Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer Notes Significant Wins in State’s Budget for AD 59 and Statewide Public Safety and Cultural Programs

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Sacramento, California – (July 1, 2022) – Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer’s  (D-South Los Angeles) work on budget matters to support programs and services within the 59th Assembly District include major funding for the arts, science programs, community groups along with stte funding to help combat smash-and-grab crimes while supporting further study on reparations.

Included in the budget are the following funds advocated by Assemblymember Jopnes-Sawyer:

  • $10 million for the California African American Museum
  • $5 million for the California Science Center Foundation for Air and Space Center
  • $500,000 for Exposition Park to conduct a cost-estimate study and feasibility analysis for a parking structure
  • $10 million for the Jefferson Boulevard Affordable Housing and Park Project
  • $6 million to expand and make the CHP Organized Retail Theft Taskforce permanent
  • $2.5 million to support the California Reparations Task Force

Los Angeles Priorities included:

  • $18.6 million to the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority
  • $7.5 million to the Port of Los Angeles for the AltaSea Center for Innovation (USC)
  • $20 million to establish the LA County Abortion Access Safe Haven Pilot Program
  • $9 million for grants to Los Angeles for sexually transmitted disease prevention
  • $200 million to LA County to support family reunification services
  • $20 million for High Road Training Partnership Regional Training Center in LA County
  • $15 million to the Labor Community Services Los Angeles Basic Needs Program
  • $8 million for the Garment Worker Center in the Los Angeles Fashion District
  • $300,000 to the New Filmmakers Los Angeles for high school mentorship programs
  • $3 million to Project Angel Food in Los Angeles for a facility expansion
  • $100 million to Los Angeles County to provide community-based mental health services to justice-involved individuals

Statewide Funding:

  • $15 million to support the Unseen Latinas Initiative at the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute
  • $10 million to support UCLA’s Asian Studies Center
  • $3 million to the UCLA Labor Center
  • $1 million to support the Mervyn M. Dymally Institute at CSU Dominguez Hills
  • Expanded Medi-Cal to all Californians, regardless of immigration status beginning in 2024
  • $500 million to establish the CA Dream for All program to assist first-time home buyers
  • $25 million to expand free community college to all Californians

The California Legislative Black Caucus Funding Allocations included:

  • $5 million to UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies
  • $23 million to create the Allensworth Civic and Entrepreneurship Center
  • $5 million to support grants to local child savings accounts programs to provide outreach and coordination with state programs.
  • $850 million to fund the Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars’ program in CSU Sacramento
  • $5 million to fund the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce program
  • $5 million to support efforts for the Networking California Sickle Cell Care Initiative
  • $60 million for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program
  • $10 million to deliver restorative justice programming in prisons
  • $12 million to support selected Promise Neighborhoods in California (Chula Vista, Corning, Hayward, and Mission)
  • $30 million to create the Hire Up program which will support up to 10 community college districts to provide stipends to system impacted individuals