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One of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposals to use the budget surplus is a new program called “Clean California” to clean up and beautify neighborhoods. Last week, the government announced $296 million in grants to 105 California communities for a variety of projects, including garbage removals, landscaping and art installations, and sidewalk and bike path improvements.
For example, the City of Anaheim will receive $2.6 million to transform the North La Palma Parkway into an attractive pedestrian/bicycle-friendly, tree-lined, one-way corridor that connects densely disadvantaged communities with La Palma Park and La Palma Parkway. Commercial corridors are connected.
Bakersfield will receive $1.9 million for a project that will bring public art installations, landscaping, lighting, and bicycle and pedestrian amenities, including sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks and signage, to planned improvements to Garces Memorial Circle.
The City of Lancaster will receive $5 million for work on the Amargosa Creek Recreational Trail project. A new 2-mile bike and walking trail along Amargosa Creek will connect cultural centers, businesses, entertainment venues, residential communities, schools, healthcare facilities and transit stops.
Richmond will receive $5 million for two infrastructure projects, one of which will fill in gaps in sidewalks and bike paths, as well as transform an unpaved alley.
Sacramento will receive $1.1 million for a new Class 1 bike path through an existing neighborhood along a disused old rail line, connecting residents to area parks, area schools, markets and other centers of activity.
Many of the projects receiving grants include trash cleanup and “beautification,” which may include landscaping and public art.
The governor’s proposed budget for 2022-23 includes another $100 million for more such grants. In addition, 126 “beautification programs” along the Interstate have recently received $312 million in funding, including large-scale trash cleanups.
A full list of grants is available here.