Pomona area celebrates over $14.3 million in federal dollars – San Bernardino Sun

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There’s $3 million to rebuild footpaths around Ganesha Park in Pomona, $2 million to upgrade a former Little League ballpark in Montclair and $862,500 for a new emergency operations center in Rialto.

These plans are set to become a reality with more than $14.3 million in federal funding secured by Rep. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, for area needs.

On Friday, March 25, Torres was joined by recipients and leaders at Ganesha Park to celebrate the passage and signing of the legislation by President Joe Biden. this month.

“Last year, we reached out to you and said our priorities were keeping our residents healthy, our children and seniors active, providing affordable housing and public safety,” Torres told a crowd. of about 25 people. “We found all of that, so I’m happy to be able to offer all of this money to our community.”

  • Congressman Norma Torres, D-Pomona, stands with Pomona Police Chief Mike Ellis, left, at Ganesha Park in Pomona Friday, March 25, 2022. Torres presents the chief with part of a bill community funding. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Congresswoman Norma Torres, D-Pomona, carries a ceremonial check during a Friday, March 25, 2022 visit to Ganesha Park in Pomona. She helped pass federal funds for affordable housing in Pomona, recreation facility upgrades in Montclair, and street and walking path improvements in Ganesha Park. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Congresswoman Norma Torres, D-Pomona, right, stands with Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya M. Coley during a Friday, March 25, 2022 visit to Ganesha Park in Pomona. Torres presents the university with part of a community funding bill. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Torres, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, rounded up the money as part of his wish list for Funding for community projects, which replaced the old Congressional assignments. The dollars will be used in underserved neighborhoods in the region.

Other highlights include $775,000 for a mobile health center in Pomona to improve access to health and dental care, $2 million for the West Valley Water District in Bloomington, and $380,000 for the Juvenile TEAM program at Rialto to help reduce juvenile recidivism rates.

Additionally, Cal Poly Pomona received $1 million to develop a entrepreneurial and social center for startups in the Inland Empire. And $125,000 went to the Artbridge outreach program at dA Arts Center in Pomona, for youth programs.

In total, Pomona received $8.1 million, including $3.4 million for police department radio upgrades and $800,000 for the Prisma Artist Lofts affordable housing project.

Montclair Mayor John Dutrey said the money will help upgrade Little League facilities and a much-needed new snack bar at Saratoga Park.

“The park was built in the early 80s and it’s outdated,” Dutrey said Friday. “So it’s huge for our local families and kids.”

In Bloomington, the dollars will replace old water pipes and provide new fire hydrants and water meters for residents. West Valley Water District board member Channing Hawkins said Friday that “the community has been left behind for a long time” and thanked Torres.

“That area has all of its plumbing and infrastructure placed in the back alley, so when they need fixing or when there’s a leak problem, you can’t fix them,” Hawkins said. “This funding here will allow us to be able to provide them with the help and treatment they need to get them from the back alley to the front like everyone else.”

Pomona City Councilman Robert Torres, son of the congressman whose district includes Ganesha Park, said investments in the park are overdue. For years, some residents have mostly avoided the park due to homelessness and underinvestment in its infrastructure.

“Residents of Pomona really deserve to have their own set of trails and a place where they can exercise and be healthy with their families, they shouldn’t have to travel to La Verne and Claremont to access to this type of resource,” Robert Torres said on Friday.

Norma Torres called Friday’s meeting “a culmination of long nights” in her work on the committee, which she said she was happy to deliver.

“Hearing about the artist lofts, the art center, the parks, it really inspires me that none of these projects would have happened if we hadn’t delivered that money,” Torres said. “It’s really awesome.”

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