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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2According to Dreier, California has received $1 billion over the past six years from the program. Los Angeles County has received $118 million while San Bernardino County has received $3 million. The House passed 393-23 the spending bill for SCAAP and $59.8 billion worth of other programs in the Commerce and Justice departments. The entire Southern California congressional delegation voted in favor of it. NASA, which is funded through the same bill, came out with $16.7 billion, a $462 million increase over last year. That includes $700 million for Mars missions, and $98.5 million for the Space Interferometry Mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. There also is $10 million for another JPL program, the Terrestrial Planet Finder. Dreier, who secured the funding for the La Ca ada Flintridge-based laboratory, called it a “shining example of hard work, dedicated research and true discovery.” The measure also includes funding to expand a San Fernando Valley substance abuse treatment program, though the exact amount has not yet been set. WASHINGTON – Congress is poised to shortchange California and other states that jail high numbers of criminal illegal immigrants, as Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca prepares to testify before a federal panel on the need for adequate funding. Legislation headed for the U.S. Senate includes $415 million nationwide for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which states depend on to repay some of the incarceration costs. California spends more than $600 million annually on what it views as a federal responsibility. “This is an issue of fairness, responsibility and public safety,” said Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, who, along with other members of the Southern California delegation, has pushed for increased funding even as the Bush administration annually tries to slash it. Local officials say Los Angeles County spends about $90 million more per year than it receives from Washington. That shortfall is among the points Baca plans to address Wednesday before a congressional panel on illegal immigration convening in San Diego. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, said he and other lawmakers have asked for $1.5million for the Phoenix Academy in Lake View Terrace, the only local facility that provides long-term residential treatment for teens fighting substance-abuse problems. The money will be used to increase the number of beds at the facility. Congress put Phoenix Academy on a list of programs that will get a slice of a $115.2million grant program, and are expected to determine the exact amount later in the year. Also receiving money through that grant are: the Los Angeles city and county Community Law Enforcement and Recovery anti-gang program; the Los Angeles County community policing program; and the Domestic Abuse Response Team of Los Angeles. Also slated to receive as-yet-to-be-determined funding: South Los Angeles for a program addressing at-risk kids; Friends of Child Advocates of Los Angeles County; Regional Fingerprint Identification programs in San Bernardino and Riverside counties; the East Valley Justice Communications Center in Redlands; a crime analysis system for the city of Redlands; and an unspecified law enforcement initiative in Ventura County. [email protected] (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more