Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

For Immediate Release:
July 22, 2010  
Contact:
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553

Senate Committee Approves Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill With Boxer Requests  

Includes $5 Million for California Requested by Boxer

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee today approved the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, which includes $5 million requested by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) for key investments throughout California.

Senator Boxer said, “I am pleased that the Appropriations Committee has approved these critical investments in public safety in California. These projects will help first responders and law enforcement officers keep our communities safe.”

This bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

The investments include:

East Bay Regional Communications
Recipient: East Bay Regional Communications System Authority
Location: Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, California
Amount: $1,000,000

Funds will help finish and operate an interoperable communications system for first responders in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, connecting 35 first-responder agencies, including 29 cities and four special districts.

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Emergency Communications System Improvements
Recipient: Yolo Emergency Communications Agency
Location: Yolo County, California
Amount: $1,000,000

Funds will help purchase equipment for interoperable radio infrastructure to address serious communication shortfalls that jeopardize the effectiveness of emergency responses in Yolo County.

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Matt Garcia Police Activities League Youth Center
Recipient: City of Fairfield
Location: Fairfield, California
Amount: $175,000

Funds will help the Police Activities League continue to operate five days a week. PAL provides at-risk teens with constructive alternatives to gangs and the chance to develop positive relationships with police officers.

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Public Safety Technology
Recipient: City of San Diego
Location: San Diego, California
Amount: $150,000

Funds will help purchase updated communications technology for the city’s police cars to allow data sharing, so officers on patrol can access criminal justice information in real time, enhancing their ability to apprehend criminal suspects.

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Regional Data Interoperability
Recipient: County of Fresno
Location: Fresno County, California
Amount: $675,000

Funds will help complete the county’s interoperable communications to connect all 47 major first responder agencies in Fresno, Kings and Madera Counties, and part of Tulare County.

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Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Team
Recipient: County of Ventura
Location: Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, California
Amount: $500,000

Funds will help support law enforcement positions and purchase equipment to assist in the monitoring of registered sex offenders in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

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Street and Anti-Gang Project – Gang Task Force
Recipient: County of Monterey
Location: Monterey County, California
Amount: $500,000

Funds will help support the Monterey County Street and Anti-Gang Project, which is a countywide collaborative effort to reduce gang violence. The task force has made a significant impact on gang-related crime, and it has become a statewide model of effective gang suppression.

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Tools for Tolerance
Recipient: Simon Wiesenthal Center
Location: Los Angeles, California
Amount: $1,000,000

Funds will help support training for criminal justice professionals to enhance their capacity to prevent and address hate crimes.