SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath released the following statement following the July 1st implementation of the 2019-20 budget passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor last week:
“North San Diego County, and specifically the communities I represent including Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, Vista, and Camp Pendleton, has struggled in years past to get their fair share of resources. Since taking office in December, I have made it my top priority to advocate for our region, and I am proud to say that it has resulted in significant investments for Assembly District 76 from this new state budget:
- $1 million towards homelessness prevention with $250,000 each to the cities of Encinitas, Carlsbad, Vista, and Oceanside for that purpose in partnership with the CRC.
- $1.5 million to expand the Veterans Resource Center at Mira Costa College that supports former military transitioning into the workforce.
- $8 million in beachfront improvements in the City of Oceanside to strengthen public safety and revitalize the area.
“Working with my colleagues in the Assembly and the Senate, we were also able to secure major budget allocations for the greater San Diego region and important programs statewide including:
- $17.5 million in additional funding to support Senior Nutrition Programs.
- $4.5 million in new funding for local grants to support the Healthy Brain Initiative that improves upon Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and prevention.
- $1 million to support a gun violence reduction pilot program through the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
- $5 million for the Youth Reinvestment Grant to strengthen partnerships between non-profits and community-based organizations to implement at-risk youth diversion programs.
- $1.5 million in additional funding for California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Oceanography for a total of $5 million to support research and projects on climate change and impacts on coastal erosion.
- $2 million in grant funds to support Special Olympics programs.
- $5 million for Hepatitis C monitoring, prevention and testing activities.
- $50 million in additional support for After School Education and Safety Program to provide safe places for our kids during non-school hours.
- $300,000 in support of the California Senior Legislature, the state’s premier senior advocacy organization.
“It took months to get here, but I am proud of what we achieved. This is a fiscally responsible budget that leaves $19.4 billion in reserves, including $16.5 billion for the rainy day fund, while still investing in California's future with $81 billion towards K-12 schools and community colleges.”