DATE: April 15, 2014
TO: Board of Supervisors
SUBJECT: NEIGHBORHOOD REINVESTMENT PROGRAM (DISTRICT ONE)
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.
SUPERVISOR GREG COX
- Allocate $40,820 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Child Development Associates, Inc. to assist with the construction costs associated with the Habitat “gARTen” at Hilltop Drive Elementary School including conversion of unused land into a wildlife viewing area, science exploration station, garden, interactive water element, natural habitat and landscaping at 690 Corte Maria Avenue in Chula Vista.
- Allocate $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Audubon Society to assist with the purchase of a truck.
- Allocate $17,971 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego to assist with the costs associated with repairing a wall at the William J. Oakes branch located at 2939 March Avenue in Logan Heights.
- Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (org 15665) to the Neighborhood House Association to assist with costs of printing posters, banners and invitations; purchasing trophies, plaques, volunteer equipment and vests, bags, vehicle magnets, cameras, radios, tables; creating and printing a nutritious recipe cook book and a photo exhibit for the organization’s Countywide 100 Year Community Celebration events.
- Allocate $4,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Kiwanis Club of Bonita to assist with the costs associated with replacing the Bonita community entrance sign.
- Allocate $6,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Coronado Playhouse on Glorietta Bay to assist with the purchase of an eight passenger golf cart.
- Allocate $4,720 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Words Alive- Advocates for Reading to assist with the purchase of brand-new high quality books for several underserved elementary school students in District One.
- Transfer appropriations of $23,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program (Org 15650), services and supplies to the Department of Parks and Recreation (Org 52806) for services related to the Donovan clean-up project in the Otay Valley Regional Park.
- Transfer appropriations of $250,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program (15650), services and supplies, to Contributions to Capital, Operating Transfer Out for design, environmental review and construction of a parking lot adjacent to Provence House.
- Establish appropriations of $250,000 in the Capital Outlay Fund for Capital Project Provence House Parking Lot (Project 1018902) based on an Operating Transfer from the General Fund. (4 VOTES)
- Rescind the January 7, 2014 (14) allocation of $250,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program (15650) to the Department of Parks and Recreation so the funds can be reallocated to other projects.
- Rescind the March 11, 2014 (17) allocation of $6,250 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program (15650) to Rolling Readers so the funds can be reallocated to other projects.
- Establish appropriations of $6,357.84 in the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (org 15650) for reallocation to other projects based on the unused portion of the 09/25/2012 (16) allocation of $7,200 to Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. (4 VOTES)
- 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.
- Find that the allocations to the Boys and
Girls Club of Greater San Diego and the Kiwanis Club of Bonita are
exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant
to CEQA Guidelines section 15301 and find that the allocation to
Child Development Associates is exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA
guidelines sections 15303 and 15304.
The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $136,951. Funds for this request are partially included in the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Operational Plan for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program (Org 15650). The funding source is General Fund fund balance. These actions will result in the addition of no staff years and no future costs.
Business Impact Statement
Advisory Board Statement
Child Development Associates, Inc.
Child Development Associates, Inc. is an early education non-profit organization that is funded by the California Department of Education and has been providing preschool services to income-eligible families for over 40 years. The Habitat “gARTen” project at Hilltop Drive Elementary School will focus on reconnecting children with nature and the outdoors by extending their classroom environment. Today’s grant if approved will fund construction costs of an outdoor classroom, including conversion of unused land into a wildlife viewing area, science exploration station, garden, interactive water element, natural habitat and landscaping that will integrate art, science, nature and gardening.
San Diego Audubon Society
The San Diego Audubon Society has served the region for over 65 years by following their mission of fostering the protection and appreciation of birds as well as other wildlife and their respective habitats through education and study. The San Diego Audubon Society serves a diverse population, with community-based habitat restoration projects, environmental education programs, and recreational offerings throughout San Diego County. Today’s grant if approved will assist with the purchase of a truck to support the safe site access and efficient conservation work in San Diego County.
Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego programs focus on the health, social, educational, physical, cultural, and vocational needs of the youth they serve. They inspire and enable youth of all backgrounds to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Today’s grant, if approved, will assist the Club with much needed repairs to their wall in the recreation room at the William J. Oaks Club in Logan Heights. The William J. Oaks Club is their oldest branch and the plaster walls have never been replaced. These changes will make the building a safe and inviting environment for all of its users.
Neighborhood House Association
The Neighborhood House Association (NHA) has distinguished itself as a cutting-edge comprehensive human service provider. NHA has worked to strengthen our communities and improve the quality of life for families throughout our region. NHA is celebrating it’s 100th Anniversary this year. With today’s grant, if approved, the Neighborhood House Association will be hosting five major multicultural and educational community events and activities.
Kiwanis Club of Bonita
The Kiwanis Club of Bonita encourages the daily practice of “treating others as one would like to be treated”. The Kiwanis Club of Bonita provides a practical way to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service and to build a better community. With today’s grant funds, the Kiwanis Club of Bonita would like to replace the “Welcome to Bonita” sign that was destroyed by a storm last winter.
Coronado Playhouse on Glorietta Bay
The Coronado Playhouse is the oldest community theatre in San Diego County, and has been serving the Coronado community since 1946. The plays and events held at this theater appeal to a wide demographic. Last year alone, the Coronado Playhouse drew in over 11,000 individuals and families to Coronado from around the county. Today’s grant if approved will assist the Coronado Playhouse with costs needed to purchase an eight passenger golf cart to pick up theatre-goers from the public parking lots in the area and take them to the theatre’s front door. This will especially benefit the elderly and physically challenged theatre guests who might otherwise find it very difficult to attend.
Words Alive- Advocates for Reading
Words Alive has focused on bridging the literacy gap among children from low-income households and at-risk youth through Early Literacy Services, Teen Services, and Community Reading Initiatives. Words Alive recently welcomed the Rolling Readers program to their literacy programs and through this merger will have an impact on 8,000 residents throughout the County. Today’s grant if approved will assist with the purchase of approximately 1,180 new books that will be distributed to students in District 1 throughout the year to help build their home libraries.
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 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 in the OVRP with oversight from prison staff as directed by Parks staff. Today’s grant, if approved, will provide funding for these ongoing cleanup activities.
Department of Parks and Recreation: Provence House
The Provence House is a County of San Diego owned property in the Bonita community adjacent to the City of Chula Vista’s Rohr Park which offers nearly 60 acres of park land including walking trails, sports fields and courts, shelters/gazebos and picnic areas. The Provence House, mostly used as a location for community meetings previously, is currently undergoing renovations such as water infrastructure improvements, window/door replacement, a bathroom remodel, and parking lot improvements. The vision after the renovations are complete is that the Provence House will become a coveted location and destination in the Bonita community for special event rentals and community events. Today’s grant will provide funds for the design, environmental review and construction of a parking lot adjacent to Provence House.
Department of Parks and Recreation
The grant awarded to the Department of Parks and recreation on January 7, 2014 for design, environmental review and construction of a parking lot adjacent to Provence House is recommended to be rescinded because it was determined to be more appropriate to capitalize the project.
The grant awarded to Rolling Readers on March 11, 2014 to assist with the purchase of new books for approximately 1,250 elementary school students in District One is recommended to be rescinded because the organization is no longer eligible to accept the grant award. Approving recommendation #9 will rescind the grant so that funds can be allocated to other projects. The County and Rolling Readers did not enter a grant agreement.
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
The Jacobs Center is returning $6,357.84 in unused funds.
Linkage to the County of San Diego Strategic Plan
These grants provide an opportunity for the Board of Supervisors to assist worthy organizations that promote the County’s vision of a region that is safe, healthy, and thriving.
Supervisor, First District
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ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT: District 1, Board of Supervisors
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Gregory R. Murphy, (619) 531-5511,