Glendale sends $12 million plea to Washington

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card City officials expect to get only a fraction of the $12 million request. Over the last three years, city government has received a total of $3.7 million in federal appropriations. The council’s biggest single request is for $3.1 million to upgrade an emergency communication system that allows various agencies to talk to each other. The council also asked for $1.6 million to buy four compressed natural gas buses for its Beeline system. And it asked for $2.4 million for road-upgrading projects. The council also asked for $200,000 to install video monitoring equipment at the city’s major entrance and exit points. Officials acknowledged that a video monitoring project could spark privacy concerns. But Police Chief Randy Adams said the project would be aimed only at catching criminals entering or fleeing the city, not at collecting information on residents. “It is not designed in any way to spy on people,” he said. Among the projects the council declined to push was a $1.5 million effort to encourage students to read more. Millions of dollars in requests for road improvements were also put on the back burner. The money to fund the requests would come from a variety of federal sources, including the Crime Identification Technology Program, the Economic Development Initiative and the Fund for the Improvement of Education. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is typically a major funding source for cities seeking federal funds for projects. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – The City Council voted Tuesday to seek $12 million in federal money to expand Glendale’s emergency communication system, upgrade roads, buy four more buses and make other improvements. These projects are among 13 that the City Council decided should have the highest priority when Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, and other federal representatives ask for money on Capitol Hill this year. The council selected the 13 projects from a total of 30 on its wish list. Originally, city officials had planned to lobby for just four to six projects. “I hate to make it sound like we’re gambling, but (it’s like) going to a roulette table and playing more numbers,” said City Councilman Ara Najarian. “The more numbers you play, the more chances you have of a project being funded.” last_img read more