DATE: June 19, 2012
TO: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
SUBJECT: NEIGHBORHOOD REINVESTMENT 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:
- Establish appropriations of $95.68 in the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (org 15650) based on the return of an unused portion of the 2/23/2010(7) allocation of $5,084.00 to San Diego Council on Literacy so the funds can be reallocated to other projects. (4 VOTES)
- Establish appropriations of $2,768.48 in the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (org 15650) based on the return of an unused portion of the 4/12/2011(11) allocation of $8,695.00 to Chula Vista Veterans Home Support Foundation so the funds can be reallocated to other projects. (4 VOTES)
- Establish appropriations of $52,940.71 in the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (org 15650) based on the return of an unused portion of the 6/29/2010(9) allocation of $52,940.71 to Chula Vista Nature Center so the funds can be reallocated to other projects. (4 VOTES)
- Allocate $73,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the City of Chula Vista for the production and installation of trail markers along existing trails for the Centennial Greenbelt project, and the design and production of 3,000 pocket-sized trail maps.
- Allocate $185,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the City of Chula Vista for costs associated with the Chula Vista Golf Course Jogging Bridge and Trail construction project, including planning, engineering, purchase and installation of a prefabricated bridge and jogging trail and related amenities.
- Allocate $5,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego County Library for the purchase of mugs, backpacks, food and giveaways for the grand opening of the new Lincoln Acres branch library.
- Establish appropriations of $5,000 in the County Library, services and supplies, based on an Operating Transfer from the General Fund. (4 VOTES)
- Transfer appropriations of $75,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (org 15650) to Contributions to Capital Outlay Fund (Operating Transfer Out) for Hollister Pond Improvements.
- Establish appropriations of $75,000 in the Capital Outlay Fund for Capital Project 1017286, Hollister Pond Improvements based on Operating Transfer from the General Fund. (4 VOTES)
- Allocate $60,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to 2-1-1 San Diego for the installation of an emergency power generator at their current operating location as a backup for the electricity required for functional capability of the 2-1-1 operating system.
- Allocate $8,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Media Arts Center San Diego for the purchase of a camera, a portable audio recorder, a portable hard drive, videotapes and miscellaneous supplies for the Rising Souls, Singing Scorpions documentary film project exploring the cultural history of Mexican Americans through the story of one musician, Ramon Chunky Sanchez.
- Allocate $20,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation for the purchase of a truck or van, which will expedite graffiti abatement services and aid in transporting equipment and material for beautification projects.
- Allocate $75,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the South Bay YMCA for the first phase of a new, state-of-the-art soccer and multi-sport pavilion at Mae L. Feaster Elementary School, including project design, site review, testing, site preparation and project administration costs.
- Allocate $75,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Jackie Robinson YMCA for the purchase of fitness equipment to be used at 151 YMCA Way in Southeastern San Diego.
- Amend purpose of the June 28, 2011 (1) allocation of $9,500 to the San Diego Performing Arts League to include operational support of Arts Tixs services. Authorize the Chief Financial Officer to amend the grant agreement accordingly.
- 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 total allocation of these 9 grants is $576,000, with 3 returned grants totaling $55,804.87 for a net fiscal impact of $520,195.13. These actions will result in the addition of no staff years and no future costs.
City of Chula Vista Centennial Greenbelt Signage Project
The Chula Vista Greenbelt is a 28-mile open space, park and trail system loop that extends through Otay Valley, Otay Reservoirs, Sweetwater Valley and the San Diego Bayfront, and traverses the jurisdictions of the Cities of Chula Vista, San Diego and National City, and the County of San Diego. This unique and distinguishing Greenbelt is important to the quality of life of our diverse community by providing urban relief, natural resource management and recreational opportunities to the entire South Bay area. Since 1989, much of the area has been secured as permanent open space and approximately 21 miles of trails within the Greenbelt exist today. With this grant, the City of Chula Vista will produce and install trail markers along the 21 miles of existing trails and the design and production of 3,000 pocket-sized trail maps. The implementation of the trail markers will encourage and enhance public use by giving trail users the ability to make connections to a larger system.
City of Chula Vista Pedestrian Bridge and Trail Project
Currently, users of the trail adjacent to the Chula Vista Golf Course at the intersection of Bonita Road and Otay Lakes Road have the choice of using the sidewalk next to the busy intersection or passing through a section of trail that goes through a drainage outfall. Neither option is ideal since there is heavy traffic near the intersection and the drainage outfall is often inundated with water. The proposed pedestrian bridge will allow trail users to safely cross this section of trail without fear of traffic or getting wet. The construction of the proposed trail segment leading up to the proposed pedestrian bridge will provide an identifiable pathway for the public where currently the trail abruptly ends into the Golf Course parking lot. Today's grant, if approved, will provide $185,000 to the City of Chula Vista for costs associated with these projects including planning, engineering, purchase and installation of a prefabricated pedestrian bridge and jogging trail, and related amenities such as aesthetic railing, additional trail and lodgepole wood fencing.
San Diego County Library Lincoln Acres Grand Opening
The Lincoln Acres library has been at the heart of this unincorporated community since 1940. The library offers a range of services that not only benefit the young people, but the adults who take part in weekly workshops designed to enhance their English language skills and other community events. This fall the county will unveil a brand new 2,650-square-foot branch library. With this grant, San Diego County Library will be able to purchase mugs, backpacks, food and other giveaways to be given to library patrons to mark and celebrate the grand opening of the new Lincoln Acres library.
Department of Parks and Recreation
The Hollister Pond improvement project will consist of the installation of a viewing deck with interpretive signage, benches and native landscaping adjacent to Hollister Pond in the Otay Valley Regional Park.
2-1-1 San Diego
2-1-1 San Diego is a non-profit organization serving the entire population of San Diego County. 2-1-1 is the resource and information hub that connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 confidential phone service and searchable online database. Last year alone, 2-1-1 San Diego answered 221,395 calls, provided 270,649 referrals, and completed 8,669 applications to Medi-Cal, CalFresh, Healthy Families, Utility Assistance, and Patient Pharmacy Assistance. In times of disaster, 2-1-1 is a critical partner to the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services (OES), providing public information to the community and rumor control and trend analysis to County officials, reporting community needs, and acting as the central communications point for other community agencies. When our region experiences power outages, it is critical that 2-1-1 ensure a seamless continuation of operations. With assistance from OES and funding from the State Homeland Security Grant and the Urban Area Security Initiative Grant, 2-1-1 was able to purchase and install a $225,000 emergency power generator. In January 2011, 2-1-1 moved to a new location. With this grant, 2-1-1 will be able to leverage the previous investment by providing funds to relocate and install their emergency power generator at their current operating location.
Media Arts Center San Diego
Media Arts Center San Diego (MACSD) is a non-profit media arts organization that promotes access to film and video as tools for community self-expression and social change. In its 18th year running, the programs have continued to grow for the benefit of the community. The project for which funds are requested, Rising Souls, Singing Scorpions, is a documentary film project exploring the cultural history of Mexican Americans in San Diego through the story of one musician, Ramon Chunky Sanchez. The film reveals how Sanchezs personal development as a musician and social movement figure is interwoven with the broader history of the Chicano community and the U.S.-Mexican border, from the 1960s to the present. With this grant, MACSD will purchase a camera, a portable audio recorder, a portable hard drive, videotapes and miscellaneous office supplies for the Rising Souls, Singing Scorpions documentary film project. All equipment will continue to be used by MACSD for ongoing community and educational projects.
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Founded in 1995, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) is a non-profit foundation that works in partnership with the Jacobs Family Foundation and residents of San Diego's Diamond Neighborhoods to build a stronger community through entrepreneurial projects, hands-on learning relationships, and the creative investment of resources. Writerz Blok (WB) was formed in 1999 by JCNI in conjunction with local artists as a response to the heightened amount of illegal tagging in Southeastern San Diego. WB provides a safe, gang-neutral alternative to the gang and drug lifestyle, attracting over 6,000 visits from youth and adults annually. WB provides arts education, illegal graffiti abatement, and public beautification projects throughout the region. With this grant, JCNI will purchase a truck or van, which will expedite graffiti abatement services and aid in transporting equipment and material for beautification projects.
South Bay YMCA
With more than 50 years of service to the south county communities of National City, Chula Vista, and Bonita, the South Bay YMCA has helped nurture life lessons in kids, foster health and well-being among people of any age, bring people together to pursue passions old and new and provide mutual support for everyone in the neighborhoods. Their current cause is to battle the prevalence of childhood obesity in the South Bay, especially at Mae L. Feaster Elementary, where the rate of obesity among the student population is greater than 55%. The area residents lack the appropriate space for their children to take part in physical activities. This grant will help the South Bay YMCA fund the first phase of a new, state-of-the-art soccer and multi-sport pavilion at Mae L. Feaster Elementary School to curtail childhood obesity, including project design, site review, testing and site preparation and project administration. This is the first phase of a multi-phase capital project in coordination with the school, with an estimated total project timeline of 36 months.
Jackie Robinson YMCA
For more than 60 years, the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA has been a place to belong for families in Southeast San Diego. Now serving more than 25,000 individual families annually, they provide youth development, healthy living, educational, recreational and sports programs to communities that lack sufficient resources. Their programs seek to address the severe lack of health and fitness opportunities, where only 14% and 13% of students at Lincoln High School and Gompers Preparatory Academy respectively could pass annual fitness tests. Of the 72,000 households in their service area, 68% earn less than the median income and 31% live in poverty. The YMCA is constantly challenged to increase the stability and influence of the family, to help kids develop values in a complex world, and to make sure all kids attend, behave and succeed in school. Today's grant will assist the YMCA with the purchase of new fitness equipment for their facilities at 151 YMCA Way in San Diego, which will significantly improve the health and well-being of these vulnerable populations.
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 [X] 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): Gregory R. Murphy (619) 531-5511