DATE: April 7, 2015
TO: Board of Supervisors
SUBJECT: NEIGHBORHOOD REINVESTMENT PROGRAM GRANTS (DISTRICT: 1)
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
1. Allocate $17,960 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to The Angel’s Depot for the purchase of one new refrigerated delivery truck and truck wrap.
2. Allocate $12,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory for the purchase of printed marketing materials and signage equipment including brochures, postcards, invitations, posters, banners, flyers, sign stands and directional signs for the current season.
3. Allocate $11,933 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the Southern Caregiver Resource Center for the purchase and installation of a new telecommunications system, expanded cable lines, additional telephones, and information technology equipment like a server and network system, and a laptop, as well as new file cabinets, counseling room furniture, caregiver training projector, caregiver training public address system, printing supplies for training promotion, a desk and office chairs to support the Caregiver Counseling Project.
4. Allocate $25,149 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to A Reason to Survive (ARTS) to purchase a portable clay slab roller, a Shopbot three-axis desktop router, ventilation equipment, portable sound system, portable scaffolding, pallet jack, fire proof cabinets, sink cage, triangle sun shade sail and mosaic tiles to bring their programs in line with fire code and to support new youth and community building projects.
5. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Community Garden Network for the purchase of a greenhouse, container car, entrance arbor, two concrete pads, one shed, installation of a water harvesting kit, benches for the teaching area and cinder blocks to build composting areas for a Community Teaching Garden at El Toyon Park in National City.
6. Allocate $33,333 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to RISE San Diego for the purchase of audio and visual equipment, and other information technology equipment, a translation/interpretation system, interactive audience polling and data collection technology, and meeting facilitation furnishings like chairs, tables, lecterns, dolly, and a cargo van to transport meeting materials.
7. Allocate $4,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the Kyoto Symposium Organization for the cost of printing expenses including a 50-page program, envelopes, invitations and related materials for the Kyoto Symposium.
8. Allocate $3,500 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the Sweetwater Women’s Club to support the Chula Vista Art Guild’s year-long series of community events including the design and printing of promotional materials including brochures, posters, banners, business cards, letterhead, envelopes, member directories and an archival book, as well as toner and ink cartridges, paper, flash drives, travel display easels, folding tables and table skirts.
9. Allocate $5,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the Pacific Arts Movement for the purchase of cameras, lenses, light kits, microphones, and storage lockers to support their Reel Voices youth digital storytelling program.
10. Allocate $22,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the Ocean Discovery Institute for the purchase of a 15-passenger van.
11. Allocate $10,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the Point Loma Association for the costs associated with the design, development and implementation of a comprehensive professional website and complementary social media sites.
12. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the South County Economic Development Council for costs associated with developing the East Otay Mesa Marketing Plan that includes the creation of a logo and tag line, website development, printing and distribution of marketing materials. Waive Board Policy B-72 with respect to the purposes for which grants may be made.
13. Allocate $82,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the County Library for costs associated with construction and maintenance of the temporary library at the Boys and Girls club located at 846 Encina Avenue.
14. Transfer appropriations of $82,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program (Org 15650) Services and Supplies, to Contribution to County Library, Operating Transfer Out for the costs associated with construction and maintenance of the temporary library at the Boys and Girls club located at 847 Encina Avenue.
15. Establish appropriations of $82,000 in the County Library, Services and Supplies for the costs associated with construction and maintenance of the temporary library at the Boys and Girls Club located at 847 Encina Avenue based on an Operating Transfer In from the General Fund (4VOTES).
16. Find that the grant awards described above have a public purpose.
17. 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.
18. Find that the grants proposed in Recommendations 5 and 13 above are exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines.
The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $276,875. 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
The Angel’s Depot
The Angel’s Depot is a 501(c)(3) organization founded with the mission of ending hunger for the impoverished senior citizens living in our communities. Since its founding in May 2006, the Angel’s Depot has distributed 65,477 Senior Emergency Meal Boxes containing 1,571,448 pounds of specially formulated, nutritious food to make 1,375,017 meals for distribution, free of charge, throughout San Diego County. Today’s grant will assist The Angel’s Depot with the purchase of a newer, larger refrigerated food distribution vehicle that will allow for the transportation of more produce and other perishable food items for Senior Emergency Meal Boxes.
San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory
The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) is the sixth oldest continuously operating youth orchestra in the United States and serves as the resident youth orchestra in the City of San Diego’s historic Balboa Park. For over 69 years, SDYS has provided high quality music education to youth ages 8-25 throughout the San Diego region. Students find that adherence to the high standards and the self-discipline required for musical success has provided them with unparalleled training for future success in any field. This grant, if approved, will assist SDYS with printing costs for brochures, postcards, invitations, posters, banners, flyers, sign-stands and directional signs, which will allow the organization to market musical programs more effectively to potential music students, concert attendees, tourists and other members of the public.
Southern Caregiver Resource Center
Established in 1987 as a non-profit 501(c)(3), the Southern Caregiver Resource Center (SCRC) is a leading provider of comprehensive caregiver support services for San Diego County, serving 30,000 clients annually. Support services include specialized information and referrals, assessments and care planning, counseling and case management, caregiver training, community education, professionally facilitated support groups, legal and financial services and respite services. These services are provided to county residents free of charge in both Spanish and English. SCRC has identified the need for more comprehensive support systems for caregivers faced with the task of caring for ailing family members. Family caregivers often suffer from clinical depression and burnout due to the excessive amount of stress caregiving demands, resulting in a decreased quality of life. If approved, today’s grant will assist with the establishment of the Caregiver Counseling Project which is designed to decrease symptoms of depression, improve caregiver coping skills, increase the use of support systems and decrease feelings of isolation among caregivers. Today’s action will assist SCRS with the purchase and installation of a new telecommunications system, expanded cable lines, additional telephones, and information technology equipment like a server and network system, and a laptop, as well as new file cabinets, counseling room furniture, caregiver training projector, caregiver training public address system, printing supplies for training promotion, a desk and office chairs to support the Caregiver Counseling Project.
A Reason To Survive
A Reason To Survive (ARTS) is a 501(c)(3) arts-based non-profit organization for youth that believes that the visual, performing and literary arts can transform lives. Their goal is to bring the ARTS to Heal, Inspire and Empower children and create positive, long-lasting change in youth facing major life challenges. ARTS expanded into an 18,000 square-foot facility in National City to accommodate youth in National City including skill-building apprenticeships in creative industries and an expanded Social Work Team to serve youth experiencing abuse and self-injury. Today’s grant, if approved, will allow ARTS to purchase additional equipment and supplies to remain in compliance with fire code and provide support to community-building programs for youth such as a portable clay slab roller, a Shopbot three-axis desktop router, a vent for safety compliance, portable sound system, portable scaffolding, pallet jack, fire proof cabinets, sink cage, triangle sun shade sail and mosaic tiles. The equipment requested will support the preparation and security of outdoor classroom and performance space as well as community arts projects and enable ARTS to continue supporting youth facing adversity.
San Diego Community Garden Network
The San Diego Community Garden Network (SDCGN) is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2011 with the mission of building community by providing leadership, technical assistance, hands-on training, and policy advocacy required to create and manage community gardens throughout the County of San Diego. In addition to promoting community bonding, these gardens provide nutritious food sources for communities that lack access to healthy food options. SDCGN has helped establish more than 80 community gardens in 15 cities throughout the county that serves more than 7,500 individuals ranging from ages 1-82 years. SDCGN seeks to build a community teaching garden in National City’s El Toyon Park in collaboration with the Community Development and Park and Recreation Departments of National City. Today’s grant will be used to purchase a greenhouse, container car, build an entrance arbor, pour two concrete pads, purchase a shed, install a water harvesting kit, purchase benches for the teaching area and cinder blocks to build composting areas for the new park.
RISE San Diego
RISE San Diego is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2014 to cultivate leadership potential within urban neighborhoods throughout San Diego. The organization focuses on empowering communities by offering free trainings on civic engagement and nonprofit advocacy, developing youth leadership through the Urban Fellowship Program in partnership with the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences and supportive partnerships with other nonprofit organizations to help facilitate organizational management, systems and policy and procedure. RISE also hosts the RISE Urban Breakfast Club, a monthly breakfast forum designed to discuss pertinent issues affecting communities and increase self-determination for community members by equipping them with tools to engage elected officials and decision makers. Today’s grant will assist RISE with building its civic engagement infrastructure through the purchase of audio and visual equipment, and other information technology equipment, a translation/interpretation system, interactive audience polling and data collection technology, and meeting facilitation furnishings like chairs, tables, lecterns, dolly, and a cargo van to transport meeting materials. Funding will reduce equipment rental costs and allow increased mobility to engage community residents at various venues throughout the County.
Kyoto Symposium Organization
The Kyoto Symposium Organization is a non-profit organization that coordinates the official North American celebration of the annual Kyoto Prize, which has been held in San Diego since 2002. The goal of the Symposium is to educate and motivate San Diegans and other individuals, especially students, to use their life’s work to improve society and the human condition just as the Kyoto Prize laureates have done. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Kyoto Prize Symposium where San Diego region residents will have the opportunity to experience some of the most extraordinary minds and creative masters of the 21st century in technology, the sciences and the arts. Today’s grant will assist the organization with costs of printing expenses including a 50-page program, envelopes, invitations and related materials for the Kyoto Symposium.
Sweetwater Women’s Club
For over 100 years, the Sweetwater Women’s Club has served South Bay communities by providing scholarships to local students, schools and community organizations while promoting education and supporting philanthropic projects within the community. In May 2015, the Chula Vista Art Guild will celebrate 70 years providing fine arts programs to youth throughout South County. These programs provide an opportunity for community members of all ages to connect with one another while encouraging civic participation that develops creativity and strengthens local communities. The Sweetwater Women’s Club is requesting funding to support the Chula Vista Art Guild’s year-long series of programs in order to extend the accessibility of arts programs and reach more residents in South County. If approved, today’s grant will support a year-long series of events including several juried art exhibits, monthly artist demonstrations, hands-on workshops conducted by professional artists, and participation in local venues such as Harbor Days and Art in the Park. Specific items to be purchased include the design and printing of promotional materials including brochures, posters, banners, business cards, letterhead, envelopes, member directories and an archival book, as well as toner and ink cartridges, paper, flash drives, travel display easels, folding tables and table skirts.
Pacific Arts Movement
The Pacific Arts Movement (Pac-Arts), formerly the San Diego Asian Film Festival, is one of the largest media organizations in the nation that focuses on Asian American and Asian International cinema. Since 2000, Pac-Arts has worked to provide educational opportunities to communities through film events such as the San Diego Asian Film Festival, collaboration with youth through high school outreach and university partnerships and culturally-enriching programs that engage the heart and the mind for holistic education. The Pac-Arts Reel Voices program is a digital storytelling program that highlights students’ unique voices while fostering creativity through the art of storytelling. With today’s grant, Pac-Arts will enhance the Reel Voices youth education program through technology and equipment upgrades including cameras, lenses, light kits, microphones, and storage lockers.
Ocean Discovery Institute
The Ocean Discovery Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to leverage San Diego’s vibrant coastal resources as a tool for teaching people about science and conservation. The Ocean Discovery Institute oversees multiple initiatives that incorporate education, scientific research, and environmental stewardship. Through partnerships with schools and community groups throughout San Diego, Ocean Discovery Institute hosts conservation activities, hands-on science education activities, local environmental service projects, after-school programs, summer programs, support services, and authentic scientific research opportunities that engage, educate and inspire students about science and the ocean. Currently these initiatives reach more than 5,000 low-income students and community members each year. Today’s grant will assist the Ocean Discovery Institute with the purchase of a 15-passenger van that will transport students throughout South County for educational excursions in order to help students understand their ecological connection to surrounding communities and allow Ocean Discovery Institute to continue to connect students to the natural environment.
Point Loma Association
The Point Loma Association (PLA) is a non-profit, volunteer organization committed to improving the quality of life in Point Loma through beautification, education, charitable activities and civic collaboration. In recent years the PLA has undertaken large enhancement projects such as the Nimitz Parkway medians, the Catalina-Canon median, the Hugh Story Memorial Rose Garden in Liberty Station and a new project on Nimitz Boulevard. In addition, PLA sponsors the free Point Loma Summer concerts, an annual Town Hall Forum and educates the community by distribution of free E-News and newsletters. With today’s grant, PLA plans to develop and maintain an informative website and complementary social media sites to facilitate community outreach, organizational data management and increase responsiveness to community needs.
South County Economic Development Council
The South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and encourage economic development within the region of South County San Diego. By coordinating development among cities within the South County, SCEDC strives to find the most optimal solution to both encourage economic growth and ensure that the interests of both the public and private sector of the region are met. On April 9, 2013 (19) at my recommendation the Board of Supervisors approved a grant to SCEDC to develop an economic development strategy for South County. Part of that strategy identified a need to develop a marketing plan in order to raise the visibility and understanding of East Otay Mesa. If approved, today’s grant will assist with developing the East Otay Mesa Marketing Plan that includes the creation of a logo and tag line, website development, printing and distribution of marketing materials.
San Diego County Library: Temporary Library in Imperial Beach
In 2014 the County of San Diego initiated planning for building of a new library facility in Imperial Beach to replace their aging County branch library. The new library will incorporate sustainable design components and is expected to begin construction in late spring or early summer. During construction, the County will utilize a temporary library facility in the existing Boys and Girls Club facilities, located at 847 Encina Avenue. The Boys and Girls Club is an ideal location as it is located just steps from the existing Imperial Beach Library and the public is familiar with this area for its public use and library services. However, the Club building requires some improvements including upgrades to make the facility ADA compliant. Today’s grant will help the Department of General Services cover the additional costs associated with upgrading the Boys and Girls Club in order to allow for the siting of the temporary IB Library during construction.
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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Gregory R. Murphy