More than $10M headed to the 37th district; $1.5M to Long Beach

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Funds include $2.5M to build ten C-17 planes in Long Beach.

In addition, $2.5B has been allocated to purchase ten C-17 planes which will be built in Long Beach.

Congresswoman Laura Richardson announced that the 37th Congressional District will receive $10,270,000 in federal funds with Long Beach slated to directly benefit from $1,500,000 in the federal government’s omnibus appropriation bill.

The money, which will support projects such as the Long Beach breakwater study and programs for youth and veterans, are included in various federal appropriations bills passed by Congress in recent weeks. In addition, $2.5 billion has been allocated for the building of 10 C-17 air transport planes as part of the 2010 Defense Appropriations Act.

This one-time funding is in addition to ongoing funding that the City receives from the federal government for a variety of services.

“We are pleased to receive these much needed funds,” said Mayor Bob Foster.  “These projects address some of the City’s most important services, such as public safety, infrastructure, at-risk youth, and services for seniors.”

Congresswoman Richardson added the $1,500,000 in federal funding to the FY 10 omnibus federal appropriations bill, with the assistance and support of Senator Dianne Feinstein for the Youth Career Academy, based on projects requested by Long Beach city officials.

“These funds will benefit the lives of the people of the 37th District by providing programs for youth, improving educational opportunities, enhancing local medical services and making upgrades to local roads and bridges,” Congresswoman Richardson said. “With the economy still hurting and crime levels high in some of our neighborhoods, the ability of programs like the BEST afterschool enrichment program and the Youth Career Academy to get young people off the street and offer them a second chance, which will benefit our communities not just now, but for years to come.”

The Defense Appropriations Act includes projects such as $2.9 million for California State University’s Strategic Language Initiative and $1.6 million for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation. In addition, this is also the appropriations bill that includes the $2.5 billion in funding for the 10 C-17s,

“As one of the most important components of the Defense Appropriations Act, the $2.5 billion being provided to build and maintain 10 C-17 Air Force cargo aircraft will help our district, where they are assembled, as well as serve the nation and help protect the peace the world over,” Congresswoman Richardson said. “This funding will keep people working so they can keep the lights on and afford braces for their children and it will keep local businesses open. This one item alone will account for about 14,000 jobs in our area and is expected to generate $2 billion in revenue for the area and the state.”

Below is a list of the projects that will receive funding in the 37th District:

  • Gang Reduction Development Zone Program
  • Los Angeles BEST Afterschool enrichment program
  • Los Angeles Youth Opportunity Movement workforce development program
  • Long Beach Memorial Medical Center facilities and equipment
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills online access and other education programs
  • City of Long Beach senior services and activities funds
  • Long Beach Desalination
  • Harbor/South Bay Water Recycling Project
  • Long Beach Breakwater Study
  • City of Long Beach Youth Career Academy
  • City of Long Beach Forensic Investigation Equipment
  • City of Long Beach, Safety and Seismic Upgrades to the Shoemaker Bridge
  • California State University Strategic Language Initiative
  • Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation
  • Funding for the purchase of (10) C-17’s

Congresswoman Laura Richardson is a Democrat from California’s 37th Congressional District. She is a member of the House Committees on Transportation & Infrastructure and Homeland Security. Her district includes Long Beach, Compton, Carson, Watts, Willowbrook and Signal Hill.

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