Sherman Announces nearly $900,000 in Funding for San Fernando Valley Projects Advanced by Congressional Funding Panels
Congressman Brad Sherman announced that nearly $900,000 in federal funds for projects in the San Fernando Valley have been advanced by Congressional panels.
This week the House Appropriations Committee advanced both the Interior and Financial Services federal funding bills, which included two community projects requested by Congressman Sherman.
The funds requested by Congressman Sherman are to both provide technical assistance to small businesses in the San Fernando Valley and to reduce fire risks in our region while also restoring public park land.
Both bills will now move to a vote before the full House of Representatives.
The two community projects approved this week are:
Restoring Land to Reduce Fire Risk – Tree People
The funding would be used for restoring land to reduce fire risk at Aliso Canyon and O'Melveny Park. The northern end of the Aliso Canyon wash was impacted by the Sesnon Fire in 2008. Aliso Canyon and O'Melveny Park were both impacted by the Saddleridge Fire in October of 2019.
Amount approved by the House Appropriations Committee: $750,000
Business Technical Assistance Program – The Valley Economic Alliance
The funding would be used for offering critical business assistance services designed to retain jobs in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles County. The Business Technical Assistance Program offers valuable public benefit by increasing the resilience and growth if local small businesses that create jobs, generate tax revenues that fund public services, and fuel our local economy.
Amount approved by the House Appropriations Committee: $138,000
“I’m so impressed with TreePeople because they don’t just plant the trees, but also care and nurture them to ensure their survival,” said Sherman. “I’m confident this project will be funded unless there’s an effort in the Senate to defund all community projects. It’s great that this project has crossed an important milestone.”
“Small businesses are critical to the economy of the San Fernando Valley and the technical assistance program will help local small business to create jobs and advance the post-COVID recovery.”