NEWS FROM DON KNABE
Supervisor, Fourth District
County of Los Angeles
822 Hahn Hall of Administration
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: David A. Sommers
(213) 453-6446 (cell)
KNABE TO ANNOUNCE $12.9 MILLION IN SOUTH BAY PROJECTS
LOS ANGELES, November 4, 2009 – During his annual State of the County address today, Supervisor Don Knabe, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, will announce that he will be funding $12.9 million towards several capital projects in the South Bay. The projects, which include a renovation of the Torrance Health Center, improvements at Los Verdes Golf Course, a new lifeguard station in El Segundo, the expansion of the San Pedro Service Center, and the construction of a new building to house homeless families, are part of a larger investment of that Knabe will be announcing at the event.
The historic Torrance Health Center will get $2.78 million for an advanced HVAC system that works for a tuberculosis testing facility, new security systems, a kitchen refurbishment, and space for public health outreach programs.
In the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, the Los Verdes Golf Course will receive $985-thousand to replace 230,000-square-feet of artificial turf with natural turf, and to install a new high-tech, water-saving irrigation system.
A new lifeguard headquarters station will be built in the City of El Segundo. The 13-hundred square foot, $1.7 million building will also include space for our Junior Lifeguard Program.
The San Pedro Service Center will receive $2.48 million to renovate and expand. The Center, which opened its doors in 1972, has continued to expand its services over the years, while receiving hardly any upgrades. An addition to the northeast side of the building will include an 800-square-foot multi-purpose room. A 1,350-square-foot addition to the southeast side of the building will provide two daycare classrooms.
Harbor Interfaith Services will receive $4.97 million for the construction of a new three story building dedicated to serving approximately 13,000 homeless and working poor people in San Pedro, Lomita, Wilmington, and Harbor City. The new building will include a food pantry, office space for case workers, indoor playground, nursery, after school program space, and other specialized facilities for homeless children.
Additionally, the Supervisor, earlier this year, funded the refurbishment of over four miles of the South Bay Bike Trail. Construction on the $4.9 million project is expected to begin next September. A total of 21,000 feet of the bike trail will be rebuilt, with sections in Playa del Rey, and the Cities of El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Torrance.
Supervisor Knabe’s commitment of $12.9 million in capital project funds for the South Bay is part of a series of projects the Supervisor will be funding across the Fourth District this year, totaling nearly $42 million in construction projects that will lead to hundreds of jobs and many new community facilities for recreation, social services, and public safety. Supervisor Knabe will announce all the projects and the funding levels during his annual State of the County address at the Long Beach Convention Center on November 4.
For the first time, Supervisor Knabe’s speech will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.knabe.com. The event begins at 11:30 a.m., but the Internet broadcast will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m., once the Supervisor actually begins his speech. Viewers can log on to on www.knabe.com on Wednesday, November 4, beginning at 12:30 p.m. to see the Supervisor’s speech.
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