Community Project Funding Requests

Rep. Eric Swalwell has submitted funding requests for important community projects in California's Fifteenth District to the House Appropriations Committee.
 
Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for fiscal year 2022 – although only a handful may actually be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here.
 
In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Rep. Eric Swalwell has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects s/he has requested. The order in which these projects are listed below does not indicate priority.
 

Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

 

Valley Link Sustainability Blueprint

Request Amount: $5 million

Intended Recipient: Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority

Address: 1362 Rutan Court, Livermore, CA 94551

Description: Valley Link is a new 42-mile, 7-station passenger rail project that spans three Congressional Districts sitting geographically at the center of one of the most economically significant megaregions in the world. It is a vital megaregional link that will link nearly 500 miles of commuter and intercity rail with more than 130 stations in the Northern California Megaregion. The Sustainability Blueprint is an integral component of project design that will transform the Valley Link Project into a national model of environmental sustainability. The plan will identify and integrate cost-effective strategies that maximize the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions into the planning, design and operation of the system. This 12-month effort will be completed in parallel to project design work and initiated within one month of project funding. The Blueprint will evaluate existing and emerging vehicle technologies to maximize GHG reduction. Connectivity/System Integration Valley Link will establish rail connectivity between BART s rapid transit system and the ACE commuter service. The connection of these two intermodal hubs will link nearly 500 miles of commuter and intercity rail with more than 130 stations in the Northern California Megaregion. The Blueprint will identify strategies to achieve seamless integration with BART, the Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) and other systems to maximize passenger transfers and convenience. The Authority's Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policy supports regional goals by encouraging the development of station area plans tailored to the goals and objectives of each community. The Blueprint will support these new station area plans through the development of systemwide access innovations including the expansion of the LAVTA Shared Autonomous Vehicles (SAV) program the feasibility of their deployment in new station areas.

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Safe Routes to Schools Mini-grant Program

Request Amount: $1.7 million

Intended Recipient: Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC)

Address: 1111 Broadway Street, Suite 800, Oakland, CA 94607

Description: The Alameda CTC is partnering with local jurisdictions by giving grants to support their efforts to implement bicycle and pedestrian safety and access improvements around school sites across Alameda County. Safe Routes 2 Schools (SR2S is the Alameda County-administered program under DOT s Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) program. Since 2007, as part of the Alameda CTC s SR2S Program, Alameda CTC has been proactive in working with member jurisdictions in conducting School Site Assessments (SSA). These SSAs identified specific transportation safety improvements around schools in the County to make traveling to school safer and more accessible through biking, walking, transit, and carpooling. In addition, jurisdictions in Alameda County have also funded and conducted site assessments as part of local efforts to advance safety near schools. Federal funding would be used in CA-15 to support bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements around schools identified in these SSAs. These improvements include things such as but not limited to: improved crosswalk striping, signage for school zones and school crossings, pedestrian bulb outs, bike lanes, bike parking, and traffic calming improvements.

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The Stack Center - Hayward Youth and Family Center        

Request Amount: $1.5 million

Intended Recipient: City of Hayward

Address: 777 B Street Hayward, CA 94541

Description: The Stack Center will provide wraparound services to address inequities in the South Hayward community. These services will include health, education, recreational, and career training services. The second floor of the center will house a pediatric clinic, a women s health clinic, a dental clinic, and a behavioral health clinic. This will provide an integrated health and wellness center. The first floor of the center will house education and technology spaces where community partners will offer daily programming for all ages. This programming will include a technology lab, a recording studio, and a literacy lab for English learners. The first floor will also include spaces for art and recreation. The lobby will house a rotating gallery and two performance spaces: an amphitheater with a movie screen and a stage with riser seating. Adjacent to the first floor will be a 12,000 square foot gymnasium that will host daily recreational and sports programming. The requested funding will be used to renovate the existing Matt Jimenez Community Center to create indoor and outdoor spaces for infant and preschool classes. It will also upgrade the commercial kitchen space, create a classroom area for food entrepreneurship activities, and create a separate entrance to the existing gymnasium. Phase I will add an outdoor plaza to be used for weekly farmer s markets and will reconfigure the parking area to allow for easy drop-off and pick up at the childcare center. And finally, across from the main reception, the space will include pop-up storefronts and spaces to be used as an entrepreneurial hub for job training, financial literacy, and other economic and educational activities.

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Crow Canyon Road Iron Horse Trail Bicycle-Pedestrian Overcrossing

Request Amount: $2 million

Intended Recipients: City of San Ramon

Address: 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94583

Description: Iron Horse Trail is a popular multi-use, whole-access trail between the cities of Concord and Pleasanton, California. The trail connects residential and commercial areas, business parks, schools, public transportation (BART, County Connection), open space and parks, regional trails, and community facilities. This funding would be used to finalize the blueprint for construction of a pedestrian bridge at a mid-block crossing over Crow Canyon Road, where multiple fatalities have occurred.

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Covenant House California Hayward Village

Request Amount: $750,000

Intended Recipient: Covenant House California

Address: 200 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94607

Description: This project is to complete construction of a 30-bed emergency housing facility for youth aged 18 to 24 in Hayward, CA entitled "Covenant House California (CHC) Hayward Village". The completion of Hayward Village is essential to ensuring that youth experiencing homelessness will have increased access to not only safe housing, but also vital services including: standardized assessment, reserved 24-hour bed availability, case management, residential supervision, crisis intervention, security, meals, restrooms/showers, mental healthcare, and education/life skills curriculum.

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Veterans Park in Downtown Livermore

Request Amount: $1 million

Intended Recipient: Eden Housing

Address: 22645 Grand St., Hayward, CA 94541

Description: This program funding would create Veterans Park, a brand-new park with an open-air performance space and children's playground in the heart of Downtown Livermore. Federal funds would be used for design, engineering, entitlements, and construction. The park would be developed at the same time as a 130-apartment affordable housing development, serving residents of the 15th Congressional District earning between 20% and 60% of the area median income, including formerly homeless and homeless veterans. Veterans Park will complete a contiguous network of parks in downtown Livermore and will incorporate artwork and narrative signage that connects visitors to the history and community of Livermore.

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Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

 

Latinx Support and Access

Request Amount: $382,000

Intended Recipient: Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVUSD)

Address: 685 East Jack London Blvd. Livermore, California 94551

Description: The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVUSD) will develop a Latinx Support and Access community engagement program to improve parent participation and student performance in mathematics and English Language Arts for Latinx families, including curriculum development, teacher training and acquisition of computers. 

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Axis Community Health for Mental Health Urgent Care Services Pilot Program

Request Amount: $450,000

Recipient: City of Dublin, in collaboration with City of Livermore, City of Pleasanton, Axis Community Health

Address: 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568

Description: To provide Tri-Valley residents with a different option other than calling law enforcement to address a mental health crisis, the Cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and Alameda County have partnered with Axis Community Health to establish a Mental Health Urgent Care Center. This innovative pilot project aims to address substantial gaps in access to mental health care in our communities by providing an urgent care-like option to provide assessment and timely connection to services that is less costly than an emergency room.

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Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

 

City of Fremont Emergency Dispatch System

Request Amount: $250,000

Intended Recipient: City of Fremont

Address: 3300 Capitol Ave. Fremont, CA 94538

Description: The City of Fremont's emergency dispatch system needs a critical upgrade to ensure emergency responses are timely and coordinated among Fremont and Union City first responder jurisdictions. A new emergency dispatch system will assist in replacing the computer-aided dispatch (CAD), records management (RMS), ARS (report writing tool), property and evidence and jail systems currently used and allow for enhanced integration with other platforms such as the 9-1-1 phone, iPhones and tablets, map layers, other CAD systems with outside agencies. An upgraded Emergency Dispatch System with modernized technological features will allow for continued multijurisdictional service delivery and enhanced communication with the Union City Police Department.

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Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

 

East Bay Municipal Utility District - Upper San Leandro Drinking Water Treatment Plant (USL)

Request Amount: $10 million

Intended Recipient: East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)

Address: 375 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607

Description: The East Bay Municipal Utility District - Upper San Leandro Drinking Water Treatment Plant (USL) project is a comprehensive update to a water treatment plant located in Oakland that would increase solids management capacity, replace a century-old primary disinfection chlorine contact basin which is critical to maintaining public health protections, and upgrade chemical feed, secondary containment, spill prevention, and monitoring facilities. The USL project will bolster drinking water reliability and climate and emergency resiliency for EBMUD customers, including those in fence-line and disadvantaged communities, as well as for the greater Bay Area, by making improvements to this daily operations drinking water treatment plant. Total cost of the USL project is estimated to be $85 million. The project is part of EBMUD s Capital Improvement Program. In January 2021, USEPA selected EBMUD to apply for WIFIA credit assistance for comprehensive drinking water treatment plant upgrades that include the USL project. EBMUD is still evaluating the WIFIA program and working on finalizing information needed for the application. Up to 49% of the project cost could be financed with the WIFIA loan, and the remainder would be paid for by EBMUD. Total project cost: $85 million WIFIA loan funding: up to $41 million; Local EBMUD share: $34 million or more; Federal funding request: $10 million

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