Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE: March 3, 2015
TO: Board of Supervisors
SUBJECT: NEIGHBORHOOD REINVESTMENT PROGRAM GRANTS (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 $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the New American Museum to upgrade technology workstations including the purchase of computers and software, office equipment such as tables and chairs, signage, interactive iPad stations and a website redesign, as well as upgrades to the museum gallery including lighting, furnishings, pedestals, monitors, projectors and interactive modules.

 

2. Allocate $43,600 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Living Coast Discovery Center for costs associated with the construction of the sea turtle exhibit expansion.  

 

3. Allocate $60,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the Department of Parks and Recreation for improvements at the Provence House including lodge pole fencing, chain link fence removal and disposal, irrigation systems, re-routing the telephone line, installation of lattices with vines and screening shrubs, and other landscaping.

 

4. Transfer appropriations of $60,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) Services and Supplies to the Department of Parks and Recreation (Org 52811), Services and Supplies, for improvements at the Provence House including lodge pole fencing, chain link fence removal and disposal, irrigation systems, re-routing the telephone line, installation of lattices with vines and screening shrubs, and other landscaping.

 

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

 

6. 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. 

 

7. Find that each of the proposed grants is exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by Section 15301 of the State CEQA Guidelines because they involve the minor alteration of existing facilities.

 

Fiscal Impact

The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $128,600.  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

N/A

 

Advisory Board Statement

N/A

 

Background

 

New Americans Museum

The New Americans Museum serves as a catalyst to celebrate America’s past and promise by providing inspiring and compelling educational and cultural programs and activities of our diverse immigrant experiences to promote culture, dialogue and interactive education to youth of all ages. Through compassion, understanding and respect, today’s immigrant youth will grow up to be tomorrow’s leaders and decision-makers. The museum at the NTC re-opened at the Promenade/Liberty Station in December 2014, so the timing is ideal to make necessary digital upgrades to the exhibits in order to enhance the visitor experience.  Grant funding will assist the New Americans Museum in upgrading technology workstations including the purchase of computers and software, office equipment such as tables and chairs, signage, interactive iPad stations and a website redesign, as well as upgrade the museum gallery including lighting, furnishings, pedestals, monitors, projectors and interactive modules at their facilities in Liberty Station.

 

 

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 observe habitat displays and experience the native plants and animals that are found in the bay environment.  In order to accommodate the expected growth of sea turtles currently at the Discovery Center, and provide the best possible habitat, the Center proposes to expand the pool volume of the existing exhibit by removing the center beach which will allow the four turtles to remain together and continue to welcome visitors of all ages to the Living Coast Discovery Center.  Today’s grant, if approved, will provide the Discovery Center with $43,600 for costs associated with construction of the sea turtle exhibit expansion.  These funds will further enhance the visitor experience at the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista. 

 

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.  After the renovations are complete, the Provence House will become a coveted location and destination in the Bonita community for special event rentals and public events for the community.  Today’s grant will provide funds for improvements at the Provence House including lodge pole fencing, chain link fence removal and disposal, irrigation systems, re-routing the telephone line, installation of lattices with vines and screening shrubs and other landscaping.

 

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:

Policy B-72

 

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