Dr. Ruiz Secures $17.7 Million in Vital Funding to Improve California’s 25th District Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D, CA-25, on Saturday announced the inclusion of 15 Community Projects for California’s 25th District Infrastructure in the Fiscal Year 2024, spending bills, which were signed by President Biden late Friday night. These 15 Community Projects secure a $17.7 million investment in vital infrastructure needs for the Congressman’s district spanning Needles down to Calexico.

“I am thrilled that all of the Community Projects I advocated for were successfully chosen to be funded! Communities across every corner of my district from San Jacinto to Imperial Valley will benefit from these projects. The impact across my district will be profound, ranging from expanding a shelter for farmworkers, increasing mental health services, and repairing outdated bridges and roads. In championing these projects, I fought for funding that will improve the daily lives of my constituents by making their commutes safer, water cleaner, and environment healthier,” Ruiz said.

For the FY24 Appropriations cycle, Chair Kay Granger (TX-12) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) announced that each Member of Congress could submit local community projects for potential funding. In total, Dr. Ruiz secured $17.7 million for projects throughout California’s 25th Congressional District that will improve local infrastructure.

Below are the 15 Community Projects included in Fiscal Year 2024 Spending Bills directly benefiting California’s 25th District:

  • $1,000,000 for City of Beaumont Second Street Extension Project
  • $850,000 for City of El Centro Imperial Avenue Extension Project Phase 4
  • $500,000 for City of Indio – Indio Boulevard Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Project
  • $1,000,000 for County of Imperial Gentry Road Bridge Rehabilitation Project
  • $1,000,000 for County of Imperial Sinclair Road Bridge Rehabilitation Project
  • $1,050,000 for County of Imperial- Eddins Road Bridge Rehabilitation
  • $1,000,000 for Galilee Center Facility Expansion Project
  • $3,000,000 for City of Imperial-Imperial Corridor Safety Improvement Project
  • $4,116,279 for Imperial County Transportation Commission
  • $871,280 for Imperial Irrigation District- Ninth Street Pipeline Project
  • $500,000 for Oasis Park Community Center Shade Structure
  • $1,000,000 for San Bernardino County Needles Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic and Recovery Clubhouse Project
  • $500,000 for Soboba Band of Luiseo Indians Septic to Sewer Infrastructure Construction
  • $500,000 for SunLine Transit Agency Battery Capacity for Solar Microgrid
  • $850,000 for Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians Dillon Road Improvement Project

“The City of Indio is extremely excited about the $500,000 being signed into law for the Indio Boulevard Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Project! This project will assist in connecting our communities to our new revitalized downtown and potential train and transportation depot site, said City of Indio Councilmember Waymond Fermon.

Indio City Manager Bryan Montgomery said, “The City of Indio is appreciative of Dr. Ruiz’s efforts on our behalf in addressing the safety of pedestrians along key portions of Indio Blvd that will be addressed with these Community Project Funds.  Nearly 30,000 cars travel Indio Blvd each day and improving the road surface, as well as the sidewalks and related improvements, is a key priority for us.”-

Gloria Gomez and Claudia Castorena of the Galilee Center said they are so grateful to Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz for thinking of the Galilee Center and the community of Mecca. “This funding will help us continue improving our facilities.  On behalf of the Galilee Center Board of Directors and the people of Mecca, we express our deepest appreciation for this grant.”

Desert Recreation District General Manager Kevin Kalman said, “We are deeply grateful to Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz for his support in securing half a million dollars for the Oasis community facility and shade structures, The first indoor public facility in Oasis! This significant contribution will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the community,”-






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