New California budget will fund these Inland Empire projects – Press Enterprise

It’s over except the expenses.

Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday June 30 signed a record public budget of 300 billion dollars for the fiscal year which began Friday, July 1. Spending plan includes refunds to most Californians to offset high gas pricesmore money for abortion services and expanded health care for undocumented immigrants.

The budget also funds a number of projects and efforts in the Inland Empire. Here is an overview of some of them.

UC Riverside

In a victory for domestic lawmakers, the budget includes $201 million in new funding for UC Riverside.

The region’s Sacramento delegation, led by Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, requested $1.46 billion through the Inland Rising Bill for UCR and UC Merced to offset what they called a chronic and unfair funding disparity compared to other UC schools that led to crumbling classrooms, a lack of classroom space, and not enough staff and faculty to serve students.

  • Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside; is flanked on his left by Assemblyman Sabrina Cervantes, D-Riverside; and to his right by Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Eloise Gómez Reyes, D-Colton; during a press conference on Friday, June 3, 2022 at Riverside’s University Village. Speakers were rallying support for a bill that would increase state funding to UC Riverside and UC Merced. (Courtesy of Stan Lim, UC Riverside)

  • Congresswoman Sabrina Cervantes, D-Riverside, speaks Thursday, June 9, 2022,...

    Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes, D-Riverside, speaks Thursday, June 9, 2022, during a press conference at Riverside City College. The new state budget includes $33 million requested by Cervantes to purchase land in the Jurupa Valley for the Inland Empire Tech Mall, which would serve students in the Riverside Community College district. (Courtesy of Gio Cardenas, Riverside Community College District)

  • An artist's rendering shows the University of Redlands' vision for...

    An artist’s rendering shows the University of Redlands’ vision for the development of the University Village. The main campus is on the left, with the development mostly on the right and the railway line in the middle. The new state budget includes $5.5 million for the project. (Courtesy of University of Redlands)

  • A man runs on a hot day in Griffin Park...

    A man runs during a hot day at Griffin Park in Corona on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Two million dollars in the new state budget will pay for a new playground, benches, shade structures and a nature trail redeveloped in the park. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A man walks down a path at Griffin Park in...

    A man walks down a trail at Griffin Park in Corona on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Tanya Velazquez walks down a path with her dogs in...

    Tanya Velazquez walks down a path with her dogs at Griffin Park in Corona on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Tanya Velazquez plays with her dogs, Zoey, left, and Freya,...

    Tanya Velazquez plays with her dogs, Zoey, left, and Freya, at Griffin Park dog park in Corona on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Tanya Velazquez plays with her dogs, Zoey, left, and Freya,...

    Tanya Velazquez plays with her dogs, Zoey, left, and Freya, at Griffin Park dog park in Corona on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Tanya Velazquez walks her dog, Zoey, to the dog park...

    Tanya Velazquez walks her dog, Zoey, at Griffin Park dog park in Corona on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. The park is receiving $2 million in the new state budget for renovations. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

They blamed state funding formulas for aggravating this gap. In a February 2021 letter to the president of the UC system, UCR faculty said the inequity was particularly unfair given that the UCR student body is 85% people of color and more than 50% of its students are the first in their families to attend university.

A UCR spokesperson hailed the new dollars.

“The (Inland Rising) Bill has started important conversations about UC Riverside’s role as the University of California continues to grow and the emergence of the Inland Empire as a hub of the social inclusion and sustainability,” John Warren said via email.

Business School

Another inland priority is being met with the inclusion in the budget of $33 million to purchase land in the Jurupa Valley for the Inland Empire Technical Trade Center, which would serve students in the Riverside Community College District.

Assemblyman Sabrina Cervantes, D-Riverside, and others lobbied for the money, the first step in building a school offering courses in carpentry, retail, automotive and cybersecurity, among other areas.

Citrus Park

Thirty million dollars is set aside to “physically recreate historic elements of the citrus industry” at California Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside, Cervantes said.

The improvements will educate park visitors about the history of citrus in the Inland Empire and “(raise) the voices of our Mexican and indigenous communities as well as Chinese and Japanese immigrants” who worked in the industry, added the member of the assembly.

Griffon Park

The budget includes $2 million to renovate Griffon Park to the Crown. The money will pay for a new playground, benches and shade structures and restore a nature trail, Cervantes said.

Fire station

A $7 million injection will help build a new fire station in San Bernardino County, D-Highland Assemblyman James Ramos announced.

The station will serve Lytle Creek and Rosena Ranch and “is positioned to help” Fontana, San Bernardino and Rialto, according to Ramos’ office.

Loma Linda Hospital

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital is receiving $4 million “to fund a pilot program serving children who have been physically, sexually or mentally abused,” according to Ramos’ office.

Redlands Railway

The budget allocates $2 million for a plaza and skywalk at the University of Redlands Railroad Station, where the Arrow Line terminates in San Bernardino County, according to Sen. Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, R-Yucaipa.

Redlands University Village

Another $5.5 million earmarked for a project south of the University of Redlands known as the university villagewhich includes 1,000 housing units, according to Ramos’ office.

Coltons Projects

The City of Colton will receive $19 million to improve the Colton Sports Park Complex and the Luque Resource Center, Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes, D-Colton, announced.

Collegial partnership

The new budget provides $15 million for a partnership between the San Bernardino Community College District and KVCR, Reyes’ office said.

animal shelter

San Bernardino County is receiving $4.5 million to build a new animal shelter in Bloomington, according to Reyes’ office.

Immigration

The San Bernardino Community Service Center is receiving $1.5 million for immigration services, Reyes’ office said.

Clara Oaks

The budget includes $2.7 million to build a west entrance to Clara Oaks Wilderness Park in Claremont, according to Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena.

Forest fires

The Rancho Cucamonga Wildfire Detection Initiative will receive $1.9 million to install “a new early detection system for wildfires on power line structures along the northern edge of town,” it said. said Holden’s office.

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