DATE: May 20, 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 $118,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Association of Governments for the engineering, design, purchase, and installation of the Interstate-805 Palomar Street Bridge fence enhancement in Chula Vista.
- Allocate $75,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Association of Governments to conduct a feasibility study for a bicycle and pedestrian tube that attaches to the underside of the San Diego-Coronado bridge, taking into account the structural and seismic integrity of the bridge, public safety and emergency response systems and potential military concerns, including the reduced clearance for ships passing under the bridge.
- Allocate $3,500 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Bonita Historical Society to purchase and install interior lighting fixtures for the Bonita Museum located at 4355 Bonita Road.
- Establish appropriations of $842.16 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 allocation to the San Diego Association of Governments for the bridge enhancement project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15301.
The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $196,500. Funds for this request are included in the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Operational Plan for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program (Org 15650). The funding source is General Fund fund balance. There will be no change in net General Fund cost and no additional staff years.
Business Impact Statement
Advisory Board Statement
San Diego Association of Governments – Palomar Street Bridge Enhancement
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is currently constructing high occupancy vehicle lanes in the center of Interstate 805 to relieve traffic congestion in South County. The project also includes construction of a Direct Access Ramp (DAR) from the Palomar Street bridge that will allow certain vehicles direct access into the express lanes without having to merge across multiple lanes of traffic. The City of Chula Vista would like to see enhancements made to the Palomar Street bridge fence that would dramatically increase the experience of the hundreds of thousands of freeway motorists on Interstate 805. The bridge fence enhancement will improve the visual experience of motorists by incorporating an aesthetic theme that incorporates various colors that portray a transitional geographic continuum from mountainous terrain to ocean waves and a setting sun that is typical terrain of the Chula Vista community. The use of bridge fence enhancements is a well-established practice in the State of California that offers uniqueness to the community being served. The City of Chula Vista has accepted responsibility for maintenance of the enhancement of the bridge, and Caltrans has agreed to consider a bridge fence enhancement design if the funds can be raised.
The total cost of the bridge enhancement project is $235,000. SANDAG is providing $117,000 and with today’s grant, if approved, the remaining $118,000 will be allocated to ensure this bridge enhancement project is completed.
San Diego Association of Governments – San Diego-Coronado Bicycle Tube
The San Diego-Coronado Bridge is a picturesque landmark that defines the downtown skyline. Its swooping arch provides exceptional views of downtown San Diego, Point Loma, Coronado and the industrial and military areas of south San Diego Bay. The original design of local architect Robert Mosher included a bicycle and pedestrian lane, but was dropped because of cost overruns. Lew Dominy, another local architect who once worked for Robert Mosher, has developed conceptual drawings of a tube that would be suspended underneath the roadway and between the support columns in hopes of finally completing Mr. Mosher’s vision for a multi-modal conduit connecting the two communities on either side of the bridge.
The proposal is both functional and artistic. If constructed, it would provide a northern connection for the Bayshore Bikeway and give residents and tourists a unique way to experience San Diego Bay like never before, with view-points below and all around, in a way that promotes active lifestyles and healthy living. The project has already received the “Best Unbuilt Project” award by the American Institute of Architects.
Preliminary conceptual drawings have been created, but an in-depth feasibility study needs to be completed to determine if there are any fatal flaws that render this project impossible. This kind of study would have to look at the structural and seismic integrity of the bridge, consider public safety and emergency response systems and evaluate any potential military concerns, including the reduced clearance for ships passing under the bridge. The San Diego Association of Governments has agreed to complete this fatal flaws analysis, to provide some sense of feasibility and help the community determine whether or not public and private money should be sought for construction. Today’s grant, if approved, will provide funds to conduct a feasibility study.
Bonita Historical Society
The Bonita Historical Society is a non-profit corporation that operates the Bonita Museum in at 4355 Bonita Road. They are dedicated to preserving, for public education and enjoyment, the culture, history, arts, crafts and aesthetic facets of the region, specifically Rancho de la Nacion in South San Diego County. Currently, there is a need for improved interior lighting to better showcase art exhibits and the Museum Store. Today’s grant, if approved, will provide funds for the purchase and installation of ten interior lighting fixtures. The Bonita Historical Society will accept the responsibility of maintaining the fixtures and paying for replacement light bulbs.
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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