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Rep. Zoe Lofgren (third from left) presents a check for $600,000 to local officials, (from left) Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez, King City Councilmembers Robert Cullen, Carlos Victoria and Carlos DeLeon, and Mayor Mike LeBarre, for the King City Downtown Electric Vehicle Charging Station on May 10. (Contributed)

KING CITY — Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren recently presented checks appropriated by Congress for two community projects totaling $1.1 million that will help create an electric vehicle charging station and Family Justice Center in King City.

The funding comes from the Lofgren-requested Community Project Funding included in Fiscal Year 2024 government funding legislation signed into law in March. In total, Lofgren secured $50,095,535 for projects in the 18th Congressional District.

Last Friday, May 10, Lofgren presented a check for $600,000 to local officials for the King City Downtown Electric Vehicle Charging Station. The project will help create an electric vehicle charging station on a property located near the southeast corner of Broadway and Third streets in downtown King City.

“King City is extremely grateful for Congresswoman Lofgren’s work to obtain this critical funding for our efforts to create a downtown parking lot dedicated for electric vehicle chargers,” said King City Mayor Mike LeBarre. “This project would not be possible without her.”

According to LeBarre, the funding is a key component of the City’s plan to “become a leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions” by facilitating the conversion to zero emission vehicles and to improve downtown to attract more visitors in order to support local businesses and job creation.

“We thank Congresswoman Lofgren for how supportive, engaged and proactive she has been for our city and greatly appreciate her helping us to improve the quality of life for all in our community,” LeBarre added.

Rep. Lofgren said she will “always advocate for funding” that benefits CA-18 communities, the regional economy and the environment for the sake of future generations.

“As we face the all-too-real effects of climate change, it is important to promote sustainable solutions that protect our planet,” she said. “This project is helping lay an important foundation in our fight against climate change, and I commend Mayor LeBarre and local officials for identifying the opportunity to have this charging station.”

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Rep. Zoe Lofgren (middle) presents a check for $500,000 to Monterey County officials and staff to help establish a Family Justice Center in King City. (Contributed)

Also on Friday, Lofgren presented a check for $500,000 for the project that will help Monterey County establish a Family Justice Center in King City.

“In the darkest hours of someone’s struggles, hope is the light that they need, this investment will make certain that light shines a little brighter in Southern Monterey County, illuminating hope in the form of access,” said County Supervisor Chris Lopez.

Specifically, the requested funds will be used to improve the County’s current building or acquire additional buildings in King City to be able to continue to co-locate service providers and perform medical examinations for sexual assault and domestic violence victims.

“The Family Justice Center will be an important resource for survivors of sexual and domestic violence to access the services and care they need,” Lofgren said. “I appreciate that Supervisor Lopez and others brought this project to my attention, especially because serving survivors of assault and abuse can often be overlooked. After trauma, community resources must be available and accessible, and providing federal funding for the development of this Center matters. I will continue to be on the lookout for projects like this that can use a federal boost in the future.”

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