Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE: June 24, 2014
TO: Board of Supervisors
SUBJECT: NEIGHBORHOOD REINVESTMENT PROGRAM (DISTRICT: 1)

Overview
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
SUPERVISOR GREG COX

  1. Allocate $7,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the BAME Renaissance CDC for the purchase and installation of banners and benches along the Imperial Avenue corridor in order to designate it as a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood business district.
  2. Allocate $8,300 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Diamond Business Association for the costs of printing marketing materials, brochures, business window stickers, and newsletters, as well as the purchase and installation of fifty banners in Southeast San Diego as part of the Graffiti Art Banner Series.
  3. Allocate $14,491 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Living Coast Discovery Center for costs associated with construction of a native pollinator garden and seating area near their shuttle stop at 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, and the purchase of computer equipment including laptops, desktops, software and a projector for the Center.
  4. Allocate $13,500 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Third Avenue Village Association for the purchase and installation of banners to designate the City of Chula Vista’s Third Avenue business district.
  5. Allocate $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Partnerships With Industry to assist with the purchase of a new vehicle that will enable them to better deliver parts and supplies to jobsites and support their Document Destruction program.
  6. Allocate $8,500 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Bonita Vista Club Blue for the purchase of a scissor lift and trailer to support the logistical needs of their marching band.
  7. 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.
  8. Find that the grant awards described above have a public purpose.
  9. Find that the allocations to BAME Renaissance CDC and Living coast Discovery Center are exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15301.

Fiscal Impact
The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $66,791. 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
N/A

Advisory Board Statement
N/A

Background

BAME Renaissance CDC
BAME Renaissance CDC (BAME) is a non-profit corporation that provides communities with information, tools, and resources that helps to lift people out of poverty and improve quality of life. They provide meals to children and seniors, and offer workshops to combat obesity and chronic diseases. In 2012, they helped form the Central Village Business Association (CVBA), a group of 30 local small business owners dedicated to neighborhood beautification and economic development. Today’s grant, if approved, will provide BAME $7,000 for the purchase and installation of banners and benches in the Logan Heights community in order improve its appearance and foster pedestrian activities. The project aims to improve the local economy, walkability and livability of the Logan Heights neighborhood.

Diamond Business Association
The Diamond Business Association, also known as the Southeastern Diamond Business District is a non-profit corporation that serves over 400 businesses in the Diamond Business Improvement District. Today’s grant, if approved, will provide the Diamond Business Association $8,300 for the costs of printing marketing materials, brochures, business window stickers, and newsletters, as well as the purchase and installation of banners in Southeast San Diego as part of the Graffiti Art Banner Series to showcase young artists’ talent and create vibrant cultural street art.

Living Coast Discovery Center
The Living Coast Discovery Center is a non-profit corporation that provides environmental programs and exhibits on various education topics. Located at the water’s edge in the City of Chula Vista at 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, close to 75,000 visitors have the chance to see their habitat displays and experience the native plants and animals that are found in the bay environment. Today’s grant, if approved, will provide the Discovery Center with $14,491 for costs associated with construction of a native pollinator garden and seating area near their shuttle stop, and the purchase of computer equipment including laptops, desktops, software and a projector for the Center. These funds will further enhance the visitor experience at this tremendous public education center.

Third Avenue Village Association
The Third Avenue Village Association (TAVA) is a non-profit corporation in Chula Vista that serves over 600 businesses and property owners. One of their goals is to create and promote a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly destination along Third Avenue, leading to greater walkability, livability, community pride and quality of life. Today’s grant, if approved, with provide TAVA $13,500 for the purchase and installation of banners to designate the City of Chula Vista’s Third Avenue business district in a manner that is consistent with the City of Chula Vista’s ongoing Third Avenue Streetscape Project.

Partnerships With Industry
Partnerships With Industry (PWI) is a non-profit corporation whose goal is to provide adults with an intellectual, developmental or other disability the opportunity to reach their potential and realize their dream of community employment and independence. PWI connects people with jobs at industry partner locations that provide them with self-esteem, income, purpose, and much more. Thanks to PWI, every day over 550 individuals get up looking forward to the day — by going to work. PWI is in need of a new vehicle to support their transportation needs and their Document Destruction program. Today’s grant, if approved, will provide PWI $15,000 to assist them with the purchase of a vehicle that will enhance their ongoing jobsite programs.

Bonita Vista Club Blue
Bonita Vista Club Blue is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to support the instrumental music programs at Bonita Vista High School. Their marching band is known for its innovative combination of music and choreography, while their Wind Ensemble has even played at Carnegie Hall in 2014, which was funded by generous donations and families. The only way to perfect the choreographed movements of the marching band is to watch them from the perspective of judges 30 ft. above. The band also needs a trailer to transport instruments and equipment between competitions. Currently, these items are rented as needed, which requires additional fundraising and donations. Today’s grant, if approved, will provide Bonita Vista Club Blue $8,500 for the purchase of a scissor lift and a trailer, which will enable the marching band to focus on improving their choreographed movements instead of fundraising.

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.

Respectfully submitted,

 

GREG COX
Supervisor, First District


AGENDA ITEM INFORMATION SHEET

REQUIRES FOUR VOTES: [] Yes [X] No

WRITTEN DISCLOSURE PER COUNTY CHARTER SECTION 1000.1 REQUIRED [ ] Yes [X ] No

PREVIOUS RELEVANT BOARD ACTIONS: N/A

BOARD POLICIES APPLICABLE: N/A

BOARD POLICY STATEMENTS: N/A

MANDATORY COMPLIANCE: N/A

ORACLE AWARD NUMBER(S) AND CONTRACT AND/OR REQUISITION NUMBER(S): N/A

ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT: District 1, Board of Supervisors

OTHER CONCURRENCE(S): N/A

CONTACT PERSON(S): Gregory R. Murphy, (619) 531-5511, greg.murphy@sdcounty.ca.gov