Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Next steps for Fresno's $70 million
gvw_david_taub
By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 7 years ago on
February 9, 2017

Share

[UPDATE: the board of the Strategic Growth Council did unanimously pass a recommendation to allow the state Department of Conservation to administer the TCC funds]

The next step for Fresno collecting $70 million in state funds happened today (February 9) in Sacramento. The board of the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) handed over the duties to administer the program to yet another state agency.

At Thursday’s monthly meeting, the board unanimously followed a staff recommendation to allow the Department of Conservation to manage the Transformative Climate Communities Program (TCC). That program, created by legislative act last year, has $140 million in grants from Governor Jerry Brown’s Cap & Trade program to dole out to disadvantaged communities. He signed the bill in a ceremony in Fresno last September. Fresno has already been selected as the first recipient, with half the pie or $70 million.

According to its public website, the “Department of Conservation administers a variety of programs vital to California’s public safety, environment and economy. The services DOC provides are designed to balance today’s needs with tomorrow’s obligations by fostering the wise use and conservation of energy, land and mineral resources.”

Randall Winston, SGC’s executive director, says that they normally work with the DOC, so it is a natural fit. “We work with them and have a long standing relation on a number of our programs. Part of the rational of the partnership stems from that,” Winston tells GV Wire. He touted the efficiencies of the agencies working together. “The work between their administrative staff and our administrative staff is long standing and quite strong.”

Another interesting tidbit is that 5% of the total (or $7 million) will be used for “administrative costs.” That would allow the DOC to contract out with other entities, such as a local Fresno group, to help spend the grant money.

Winston says that the cost is standard. But, any final allocation of administrative budget wouldn’t be finalized until a plan is in place.

While no final plan has been devised in where to spend the money in Fresno, or if any local agencies will be used to help distribute the money, the general idea is that it will be used in and around downtown to help the area where the proposed High-Speed Rail station is coming in. The theory is that because the train would lead to fewer cars, that would be good for the climate.

There will be a TCC Summit on Friday, allowing for stakeholders to gather and discuss best ways to implement the money. In addition to Fresno, Los Angeles will receive $35 million. The remaining $35 million will go to a city to be announced.

Also, a workshop will be held in Fresno next Wednesday (February 15) from 6-8 p.m. at the Hugh Burns State Building (2550 Mariposa Mall, room 1036) in downtown Fresno.

NOTE:

The SGC meeting is at 1 p.m. on Thursday (February 9). A live feed can be watched here.

E-mail David Taub

RELATED TOPICS:

DON'T MISS

US Shoots Down Iran-Launched Attack Drones as Biden Team Pledges ‘Support’ for Israel

DON'T MISS

Sacramento Gave Homeless Camp a Lease as an Experiment. Here’s What Happened.

DON'T MISS

Merced Supervisors Accused of ‘Triple Crown Race’ of Failures Amid Talk of Closing Fire Stations

DON'T MISS

Teacher Appreciation Week Surprises That Educators Will Love

DON'T MISS

A Mission of Mercy, Then a Fatal Strike: How an Aid Convoy in Gaza Became Israel’s Target

DON'T MISS

Walberg Era Begins With a Charge to ‘Revolutionize’ Bulldogs Basketball

DON'T MISS

California Man Sentenced to 40 Years to Life for Fatal Freeway Shooting of 6-Year-Old Boy

DON'T MISS

16 Clovis Students Rewarded With Scholarships for Their Resilience

DON'T MISS

Dr. Green Thumb’s Is Open. Sweet Flower Debuts Saturday in Fresno Cannabis Rollout.

DON'T MISS

Reacher Star Alan Ritchson Calls Donald Trump a ‘Rapist’

UP NEXT

From Tragedy to Triumph: The Land Before Time Litter’s Journey

UP NEXT

Fresno Monopoly is Coming. You Have a Chance to Make It Your Own.

UP NEXT

After Fong Ruling, a ‘Bitter Pill to Swallow’ for US Senate Losers Katie Porter & Barbara Lee?

UP NEXT

Fresno’s ‘Rods on the Bluff’ Is Driven by Friendship, Creativity, and Achievement

UP NEXT

This Chill Tabby Cat Loves Hanging Out With People. Is He Your ‘Purrfect’ Match?

UP NEXT

Legendary Comedians Seinfeld and Carolla Lead Fresno Entertainment Lineup

UP NEXT

Fresno’s Marjaree Mason Center Secures $850K Federal Funding Boost for New Resource Center

UP NEXT

Pistachio Growers Banking on World Famous Chef to Grow Their Markets

UP NEXT

Fast Food Wage Hike Impacts Fresno Restaurateurs of All Menu Types and Sizes

UP NEXT

Appeal Court Rules Fong Can Stay on CA-20 Congressional Ballot

David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

Teacher Appreciation Week Surprises That Educators Will Love

23 hours ago

A Mission of Mercy, Then a Fatal Strike: How an Aid Convoy in Gaza Became Israel’s Target

24 hours ago

Walberg Era Begins With a Charge to ‘Revolutionize’ Bulldogs Basketball

1 day ago

California Man Sentenced to 40 Years to Life for Fatal Freeway Shooting of 6-Year-Old Boy

2 days ago

16 Clovis Students Rewarded With Scholarships for Their Resilience

2 days ago

Dr. Green Thumb’s Is Open. Sweet Flower Debuts Saturday in Fresno Cannabis Rollout.

2 days ago

Reacher Star Alan Ritchson Calls Donald Trump a ‘Rapist’

2 days ago

Community Leaders Call for Transparency in Fresno Superintendent Search

2 days ago

Israeli Settlers Rampage Through a West Bank Village, Killing 1 Palestinian and Wounding 25

2 days ago

US Intelligence Finding Shows China Surging Equipment Sales to Russia to Help War Effort in Ukraine

2 days ago

US Shoots Down Iran-Launched Attack Drones as Biden Team Pledges ‘Support’ for Israel

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and his national security team monitored Iran’s aerial attack against Israel on Saturday as U.S. forces joi...

8 hours ago

8 hours ago

US Shoots Down Iran-Launched Attack Drones as Biden Team Pledges ‘Support’ for Israel

22 hours ago

Sacramento Gave Homeless Camp a Lease as an Experiment. Here’s What Happened.

23 hours ago

Merced Supervisors Accused of ‘Triple Crown Race’ of Failures Amid Talk of Closing Fire Stations

23 hours ago

Teacher Appreciation Week Surprises That Educators Will Love

24 hours ago

A Mission of Mercy, Then a Fatal Strike: How an Aid Convoy in Gaza Became Israel’s Target

1 day ago

Walberg Era Begins With a Charge to ‘Revolutionize’ Bulldogs Basketball

2 days ago

California Man Sentenced to 40 Years to Life for Fatal Freeway Shooting of 6-Year-Old Boy

2 days ago

16 Clovis Students Rewarded With Scholarships for Their Resilience

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend