Schiff Helps Secure Resources for Local Projects in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Funding Bill
Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Schiff announced that the House approved funding for four local programs in the Fiscal Year 2008 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill. The measure includes funding for a youth center in San Gabriel, railroad crossing safety initiatives in Glendale, and road improvement projects in Alhambra and South Pasadena. After final passage in the Senate the bill will be sent to the President.
"This is good news for our community," said Schiff. "These funds will improve traffic flow in our region, and also strengthen pedestrian safety. I'm also delighted that the federal government will partner with proven community-based efforts to keep our kids out of trouble. The Asian Youth Center will be able to offer even more opportunities for our youth to succeed as they develop into adults."
The City of Glendale will receive $500,000 to improve safety at the railroad crossings on Broadway, Grandview Avenue, and Sonora Avenue in Glendale. Over the past several years, there have been a number of collisions involving trains and vehicles at these crossings. Currently 64 Metrolink and Amtrak passenger trains along with 20 Union Pacific freight trains operate daily on the San Fernando Road corridor. It is anticipated that passenger train volumes will significantly increase in the future due to high demand from commuters. This funding will be used to improve safety measures and help reduce accidents at these railroad crossings by upgrading railroad circuits, railroad warning devices, install an advanced pre-emption system, and other improvements.
"We are very happy that Representative Schiff has worked hard to keep funding for Glendale's rail crossing safety improvements in the bill," said Glendale Mayor, Ara Najarian. "This money will go to critical crossings in Glendale that will add to increased safety and mobility for residents and commuters who must cross the tracks to get to their homes and to work."
The cities of Alhambra and South Pasadena will each receive $250,000 for pedestrian street improvements.
The City of Alhambra recently completed renovations on Mission Road from the eastern city limit to First Street; approximately one mile in length. Mission Road is the historic road that the missionaries used hundreds of years ago to traverse from one California Mission to another. This improvement has greatly improved this street's appearance and enhanced its historic appeal. Alhambra is now in the process of continuing work on beautifying Mission Road from First Street to the western city limit. This section of Mission Road lacks character as well as pedestrian access on the south side of the street. The city's goal is to beautify this historic street by constructing landscaped medians, add or improve the concrete sidewalks, install street lights and add landscaping along the entire segment of Mission Road.
"I would like to express my sincerest thanks to Congressman Adam Schiff for his help in obtaining transportation funds to assist our Capacity Improvement Project' along Mission Road from First Street to the western city limit," said Alhambra Mayor Gary Yamauchi. "It will allow us to complete the traffic medians which will greatly enhance the traffic flow on one of our major corridors within the City. It is also very timely as we have just begun our beautification planting on Mission Road."
Mayor Yamauchi continued, "Congressman Schiff has always put forth a tremendous effort to assist the City of Alhambra with numerous projects and events, both large and small. He is a concerned individual and we appreciate him very much. On behalf of my Council colleagues' and the residents of Alhambra, I convey my heartfelt thanks for being there for us."
South Pasadena will use the funding for similar purposes on Mission Street. The funding will be used to connect the city's historic mission district to the central district on Fair Oaks Avenue in South Pasadena. The funds will be used to help construct wider sidewalks, improve pedestrian safety measures and install benches along the street.
"This funding is an example of the prominent role Representative Schiff takes in Washington D.C. advocating for local interests," said South Pasadena Mayor, Michael A. Cacciotti. "We are very excited because this is much needed funding to connect the historic mission district from the Gold Line all the way to the central district on Fair Oaks Avenue, which is the center of the future downtown revitalization project. This additional money will allow for completion of Phase II of the project and will encourage people to get out of their cars and initiate more pedestrian activity along the business district."
Rep. Schiff also worked hard to ensure the Appropriations Committee included $150,000 for the Asian Youth Center (AYC) of San Gabriel for renovations to the facility. The funding will be used to renovate, improve and furnish its 6,000 square foot youth center facility which will provide more space for the important programs the center organizes.
The AYC is a 17-year-old, community-based, non-profit organization with a mission to meet the emerging education, social service, and health needs of low-income, at-risk, and immigrant youth in Los Angeles County. Their initiatives and services are provided in Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Vietnamese, Spanish, and English to more than 5,000 youth annually. AYC provides youth services at its youth center in San Gabriel, a children's annex building in San Gabriel, a satellite office housed in the Los Angeles City Cypress Community Center, and 20 on-site elementary, middle, and high schools.
"The Asian Youth Center is grateful to Congressman Adam Schiff for the long-term impact that this money will bring to our agency and the community," commented May To, Executive Director of the Asian Youth Center, earlier this year when the bill passed out of committee. "Facility renovations will allow AYC to provide additional services, reach more youth and help move the next generation of Americans toward successful adulthood," she said.
Rep. Schiff was appointed to serve on the House Appropriations Committee in the 110th Congress and is a member of its Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, the State Department and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, Financial Services Subcommittee, and the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel. He also serves on the House Judiciary Committee and its Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property. He represents California's 29th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, East Pasadena, East San Gabriel, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena and Temple City.