Janaury 2017

California Consulting LLC: "Putting Clients First"

City of Hermosa Beach receives over $3 Million in in Prop 1 Storm Water Grant Program (Round 1) Funding

California Consulting is pleased to announce our client, City of Hermosa Beach, has been awarded $3,099,400 for the Prop 1 Storm Water Grant Program (Round 1).
The city will use the grant monies to engineer, plan, and design an infiltration system at two possible sites. The project will be designed to capture and store storm water, urban runoff, and reduce the amount of polluted water draining to the beach. The positive impact on Hermosa Beach's community will include reducing beach closure days, groundwater recharge, and mitigating sea level rise impacts. 
California Consulting Project Manager, David Marquez, stated: "California Consulting and the City team worked closely to bring this to a successful conclusion. This is a much needed award for a deserving project." 

California Consulting Secures Over $3.4 Million in 30 days
California Consulting LLC is pleased to announce we have secured over $3.4 million dollars in competitive grant award funding in the last 30 days for our clients.
Tristan Shamp, California Consulting's Statewide Grants Manager, said: "This accomplishment is a testament to the expert level grant writing by our stellar team. We look forward to more success as we head into 2017." 
1 City of Hermosa Beach Prop 1 Storm Water Grant Program (Round 1) $3,099,400
2 City of Baldwin Park
Los Angeles County 2016-2017 Competitive Tree Planting Excess Funds Grant Program. 
3 City of Upland Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control $37,954
4 City of Maywood CalRecycle Tire Derived Product Grant (Chip Seal) $9,592
5 Castro Valley Unified School District Classified Employee Teacher Credentialing Program $80,000
6 Earlimart School District Classics for Kids Foundation Instrument Matching Grant Program $1,782
7 County of Imperial FM Global Fire Prevention Grant $2,500
8 County of Imperial Firefighter's Charitable Foundation Grant $300
    Total: $3,431,528

Whittier City School District Renews Contract

The Whittier City School District Board recently agreed unanimously to renew their grants services contract with California Consulting, LLC.
Since 2012, California Consulting has been successfully providing grant services and to date has captured nearly $4.8 million for the District. These grant awards ranged from a $3,745 Lowe's ToolBox for Education Grant to a $1.5 million California State Math and Science Partnership (CaMSP) grant, which have helped the District to provide early intervention, community learning centers, multiple math and science programs, an art program and technology access.
California Consulting Senior Director Allison Richards commented on the announcement, "Through our partnership with the Whittier City School District, we have been able to help the District's teachers, students, and community gain additional resources. We are proud of the grants won and the fact that they are so valuable to the continued expansion of learning opportunities."
We appreciate the team work and care that our grant writers put into making each and every grant the best it can be. Congratulations to the Whittier City School District!


Our client, City of Hermosa Beach, has been awarded $3,099,400 for the Prop 1 Storm Water Grant Program (Round 1). Congratulations!

The City of Baldwin Park, received $200,000 for the Los Angeles County 2016-2017 Competitive Tree Planting Excess Funds Grant Program. Congratulations to the City of Baldwin Park staff and California Consulting's grant writing team on the successful application!

Castro Valley Unified School District was awarded their Classified Employee Teacher Credentialing Program grant for $80,000. Congratulations to Castro Valley USD staff and California Consulting's incredible grant writing team!

California Consulting, LLC is pleased to announce the Upland Police Department received $37,954 from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control. Congratulations, Upland PD! 

California Consulting, LLC
 is pleased to announce our client the City of Maywood was awarded the CalRecycle Tire Derived Product grant for $9,592. Congratulations to the City of Maywood Staff and California Consulting's grant writing team on writing the successful application.


L.A. Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Council hosts State Board of Equalization Chairwoman, Fiona Ma, and California Consulting CEO, Steve Samuelian, on panel regarding funding.

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US Department of Justice: Smart Prosecution Initiative FY 2017 Competitive Grant

Deadline: January 26, 2016

Amount: 3 awards of up to $425,000 each

Match: None required, but voluntary contributions are encouraged

Eligibility:  state and local prosecutorial agencies, federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform prosecutorial functions, or governmental non-prosecutorial agencies acting as a fiscal agent for one of the previous applicant types 

 This program seeks to build  upon analysis-driven, promising practices and evidence-based prosecution by encouraging state, local, and tribal prosecutorial agencies to develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdiction. BJA's "Smart Suite" of programs invest in the development of practitioner-researcher partnerships that use data, evidence, and innovation to create strategies and interventions that are effective and economical. This data-driven approach enables jurisdictions to understand the full nature and extent of the crime challenges they are facing and to target resources to the highest priorities. The Smart Suite of programs, which includes the Smart Prosecution Initiative, represents a strategic approach that brings more "science" into criminal justice operations by leveraging innovative applications of analysis, technology, and evidence-based practices with the goal of improving performance and effectiveness while containing costs. 

California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS): FY 2018 Grants

Deadline: January 30, 2017

Amount: Varies by program

Match: Varies by program

Eligibility: Public Agencies and Law Enforcement

OTS grant funding now available for FY 2018. This funding consists of ten specific grant opportunities that are described below. Please review the OTS grants webpage for further details.

1) Alcohol Impaired Driving Grants: These programs aim to prevent people from driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other drugs and to remove DUI drivers from the road. OTS grants use a comprehensive approach by funding educational, prevention, and enforcement programs and by focusing on high-risk groups.

2) Distracted Driving Grants: OTS and CHP co-lead the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) Distracted Driving Challenge Area by developing action items to reduce this problem. Countermeasures funded include increased and focused enforcement, observational surveys, and public awareness campaigns, while other actions are being developed to change behavior.

3) Drug Impaired Driving Grants: Funding to decrease the average response time for the arrival of appropriate equipment at collision sites in rural areas. OTS grants have provide for increased officer training in the NHTSA Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) programs, which lead to better detection of drug-impaired drivers. OTS grants also fund vertical prosecution programs for drug-impaired driving cases.

4) Emergency Medical Services Grants: OTS provides funds for cost-effective programs that incorporate effective strategies for improving California's EMS system's ability to meet the needs of motor vehicle collision victims. OTS-funded programs provide life-saving equipment, training, reliable ambulance transportation, effective communications, public information, education, and access to data and evaluation tools.

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Municipal Grant Opportunities: 

Education Grant Opportunities: 


12/19/16 - California Consulting Management Team met on December 19, 2016 in Montebello, to recap 2016 and discuss our goals for 2017! We have many great programs planned for 2017 for our clients.

12/15/16 - California Consulting, LLC  Associate, Lee Neves , and Project Manager Tove Beatty attended the League of California Cities Central Valley Division Annual Holiday Reception on December 15, 2016. Lee is pictured here with Stockton City Councilmember Elbert Holman.

12/14/16 - California Consulting Associate, Maryann Marino, attended the swearing in reception for Sergio Contreres on December 14, 2016.  Sergio Contreres is Mayor Pro-Tem of Westminster

12/14/16 - California Consulting Project Manager, David Marquez, outside of Maywood city council chambers. On Dec. 14, 2016 the Maywood city council unanimously approved a one year contract extension/renewal of the grant writing contract with California Consulting. California Consulting CEO, Steve Samuelian, and Project Manager, David Marquez, presented an update to the City Council.

12/8/16 - California Consulting, LLC  Senior Associate (Orange County) Maryann Marino  and Steve Samuelian  attended the annual Orange County Business Council (OCBC), OC BIA, OC Realtors, and OC Hispanic Chamber holiday reception in Irvine on Dec. 8, 2016. The event was attended by more than 300 business and community leaders. Proud to be with my longtime friend, Assemblyman Matthew Harper, Aliso Viejo Councilman Mike Munzing, OCBC Government Affairs Director Bryan Starr, and OC Hispanic Chamber CEO Reuben Franco, California Consulting is pleased to serve as the grant writers and grant administrators for several cities, school districts, special districts and others throughout Orange County.

12/08/16 - California Consulting, LLC  atttended a holiday party hosted by Congressman Tony Cardenas and Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra and L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson. California Consulting was represented at the event by Associates Imelda Padilla  and Harout Harry Semerdjian .

12/6/16- USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Director Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Ambassadors Steve Samuelian, Susan SiFuentes-Trigueros and Robb Kornike at the Unruh Institute Holiday Reception held Dec. 6, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel-USC. The event brought together USC students, Ambassadors, and Associates and featured a program that included comments from Unruh Institute Director Dan Schnur, Senator Robert Bob Hertzberg, and Unruh Institute Ambassador Co-Chair Steve Samuelian. Pic (L-R) Institute Director Dan Schnur, Ambassdor Co-Chairs Steve Samuelian and Susan Sifuentes-Trigueros, and Ambassador Robb Korinke.

12/4/16- California Consulting, LLC  Associate,  Imelda Padilla , attended the Andre Quintero Holiday Reception on December 4, 2016. It was located at La Fonda de Los Camperos in Los Angeles, CA. Imelda is pictured with Mayor Quintero. Congratulations on a successful event.

12/2/16 - 
California Consulting Sr. Director, Allison Richards, with our longtime client, Coalinga-Huron School Board Vice President, Francisco J Chavez at the CSBAAnnual Conference.  We're delighted to provide grant writing services to Coalinga-Huron Unified School District!

12/2/16 -  California Consulting Sr. Associate, Amiee Alden, with Fontana School Board Vice President,  Mary Sandoval at the CSDA Annual Conference. We are so pleased to be working with Fontana Unified School District!

12/1/16 -  BizFed Founder David Fleming, L.A. County Supervisor-elect , Janice Hahn, Kosmont Companies CEO and BizFed Executive Committee Member Larry Kosmont, California Consulting CEO and BizFed Executive Committee Member Steve Samuelian, and BizFed Founding CEO Tracy Rafter-Hernandez at the holiday party Dec. 1, 2016. The event was hosted by BizFed, the California Contract Cities Association, and the League of California Cities L.A. Division and was attended by more than 300 elected officials and community leaders at The California Club in Downtown Los Angeles.
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In This Issue

Team Member Spotlight:
Sergio Sanchez- Associate- Central Coast

Sergio Sanchez is the California Consulting LLC Associate for the  Central Coast. Sergio began his career in public service in November 2002 when he was first elected to serve as a member of the Salinas City  Council. Sergio was elected to represent District 1, one of the most diverse and densely populated districts  in the Nation. He was re-elected to two additional 4 -year terms, November 2004 and November 2008.

Prior to being elected, Sergio served as a Committee Member for the Redistricting Committees for the City of Salinas, County of Monterey and the Salinas Union High School District and as a Commissioner of the County of Monterey Equal Opportunity Advisory Commission.

As a political consultant, Sergio has managed or assisted the 
campaigns for Former Monterey County Supervisors Jerry Smith, Lou Calcagno, Assemblymember Luis Alejo and Senator Anthony Cannella. Sergio has also worked on various local ballot measures  including Measure Q (Natividad Medical Center Sales Tax) Measure K (City of Salinas Public Safety Sales Tax)

From December 2010 through February 2013, Sergio Sanchez worked as District Director for Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo California State Assembly representative for 30th Assembly District.

Upcoming Grants: 

Education Opportunities:

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) 
Public Benefit Program New Alternative Fuel Vehicle 
Purchase Grant

Deadline: Continuous until funding exhausted; ASAP

Amount: $20,000 per vehicle (max); $100,000 per agency (max)

Eligibility: School districts in the five-county area of the 
SJVAPCD in central California

This component provides funding for the purchase of new alternative
fueled vehicles (Electric, Plug-In Hybrid, CNG, LNG, LPG, etc.)
Applications for this component are currently being accepted on a 
first-come, first-serve basis.

US Department of Education: Project School Emergency 
Response to Violence (SERV) Program

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: Immediate Services grant: Up to $50,000 for a period 
of six  months; Extended Services grants: Up to $250,000 for 
18 months

Match: None required

Eligibility: Local education agencies (LEAs) and institutions
of higher  education (IHEs)

This program funds  short-term and long-term education-related 
services for  local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of   higher education (IHEs)  to help them recover from a violent or  traumatic event in which the learning  environment has been disrupted.  LEA's and IHE's may apply for two types of  assistance under Project  SERV: Immediate Services grants and  Extended  Services grants.   Immediate Services grants are intended to provide short-term  support shortly after a traumatic event. Immediate Services grants  are intended  to provide a limited amount of funds to meet acute needs  and restore the learning  environment.  Extended Services grants are 
intended to address the long-term  recovery efforts that may be needed  following a traumatic event. Extended  Services applications are  considered unsolicited grant applications and undergo  a rigorous  internal review by the Office of Safe and Healthy Students and the 
Office  of the General Counsel. After review by staff members, the  application is peer  reviewed by an outside panel before being  considered for fundin g.

Municipal Opportunities:


State Water Resources Control Board: Proposition 1 
Small Community  Wastewater Program

Deadline: Continuous

Amount/Financing: $260 Million allocated to program. Like CWSRF  (see above) there   is no maximum funding or disbursement limits.  Financing Term up to 30 years or the  useful life of the project. Interest  Rate is ½ the most recent  General Obligation (GO) Bond Rate at time 
of funding approval.

Eligibility: Most cities, towns, districts, or other public bodies created  under state law,  including state agencies

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Section 79723 of Prop 1 allocates $260 million to the Clean Water  State Revolving  Fund (CWSRF) Small Community Grant (SCG) Fund.  The State Water Board has an  annual SCG appropriation of $8 million  dollars, which is administered consistent with the  CWSRF Intended Use 
Plan (IUP), and the CWSRF Policy. The Prop 1 funds will  supplement  existing SCG authority. Eligible projects are similar to the CWSRF  program and include, but are not limited to:

1. Construction of publicly-owned treatment facilities: Wastewater  treatment;  Local sewers;  Sewer interceptors; Water reclamation  and distribution; Stormwater  treatment; Combined  sewers; Landfill  leachate treatment

2. Implementation of nonpoint source (NPS) projects to address  pollution associated with:  Agriculture; Forestry; Urban Areas; Marinas; Hydromodification; Wetlands

California Farmland Conservancy Program

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: Varies

Match: 5% of grant total


The Department of Conservation's California Farmland Conservancy  Program  provides grants   to local governments and qualified nonprofit  organizations for:

* voluntary acquisition of conservation easements on agricultural lands   that are under  pressure of being converted to non-agricultural uses;

* temporary purchase of agricultural lands that are under pressure of   being converted  to non-agricultural uses, as a phase in the process of placing an agricultural conservation  easement; 

* agricultural land conservation planning and policy projects; and,

* restoration of and improvements to agricultural land already under easement

Welcome to the Team!


California Consulting warmly welcomes the following NEW clients!
  • City of Tustin
  • City of Cupertino, and 
  • Palo Verde Union Elementary School District
We look forward to working with you.

Thank you for your Renewal!

California Consulting is delighted that Whittier City School District has renewed our contract. 
Thank you for your continued confidence in our services.

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