- Karie Portillo
BACKGROUND: Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D – Thousand Oaks) will hold a press conference in the City of Thousand Oaks to announce $3.3 Million secured in the 2021-22 State Budget for the Conejo Recreation & Park District. Both the legislator and guest speakers will cover details on the need for the state funding.
During the past year, the Conejo Recreation & Park District (CRPD) stepped up to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their work included providing childcare for essential workers, operating COVID testing and blood donation sites, and delivering vital services to our community. They did so despite losing money and having no guarantee they would be compensated. Since they are not connected to a city or county, there is no other entity that can fill the gap in their COVID-related expenses and funding losses they have endured.
Assemblymember Irwin and Senator Stern proposed State Budget Pandemic Assistance in early April to aid CRPD in recovering from the financial impact of the last year. The idea for this funding was brought forward to Assemblymember Irwin by CRPD who highlighted the significant strain the pandemic put on the local agency.
Members of the media who wish to attend this event are asked to RSVP to Karie.Portillo@asm.ca.gov.
Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin represents California’s 44th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Camarillo, Moorpark, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, and Oak Park.