Route 66 Task Force revitalizes
America's Main Street
The East Hollywood Neighborhood Council (EHNC) has embarked on a journey to revitalize Santa Monica Boulevard,
the final stretch of America's Main Street, embracing the Route 66 legacy as an opportunity to fulfill its City Charter mandate to "promote more citizen participation in government and make government more responsive to local needs."
David Bell, President of EHNC, kicked off the project by proclaiming "The EHNC is excited to support quality of life improvements in this under served community. By partnering with the business community, state and local governments, charitable organizations, and concerned stakeholders, we are able to leverage our efforts to create maximum impact."
The East Hollywood Route 66 Task Force is committed to encouraging the local community to participate in the civic engagement process, first by identifying and working with the many civic partners, and then by embarking on community projects that address public safety, public works, public health, public education, and public service opportunities.
From the National Parks Service and its "Historic Route 66 Corridor Program to LA's Office of Historic Resources to LA's Office of Historic Resources the Route 66 Task Force leverages the rich legacy of the past with the opportunity of the future.
The campaign kicked off with three components,...
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Federal Funds for Your Neighborhood - SRTS
The State of California is responsible for administering federal funds that are available for communities that will put the money to work making it safer for kids to ride their bikes and/or walk to school.
The campaign is called Safe Routes to School and there are two types of grant, one for infrastructure improvements and one for non-infrastructure projects.
The infrastructure grants typically cover new sidewalks, traffic signals, bulbouts, speed tables, crosswalks, bike racks, and other physical improvements that support active transportation for children as they walk and bike to school. These projects must be complemented with education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation elements but the bulk of the grant goes to infrastructure. The project limit is $1 million.
The non-infrastructure grants address education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation campaigns and can be used to staff ongoing Safe Routes to School programs so that the education and encouragement is sustainable and ongoing. The project limit is $500,000.
Neighborhood Councils are ideal partners for Safe Routes to School campaigns and this is a classic example of the City Charter mandate to "promote more citizen participation in government and make government more responsive to local needs."
For more information on Safe Routes to School, visit Caltrans but hurry. The funding cycle opened on April 15th and it closes on July 15th. If you have any questions, call me at 323-864-7586.
For collision data on your neighborhood, visit the TIMS website for maps that show the detail around the schools in your community.
California State Parks has Prop 84 Funds
for Your Neighborhood
The State of California has $184 million in
Prop 84 Round 2 funds available to park-poor communities across the state.
The funds are specifically for the acquisition and development of parks by local municipal authorities and/or non-profits organizations and are awarded in grants that range from $100,000 to $5 million.
As in most competitive funding programs, it is imperative to engage the local community in the process of developing the park concept, including programming and development priorities.
It's also an ideal opportunity for neighborhood councils to fulfill their City Charter mandate "to promote more citizen participation in government and make government more responsive to local needs."
The Prop 84 funds are designed for underserved communities which are defined as having less than 3 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents and as having a median household income lower than $47,331.
To analyze your community, visit the California State Parks Community Fact Finder and take a look at your neighborhood to see if you qualify for Prop 84 funding.
Grant applications must be postmarked by July 1, 2011 so if you think your community would benefit from more park space, a community center, a performing arts facility, a swimming pool, a skate park, picnic areas, a garden, or other green space, reach out and get your local park!
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