PACOIMA AND SUN VALLEY NEIGHBORHOODS TO RECEIVE $23 MILLION FOR COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION

LOS ANGELES – Today, Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez announced that the Pacoima and Sun Valley neighborhoods received a $23 million grant from the California Strategic Growth Council’s Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program. The funding will support environmental and sustainability initiatives, low-emission transportation projects, and workforce development programs.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 20, 2018
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PACOIMA AND SUN VALLEY NEIGHBORHOODS TO RECEIVE $23 MILLION FOR COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION

Funding will support environmental initiatives and workforce development programs

LOS ANGELES – Today, Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez announced that the Pacoima and Sun Valley neighborhoods received a $23 million grant from the California Strategic Growth Council’s Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program. The funding will support environmental and sustainability initiatives, low-emission transportation projects, and workforce development programs.

“This funding will transform the Northeast San Fernando Valley,” said Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. “I look forward to working with our partners to reverse decades of injustice and accelerating greener, healthier neighborhoods for our kids and future generations.”

The City of Los Angeles and Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez worked in concert with the Green Together Collaborative, a partnership that includes Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Community Partners, Pacoima Beautiful, The Trust for Public Land, LA Business Council, GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, LA Conservation Corps, LA Cleantech Incubator, and UCLA to advocate for and secure the grant.   

The grant will finance a series of programming and on-the-ground projects focused on clean energy, urban greening and connectivity tied together by workforce development and community engagement. This programming includes park renovations, 2.4 miles of complete street enhancements, planting of 2,000 trees, implementation of new public transit routes with 14 electric DASH buses, and a local training component to install solar energy systems for 175 residential properties. The funding will also support renovations at David M. Gonzalez Park, such as the installation of a stormwater bioswale, a public walking path, and close to 100 trees. These improvements will create new jobs through workforce development programs for local residents.

The project’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, one of the most environmentally impacted communities in California and among the most vulnerable in the City to climate change. In addition, the project will include anti-displacement strategies to protect local businesses and low income families from being pushed out.

“These improvements are long overdue for Pacoima and Sun Valley, and I am proud of the collective organizing efforts to revitalize our neighborhood,” said Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez.

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Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez represents the 7th Council District in the Northeast San Fernando Valley which include the neighborhoods of Sylmar, Mission Hills, Pacoima, Lake View Terrace, Sunland-Tujunga, North Hills, Shadow Hills, and La Tuna Canyon.