Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that the Port of Hueneme received $532,000 through the Department of Homeland Security’s Fiscal Year 2015 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP).
“The Port of Hueneme is vital to the economic well-being of Ventura County and Southern California,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “I am pleased to announce that the Port of Hueneme will receive this critical homeland security funding to ensure safety and security at the Port.”
“This funding comes at an important time as we continue to partner with our regional law enforcement teams to ramp up security and maximize the safety of the citizens we serve. We commend the hard work of Congresswoman Julia Brownley for her leadership and efforts to sustain and advance the federal port security grant program and make certain Ventura County receives the critical funding,” said Kristin Decas, CEO and Port Director.
Jess Herrera, President of the Board of Harbor Commissioners, noted, “The Port is proud to be a recipient of $532,020 through the Port Security Grant Program administered by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency. These funds will enable our Port to invest in systems that enhance our capabilities to deter and respond to activities not in our best interest and allow us to provide a safer and more secure Port.”
These funds will be used for additional enhancements to the Port’s geographic information system, security equipment enhancements for the Joint Operations Support Center, and for training and exercises for first responders at the Port.
In 2013, Brownley offered an amendment to restore funds for port security grants, which had been eliminated in the FY2014 House Homeland Security Appropriations Act. Her amendment passed the House with bipartisan support, ensuring dedicated funding for port security would continue.
Most recently, Brownley urged the Department of Homeland Security to approve the Port of Hueneme’s FY2015 PSGP application.