More than $4 million in federal funding headed to SLO County

December 28, 2022

Congressman Salud Carbajal


Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) announced that he secured more than $4 million in federal funding for projects that benefit residents of San Luis Obispo County.

Carbajal’s office said in a press release that the congressman had been advocating for the federal funds since April. Carbajal helped ensure they were included in the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill that passed both houses of Congress last week.

“With these funds, we will be able to make critical upgrades to our roads and highways, bridges and piers to keep commerce and people moving smoothly throughout our region,” Carbajal said in a statement.

Carbajal secured $2.07 million to help fund the Prado Road bridge replacement project in the city of San Luis Obispo. The project includes improvements and modifications to the intersection of Prado Road and Higuera Street, in addition to the replacement of the bridge.

Other federal funding for SLO County includes $1.5 million toward upgrades to Morro Bay’s North T-Pier and $500,000 toward the rehabilitation and retrofit of the Swinging Bridge in Arroyo Grande.

In all, Carbajal managed to secure $22.5 million for a combined 14 projects in his district. One project outside of SLO County is a Highway 101 carpool lane extension between Santa Barbara and Ventura.

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The North T-Pier funds only benefits the government. All that is docked there or has been there for years, are Dept.of Fish and Wildlife patrol boat, USCG, a Cal Poly barge, and some derelict “transient” boats. On a yearly occasion, a couple of fishing boats that are doing government surveys also tie there for a couple of days.

When I saw the title of this article, I knew the comment section would be full of a lot of grumpy complaints and I was not disappointed. It is obvious none of you even bothered to try to find out what was allocated in the $1.7 trillion bill, but about half ($858 billion) was for defense spending. So for those of you who think we should just refund all $1.7 trillion back in taxes or allocate it evenly per person apparently don’t want any military defense, border security, or anything else the government does. Thinking big, as always!

The last thing we need is more defense spending. The US spends way more than any other country on defense…the irony is most of that money goes overseas.