Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE:           October 30, 2012
TO:               BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
SUBJECT:     NEIGHBORHOOD REINVESTMENT PROGRAM (DISTRICT 1)

SUMMARY:
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.

RECOMMENDATIONS
VICE CHAIRMAN GREG COX:

  1. Allocate $14,100 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory for the purchase of string instruments, music stands, keyboards and amplifiers for expansion of their community music education programs in Chula Vista.
  2. Allocate $8,700 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Walden Family Services for the purchase of a computer server to be located at 6150 Mission Gorge Road and laptop computers for field work.
  3. Allocate $18,405 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Lamb’s Players Theatre to upgrade lighting equipment for their Resident Stage located at 1142 Orange Avenue in Coronado.
  4. Allocate $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Crime Commission to purchase t-shirts and gift cards for the 20th Annual “Shop with a Cop” event in December 2012.
  5. Allocate $12,700 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Turning the Hearts Center to renovate their large multi-purpose room including carpet, paint, furnishings and computers, located at 345 5th Avenue in Chula Vista.
  6. Allocate $13,866 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Voices for Children for the purchase and installation of new data lines, cabling, telephones, computer equipment and software, printers, server upgrades and a portable projector, to be located at 9370 Chesapeake Drive in San Diego.
  7. Allocate $12,500 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Community Health Improvement Partners for the purchase and installation of furniture, signage, technology equipment, water systems, microwave, trashcans, business cards, and letterhead, which will assist their relocation to 5095 Murphy Canyon Road in San Diego.
  8. Allocate $27,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center for the purchase of two multi-passenger golf carts that will provide a greater level of services to all visitors, including those with physical disabilities.
  9. Allocate $10,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Logan Heights Veteran’s Memorial Committee for the purchase and installation of a veteran’s memorial in Chicano Park.
  10. Allocate $5,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Chula Vista Rotary Foundation to purchase youth bicycles and bike helmets for their 34th Annual Bike Give Away.
  11. 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.
  12. Find that the grant awards described above have a public purpose.
  13. Find that the allocation to the Logan Heights Veteran’s Memorial Committee is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15301.

Fiscal Impact:
The current year total combined cost of these projects is $137,271.  The funding source is the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program (Org 15650).  These actions will result in the addition of no staff years and no future costs.

BACKGROUND:
San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory

The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SYDS) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has trained thousands of talented and pre-professional musicians for over 65 years. It is the sixth oldest continuously operating youth orchestra in the United States and serves as the resident youth orchestra in the City of San Diego’s historic Balboa Park.  Students find that adherence to the high standards and the self-discipline required for musical success has provided them with unparalleled training for future success in any field.  In 2010, the SDYS launched the Community Opus Project to make music affordable and accessible to all students in San Diego County, and in particular, in schools where many young students do not have access to early instrument instruction.  This grant, if approved, will provide much needed resources to purchase string instruments, music stands, keyboards and amplifiers for SDYS, which will be used by students in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Walden Family Services
Walden Family Services is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has been serving foster youth in San Diego County since 1976. The agency focuses on finding loving homes and caring for children that are impacted by developmental delays, special healthcare needs and behavioral challenges.  In the past 35 years, Walden has served approximately 17,000 children. With this grant, Walden Family Services will purchase a computer server for their offices at 6150 Mission Gorge Road and laptops that will be used both in the field and in the office to better and more efficiently manage case loads.

Lamb’s Players Theatre
Lamb’s Player Theatre is a 501(c) (3) non-profit theatre organization that serves an audience of more than 120,000 annually throughout San Diego County and nationally. It is the only professional theatre in San Diego with a full-time team of professional actors creating original educational touring productions based on feedback from students, teachers, administrators, and parents. The plays are developed to specifically address critical issues facing students, and to assist educators in meeting state-mandated content standards in multiple areas. Their resident theatre, located at 1142 Orange Avenue in Coronado, is in need of upgraded lighting.  Today’s grant, if approved, will allow the theatre to install new lighting that will provide new versatile projections while saving energy costs. 

San Diego Crime Commission
The San Diego Crime Commission is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that is committed to raising public awareness about the impact of crime on communities, finding solutions to problems in the criminal justice system and to educating the public about law enforcement.  Their 20th Annual Shop-With-A-Cop event will pair over 325 less fortunate and at-risk youth from throughout San Diego County with hundreds of volunteer police officers in a joyful holiday celebration.  The purpose of the event is to expose these impressionable young people to positive experiences with uniformed law enforcement personnel.  Through this event, which includes holiday shopping at a local target store with a volunteer officer, law enforcement is able to promote stronger public relations and be a positive influence in young people’s lives.  Today’s action, if approved, will provide $15,000 towards the purchase of event t-shirts and $100 gift cards, which will be distributed to children at the event and used to purchase tangible goods such as clothing, school supplies and educational materials. 

Turning the Hearts Center
Founded in 2001, Turning the Hearts Center (TTHC) serves at-risk youth and families living in or attending school in the South Bay.  They provide programs that empower youth, deter violence, develop leaders, and keep families together.  Their programs include anger management, substance abuse, youth empowerment, gang reduction, intervention and prevention groups, nutrition, health and fitness classes, tutoring, individual and family counseling.  The need for their services grows each year, and this year, they are in need of renovating their large multi-purpose room.  This grant, if approved, will assist TTHC with the purchase and installation of carpet, paint, furnishings and computers for their multi-purpose room located at 345 5th Avenue in Chula Vista.

Voices for Children
Voices for Children is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that endeavors to ensure that abused, neglected and abandoned children who have become dependents of the San Diego County Court will have a safe and permanent home. Over the past 32 years, Voices for Children has become one of the largest and best managed of nearly 1,000 CASA organizations nationwide.  Through their network of trained and educated volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), Voices for Children works with key agencies, legal counsel and community resources to identify and protect the best interests of each child inside and outside of court.  Their operations continue to grow and expand to the point that they need more space and better technology.  This grant, if approved, will assist their technology infrastructure and capacity expansion project by purchasing and installing new data lines, cabling, telephones, computer equipment and software, printers, server upgrades and a portable projector, to be located at 9370 Chesapeake Drive in San Diego.

Community Health Improvement Partners
Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) is a San Diego based non-profit 501(c) (3) voluntary collaboration of organizations deeply involved in health care improvement.  Their members include hospitals, health plans, community clinics, community based organizations, physicians, and universities.  Their mission is to improve the health of all San Diegans through needs assessment, advocacy, education, and programs that are best accomplished collectively.  The organization has an immediate need to secure new lease space.  Today’s grant, if approved, will assist CHIP with the purchase and installation of furniture, signage, technology equipment, water systems, microwave, trashcans, business cards, and letterhead, which will assist their relocation to 5095 Murphy Canyon Road in San Diego.

Chula Vista Olympic Training Center
The Chula Vista Olympic Training Center (CVOTC) operates as a local arm of the United States Olympic Committee and is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has been a regional asset since 1995.  In addition to training athletes for global competition, they host popular sporting events and provide daily tours to the public, and recently hosted Chula Vista’s Centennial Celebration and the Chula Vista Community Fun Run.  The current tour carts at the Training Center are over 15 years old, are constantly under repair and lack the power to efficiently shuttle daily visitors and individuals with physical disabilities who need campus transportation.  Today’s grant, if approved, will enable the CVOTC to purchase two multi-passenger golf carts so that they may continue providing a high level of service to visitors and individuals with disabilities.

Logan Heights Veteran’s Memorial Committee
The Logan Heights Veteran’s Memorial Committee is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization made up of over 550 active members who have served in the armed forces or know someone who has.  The goal of the committee is to build a memorial to honor the service men and women of the Logan Heights community who have honorably served their country during peace and war.  They have identified a location in Chicano Park and plan to place a monument on the turf at the southern end of the park.  The total project cost is estimated at $25,000 and the committee is funding the project through private donations.  Today’s grant, if approved, will provide $10,000 towards the total project cost of creating and installing a veteran’s memorial monument in Chicano Park.

Chula Vista Rotary Foundation
The Chula Vista Rotary Foundation has been an active part of the South Bay community for over 75 years.  The Rotary Foundation is dedicated to providing service to others, promoting high ethical standards, and advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Every year the Rotary Club partners with other community organizations to assemble and distribute bicycles and bike helmets for deserving youth in the South Bay.  Bicycling is a fun activity that promotes active lifestyles and improves public health.  Today’s grant will assist in the purchase of bikes and helmets for the 34th Annual Bike Assembly and Give-Away in December 2012.

Respectfully submitted,

 

GREG COX
Vice Chairman

 

AGENDA ITEM INFORMATION SHEET

CONCURRENCE(S)

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               [X] No

GROUP/AGENCY INFORMATION

      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

ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT:   Board of Supervisors, District One

                                                                                                           

CONTACT PERSON(S):                                        Gregory R. Murphy   (619) 531-5511