DATE: March 27, 2012
TO: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
SUBJECT: NEIGHBORHOOD REINVESTMENT PROGRAM AND AMENDMENTS TO COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (DISTRICT 1)
The County of San Diego is fortunate to have an opportunity to reinvest taxpayer money into our communities for the benefit of the public. This action will assist the County in meeting the needs of the community.
VICE CHAIRMAN GREG COX:
- Transfer appropriations of $23,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the Department of Parks and Recreation (Org 52806) for clean-up services in the Otay Valley Regional Park provided by crews from the R. J. Donovan Correctional Facility.
- Cancel appropriations of $225,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program in the Department of Parks and Recreation Capital Outlay Fund for Capital Project 1010977 OVRP so those funds can be reallocated to other projects.
- Find that the Keever & Sellers Educational Activity Center is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Sections XXX.
- Transfer appropriations of $175,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (org 15650) to the Department of Parks and Recreation (Operating Transfer Out) for the Keever & Sellers Educational Activity Center.
- Establish appropriations of $175,000 in the Department of Parks and Recreation, services and supplies based on an Operating Transfer from the General Fund.
- Authorize the Director of the Department of Purchasing and Contracting to advertise and award a construction contract and take any other action authorized by Section 401 et seq. of the Administrative Code, with respect to contracting for construction of the Keever & Sellers Educational Activity Center.
- Transfer appropriations of $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Department of Aging and Independence Services (Org 46187) for the production of resource toolkits for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren initiative.
- Allocate $50,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to La Maestra Community Health Centers to purchase and install equipment for their dental care delivery system located at 217 Highland Avenue in National City including vacuums, compressors, x-ray equipment, chairs, lights, stools, optic systems and sterilization equipment.
- Allocate $37,500 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego for the purchase of IT and computer equipment to more effectively serve seniors.
- Rescind the December 9, 2008 allocation of $2,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to EPIC Medics so the funds can be allocated to other projects.
- Authorize the Chief Financial Officer to execute grant agreements with these organizations establishing terms for receipt of the funds described above and to make minor amendments to the agreements that are consistent with the general purpose of the grant but do not increase the grant.
- Find that the grant awards described above have a public purpose.
The net fiscal impact of these 5 grants, 1 rescission and 1 cancellation of funds is $83,500. These actions will result in the addition of no staff years and no future costs.
Department of Parks and Recreation
The Otay Valley Regional Park (OVRP) extends from the southeastern edge of lower San Diego Bay, east along the Otay River to the Otay Lakes Reservoir. Since 1990, the County has been party to a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement along with the cities of Chula Vista and San Diego to preserve, protect and enhance the OVRP. The Otay River Valley has a significant need for debris removal and cleanup. Inmates from the R. J. Donovan Correctional Facility provide trash and tire removal with oversight from prison staff as well as Parks staff in the OVRP. Today’s grant, if approved, will provide funding for these ongoing cleanup activities.
Leftover Neighborhood Reinvestment Program dollars in the amount of $225,000 for the Mace Street staging area project (Capital Outlay Fund for Capital Project 1010977 OVRP) will be canceled so the funds can be reallocated to other projects in District 1.
The Keever & Sellers Educational Activity Center will be constructed along the 26-mile Bayshore Bikeway. The Educational Activity Center will consist of a 30’ diameter "Nautilus Shell" themed concrete pad, climbing rocks, wildlife viewing telescopes and a low, curved seating area that will face the San Diego Bay. An 80 foot, ADA accessible trail will connect the Activity Center to the Bayshore Bikeway, improving public access along the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Today’s grant will provide funding of $175,000 and authorize the Director of Purchasing and Contracting to advertise and award a construction contract to complete the project.
County Department of Aging and Independence Services
On October 25, 2011, the Board of Supervisors directed the Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to obtain community input to identify needs, resources and solutions to assist the more than 24,000 grandparents raising grandchildren in San Diego County. As a result, the Department of Aging and Independence Services led a series of meetings with several departments across the Health and Human Services Agency along with community partners to identify resources to assist this population. Today’s action will support this ongoing effort by assisting with the development of resource guides known as “toolkits” that will be distributed countywide to assist Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.
La Maestra Community Health Centers
La Maestra Community Health Centers is a non-profit corporation that has served low and moderate income residents of San Diego County since 1991 and has been designated as a safety net medical and dental provider and a Federally Qualified Health Center since 2000. La Maestra has been the medical home and an essential resource center to over 166,000 men, women and children for whom services are generally limited or unavailable. On May 11, 2010 this board approved a $25,000 grant to La Maestra for the purchase of a dental chair system at their National City clinic. Today’s grant, if approved, will assist La Maestra with the purchase of the remaining items needed to complete the build-out of their dental clinic including vacuums, compressors, x-ray equipment, chairs, lights, stools, optic systems and sterilization equipment.
Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego
For over 50 years Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, has been providing critical services to seniors in San Diego County by delivering meals to those who are unable to adequately purchase and prepare their own meals. Meals are specially formulated for senior nutrition using Area Agency on Aging Nutrition Center guidelines and delivered by volunteers twice a day to more than 2,300 seniors. This service requires tremendous coordination of volunteers, delivery schedules, menu options, personal health needs, emergency contact information, delivery mapping and community outreach. It is imperative that the organization has a well-functioning and reliable IT system to efficiently and effectively serve the needs of seniors. However, their current IT system is a mixture of equipment from several manufacturers, including used and rebuilt machinery that often slow the pace of operations. The organization estimates it will take $54,250 to upgrade their current IT and computer systems. To date, they have received $11,750 from Las Patronas and $5,000 from a private donor for this project, leaving a gap of $37,500. If approved, today’s grant will close that gap to ensure that the staff and volunteers at Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego have the necessary infrastructure they need to continue this great service as effectively and efficiently as possible.
The grant awarded to EPIC Medics is recommended to be rescinded because the organization is no longer eligible to accept the grant award.
AGENDA ITEM INFORMATION SHEET
COUNTY COUNSEL REVIEW [X] Yes
Written Disclosure per County Charter  Yes [X] No
Section 1000.1 Required
GROUP/AGENCY FINANCE DIRECTOR  Yes [X] N/A
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER 
Yes [X] N/A
Requires Four Votes  Yes  No
TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR  Yes [X] N/A
COUNTY TECHNOLOGY OFFICE  Yes [X] N/A
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES  Yes [X] N/A
Other Concurrence(s): N/A
CONTACT PERSON(S): Greg Murphy (619) 531-5511