Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE: February 3, 2015
TO: Board of Supervisors


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.



1. Allocate $27,600 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Feeding America San Diego to purchase replacement engines for three cold storage refrigeration trucks.

2. Allocate $8,333 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15660) to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for the purchase of equipment to improve the visitor experience, such as plasma screen televisions, mounts, computers, computer hardware and software, iPad Minis, monitors, auxiliary equipment and barcode scanners.

3. Allocate $10,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Just in Time for Foster Youth to purchase 25 laptops for the Just in Time College Bound program.

4. Allocate $37,500 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Opera for costs associated with retrofitting the Scenic Studio at 3064 Commercial Street in San Diego, including retrofits for exit doors, ADA accessible ramps, fire alarm systems, fire doors and installation of battery operated emergency lights. 

5. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Family Health Centers of San Diego to purchase an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) instrument for their Logan Heights Health Center Vision Clinic.

6. Allocate $49,351from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Outdoor Outreach to purchase one 15-passenger van to transport youth, equipment, and personnel on outings.

7. Allocate $3,500 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to The Maritime Alliance for educational printing costs associated with a local Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning workshop and maritime educational posters and materials for maritime education events.

8. Allocate $26,858 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to The City of Chula Vista for additional 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.

9. Allocate $50,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to San Diego Health Connect to assist in the purchase of software interfaces to link the County of San Diego, Public Health Services with healthcare providers in our region.

10. Rescind the 10/21/14 (13) Neighborhood Reinvestment Program allocation of $3,500 to the Bonita Historical Society so that the funds may be used on other projects.

11. Find that the grant awards described above have a public purpose. 

12. 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 agreement that are consistent with the general purpose of the grant but do not increase the grant. 

13. Find that the proposed grant awards to the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, New American Museum and San Diego Opera consist of the minor alteration of existing facilities and as such are exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Section 15301of the CEQA Guidelines and that the proposed grant to the City of Chula Vista for additional funding for a bridge and trail project is exempt from CEQA review pursuant to Section 15060(c) of the CEQA Guidelines. 

Fiscal Impact

The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $238,142.  Funds for this request are included in the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 CAO Adopted 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 additional costs.

Business Impact Statement


Advisory Board Statement



Feeding America San Diego

Feeding America San Diego (FASD) serves more than 443,000 people facing hunger annually and their cold storage refrigeration trucks were responsible for providing 5.8 million meals over the last year. In order to remain in compliance with the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resource Board (ARB), FASD must replace or retrofit their refrigeration truck engines seven years after their manufacture year. Currently, there are three refrigeration trucks in need of upgrades to the engines. This grant will be used to replace these truck engines.  Making the required upgrades to the trucks will allow FASD to continue to serve fresh produce and other perishable foods to families, children and seniors throughout San Diego County while taking optimal measures to minimize air pollution. 

Ruben H. Fleet Science Center

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center features more than 100 interactive science exhibits in eight galleries, as well as major traveling exhibitions. It serves more than 450,000 annual visitors with

117,000 designated as students and teachers participating in field trips and outreach initiatives.

To ensure continued excellent customer service while growing attendance, upgrades are necessary. Today’s allocation of $8,333 will be used in conjunction with previous grants awarded to purchase equipment to improve the visitor experience, such as plasma screen televisions, computer hardware and software, mini iPads, monitors, auxiliary equipment and barcode scanners.

Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT)

Just in Time for Foster Youth engages a caring community to help transitioning foster youth ages 18-26 achieve self-sufficiency and well-being. JIT currently offers seven programs that focus on serving San Diego County’s transitioning foster youth to help them on their path to self-sufficiency, one of which is the College Bound program. This year, JIT will be serving 75 former foster youth who will be attending college in the fall of 2015. These youth are provided with essential resources such as laptops, printers, dorm deposits, dorm setups and school supplies. With this grant, JIT will purchase 25 laptops to provide to youth participating in the College Bound program and help youth transition into the next phase of their lives.

San Diego Opera

The San Diego Opera is a widely respected member of the international opera community and a valuable cultural resource to the San Diego region. Through innovative programming and education, the San Diego Opera provides a lasting cultural service to the community. The San Diego Opera has begun a new engagement initiative that includes programming in the Scenic Studio located at 3064 Commercial Street in San Diego. In order to use the studio as the site of after-school programs and community events such as free concerts, open houses and educational events, the San Diego Opera must comply with retrofitting criteria mandated by the San Diego Fire Department. Mandated retrofitting includes: installation of panic hardware on exit doors; a new exit door; an ADA accessible ramp from the front door to the sidewalk; an upgrade to the fire alarm system; installation of fusible fire doors; and installation of battery operated emergency lights. Today’s grant will enable the San Diego Opera to expand its programming to reach a wider public audience while remaining in compliance with the San Diego Fire Department guidelines. 

Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) 

Since opening its doors in Barrio Logan in 1970, FHCSD has operated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and expanded to over 33 separate locations throughout the county. Their services include 13 primary care clinics, 4 dental clinics, 3 mental health centers, an HIV clinic, and 3 mobile medical units. Of the approximately 165,000 patients served by the various locations offered by FHCSD, 87% reported living at, or below, the federal poverty line. Their services have allowed patients to receive essential care and attention for health issues that are often neglected or untreated due to being either uninsured or underinsured. In the past five years FHCSD has experienced a 32% growth in the number of patients seeking vision care and have identified a critical need for a special piece of equipment that could save the vision of hundreds of low income patients. With this grant FHCSD will purchase an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) instrument for their Vision Clinic. This equipment will allow their Vision Clinic staff to perform tests in-house, which leads to earlier diagnoses and treatment of complex, vision-threatening eye conditions, and increase their patients’ access to high-quality vision care. 

Outdoor Outreach

Outdoor Outreach is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide an opportunity for at-risk and underprivileged youth to gain confidence and self-esteem through participation in outdoor activities. Outdoor Outreach programs support underserved youth in San Diego County who are at risk for school dropout, substance abuse, violence and unintended pregnancy. They are the only agency in San Diego and one of just a few in the country that utilizes outdoor physical experiences to provide youth with the support, relationships, resources and opportunities they need to become successful adults. The last eleven years, Outdoor Outreach has served over 5,100 at-risk and underprivileged youth through its programs. Grant funding is needed for the purchase of a van to transport youth, equipment and personnel on outings.

The Maritime Alliance Foundation (TMAF)

TMAF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2013 to support workforce development and education needs for the local maritime industry. Some educational activities sponsored by TMAF include workshops, seminars, networking events as well as printing of outreach materials for the general public. Presently, TMAF is seeking support from the County to fund two initiatives: the Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) workshop and assistance with the production costs for OceanSTEM posters and materials. Approximately 50 representatives from industry and government organizations are expected to attend the CMSP workshop. With this grant, TMAF will print 50 binders and seven posters for the local coastal planning workshop hosted at Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute and print materials for a variety of OceanSTEM events through the year. 

City of Chula Vista

On June 19, 2012 (19) the Board of Supervisors approved at my recommendation a $185,000 grant from the District One Neighborhood Reinvestment Program for a jogging bridge near the Chula Vista Golf Course that would connect to an existing jogging trail.  The project has been completed, but costs exceeded the original estimates and additional funds are needed.  Today’s grant to the City of Chula Vista will provide an additional $26,858 to cover the total cost of the project.  

San Diego Health Connect/San Diego Regional Healthcare Exchange

In 2010, San Diego was one of 17 communities nationwide chosen by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to demonstrate how information technology could measurably improve the health of a region. The San Diego Beacon Community Grant that was awarded focused on four specific areas: improving care for emergency cardiac patients, reducing hospital readmission, reducing unnecessary CT scans and improving the rate and reporting of childhood immunizations.  

San Diego Health Connect is a 501(c)(3) legacy organization that was created following the San Diego Beacon Community Grant. The focus of Health Connect, which is San Diego’s regional healthcare information exchange, is building a 24/7 electronic county-wide health information network that links care providers. Currently, physicians in partnering organizations are able to request and access a complete and up-to-date medical record from other participating physicians who have also seen the patient for clinical care. When fully developed, transmitted medical information can include recent diagnosis, medications, immunization history, allergies, lab results, radiology results and discharge summaries. In essence, the patient’s medical record will be accessible to his or her treating physician regardless of where they receive care in San Diego County. With access to better patient information, physicians will be able to provide higher quality care, reduce unnecessary repeat tests and procedures, and lower the risk of potential medical errors. 

Today’s allocation to San Diego Health Connect will assist in the cost of developing software interfaces to link the County of San Diego, Public Health Services to the San Diego Health Connect Health Information Exchange and to healthcare providers in San Diego County. This capability will improve our public health disease surveillance capabilities and reporting. 

Bonita Historical Society

The grant awarded to Bonita Historical Society on October 21, 2014 for the purchase of specialized lighting fixtures for the museum’s gallery exhibits is being rescinded so that the grant funds can be allocated to other projects.

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,

Supervisor, First District







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Policy B-72







ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT: District 1, Board of Supervisors




Gregory R. Murphy
(619) 531-5511