Pasadena officials are seeking help from federal lawmakers to take advantage of permission to spend spending on projects in their districts now that a 10-year ban on the practice has been lifted by the Biden administration.
Known as “benchmarks,” the practice was renamed for the 2022 federal budget process as “Community Funding Projects,” in the case of the House Appropriations Committee, or “Expenses. directed by Congress âin the case of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
In letters to US Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla, and US Congressman Judy Chu, Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo described four local projects that could fit into federal funding categories.
These projects include the expansion of free Wi-Fi to all parks in the city of Pasadena, a sewer relining project in northwest Pasadena, the undergrounding of utilities in a neighborhood in northwestern Pasadena. Pasadena vulnerable to wildfires and expanding electric vehicle charging station infrastructure in the town of Robinson and Victory Parks.
âAll four of our requests would impact this critical area,â Gordo said in the letters. âAs you know, wildfires are a growing threat in California, and we are offering underground overhead power lines for some homes in the Northwest that are particularly vulnerable to wildfires. In addition, a federal contribution to our annual relining of our aging sewer lines will benefit Northwest Pasadena.
While writing to Chu, Gordo also mentioned two other projects that might fall into the categories established by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for so-called “member-nominated projects,” which include federal programs. road transport and public transport.
These projects are the Union Street Protected Bike Lane project, the first two-way protected bicycle lanes project in Pasadena; and the planned purchase of two zero-emission buses for Pasadena Transit, as well as the associated refueling / recharging stations.
âAs you know, although Pasadena Transit is a robust system serving over 1.5 million passengers per year, as a local supplier we are not a direct recipient of federal transit funding for our operations or our capital needs, âGordo wrote. “Like many bus systems in the country, we have not collected fares for most of the pandemic, which has further eroded our ability to secure revenue for important projects.”
Deputy city manager Julie Gutierrez is due to report on these requests when city council’s legislative policy committee meets on Tuesday, May 25 in a special virtual meeting.
The meeting begins at 2 p.m. and is accessible to the public via http://pasadena.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=9 and www.pasadenamedia.org.