(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) has secured funding for cities and counties to bolster preparedness for wildfires and the climate crisis, improve transportation infrastructure, and fund meaningful projects in the North Bay. Bills amending the 2022 State Budget, which were approved by the Legislature last week, directly allocate more than $56 million toward local projects and infrastructure in Marin and Sonoma counties.
The 2022 Budget Act will allocate substantial funds to better prepare the North Bay for wildfires and drought. $1 million is directed to the Southern Marin Fire Protection District to cover vegetation management and improving evacuation route capacity. Additionally, $1 million is allocated to the Marin Municipal Water District for the San Geronimo Emergency Generator.
The State Budget makes notable investments in the mitigation of sea level rise which is anticipated to heavily impact the North Bay region. $20 million is allocated to the Transportation Authority of Marin to provide for the Transportation Project to Combat Sea Level Rise along Highway 37. These funds will prepare the regional highway for seasonal rain and high tide events which have caused delays and road highway closures. The Budget directs another $10 million to the Transportation Authority of Marin to address flooding issues along Highway 101. Additionally, the City of Sausalito will receive $1 million for infrastructure adapting to rising sea levels.
The city of Santa Rosa will receive significant state funding in this year’s Budget. $5 million is directed toward the city to replace the Roseland 8 fire station, with an additional $1 million for the station’s general use. In addition the city will receive $5 million to build a permanent library in Roseland, $5 million for the housing-focused Caritas Center, and $1.5 million for water use efficiency appliances.
Other notable investments in the district include:
- $2 million to the County of Marin for immediate homeless housing needs in Marin County;
- $3 million for the Richardson Bay Regional Authority for supporting immediate homeless housing needs; and
- $1 million for the Maxwell Farms Regional Park in Sonoma County.
“North Bay communities are facing multiple crises,” said Assemblymember Levine. “This funding will support local efforts to address some of the most pressing issues facing society, including impending sea level rise, wildfires, and homelessness. This is the last budget I’ll pass as a legislator and I am grateful for the trust of my constituents to advocate on their behalf for the past 10 years.”
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