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Monrovia Pair Back After Lobbying for Federal Funds

March 30th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

Monrovia’s Mayor and City Manager are back from Washington D.C. after meeting with government officials to lobby for a portion of Monrovia’s share in the federal economic stimulus package.

Major Rob Hammond and City Manager Scott Ochoa traveled to Washington to secure the funding in an upcoming appropriations bill. At stake is $260,000 in additional funding designated for Station Square at the Gold Line’s future light rail depot. Already, $4.5 million in federal money has been designated for the project. When secured, the additional $260,000 will bring federal assistance for the project to $4.76 million.

Hammond and Ochoa had meetings with both Congressional Representatives David Drier and Adam Schiff, in addition to staff members from the offices of Senator Diane Feinstein, Representative Grace Napolitano and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.

“We had good, fruitful discussions with all involved,” said Mayor Hammond, “and I remain optimistic about securing the funding.”

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