Senator Sydney Kamlager delivers big for District 30 of the California Senate, securing more than $ 400 million in investment
This week, the Legislature passed the 2021 Budget Act. This bold, responsible and balanced budget must be signed by Governor Newsom before the constitutional deadline.
“A historic year of challenges calls for historic investmentsSaid Senator Sydney K. Kamlager (D – Los Angeles). “This budget is rebuilding California and righting some ships that have been sinking for some time. This is an economic justice budget. During my first term as a senator, I feel honored to vote on a budget that addresses homelessness and health care disparities, invests in education and makes economic and racial justice a real priority.
“This the budget offers for all of California, but above all I am proud of what we have been able to achieve for the 30th Senate District», Continued the senator. “We will see record investments in culturally significant organizations, as well as initiatives and efforts that have been hampered by a lack of attention at the state level. This budget will bring nearly $ 100 million directly to communities across the 30e Senate District.
Senator Kamlager has supported more than $ 400 million in investments for California, a quarter of which will go to residents of Senate District 30:
- Funding for transitional housing:
- $ 3,410,000 to Culver city for an emergency shelter and a transitional housing project.
- Funding for Arts and culture:
- $ 10,000,000 for the Museum of Tolerance, designed to help residents understand the Holocaust as well as the history of bigotry and discrimination.
- Pleaded for a combined amount of $ 15,000,000 to the Town of Inglewood for the Market Street Streetscape Improvement Program and the Market Street Facade and Tenant Improvement Program.
- $ 8,000,000 to Debbie Allen Dance Academy to support the construction of a new facility that will provide dance education and opportunities to black and Latino youth.
- $ 6,500,000 to the city of Los Angeles for Destination Crenshaw, a culturally representative public art space.
- $ 3,000,000 to Culver City for the New Earth Organization, aimed at reducing youth recidivism through the arts.
- $ 1,000,000 to the city of Los Angeles for Conga children, a virtual and social program teaching the dances of the African diaspora.
- Sustainable financing transport and breeding:
- $ 4,000,000 to Culture Exchange LA for their urban agriculture initiative in South LA
- $ 1,750,000 for the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), to fund zero-emission mobility solutions (i.e. food transportation and delivery systems) in Leimert Park
- Funding for health care:
- Funding for education:
- $ 9,000,000 for the city of Los Angeles for the creation of the TUMO Center with the Institute of Armenian Studies, University of Southern California (USC) and $ 1,000,000 for the USC Institute of Armenian Studies.
Senator Kamlager also secured funds for AB 118, the CRISES law, which was supported by a broad coalition. Funding will be used to support community-based alternatives to police responding to 911 calls.
“If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that the status quo is not working. I am delighted to see an investment of 10 million dollars for the CRISES law ”, continued Senator Kamlager.. “This funding will save lives and chart a new course for solving and defusing emergencies, without resorting to the police. We have to rearrange our criminal justice system in a way that is sensitive to different communities and keeps people alive.
Senator Kamlager was also instrumental in securing $ 300 million in grants for public hospitals.
Other notable statewide investments include:
- Housing and homeless people: includes a $ 12 billion investment to fight homelessness and expand affordable housing, the largest such investment in California history.
- Health care: Extends Medi-Cal eligibility to Californians 50 and older, regardless of immigration status.
- Economic justice: includes $ 8.3 billion for Golden State stimulus checks as well as $ 1.5 billion for grants to small businesses and nonprofits.
- Childcare: describes 200,000 additional child care spaces, universal transitional kindergarten and funding to improve facilities.
“I am encouraged to see that our state budget includes investments that will help rebuild communities and uplift Californians. It’s time to be boldAdded Senator Kamlager.