Senator Bob Archuleta Secures Budget Wins for Public Health, Veterans, and Public Safety

June 30, 2021

Montebello – Senator Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera) announced in a budget agreement that passed the Senate Monday he secured funding to support projects ranging from $4.5 million for a clinical trial network of blood cancer experts across UC cancer centers, $1.1 million for the city of La Habra Heights Fire Department, $4.2 million for the city of Whittier’s LGBTQ+ Regional Hub, and $5.4 million in support of county Veteran Service Officers.

“I am committed to improving the quality of life and public safety of all the communities in my district. What was secured in the budget will help fund supportive housing for homeless Veterans. It will help finance improvements to our parks and recreation districts. And it will fund cancer research that could potentially save the life of a loved one. I am proud to have worked with my colleagues to deliver something for everyone in my district.”

The budget will provide:

  • $20 million to help fund permanent supportive housing units for homeless and at-risk veterans at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center Campus
  • $25 million to help aging veterans and veterans with disabilities who have experience chronic homelessness
  • $800,000 to the City of Downey for the Space Shuttle Inspiration restoration.
  • $1,075,000 to the City of La Habra Heights Fire Department to replace the steel building, foundation, and concrete floor for the building that houses the fire apparatus and to purchase a fire engine.
  • $935,000 to the City of Montebello for the Rio Hondo Coastal Spreading Grounds fence replacement.
  • An increase of 5.4 million GF ongoing support County Veteran Service officers.
  • $4,500,000 on a one-time basis to support the University of California Hematologic Malignancies Pilot.
  • $2,000,000 to the City of Lakewood for community facilities, park, or recreational facilities construction, acquisition, or improvements
  • $4,200,000 to the City of Whittier for the LGBTQ+ Regional Hub
  • $3,000,000 to the City of Norwalk for homelessness and affordable housing
  • $800,000 to the City of Hawaiian Gardens for community facilities, park, or recreational facilities construction, acquisition, or improvements
  • $45,000,000 for the Southeast Los Angeles Cultural Center Project
  • $4,300,000 for a walking trail along San Gabriel River to the Pacific Ocean

“As our communities strive to safely reopen and make the long term planning that is necessary to operate efficiently, I will be there to support them in any way possible. I will be their partner, and advocate for the immediate and long term funding that our communities rightfully deserve.”

Senator Bob Archuleta represents the 32nd Senate District, which includes portions of Los Angeles County and Orange County. He is Chair of the Senate Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, Chair of the Select Committee on Hydrogen Energy, and member of the Senate Select Committee on California, Armenia and Artsakh Mutual Trade, Art and Cultural Exchange.

 

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