Community Project Funding Requests

Congressman Panetta has submitted funding requests for important community projects in California's 20th Congressional Disitrict to the House Appropriations Committee.

Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for fiscal year 2022, although only a handful may actually be funded. 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 compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Congressman Panetta has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects he has requested. Requests below are listed in no particular order.

King City Streetscape Project


City of King, 212 South Vanderhurst Avenue, King City, CA 93930

The project is designed to make the King City downtown a more pedestrian oriented and bike friendly environment. It will help improve circulation and access for the community, increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists, encourage healthier lifestyles, revitalize the downtown area, increase businesses and jobs, and provide an important overall economic development stimulus.  It is a critical priority for the City to address economic decline by creating an active downtown that will attract people from within and outside the community.


El Pajaro Alisal Kitchen Incubator


El Pajaro Community Development Corporation, 23 E. Beach St., Watsonville, CA 95076

Funding would be used to acquire commercial equipment and fixtures needed for the kitchen incubator where food production entrepreneurs, women and other economically disadvantaged persons can receive training and technical assistance, and food producers can start-up and expand their businesses in a commercially-equipped, licensed facility.


Capitola Wharf


City of Capitola, 420 Capitola Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010

Rehabilitation of the Wharf will help this important facility withstand the uncertain future of global warming and sea level rise. Funding will allow the city to make structural improvements to the wharf to enhance resiliency, widen portions of the wharf, install new public restrooms, and improve lighting and public seating areas.


Coral Street Pump Station Electrical Relocation Project


Monterey One Water, 5 Harris Court, Building D, Monterey, CA, 93940

The funding would be used to relocate electrical equipment to dry, higher ground so the station, threatened by coastal climate change, can continue to pump the city of Pacific Grove’s wastewater safely and reliably to the Regional Treatment Plant.


City of San Juan Bautista Regional Water and Waste Water Solution Project


City of San Juan Bautista, 311 Second Street, San Juan Bautista, CA, 95045

The funding would specifically be used for a portion of the City’s Regional Water and Waste Water Project, which includes building a “force main” pipeline to send wastewater to the City of Hollister Regional Treatment Plant to be treated, recycled and reused for agricultural irrigation. 


City of Santa Cruz, CA Water Meter Upgrade Program


City of Santa Cruz, 212 Locust Street, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060

The funding would be used to replace over 27,000 aging water meters in the City of Santa Cruz water service area with smart meters.


Health & Home Project


Dientes Community Dental Care, 5300 Soquel Avenue, Suite 103, Santa Cruz, CA, 95062

Altogether, the Health & Home Project is designed to address the major social issues of our time: access to affordable health care and housing. The project unites three leading nonprofit organizations – Dientes Community Dental Care, Santa Cruz Community Health, and MidPen Housing – who will work together to improve health, increase housing stability, and support local economic development.


Farmworker Workforce Center


Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA), 1700 Old Stage Road, Salinas, CA, 93908

The funding would be used to assist hard-working field laborers develop new skills and fill positions in the Salinas Valley’s agriculture industry. The Center will complement ALBA’s existing farm incubator by establishing targeted training to shore up skills gaps in the fast-growing organic agriculture sector. In addition, the Center will expand upon an existing relationship with nearby Hartnell College to offer on-farm education and experiential learning opportunities to students exploring opportunities in agriculture.


Lee Road Trail Project Phase 1


City of Watsonville, 250 Main Street, Watsonville, CA, 95076

The funding would be used to construct a 1.4-mile pedestrian and bike trail from the Pajaro Valley High School driveway to the railroad crossing on Lee Road and will connect with other pedestrian and bike projects.


Pajaro River Flood Risk Management Project


County of Santa Cruz, 701 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

This funding will help cover construction costs for the Pajaro River Flood Risk Management Project. Consistent with guidelines from the Appropriations Committee, this project will be formally submitted following publication of the President’s Budget.