Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

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Community Project Funding, T&I Member Designated Projects for Fiscal Year 2022

Community Project Funding, Fiscal Year 2022

For the first time in many years, the House Appropriations Committee will be accepting Community Project Funding requests for Fiscal Year 2022. This new initiative allows Members of Congress to target federal funds towards projects and programs in their respective congressional districts that will address the most significant needs facing the communities they represent. If submissions make it through the full process, the requests will be funded through the numerous government funding bills.

Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for Fiscal Year 2022. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here.

In the interest of transparency and accountability, all Members are required to post all Community Project Funding requests submitted to the committee on their website. In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Rep. Peters has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects he has requested.

Community Project Funding Projects/Programs Requested

Listed below are the funding requests for important community projects in California's 52nd congressional district Rep. Peters has submitted to the Appropriations Committee.
NOTE: The projects are listed in no particular order.

The Digital Health for High Risk and Vulnerable Populations program

$952,065.09 - Funding approved, included in House Appropriations bill  

University of California at San Diego (UCSD) - 9300 Campus Point Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

Project Justification: This project provides critical telehealth and remote health management for our most vulnerable populations, including COVID-19 patients, the elderly, and low-income patients that represent underprivileged and underrepresented groups, as well as those living in remote or rural areas. The funding would ensure specialists at UCSD can continue their work to adopt the methods of the LAUNCH (Linking and Amplifying User Center Networks through Connected Health) program to deploy telehealth- and broadband-enabled care services for vulnerable populations that are inclusive and allow participatory design of the interventions by the beneficiaries themselves.

CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

Ambulance for Cays Fire Station

$452,000.00

City of Coronado - Coronado Cays Fire Station, 101 Grand Caribe Cswy, Coronado CA 92118

​NOTE: this funding request has been withdrawn by request of the applicant.

Project Justification: The funding would be used to purchase and station an ambulance for the City of Coronado that would provide emergency services for the 1200-home community of the Coronado Cays and the new United States Naval Base Coronado Coastal Campus (“Coastal Campus”). Because the only existing fire/paramedic on the island is located outside of the federal fire zone, the addition of this ambulance would ensure a robust response for both the Cays community and the Navy personnel, potentially saving lives.

CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

The Higher Education Online Pathways program

$978,374.40 - Funding approved, included in House Appropriations bill  

San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) - 3375 Camino del Rio South San Diego, CA 92108

Project Justification: This funding would help SDCCD increase access to and improve the quality of its existing online certificates, credentials, or programs. Funding would be used to create and expand online curriculum and textbook programs with no-cost and low-cost materials for the over 100,000 students SDCCD serves annually.

CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

San Diego River 1, 2 and 3 Levee System Assessment and Feasibility Study

$200,000.00

City of San Diego - San Diego River between the Pacific Ocean and Morena Crossing, San Diego, CA

Project Justification: These levees that protect urbanized areas in the City of San Diego urgently require a feasibility study to evaluate modifications needed to address system deficiencies that pose a public safety risk. A typical U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Feasibility Study stipulates 3 years and $3 million to complete the study. Given the complexity of the encroachments and the time elapsed since the project’s original construction in 1953, the City requires $4 million over 5 years.

CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

Habitat-friendly Shoreline Structures

$1,000,000.00

Port of San Diego - Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Project Justification: The funding would be used to secure Harbor Island’s shoreline with interlocking armor units to provide environmentally sensitive edge protection. Requiring minimal maintenance, the interlocking armor provides structural, ecological, and community engagement benefits, including the promotion of marine organisms and restoration of local ecosystems. Every six months after installation, the viability of the tide pool units as an ecological armoring replacement to traditional riprap will be evaluated.

CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

COASTER Commuter Rail Corridor Study

$1,000,000.00 - Funding approved, included in House Appropriations bill  

San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) - 401 B St #800, San Diego, CA 92101

Project Justification: The COASTER Commuter Rail Corridor is the nation’s second-busiest intercity rail corridor, moving $1 billion in goods and carrying 5 million commuter passengers a year. It also is a designated segment of the U.S. Strategic Rail Corridor Network (STRACNET) for the U.S. military. Along a 1.6 mile stretch of the line known as the Del Mar Bluffs, the rail line is within feet of the coastline, nested on delicate cliffs that experience annual and episodic erosion. This funding would be used for studying alternative alignments for the COASTER Commuter Rail Corridor that would move the rail tracks completely off the Del Mar Bluffs.

CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

Port Vehicle Electrification

$1,782,000.00 - Funding approved, included in House Appropriations bill

Port of San Diego - 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego CA 92101

Project Justification: Through the Community Emissions Reduction Plan, the Port of San Diego is focused on reducing emissions and the effect emissions have on the portside disadvantaged communities. The funding would be used to replace the Port’s outdated vehicles with electric alternatives for the General Services fleet, serving the entire San Diego Unified Port District. Improving air quality along San Diego's waterfront is an investment that yields benefits in public health and meeting environmental goals that strengthen the quality of life for those who live, work, and play by the Bay.

CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

MTS Imperial Avenue Division Zero Emission Bus Infrastructure Project

$750,000.00 - Funding approved, included in House Appropriations bill

San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) - 100 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Project Justification: The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has approved a plan to convert its entire bus fleet to a fully zero-emission fleet by 2040. To accommodate and maintain a fully zero-emission bus (ZEB) fleet, MTS must upgrade each bus division with the infrastructure required to maintain and operate ZEBs. This project request will include the design phase of building the necessary infrastructure to support the operations of ZEBs. This project will help with future expansion needs to fulfill MTS’s commitment to converting to a fully ZEB fleet and enable MTS to continue providing vital, clean, and efficient transportation services to San Diego communities.

CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

Clearwell Bypass System

$1,000,000.00 - Funding approved, included in House Appropriations bill

City of Poway - 14644 Lake Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064

Project Justification: In 2019, the City of Poway issued a boil water advisory after stormwater overflowed into the Lester J. Berglund Water Treatment Plant’s 10 MG Clearwell water storage reservoir, which supplies the City’s primary drinking water system. The Clearwell was built in the 1960s and has reached the end of its useful life. Under an agreement between the City of Poway and the State Division of Drinking Water (DDW), the Clearwell overflow structure must be replaced with another structure that meets specific DDW standards. The first step to achieve this is to build an intricate system to bypass the Clearwell reservoir. This funding request is for part of the construction of the bypass system to enable the replacement of the Clearwell. This project has direct and significant public benefits, as it provides Poway’s residents with reliable and robust clean water storage infrastructure.

CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

Hazardous Tree Removal Mitigation Project

$250,000.00 - Funding approved, included in House Appropriations bill

City of Poway - Twin Peaks Road (between Pomerado Road and Community Road), Poway, CA 92064; and Espola Road (between Valle Verde and Titan Way), Poway, CA 92064

Project Justification: This project will strategically remove hazardous trees along the right of way of Twin Peaks and Espola Roads. Approximately 1,054 structures and 3,288 residents live in homes along the Project Area and depend on these routes for escape during a wildfire. The Project Area includes critical infrastructure: a high school with 2,250 students, a fire station, water reservoirs, a water treatment plant, and community care facilities. The project will remove an estimated 2,100 trees with the objective of reducing fuel fire loads by 50% in the area. The fire fuel load reduction will reduce potential flame lengths and ensure passage of both civilian and public safety vehicles along these corridors during wildfire.

CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT

 

NDAA Community Project Funding Requests for Fiscal Year 2022

Assessment of a National Laboratory for Transformational Computing 

$2,000.00

University of California San Diego - 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093 

Project Justification: A new generation of computing technology is emerging, fueled by the development of artificial intelligence, new computing paradigms, new electronic devices, new fabrication technologies, and large, complex systems-on-a-chip and systems-in-a-package. In reality, we are entering a new “golden age” for computing that will extend the ongoing, exponential growth in computational capabilities for decades to come. While it still maintains advanced R&D capabilities, the United States has lost the ability to create system scale prototypes employing new materials, devices, architectures and systems at state-of-the-art semiconductor process nodes and computing system designs. This inability to make system scale prototypes prevents the translation and exploitation of our strong R&D for commercial and national defense needs. Currently, these capabilities are maintained outside the U.S., at institutions like the Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute and IMEC (Belgium). In addition, as our ability to continue simply shrinking transistor sizes comes to an end, the motivation and need to exploit new technologies will mushroom, but only those countries that have positioned themselves for leadership will reap the corresponding benefits of these new technologies. A National Laboratory for Transformational Computing will position the U.S. for leadership in the next generation of computing, without which such leadership will continue to be passed to Taiwan, Korea and China. Strong government support and leadership is required to prevent a repeat of the failures at Sematech, in which a consortium of competing industry partners were unable to align their interests and invest in long term outcomes. The success of TSMC (Taiwan) is tied to a strong public-private partnership focused on semiconductors that has been sustained for decades. Existing national laboratories in the U.S. currently lack the focus, resources and mission to serve the national interest in this domain. While the realization of a new National Laboratory for Transformational Computing will almost certainly involve a competitive process for its location and management, a location in Southern California would be very attractive given the strength of the computing industry in the state, the strength of its regional universities, and the proximity to semiconductor manufacturing sites in Arizona.

CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT (pg. 3)

SOF Basic Training Command (P855), Coronado, CA 

$20,500.00

Naval Amphibious Base Coronado - Naval Special Warfare Command, 2000 Trident Way Bldg. 624, San Diego, CA 92155-5599 

Project Justification: The funding will support the selection, training, and qualifying candidates to become SEALs and Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC). Specifically, it would construct, renovate, and demolish facilities to support the development of the Naval Special Warfare Center (NSWC) Basic Training Command Schoolhouse on the Oceanside of Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.

CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT (pg. 5)

Mobilizing Civilian Expertise for National Security Education on Geo-Economics, and Innovation in the Era of Great Power Competition

$9,000.00

University of California San Diego - 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093

Project Justification: This project is intended to build a robust pipeline of intellectual talent and knowledge on geo-economics, innovation, and national security (GINS) to support the education of military officers and civil servants in the national security and defense community. A key goal is to build an academic education infrastructure to support the national security establishment in training their workforces on GINS skills. Another goal is to produce a significant body of knowledge that supports the needs of military and civilian students and faculty on GINS in the national security establishment.  

CERTIFICATION LETTER STATING THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THE PROJECT (pg. 7)

 

2021 Member Designated Projects Initiative (Transportation & Infrastructure)

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) plans to advance surface transportation authorization legislation later this spring, building on H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, from the 116th Congress. Chairman Peter DeFazio announced that the T&I Committee will formally accept requests for projects from House Members.

The T&I Committee process for considering member projects is separate and distinct from the House Committee on Appropriations’ process for considering Community Project Funding requests. Projects funded through the surface transportation authorization will be funded directly from the Highway Trust Fund, and they do not require a separate or subsequent appropriation.

All requests submitted by Rep. Peters' office to the T&I Committee are posted below. Members will be required to certify that neither they nor their immediate family have a financial interest in the requests made.

Member Designated T&I Projects Requested

Listed below are the projects Rep. Peters has submitted to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
NOTE: The projects are listed in no particular order.

Project Sponsor: San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
Project Name/Location: Central Mobility Hub Pre-Construction Project, Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA, 92110
Requested Amount: $12.5 million

Project Sponsor: City of San Diego
Project Name/Location: Downtown Mobility Phase 3A, State St., W Hawthorn St., W Grape St., Columbia St, India St., B St.; San Diego, CA 92101
Requested Amount: $5.6 million

Project Sponsor: Port of San Diego
Project Name/Location: Harbor Drive 2.0, Harbor Drive at Park Blvd in San Diego, CA, 92101; to Bay Marina Drive at Tidelands Avenue in National City, CA, 91950
Requested Amount: $400,000

Project Sponsor: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)
Project Name/Location: Bus & Rail Rolling Stock purchases and Rehabilitations, Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 and Main Street, Chula Vista, CA 91911
Requested Amount: $6 million