On September 8th, I attended the 10th Annual Lime Avenue Block Party to celebrate the end of summer. The block party had kids activities, games, raffles and music. It was a wonderful way to spend the last few days of summer.
On September 10th, I announced that the city of Long Beach has been awarded $9.09 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants were awarded through three different HUD programs targeted at providing decent housing and living environments for low- and moderate-income persons. These grants will help the city in keeping our neighborhoods healthy and happy by both providing suitable housing and expanding economic opportunities. I am proud to have helped lead the fight to provide adequate funding for the programs that made these grants possible."
On September 11th, I released a statement applauding actions taken by the Port of Long Beach to upgrade facilities and enhance security. In the past three years, the Port Security Grant Program, which I strongly supported, has awarded nearly $80 million to the Port of Long Beach. This funding has enabled the Port of Long Beach to train first responders, modernize new fire stations and fireboats, acquire enhanced underwater inspection technology, implement a virtual port system and obtain a Non-Intrusive Inspection System, which allows inspections of high-risk cargo to detect weapons and explosives and stop the flow of contraband. I am pleased that these funds will be used to keep the people and our communities safe. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and the Department of Homeland Security to secure funding for programs that put people to work, and keep the people in my congressional district safe.