Cities and Non-Profits to Benefit from California’s Significant Budget Surplus
- Susan Kennedy
- Director of Communications, Office of Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin
Sacramento – Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Mullin announces funding for local projects that are included in budget bills approved by the Legislature and expected to be signed by Governor Newsom. Various budget bills that amend the framework budget that was sent to the Governor on June 13, 2022 include specific projects that will benefit residents of San Mateo County.
Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Mullin announced funding for local projects have been approved as part of the budget signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. Various budget bills that amend the framework budget that was sent to the Governor on June 13, 2022 include specific projects that will benefit residents of San Mateo County.
“Another exceptional budget surplus has provided members with the opportunity to request funding for local projects,” said Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin. “I am pleased to announce that several of the projects I championed were included in the budget, and will bring much needed resources to the cities of Belmont, San Mateo and South San Francisco, and Peninsula Humane Society and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.”
“These projects benefit both local communities and San Mateo County overall, by creating vibrant public places, addressing congestion relief and mobility, keeping a treasured library open and safe, improving the ability to diagnose injured animals, and improving health care for women,” added Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Mullin. “This funding enhances the well-being and quality of life for our residents, assists our non-profits and most importantly, builds a better future.”
$3.5 million for the Belmont Alameda de las Pulgas Corridor Project addresses congestion and mobility through roadway safety improvements. Beneficiaries include the cities of Belmont and San Carlos along with the Sequoia Unified School District, the San Carlos School District, and surrounding neighborhoods. Improved on-site and near-site school drop-off and pick-up circulation for Carlmont High School and Tierra Linda Middle School, improved bicycle/pedestrian safety, circulation and access near housing, shopping and schools, and improved, transit enhancement and enhanced stormwater capture are elements of the project.
“I speak for our entire City Council when I express the deepest gratitude to Assemblymember Mullin for advocating for this crucial project in Belmont. This funding launches our city toward a once-in-a-generation transportation improvement,” said Belmont’s Mayor Julia Mates. “Once completed, this project will help us meet the needs of our community to lessen traffic congestion and implement pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic solution in an area that serves our schools, our commuters, and our neighboring Peninsula cities.
$1.3 million to the City of San Mateowill help renovate and rehabilitate the Marina Library. The Marina Library has serious structural damage due to shifting of its foundation, likely caused by seismic activity. In January 2018, the City was advised that without structural reinforcement, the building would most likely need to be razed within a few years. This reconstruction project will “shore up” the foundation and keep this 50-year-old library open for the community it serves.
“Our City of San Mateo Marina Library serves as a vital community hub for so many families and we are incredibly grateful to Assemblyman Kevin Mullin for recognizing its value and advocating for this project in the State’s budget. These funds will provide critical structural improvements and ensure our beloved library continues to support the many children and families who rely upon its educational programming and resources,” said San Mateo Mayor Rick Bonilla.
$3.2 million will assist the City of South San Francisco in the creation of Linden Park. South San Francisco plans to transform two adjacent vacant lots into a vibrant neighborhood park and cultural plaza for the community to enjoy. This underutilized area was once the location of prevalent gang activity, and a horrific triple homicide. Out of this tragedy, the City is working to transform this once sorrowful site into a community space of healing, wellness and community pride.
“We are honored and humbled that Assemblymember Mullin has made the City of South San Francisco and our Linden Park Project a priority for funding, knowing that parks are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in our community,” said South San Francisco Mayor Mark Nagales. “Having these additional funds for a new public space will ensure the health of families and youth, and contribute to the economic and environmental well-being of all of our residents.”
$100,000 in funding for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte will facilitate the purchase of a Hysterscope. Hysteroscopy is a method that helps with the direct visualization of the endometrium, tubal ostia, and cervical canal to evaluate a wide range of conditions. Diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy can be used for diagnostic evaluation of abnormal uterine bleeding, amenorrhea (evaluation of Asherman’s), removal/retrieval of an IUD with missing strings or a fractured device, removal of polyps, and targeted endometrial biopsy (essential to diagnose endometrial cancer). Funding of this device will allow for enhanced diagnosis of a wide range of health issues women experience.
“Planned Parenthood Mar Monte is grateful to Assemblymember Kevin Mullin for his championing access to sexual and reproductive health care for the community members of the 22nd California Assembly District and the patients who seek care at San Mateo Health Center,” said Stacy Cross, CEO of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.” Assemblymember Mullin’s request for pertinent funding to fund the purchase of a hysteroscope allows PPMM to provide care for patients with embedded IUD’s, abnormal bleeding, and infertility. Many patients would either not be able to access care with specialists due to cost or availability of specialists in their local communities. PPMM is proud to provide this care to patients in the community.”
$25,000 for the Peninsula Humane Society will upgrade their X-Ray machine. Funding for this project will modernize the processor on the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s X-Ray machine at the Tom & Annette Lantos Center for Compassion in Burlingame. This investment will help veterinary staff diagnose injured animals and allow them to provide the appropriate, often lifesaving, treatment for hundreds of animals per year over the next 10 years or more.
“Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is so grateful to Assemblymember Mullin for requesting money in the state budget to help fund a much-needed upgraded X-Ray machine for animals in San Mateo County. A new X-Ray machine will enable us to diagnose, treat and save the lives of even more animals. The animals in San Mateo County are very fortunate to have Assemblymember Mullin as one of their champions,” said Anthony Tansimore, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s President.