Many times we hear people speak of beautiful old theatres, courthouses, and libraries that were torn down, only to be replaced by a new structure. Senator Galgiani secured $2.4 million from the State Cultural and Historic Endowment Fund, to help restore the historic Merced Theatre with all of its charm. The Merced Movie Palace is one of only eight theatres still occupied in California, that were designed by the Reid Brothers architectural firm who was famous for designing the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, & the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego.
In the Assembly, Galgiani secured $90 million dollars, from the State Budget for construction of a 56,000-square-foot building to support instruction and research activities for the Schools of Engineering and Natural Sciences. Senator Galgiani’s work provided UC Merced with a continuous, solid revenue source to begin construction of the much-needed Science and Engineering building.
AB 3034 added the Altamont Corridor and the Modesto/Stockton/Sacramento corridor to the list of corridors eligible to receive funding from the State’s $9 billion bond measure. As a result, San Joaquin County’s ACE system has received $36.4 million from Galgiani’s bond measure to begin the planning stages for extending ACE to Modesto and Merced. Construction is currently underway, providing thousands of jobs for Central Valley workers.
Senator Galgiani secured $4 million dollars as part of the 2015 Drought Emergency funding package for additional spraying to fight the water hyacinth infestation in the Delta. The invasive floating plant’s growth has been spurred by a combination of low upstream flows, and higher water temperatures during the drought. The Delta, with nearly 1,100 miles of waterways, is important to our local economy, and the invasive weeds are causing local businesses, marinas, and tourist-related businesses economic harm. This funding is critical for the health of the Delta.
Senator Galgiani led the effort to secure $9 million dollars to construct the railroad crossing underpass at G Street, so that Merced residents, law enforcement and other public safety vehicles could move through Merced without having to stop for train traffic. Prior to construction of this underpass, 73% of Merced’s residents were blocked from having access to emergency hospital services when a train was stalled on a railroad track.
Senator Galgiani’s legislation, AB 3034 placed the California High-Speed Train Bond Act, Proposition 1A, on the ballot, creating the Nation’s first High-Speed Rail project. Senator Galgiani led the statewide, collaborative effort to secure more than $3 billion dollars in federal stimulus funding, for a total of $6.3 billion dollars for the Central Valley.
Senator Galgiani led the effort to keep $20 million dollars in the 2015-2016 budget to help pay for frontline law enforcement. Local police agencies across the state are using the funds for specialized officers and field workers to respond to mental health crisis calls, partner with nonprofit organizations to address homeless issues in their communities, and invest in officer training to enhance officer competency in the areas of mental health, drugs, and gangs.