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Congressman DeSaulnier Secures $8.1 Million for Projects in Contra Costa County in House-Passed Appropriations Minibus

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman DeSaulnier announced he secured $8.1 million for projects throughout Contra Costa County in an appropriations minibus (H.R. 4502), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 219-to-208. If signed into law, this funding would go to ten different projects in our community that would address behavioral and mental health, support our veterans, improve transportation accessibility, increase internet access for students, and help the County plan for the transition away from fossil fuels. H.R. 4502 now moves to the Senate for consideration.

“Having served at the city, county, and state levels of government, I know just how impactful projects like these will be to our local community. With this money, we will help people in mental health crises, improve commutes, help connect students with better internet, and much more. I am proud to have secured this much-needed funding and urge the Senate to pass it swiftly so we can make an immediate and positive impact in Contra Costa,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

The ten projects are:

  • Project Name: Pittsburg Center Smart City Pilot
    Recipient: City of Pittsburg
    Project Description: Implementing Smart City technologies by outfitting the ¼ mile transportation grid surrounding the Pittsburg Center BART station with connected technologies such as adaptive street lights, connected traffic signals, and digital and static wayfinding signage. These upgrades will help encourage transit use, encourage walking and bicycling by creating safer and more complete streets, alleviate traffic, and attract local business.
    Amount: $1,200,000
  • Project Name: Just Transition Economic Revitalization Plan Project
    Recipient: Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development
    Project Description: Community outreach and engagement, specialized studies, economic analysis, and staffing to develop a community-wide framework for green economic development in Contra Costa County as the community transitions away from its historically petroleum-based economic sector. The framework is expected to include workforce training and land uses to support green economy industries.
    Amount: $750,000
  • Project Name: Collaborative Care Implementation Project
    Recipient: Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Health Clinics
    Project Description: Implementing a standardized treatment model across 11 Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHCs) within the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Health Centers (CCRMC-HC) system, building an Electronic Health Record (EHR) to support coordination of care, and supporting education and training for County behavioral health staff. CCRMC-HC supports the most vulnerable and low-income population in the County, including a high number of homeless and immigrant residents and others who traditionally have a high prevalence of mental health and co-occurring conditions.
    Amount: $900,000
  • Project Name: Contra Costa Crisis Services Hub Project
    Recipient: Contra Costa County Health Services Department – Behavioral Health Division
    Project Description: Renovating a County-owned facility to establish the Contra Costa Crisis Hub, which would consolidate and expand access to integrated mental health and substance use treatment services to best address the needs of County residents. Its goal is to divert clients from costly services such as psychiatric emergency services and emergency department services; provide a new level of care for those seeking substance use services; and provide and expand a system of crisis support less dependent on law enforcement.
    Amount: $1,000,000
  • Project Name: Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) Expansion Project
    Recipient: Contra Costa County Health Services Department – Behavioral Health Division
    Project Description: Adding two teams to the existing Mobile Crisis Response Teams – an entity that responds to urgent behavioral health crises throughout the County. It would also add Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselors to more effectively address crises related to substance use and co-occurring conditions.
    Amount: $1,100,000
  • Project Name: Educational Internet Access Project
    Recipient: Contra Costa County Office of Education
    Project Description: Rebuilding and enhancing internet and firewall services required to provide internet connectivity to eighteen school districts in Contra Costa County supporting 24,000 educators, 172,000 students, and their families. The additional capacity would benefit teachers and students in the classroom by supporting an increased need for more bandwidth and faster internet for hybrid learning and online study.
    Amount: $900,000
  • Project Name: Veterans Memorial Buildings Improvements Project
    Recipient: Contra Costa County Veterans Services Office
    Project Description: Energy efficiency, environmental, and safety upgrades at Veterans Memorial Buildings across California’s 11th Congressional District, reducing overall maintenance costs and ensuring continued usage for future generations of veterans.
    Amount: $700,000
  • Project Name: Concord Smart Signals Project
    Recipient: Contra Costa Transportation Authority
    Project Description: Upgrading traffic signals to a smart signal system within the City of Concord and would help reduce congestion and emissions, prioritize transit and emergency vehicles, and protect vulnerable road users.
    Amount: $1,200,000
  • Project Name: Danville Townwide Traffic Signal Modernization/ITS Project
    Recipient: Town of Danville
    Project Description: Modernizing the Town of Danville’s traffic signal system network, including replacement of the Town’s aging traffic signal hardware, vehicular detection systems, and communications infrastructure. It would improve bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicular safety; air quality and GHG emission reductions; connectivity; and reduce travel time.
    Amount: $1,000,000
  • Project Name: Iron Horse Trail Bridge, Nature Park, and Pedestrian Safety Project
    Recipient: Town of Danville
    Project Description: Pressing safety improvements and enhancements to the Iron Horse Trail across multiple jurisdictions to improve the multi-use, whole access trail of regional significance from the City of Concord to the City of Pleasanton. The project will be done in coordination with the City of San Ramon and the City of Dublin.
    Amount: $350,000

The projects were subject to a strict transparency and accountability process, which is detailed here by the Appropriations Committee. Examples of this vetting include certifying that Members have no financial interest in these projects, an audit of a sampling of these projects by the Government Accountability Office, and a requirement for demonstrated community support and engagement for each submission. These projects are in addition to projects Congressman DeSaulnier secured in the House-passed INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684) infrastructure bill.

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