U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar is celebrating more than $30 million in funding Inland Empire projects in the final 2023 government-funding package, which was signed into law by President Biden.
Aguilar requested these projects in May, and advocated for them as a member of the House Committee on Appropriations.
“I am proud to have secured $30,152,130 in Community Project Funding that I know meets long overdue community needs for the Inland Empire,” Aguilar said. “These investments create jobs with better pay, promote cleaner air and water, and address homelessness in our community. I have prioritized securing federal dollars to address local issues and I’ll continue to work every day to deliver for our region.”
Other projects include $5 million for the Cyber Halo Innovation Research Program at Space Systems Command, which supports scholarships for students at Hispanic Serving Institutions and other Minority Serving Institutions.
The bill also ensures that the Seven Oaks Dam is able to more efficiently to conserve water and serve Inland Empire residents by encouraging the Army Corps of Engineers to apply Forecast-Informed Reservoir Operations to evaluate potential water control manual changes.
Aguilar championed funding for 15 projects that will directly benefit Inland Empire residents.
- Third Street Corridor Project: $3 million for the Inland Valley Development Agency Joint Powers Authority to support an infrastructure project that will enhance safety, mobility and access to the growing San Bernardino International Airport.
- Arrowhead Grove Community Resource Center: $3 million project requested by the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino will create a resource center at the Arrowhead Grove housing community. This would provide easy access to services by establishing a multi-faceted health campus open to any San Bernardino resident.
- New Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program: $2 million project requested by California State University, San Bernardino will provide medical equipment to CSUSB’s new Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program and assist in the renovation of a facility for teaching and training students.
- Lake Rialto Habitat Management and Community Open Space Project: $2 million project requested by the city of Rialto will promote clean air and a healthier, more sustainable community in the city while increasing access to nature for residents.
- Cucamonga Canyon Trailhead at Morgan Ranch: $1 million project requested by the city of Rancho Cucamonga will create a trailhead to protect the natural resources of Cucamonga Canyon, enhance public access to the area and protect the safety of visitors and residents.
- Fontana Homelessness Prevention Resource and Care Center (Phase 1): The city of Fontana secured $4 million to fund housing and support services for people experiencing homelessness in San Bernardino County.
- Little Third Street Project: San Bernardino County $2.56 million to fund an infrastructure project developing the Little Third Street area in San Bernardino. The project will expand access to transit, shopping centers and office space while improving safety for pedestrians and motorists.
- n Mental Health Outreach Program for the Sickle Cell Community: Loma Linda University Medical Center has secured $542,597 to create a regional mental health outreach program, coinciding with a coordinated system of care, for individuals with Sickle Cell Disease and Sickle Cell Trait and for their caregivers. This program will connect individuals with behavioral health resources and services.
- Sustainable Communities Catalyst Project: Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services Inc. has secured $1 million to allow a local non-profit to purchase and preserve affordable housing, while investing in neighborhoods and sustaining local businesses.
- Reche Canyon Road realignment to Hunts Lane: The city of Colton secured $4.166 million to support an infrastructure project to relieve congestion at the intersection of Hunts Lane and Washington Street and Reche Canyon Road and Washington Street.
- Restoration of San Bernardino’s Historic Roosevelt Bowl: The city of San Bernardino secured $1.4 million to renovate and re-open the New Deal-era outdoor performance venue. The Roosevelt Bowl is an important economic catalyst for the city of San Bernardino.
- Clean Energy Hybrid and Electric Vehicle (EV) Technician Program: The San Bernardino Valley College Foundation secured $1.5 million to purchase heavy-duty, zero-emission trucks and charging stations that will be used by San Bernardino Valley College students training for careers in the jobs of the future.
- Santa Ana River Enhanced Stormwater Recharge Project Phase 1B: San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District will receive $2.5 million to increase the amount of storm water from the Santa Ana River that can be captured from the Seven Oaks Dam. Roughly 400,000 people throughout the region rely on this groundwater source.
- University Village Development Project: The University of Redlands will get $750,000 to support a mixed-use infrastructure project for the University of Redlands, including the construction of a transit plaza. The University Village will include affordable housing, creative live/workspaces, green space and public transit access that will spur economic activity within the community.
- Empowering Youth Resilience and Promoting Social Emotional Healing Youth Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy: Secured $733,533 to fund support services and job training for young people in San Bernardino aimed at reducing recidivism rates of substance abuse, human trafficking, and domestic violence.