funds because it will expand and transform transportation options in the City, helping to take cars off the road.

$300,000 – NCJFCJ Child Abuse Training Programs for Judicial Personnel: Victims Act Model Courts Project, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 1041 North Virginia Street, Third Floor, Reno, NV 89557

Funding supplements the Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Judicial Personnel Project to improve child abuse and neglect case outcomes nationwide.  Project improves court practice and enhances systemic collaborative efforts.  National Council’s Model Courts Project improves outcomes for abused and neglected children and their families; they serve as both advocates of change, leaders of change, and models for change in child protection cases. This is a good use of federal funds because it will help improve outcomes for abused children in the judicial system.

$1,000,000 -Children’s Hospital LA Proteomics Project, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, 4650 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90027

The purpose of this funding request is to carry out a research program relating to children’s cancers focusing on proteomics, the study of protein and protein functions.  Proteomics research for cancer cells is essential to learning how the cancer cell behaves as it does, and application of information from our knowledge of both genes and proteins in cancer cells can lead to the discovery of new, cost-effective drug therapies. The methodology could also be applied to other pediatric diseases including diabetes, infectious diseases, immunodeficiencies, and neurological disorders.  This is a valuable use of federal funds because it will improve the health and well-being of children with debilitating, and often fatal, diseases.

$1,000,000 – Cold Hit Outcome Project, California State Department of Justice, 1300 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814

In September 2009, the California Department of Justice (CALDOJ), Bureau of Forensic Services (BFS) launched a pilot project, the Cold Hit Outcome Project (CHOP), which is currently tracking cold hit outcomes in cases using DNA samples that can be profiled and searched against local, state and national DNA databases and offender databanks.  CHOP allows California to track individual cases from a “cold hit” on DOJ’s DNA databank to the final outcome of an investigation and prosecution by local law enforcement. California currently has approximately 28,000 unsolved cases in which DNA evidence is present.  California routinely compares 1.4 million offender DNA profiles with the 28,000 unsolved cases and produces between 300 and 400 investigative leads each month. To conclusively determine the effectiveness of cold-hit DNA prosecutions, DOJ must expand the CHOP pilot program state-wide. The funding would be used to design, program and implement the system and any associated staff costs.  The final product would be an electronic database that would allow DOJ to target specific needs that would allow local prosecutors and law enforcement agencies to more successfully prosecute cold hit DNA cases. This is a good use of federal monies because it will help the California State Department of Justice and local prosecutors solve Cold Hit DNA cases and take criminals off our streets.

$500,000 – Commercial and Industrial Corridors Economic Revitalization Implementation Plan, City of Temple City, 9701 Las Tunas Drive, Temple City CA 91780

Temple City in need of a major comprehensive regional planning effort that will incorporate the City’s ongoing revitalization efforts in various commercial and industrial business corridors that will link directly to transportation systems on Live Oak Avenue, Las Tunas Drive, Rosemead Boulevard, Temple City Boulevard, and Baldwin Avenue. In recent decades, the shopping corridor on Las Tunas Drive has changed.  In the past, there were a number of department stores, retail shops, and service related businesses located on this street.  Although there are still businesses on Las Tunas Drive, it is not as vibrant a shopping district as it once was from the 1950’s through the 1990’s. Today, the City is seeking to create a balance in commercial corridors. The new plan for Temple City will take advantage of transportation nodes, and plan for development that is viable, yet responsible.  Transit oriented development will also help alleviate existing parking shortages in certain sections of the City. The plan is a good use of federal funds because it will help transform the City and chart the City's course into the future.


$10,000 - Computer Forensic Software for South Pasadena Police Dept, City of South Pasadena,1414 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

This project will pay for the purchase of a software package that gives trained police investigators the ability to image a hard drive (from a computer or a cell phone) used in a crime and preserve it in a forensic manner using an evidence files format validated and approved by courts in the United States. It covers analysis, bookmarking, and reporting features which extend capabilities to ensure that forensic examiners have the most comprehensive set of utilities. South Pasadena already has a Detective trained in the use of this software. This is a good use of federal funds because it will provide the Police Department an in-house resource to gather information that can lead to apprehension of a suspect in a criminal investigation.


$250,000 – Creative Technology Incubator, Valley Economic Development Center, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., 3rd Floor, Van Nuys, CA 91403

The Creative Technology Incubator is a partnership between the Valley Economic Development Center and Woodbury University will provide a physical space where start-up businesses can be launched.  There will be office and lab spaces for 8-10 start-up businesses at a time for 18-24 months, after which they will graduate from the program. These businesses will be selected through a rigorous evaluation process, including a business plan competition.  Each business in the program will have a coach that will push the business owners to focus on a customized strategic growth program and the job creation potential of the business.  Adherence to the business plan, developed in coordination with the coach, will be mandatory and a contract between the incubator and the business.  It the responsibility of the coach, also provided by the incubator, to make sure that the business owners are utilizing the resources provided and integrating them into their business model. The business and technical assistance resources endemic to each plan will be provided by a combination of Woodbury faculty and VEDC business consultants.  This is a good use of federal funds because it will help small businesses grow and prosper, which is critical to the country’s economic recovery.


$15,800,000 – Crenshaw / LAX Transit Corridor Final Environmental Clearance and Preliminary Engineering, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, One Gateway Center, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Crenshaw / LAX LRT project provides regional connectivity between several lines of Metro’s rail system.   It is planned to extend for 8.5 miles between the Exposition Line (under construction) and the existing Metro Green Line, serving the cities of Los Angeles and Inglewood.  By connecting the Crenshaw / LAX corridor with Downtown Los Angeles, the Westside, and the South Bay, the line provides important job and economic development opportunities for the corridor, a historically transit-dependent, underserved and underdeveloped area of Los Angeles County. The LRT line also allows the existing Metro Green Line to connect to Los Angeles International Airport. Federal funding for final environmental clearance and preliminary engineering will allow the line to enter into construction as quickly as possible. This is a good use of federal funds because it will allow for greater regional connectivity, improve air quality and reduce congestion.


$300,000 – Del Mar Avenue Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Project, City of San Gabriel, 425 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91778-0130

Del Mar Avenue is one of the major regional connectors between the I-10 Freeway and I-210 Freeway in San Gabriel, CA. The existing pavement is in poor condition. The proposed improvements will consist of reconstructing and rehabilitating the pavement, removing and replacing damaged curb & gutter and drainage facilities, rehabilitating existing bus pads and sidewalk and parkway. The project will also make improvements, upgrade and construct ramps to ADA standards. The project is from Mission Road to Fairview Avenue. This is a good use of federal funds because it will ensure that the road is safer for drivers and will create good paying construction jobs.


$77,600,000 - Downtown Connector/Westside Subway Extension PE, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, One Gateway Center, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Metro Regional Connector is an approximate 2 mile light rail project that connects the Metro Gold, Metro Blue and Metro Exposition light rail transit systems through downtown Los Angeles, providing through service across Los Angeles County. By completing the 2-mile missing link in the system, over 50 miles of light rail service is connected, providing riders with travel time savings, and increasing convenience and accessibility for all transit riders county wide. The Westside Subway Extension will extend the existing Metro Purple Line Subway approximately 8.5-9 miles to the Westside of Los Angeles. The extension to Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood will include 6-8 new stations. An extension of the subway to the Westside will serve the high number of regional commuters that ride to and from this area each day. This project will fund the preliminary engineering phase of both of these projects, so they can eventually proceed to construction.


$75,000 – Emergency Notification System, City of Monterey Park, 320 West Newmark Avenue Monterey Park, CA 91754

The Monterey Park Police Department currently does not have a quick and effective means of communicating emergency information with residents and the business community.  Current technology would allow the police department, with a couple of clicks on the computer, to send important information to fax machines, cellular phones, landline phones, pagers, e-mail, and other forms of communication.  The Monterey Park Police Department would purchase such technology equipment to better communicate with the residents and the business community. This is a good use of federal funds because it will allow the City Police Department to communicate with residents of the city in the case of an emergency.

$375,000 – Emergency Operations Center, City of Temple City, 9701 Las Tunas Drive, Temple City, CA 91780

Temple City currently has a short-term lease with Los Angeles County for use of the basement of the County Library in the Civic Center as an Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  Los Angeles County is in the process of redesigning and expanding the existing library which would result in the loss of the City’s EOC after a 60 day notice from Los Angeles County.  It also cannot adequately house essential personnel.  Due to its size and structural limitations, modern technological advances in emergency management have not been implemented in the EOC. I n order to appropriately address and manage the emergency preparedness needs of the Temple City community and region, the City will build a new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Temple City Yard at this time. This is a good use of federal funds because it will enable the city to more effectively manage and respond to an emergency or disaster.

$350,000 – Emergency Operations Center Technology, City of Pasadena, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91109

Pasadena is currently in the process of building an Emergency Operations Center, but still needs to purchase the technology necessary to handle an emergency. Funds would be used to purchase a wide range of EOC equipment, including but not limited to, radio communications system, analog & P25 radios, a portable radio charging station and one disaster communication workstation. This is a good use of federal funds because it will ensure that the City is best able to respond to an ongoing emergency and ensure the safety of all in Pasadena.

$100,000 – Employment Services for Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Villa Esperanza Services, 2060 E. Villa Street, Pasadena, CA 91107

The project will provide on the job training that initiates or increases employment opportunities for individuals with significant developmental disabilities in an integrated setting. It will also provide job development, job training and job coaching to increase employment options for individuals with sensory, cognitive, physical, and mental impairments who have traditionally been underserved. Villa Esperanza will also provide job placement services for adults with disabilities that participate in the program. This is a good use of federal funds because it will help disabled individuals gain the on-the-job training necessary to get jobs in the community.

$100,000 – Expansion of Direct Employment Program Serving Individuals with Disabilities, Foothill Vocational Opportunities, 789 North Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103

The expansion of direct employment programs serving individuals with disabilities will significantly build the capacity of Foothill Vocation Opportunities’ (FVO) Direct Employment Program to provide jobs and training to adults with developmental and other disabilities for years to come. Updating and revamping the facility operations will protect jobs that would otherwise be lost if FVO did not keep pace with current industry standards, expand on-site employment and training opportunities, and generate social enterprise revenues and create substantial savings through increased efficiency.  Ensuring that FVO can continue to operate will allow more individuals with disabilities to obtain job training and be able to eventually gain employment in the community. This is a good use of federal funds because it will allow disabled adults to ultimately obtain full-salaried jobs.

$100,000 – Exploring Technology Career Laboratory, Burbank Unified School District, 1900 W. Olive Avenue, Burbank, CA 91506

The Exploring Technology Careers Laboratory was created to give students an engaging learning environment where they have the opportunity to explore various technologies through a multimedia curriculum and hands-on activities using interactive learning modules.  The laboratory focuses on a variety of core curriculum topics, including science, technology, engineering, and math (the STEM focus), increasing the likelihood that the students will be excited about choosing future careers in these fields.  Other critical goals include learning critical thinking skills as they go through the various career modules, learning how to work cooperatively in teams and most importantly having students discover interests that may lead to a career. This is a good use of federal funds because it provides exposure to high wage, high demand careers for students at a point in their development where future decisions are often decided. 

$1,000,000 - Foothill Regional Forensic DNA Lab, City of Glendale, 613 East Broadway, Suite 200, Glendale, CA 91206

The project would increase the capacity of the laboratory operation at the Regional Law Enforcement DNA Laboratory in Glendale to process more DNA samples per year than originally planned. Increasing the capacity of the lab would allow for an additional 1,000 DNA samples per annum and allow it to serve not only Glendale, Pasadena and Burbank but the broader region. This additional funding will expand the capacity and capabilities of the laboratory and raise it to a level consistent with that necessary for a truly regional effort through the procurement of additional resources and state-of-the-art technologies. This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will enable quick analysis (cheaper than a private lab) with inclusion of property crime evidence, as well as cold cases and backlogged material. This will help these communities solve crimes faster and keep their residents safer.

$ 1,500,000 –Foothill Water Coalition Water Supply Reliability Program, Raymond Basin Management Board, 725 North Azusa Ave., Azusa, CA 91702

The Water Supply Reliability Project will add up to 500,000 acre feet of water storage to underground aquifers in the Raymond, Main San Gabriel, Six Basins, and Chino aquifers.  This will make the region far less dependent on imported water for water supply and will dramatically reduce the energy needs for transporting water from great distances for consumption in the region. The project is ready to proceed to implementation. This project consists of installing a pump at the Devil’s Gate Dam that will pump excess storm water to the Eaton Basin Spreading Grounds or to the Eaton Basin Spreading Basin.  There are several projects as well that will be implemented  including the San Gabriel/Raymond Basin Feeder, the Eaton Basin Injection Well Program, the Storm Water Capture Program and Alhambra Pumping Hole (APH) Program. This is a good use of federal funds because it will bring surplus seasonal water into local groundwater basins, replenish diminished supplies, making region far less dependant on imported water supply and will dramatically reduce the energy needs for transporting water from great distances for consumption in the region.

$ 0 - For planning and design of renovation, expansion and ADA compliance at a public library, The Altadena Library District, 600 E. Mariposa Street, Altadena, CA 91001

This technical correction would change the intended purpose of the project in P.L. 111-366 from “Altadena Library District, Altadena, CA renovation, expansion and ADA compliance at a public library” to “Altadena Library District, Altadena, CA for planning and design of renovation, expansion and ADA compliance at a public library.” The Altadena Library District at 600 E. Mariposa Street, Altadena, CA 91001 will remain the recipient. This technical correction would allow all the appropriated funds to be used for the design and planning phase of this project, allowing the project to proceed on time.

$500,000 – Glendale Green Energy Waste Project, City of Glendale, 613 East Broadway, Suite 200, Glendale, CA 91206, 900

This project is intended to study the feasibility of locating a waste conversion project in the City of Glendale. This is to not only address the long term waste disposal needs of the community and the surrounding communities but to also develop a technology that maximizes waste diversion and recycling efforts and produces alternative energy as a bi-product of the waste conversion process.  A project of this nature will be a significant resource for the area and a more environmentally sensitive alternative. The study will look at the various technologies available and related engineering, facility sitting, legal, and financial implications. This is a good use of federal funds because it will improve air quality in our region and in the nation through the production of less electricity and it will also reduce our addiction to foreign oil.

$300,000 – Glendale Narrows Riverwalk Bridge, City of Glendale , 613 East Broadway, Suite 200, Glendale, CA 91206

The Glendale Narrows Riverwalk Bridge will provide regional connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians between the cities of Glendale and Los Angeles which is presently not possible. The Glendale Narrows Riverwalk will provide a half mile of landscaped recreational trail along the north bank of the Los Angeles River across from Griffith Park. It will include a small entry park that will serve as a staging area for hikers and bicyclists, and another small park area for walking and picnicking, enhancement of wildlife habitat in the river channel, and educational and interpretive exhibits. The signature element of the project will ultimately be a multi-user bridge across the Los Angeles River from the Riverwalk to the Los Angeles Bike Path and on to Griffith Park. This is a good use of federal funds because it will provide safe transit between Los Angeles and Glendale and recreational opportunities. 

$1,000,000 – Inner Ear Research to Improve Hearing Capabilities of Combat Veterans, House Ear Institute, 2100 West Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Hearing loss and tinnitus are the number one and two most prevalent service-connected disabilities for veterans, especially for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, with loss of hearing having profound effects for military operational readiness and quality of life. The main cause of hearing loss and tinnitus is the loss of sensory hair cells in the inner ear. To date, no therapies for hair cell loss are available although work on the molecular mechanisms regulating cell division and cell differentiation during embryonic inner ear development and how these mechanisms are coordinated is promising. This project includes gene discovery experiments related to hair cell regeneration that would advance research to inform a regenerative medicine approach to curing sensory deficits of the inner ear using unique technologies and DNA sequencing to develop gene expression libraries and develop cures for sensory hearing loss. The benefit to the Department of Defense of this project is that the research holds the promise to help veterans suffering from hearing loss and abnormalities regain their hearing.

$247,500 – Installation of Storm Drain/Catch Basin Pollution Prevention Devices, City of Alhambra,111 S. First St., Alhambra, CA 91801

The City of Alhambra will install full and partial-capture stormwater pollutant controls in various catch basins in the City in order to meet the recently adopted Los Angeles River Trash Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) regulations of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program. This would meet the compliance order for effluent limitations, which is 50% for 2010 and 0% discharge of trash by 2016.Alhambra is a public municipality and is able to provide the requisite matching funds.

$75,000 - Interoperable Communications Equipment for First Responder Vehicles, City of South Pasadena, 1414 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

This project will fund the purchase of interoperable communication equipment for the City of South Pasadena's first responder vehicles. The vehicles will receive a mobile data terminals, radios, software, and needed supplies to command at an on-site location. This is a good use of funds because it will allow the City's first responder vehicles to serve all sections of the city with secure and effective communication systems.  Currently, the City's command vehicles cannot respond to emergencies due to their size. Additionally, the City provides aid to surrounding cities in case of emergency, so this project will also help other cities respond to ongoing crises.

$2,600,000 - Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study, City of Los Angeles, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA  90012

Federal funding would be used to complete the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study, furthering the City’s implementation of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan (LARRMP). An improved River ecosystem will responsibly separate people and wildlife, creating trails and pathways—such as the River bikeway/greenway—that will also provide non-motorized forms of commuting to jobs. The River's habitat improvements will provide green space and will attract birds and other wildlife that will result in meaningful natural benefits and associated aesthetic. Improved River channel and related access infrastructure will result in long-standing, modern community-serving institutions that respect and nurture the expansion of ecosystem value throughout the River region.This is a valuable use of federal dollars because it will restore the deteriorated LA River watercourse and the surrounding ecosystem and habitat, thereby improving the air and water quality, and mitigating potential flooding hazards for the communities adjacent to, and along, the 32-mile course of the Los Angeles River.

$300,000 – Main Street Rehabilitation, City of Alhambra, 111 S. First St. Alhambra, CA 91801 Alhambra, CA.   

Main Street in Alhambra is four lanes, two lanes in each direction, which runs from the eastern City limit to the western City limit, a total of 3.5 miles.  Main Street is considered a major arterial street in the regional transportation network with average daily trips of over 24,000 vehicles. The project would consist of grinding and overlaying with new pavement and traffic legends 17.5 lane miles of roadway on Main Street in Alhambra.  This is a good use of federal funds because it will make the roads safe for travel and help create good paying jobs.

$3,000,000 - Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension, Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, 406 East Huntington Drive, Suite 202, Monrovia, California 91016-3633

The Foothill Extension Light Rail Transit Project (Foothill) Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) plan and design expands the Metro Gold Line LRT approximately 24 miles east of the City of Pasadena to the city of Montclair.  The extension starts at Sierra Madre Villa station in Pasadena and connects the downtown areas of Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, Azusa, Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont and Montclair. The Foothill Extension will construct 12 stations and associated parking facilities, a heavy maintenance facility, widening of existing bridge structures to accommodate up to three tracks, approximately fifty (50) at-grade crossings with gate protection, and an extension of the existing Metro Gold Line Phase I power, signaling, and communications systems. The Authority has conducted environmental clearance for phase 2A and an alternatives analysis and Draft Environmental Impacts States has been completed for phase 2B. This funding is being requested to do NEPA environmental clearance for phase 2B of the project. This is a good use of federal funds because it will help assure funding for Phase 2b of the project, which will make a light rail trip from Claremont to Pasadena or to Los Angeles possible. Benefits of this line will be cleaner air and less time spent in cars for commuters. 

$1,000,000 – Metrolink Positive Train Control, Southern California Regional Rail Authority, 700 S. Flower Street, 26th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Positive Train Control (PTC) is a predictive collision avoidance technology designed to stop a train before an accident occurs. The goals of PTC are to help prevent train-to-train collisions, speeding and over-speed derailments, incursions into track work zones, and movement of a train through a switch left in the wrong position.  PTC is designed to keep a train under its maximum speed limit and within the limits of its authorization to be on a specific track. Federal law requires the implementation of Positive Train Control on railroads nationwide by 2015.  This is a good use of federal funds because it increase safety for railroad passengers by helping to prevent future train crashes, like the one that occurred in Chatsworth in 2008.

$310,000 – Mobile Health Screening Program, AHMC Foundation, 438 West Las Tunas Drive San Gabriel, CA 91776

AHMC Health Foundation will acquire a mobile health van and the equipment necessary to provide health services from the van. The AHMC Foundation will establish a mobile health screening program to provide no-cost health screenings, immunizations, and health education individuals who are indigent or low income, with limited language skills, uninsured or underinsured, and lack transportation. The geographical served by the program will include mainly the western San Gabriel Valley region. The program will reduce disease mortality and morbidity from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and hepatitis through early identification. It will also increase community awareness of health risk factors by providing services in a culturally and linguistically sensitive manner. Further it will also provide easy access to free screening and immunization services and provide continuity of care. This is a good use of federal funds because it will provide health services to underserved populations with limited transportation options. Additionally, the program's emphasis on preventative care will help reduce the country's raising health care costs.

$75,000 – Neighborhood Arts Partnership for At-Risk Youth, Armory Center for the Arts, 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103
The Armory will establish Neighborhood Arts Partnership, an after-school, weekend, and summer program for underserved and at-risk teens, will provides classes and workshops at partner sites in Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Altadena, San Gabriel, El Monte, Alhambra, and Monterey Park. These classes will focus on building an understanding of art techniques and materials, and on promoting skills such as collaboration, creative thinking, project planning, and critical assessment of one’s own work and the work of others.This is a good use of federal funds because it will provide at-risk youth a creative outlet and empower them.   

$100,000 – New Central Library Project, City of Burbank, 275 E. Olive Avenue, Burbank, CA 91502

Funds will be used to construct a new Central Library in the Civic Center Development in Burbank.  The current library is no longer able to accommodate the increase in circulation and customers.  It is also non-ADA compliant and there is no way to restore the current building due to space restrictions.  Providing federal dollars to this project will improve the quality of life for the entire community, enable access to all customers and will assist the library in continuing to provide much needed public services.

$32,000 – Online Police Reporting System, City of Monterey Park, 320 West Newmark Avenue, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Currently, a police officer in Monterey Park is dispatched to every report of a crime, even in situations where the crime occurred hours or days before the call to the police department.  In such situations, a police officer is taken out of service to take a crime report. Monterey Park will purchase an online police reporting system so that citizens can report minor incidents. The program is user friendly and has the ability to file reports in various languages.  Once the report is submitted on line, the citizen will receive an acknowledgement of receipt and later will receive an e-mail with a permanent case number and an attachment of the report suitable for insurance claims. This is a good use of federal monies because it will allow Monterey Park to collect reports from citizens online so that the City can reallocate patrol and detective resources to better meet the needs of the community. 

$150,000 – Pharmacy Technician Training for Small Businesses, Chinatown Service Center, 767 North Hill Street, Suite 400,  Los Angeles, CA 90012

Chinatown Service Center will expand its Health Career Academy, to add a Pharmacy Technician Training Program in its Alhambra health clinic. There is a high demand for trained pharmacists, but pharmacies, in particular small independent pharmacies lack access to such pharmacists. CSC will develop a program that provides participants on-the-job-training for three to 12 months and help participants obtain a pharmacy technician certification and work to secure them job placement upon completion of the program. CSC will also provide follow-up support participants to individuals who have successfully completed the program and have landed a job in the pharmacy field. This is a good use of federal funds because it will help small, independent pharmacies find the trained pharmacists they need to grow and prosper. The program will also help boost employment opportunities for those that have completed the program. Small business development and the creation of new jobs will be key to the country’s economic recovery.    

$180,000- Public Safety Video Surveillance in City Parks, City of San Gabriel, 625 S. Del Mar Avenue, P.O. Box 130, San Gabriel, CA 91778

This project would install a public safety video surveillance system in two parks in San Gabriel. The system will utilize cameras that operate on a wireless system and are capable of panning, tilting and zooming. The cameras will also have the ability to be used during the hours of darkness. The parks are a vital city resource that is used by San Gabriel residents and residents from surrounding cities.  Recently, a variety of crimes have occurred in the parks that detract from the safe environment that park users should expect. These crimes include numerous cases of graffiti, serious assault, indecent exposure and rape. This is a good use of federal funds because it will help maintain a safe park environment for users.

$ 0 – Purchase of CNG Buses for Glendale Beeline Transit System, City of Glendale, 613 East Broadway, Suite 200, Glendale, CA 91206,

This technical correction would change the intended purpose of project number 212 in SAFETEA-LU (P.L. 109-59) from “Glendale, CA Construction of Downtown Streetcar Project,” to “Glendale, CA Purchase of CNG Buses for Glendale Beeline Transit System.” The City of Glendale at 613 East Broadway, Suite 200, Glendale, California 91206 will remain the recipient. The City of Glendale has decided not to pursue the “Construction of Downtown Streetcar Project,” necessitating the technical correction. This is a good use of federal funds because the funds will be used to purchase a clean natural gas bus, improve bus service in the City of Glendale and take dirty buses off city streets.

$1,000,000 - Rape Kit Backlog Elimination Program, Los Angeles Police Department, 200 North Spring Street, Third Floor, Los Angeles, California 90012

Over the last 12 years, the Los Angeles Police Department has collected approximately 14,000 sexual assault evidence kits. These kits have not all been examined and are being maintained in LAPD evidence storage freezers.  However, detectives only requested testing in about one-half of the cases in which a kit was collected due to the lack of laboratory capacity and trained forensic DNA analysts to conduct the testing. For this reason, thousands of the sexual assault evidence kits remain untested.  Funds will be used for overtime and outsourcing to ensure that each and every rape kit at the LAPD is processed.  This is a good use of federal funds because it will help eliminate the backlog of untested cases and bring many of the perpetrators of these unsolved rapists to justice.

$1,000,000 – Rape Kit Backlog Reduction Program,County of Los Angeles Sheriff's Department 4700 Ramona Blvd., Monterey Park, CA 91754

 The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has thousands of unanalyzed sexual assault kits in evidence storage. Recent legislation has changed and the limitations period for commencing prosecution for a felony offense is ten years from the commission of the offense, or one year from the date on which the identity is conclusively established by DNA testing, whichever is later.  However, the one-year period shall only apply when the biological evidence collected in connection with the offense is analyzed for DNA type no later than two years from the date of the offense. Los Angeles County is implementing a new policy to test all rape kits and is aggressively working through the backlog of kits to complete this goal. Funds will be used to reduce the backlog through overtime of full-time staff and outsourcing cases to private labs to ensure all kits are analyzed and uploaded into CODIS. This is a good use of federal funds because it will help eliminate the backlog of untested cases and bring many of the perpetrators of these unsolved rapes to justice.

$350,000 – Rapid Cardiac Diagnostic Project, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, 1420 South Central Ave., Glendale, CA 91204

The Glendale Rapid Cardiac Diagnostic Project would upgrade Glendale Memorial Hospitals and Health Center’s current 32-slice CT scanner to a faster 64-slice CT Scanner by acquiring state-of-the-art hardware and software. This will permit Glendale Memorial Heart Center to provide timely and proper identification of the cause of chest pain. It will also allow the hospital to provide a higher level of service due to enhanced imaging capabilities. Further an upgraded CT scanner will also reduce the patient’s exposure to radiation. This is a good use of federal funds because it will improve the treatment of heart disease patients in a part of Glendale that has high rates of heart disease. More than 30 percent of inpatients at Glendale Memorial are admitted because of heart disease.

$300,000 – Recycled Water Distribution Expansion, City of Burbank, 275 E. Olive Avenue Burbank, CA 91502

The City of Burbank’s existing recycled water system delivered approximately 1,000 acre-feet (AF) to customers within the city limits in 2005, and total current usage is now estimated at 2,200 AF.  To better utilize water resources, the City plans to expand its recycled water distribution system to several locations throughout the city to increase recycled water distributions by nearly 45%. This project will extend the system to reach industrial and irrigation users along the pipeline route, including Valhalla Memorial Park and Cemetery. This is a good use of federal