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“Rescue” millions for OC cities

THE “AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN” should send millions of dollars to local cities (Pexels photo).

What could Garden Grove do with an extra 50 million bucks? If you live in Huntington Beach, got any ideas on how to spend 30 million or so?

The “American Rescue Plan” initiated by President Joe Biden and approved earlier this week by Congress is estimated to cost $1.9 trillion and will cover a wide array of fields, ranging from direct payments to individuals and businesses to child tax credits.

However, a big chunk of Uncle Sam’s largess will be directed to state and local governments.

According to one published report, the City of Garden Grove will receive $50.6 million in federal money. Huntington Beach will get $30.8 million, Westminster $24.9 million and Stanton $7.1 million.

But cities can’t go out and start spending that money right away. The first half is expected to be available within 60 days, and the balance one year later.

Included in the “Rescue Plan” is money for transit, and a portion of that will benefit the OC Streetcar, a trolley car system now under construction linking Santa Ana and Garden Grove, principally along the old Pacific Electric right-of-way.

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