Padilla Secures Over $41 Million for 31 Projects Across the Bay Area

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) announced that he secured over $41.2 million in federal funding for 31 projects across the Bay Area in the first package of FY 2024 appropriations bills. The package includes the Agriculture; Energy and Water; Military Construction-VA; Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development; Commerce, Justice, and Science; and Interior appropriations bills. The House and Senate will consider the bills this week ahead of the March 8 funding deadline before they are sent to the President to be signed into law.

“Just over a year after the tragic mass shooting in Half Moon Bay shined a light on the inadequate living conditions for farm workers, we are making significant investments to provide more affordable and safe housing opportunities,” said Senator Padilla. “I am proud to have also secured funding for projects that will improve the quality of life for Bay Area residents by providing cleaner water and improving public health. Investments in our ferry system and new zero-emission bus technology will not only improve public transit, but will create good-paying jobs. This funding also supports trails, parks, and community centers that are critical to healthy neighborhoods.”

Projects across the Bay Area that will receive federal funding include:

  • Redwood City Harbor Dredging – $6.74 million: This funding will provide for maintenance dredging at the Port of Redwood City.
  • Half Moon Bay Farmworker Homeownership Expansion – $3 million: This funding will support the Half Moon Bay Farmworker Home Ownership Program to provide extremely low-income farmworkers and their families with safe and healthy manufactured homes in the community where they live and work.
  • WETA Vallejo Ferry Terminal Reconfiguration – $3 million: This funding will help reconfigure the Vallejo Ferry Terminal to eliminate the need for costly dredging at the boat dock. This will reduce service disruption for passengers, reduce environmental disturbance, and increase service efficiency.
  • City of Hayward’s St. Regis Multi-Service Campus Project – $1.93 million: This funding will help to rehabilitate the existing facilities at St. Regis–a former assisted living facility–into a holistic campus of behavioral health treatment and crisis services, medical clinic, and supportive housing.
  • AC Transit’s East Oakland Maintenance Facility Safety Upgrade – $1.8 million: This funding will support the installation of hydrogen sensing technology and equipment at AC Transit’s Central Maintenance Facility in East Oakland, which is needed to safely perform maintenance on Fuel Cell Electric Buses.
  • Hamilton Airfields Wetlands Restoration in Marin County – $1.8 million: This funding for the Hamilton Wetland Restoration Project will provide restored tidal and seasonal wetlands at the former Army airfield on San Pablo Bay in the city of Novato.
  • South San Francisco Centennial Way Trail & Outdoor Learning Center – $1.67 million: This funding will help transform an underdeveloped patch of land along Centennial Way Trail into a community recreation, wellness, and education space.
  • East Palo Alto Athletic Field – $1.6 million: This funding will help the City of East Palo Alto develop a modern turf athletic field at the Los Robles-Ronald McNair Academy where kids and families can play multiple sports.
  • Brave Buttons: Overdose Prevention Program – $1.25 million: This funding will expand the San Francisco Department of Homelessness’ pilot program to reduce drug overdose deaths among residents of supportive housing.
  • Chinese Railroad Workers History Center in San Francisco – $1.19 million: This funding will support the Chinese Railroad Workers History Center in San Francisco.
  • City of Newark Thornton Avenue Alternate Route Corridor Pavement Rehabilitation – $1 million: This funding will support pavement rehabilitation and improved pedestrian and bicycle paths on Thornton Avenue between Ash and Spruce Streets.
  • City of Sunnyvale Fire Station – $1 million: This funding will help rebuild Fire Station 2 in Sunnyvale, which also serves as a regional fire academy training center.
  • San Pablo Avenue Complete Street/Bay Trail Gap Project – $1 million: This funding will support engineering and design of bicycle and pedestrian improvements along San Pablo Avenue in Rodeo and Crockett, which will help close a 3.2-mile gap in the planned 500-mile San Francisco Bay Trail.
  • Contra Costa County Underserved Survivors Support and Safety Program – $963,000: This funding will support the hiring of additional staff to provide services to unserved victims and survivors of violent crime in Contra Costa County. 
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Child and Adolescent Support, Advocacy & Resource Center – $963,000: This funding will help Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital purchase equipment for the Child and Adolescent Support, Advocacy & Resource Center to provide around-the-clock services for children and adolescents who have experienced sexual or physical abuse or witnessed severe violence.
  • City of Oakland for Lake Merritt Healthy Lake Initiative – $959,757: This funding will support the development and implementation of a plan to address excessive algal growth and low dissolved oxygen concentrations in Lake Merritt.
  • Alameda County Chain of Lakes PFAS Treatment Facility – $959,752: This project will construct a treatment facility to remove Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) at three groundwater production wells in the Tri-Valley Area. 
  • City of Lafayette West Reach Creek Public Access Project – $900,000: This project aims to improve public creek access while mitigating stormwater runoff.
  • AC Transit District Zero Emission Bus University – $850,000: This funding will support AC Transit’s Zero Emission Bus University, which will serve as a training center for operations and maintenance transit workers.
  • City of San Mateo Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center Rehabilitation – $850,000: This funding will support the renovation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, which serves as the resilience center for the city during emergencies.
  • City of Emeryville 40th Street Protected Bikeway and Multimodal Improvements Project – $850,000: This project will create a two-way separated bikeway, multimodal intersection improvements, transit-only lanes, and pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements.
  • Revitalization of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park Community – $850,000: This funding will support the electrification of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Santa Clara County.
  • City of Oakley Enrico Cinquini Park – $850,000: This funding will support the construction of Enrico Cinquini Park located at the northwest corner of the Rose Avenue/Carpenter Road intersection in Oakley.
  • San Mateo County Sustainable Streets Pilot Project – $850,000: This funding will be used to plan and design shovel ready sustainable street pilot projects that will enhance pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety, add urban green space and wildlife habitat, and control localized flooding.
  • City of East Palo Alto East Bayshore Road Safety Improvements – $850,000: This funding will support essential safety improvements to East Bayshore Road.
  • State Route 37 / Fairgrounds Drive Interchange Improvement Project – $850,000: This funding will support the Solano Transportation Authority’s project to make multimodal enhancements to improve safety and ease congestion on State Route 37 and Fairgrounds Drive.
  • San Pablo Avenue Bridge Replacement Project – $850,000: This funding will support the City of San Pablo’s project to realign the skewed, five-legged intersection on top of the San Pablo Avenue Bridge.
  • Port of Redwood City for Storm Water and Clean Water Improvement – $700,000: This funding will support upgrades to the stormwater infrastructure at the Port of Redwood City.
  • 19th Avenue/Fashion Island Boulevard Complete Street Bikeway Project – $500,000: This funding will support construction of a new 1.3-mile long separated bikeway connecting the Hayward Park Caltrain Station with residences and business centers in eastern San Mateo and Foster City and improve four intersections for pedestrian access along the route.
  • Vallejo Early Learning Center – $500,000: This funding will support converting and renovating an elementary school into an Early Learning Center in Southeast Vallejo.
  • Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Wetland Restoration in Contra Costa County – $150,000: This funding will support the Knightsen Wetland Restoration Project in its efforts to restore 645 acres of habitat for State and Federally threatened/endangered species, improve water quality, and provide other benefits.

More information on these appropriations bills is available here.