2018-19 Budget Funds Critical San Fernando Valley Projects
Senator Hertzberg applauds financial support for the Valley
SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, today applauded Governor Jerry Brown for signing the 2018-19 Budget, and highlighted a number of projects receiving funding in the San Fernando Valley. The historic budget, which includes a focus on responsible spending on education, infrastructure, and safety net programs, also includes the largest budget reserves in a generation, filling the maximum amount allowed into the Rainy Day Fund.
This budget includes an extension to Film & Television Tax Credit Program, which supports an industry which is integral to the Los Angeles economy, and especially the San Fernando Valley. It also invests in higher education to keep college affordable and accessible for more Californians and expand our high-skill workforce. It includes $260 million more for the CSU system, continuing the Legislature’s commitment to higher education; over the last four years, CSU Northridge alone has seen a 25% increase in funding from the state.
It also directs $5 billion from SB 1 to projects around the state that will be seen in the coming weeks – on top of the $2.8 billion already coming from the current year’s budget. Those following SB 1 may remember that $1 billion has already been allocated to LA Metro for several projects, including the creation of the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor.
In addition to significant funding for projects across the Los Angeles region, the budget includes new or renewed funding for several local programs in the San Fernando Valley. Upon passage of the budget, Sen. Hertzberg released the following statement:
“With the North East San Fernando Valley’s vacancy in the Assembly throughout most of the Budget process, our community was at a disadvantage. As a Senator for the Valley I knew I would have to work twice as hard for our region, and I’m fiercely proud and grateful for the funding we were able to secure.”
The projects that received funding in the Legislature’s approved budget include:
- $5 million for the West Lakeside Street Park Project in Sylmar. Funding was previously appropriated for the West Lakeside Street Park and set to expire this fiscal year. Funding for the Park was renewed in this year’s budget and will now last through June 2020, allowing continued construction of a new play field/soccer field, walking path, amphitheater, entry access, restroom facility, picnic area, parking area, irrigation, and landscaping. The park will service an estimated 1,404 nearby residents.
- $5 million for the reconstruction of the City of San Fernando’s Reservoir 4. The reservoir was originally constructed in 1965 and suffered cracking during the Northridge earthquake from which it never recovered. This funding will provide desperately needed reconstruction, which will allow the reservoir to be filled to capacity.
- $800,000 to the Los Angeles Valley College Family Resource Center. This one time funding comes from Proposition 98 to go to Los Angeles Community College District. LA Valley College Family Resource center has led the effort to support student parents in higher education, as well as other vulnerable populations such as food and housing insecure students and workforce participants going through short-term training.
- $300,000 to the Mid Valley Intergenerational Multipurpose Center in Panorama City. Continued funding for the Mid Valley Intergenerational Multipurpose Center will allow the Center to continue to provide programs and supportive services for the use of the entire local community.
Media Contact: Katie Hanzlik
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Capitol Building, Room 4038