Phyllis Kimber Wilcox |

Councilmember Theodore Sanchez represents San Bernardino’s 1st Ward. (

On March 1st Governor Gavin Newsom announced the City of San Bernardino has received a grant totalling more than $722,000 as part of the state’s Clean California Grant local beautification program. 

“This is just another step in our efforts to revitalize downtown,” said Councilmember Theodore Sanchez who represents San Bernardino’s 1st Ward. “Thanks to our Public Works staff for pursuing these funds, I look forward to attending events there with residents and visitors very soon.”

The funds will be used to clean, restore and beautify the alleyway behind Fourth Street between D and E Streets.  

What to expect

The restoration project in the arts district of  downtown San Bernardino will include construction of a stage as well as a new neon archway and a wall with murals to be painted by local artists.

The arts district in downtown San Bernardino has long been the center of civic pride with its  storefronts, art gallery, restaurants and commercial buildings, including the Enterprise building which serves as a focal point for the city. In addition, many of the city’s most important cultural events take place in the area such as the city’s art walk which displays the talents of local musicians and artists.

The project will include new asphalt, and trees and shrubs will be planted. An upgrade to the irrigation system is also planned.  Bike racks will be installed as well as tables, benches and an automatic gate. The city plans to utilize the revitalized area to provide arts, education and outreach programs to the city.

The grant

The statewide Clean California Grant Program is designed to provide funding for local projects  to upgrade, clean and revitalize infrastructure (roads, streets etc.) and points of interest.  Work on the project is scheduled to begin later this year.