Santa Monica Secures $16.3 Million in State Budget Funding for Priority City Projects

July 6, 2022 4:33 PM

Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $308 billion state budget that focuses on addressing the state’s most urgent needs, providing relief to millions of California families struggling with the effects of inflation and the rising costs of gas, groceries, and other basic needs. To address some of Santa Monica’s key priorities, the new budget includes over $16 million in direct funding to the City for three projects championed by Assemblymember Richard Bloom.

“I am thrilled to have secured several key investments for the City of Santa Monica in the 2022-23 state budget. These projects will address critical infrastructure needs in the City and will help ensure the safety of pedestrians in our community, address the growing behavioral health needs of our residents, and help the City meet its sustainability goals,” said Assemblymember Bloom. “All three of these budget items represent the continuity of policies and projects I have worked on as Santa Monica’s Mayor and Councilmember and my last 10 years representing the City and the 50th District in the Assembly. They are the product of nearly a quarter-century representing the interests of our community, which I have been honored to serve.”

“We are extremely grateful to Assemblymember Bloom for his advocacy on behalf of the City of Santa Monica,” said Mayor Sue Himmelrich. “This state funding will enable the City to advance three important projects that are currently unfunded and align with our priorities of a clean and safe Santa Monica, addressing homelessness and an equitable and inclusive economic recovery.”

Direct funding will advance the following projects in Santa Monica:

The focal point of the State’s budget is a $17 billion inflation relief package that includes payments of up to $1,050 to 23 million Californians, a temporary suspension of the state’s diesel tax, and additional funding for emergency rental assistance and to help with past-due utility bills.

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