DATE: May 5, 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 $11,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Dress for Success for the purchase of chairs, computers, software, merchandise racks, and general office supplies such as ink, paper and USB storage devices.
2. Allocate $12,500 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the South Bay Alliance for the purchase of professional audio equipment, tents and folding chairs for educational events and the South Bay Pride Art and Music Festival.
3. Allocate $10,403 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to Young Audiences of San Diego for the production and printing of community marketing materials, informational materials, and school education materials including program guidebooks, information sheets, study guides, flyers, postcards, labels and postage.
4. Allocate $10,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to The New Children’s Museum to purchase an exterior awning, washer and dryer and two-way radios for museum operations staff.
5. Allocate $19,076 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to Voices for Children for the purchase of new desktop computers.
6. Allocate $13,725 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Reality Changers for the purchase of computers, office and technology equipment, software and program supplies including academic, college and career books.
7. Allocate $16,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Groundwork San Diego – Chollas Creek for the construction of a pocket park, school community garden and native plant landscaping at the Chollas Creek Earthlab.
8. Allocate $30,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Father Joe’s Villages for costs associated with restroom renovations at the Joan Kroc Center located at 1501 Imperial Avenue in downtown San Diego.
9. Allocate $20,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Barrio Station for costs associated with required renovations to the community swimming pool at 2175 Newton Avenue in San Diego.
10. Allocate $5,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to Caltrans to develop the preliminary review for the State Route 94 and Millar Parking Highway widening grant project for highway and parking improvements.
11. Allocate $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the County Department of Parks and Recreation to support a real estate feasibility and analysis study in Lincoln Acres.
12. Transfer appropriations of $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650), Other Charges to the Department of Parks and Recreation, (Org 52806), Services and Supplies to support a real estate feasibility and analysis study in Lincoln Acres.
13. Amend the purpose of the June 17, 2014 (10) allocation of $11,000 to Point Loma Summer Concerts to include the installation two new fountains. Authorize the Chief Financial Officer to amend the grant agreement accordingly.
14. Find that the grant awards described above have a public purpose.
15. 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.
16. Find that the proposed grants to the New Children’s Museum, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, Father Joe’s Villages, Barrio Station, Point Loma Summer Concerts and Reality Changers are exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Section 15301 of the State CEQA Guidelines; and that the proposed grants to Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek and Caltrans are exempt from CEQA review pursuant to Sections 15303 and 15304 of the CEQA Guidelines.
The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $153,204. 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
Dress for Success
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Established in San Diego in 1999, the non-profit organization serves a vital purpose in San Diego County by picking up where social service and job readiness programs leave off; extending a lifeline of programs that help economically disadvantaged women overcome challenges as they work toward social and economic independence. Today’s grant will assist Dress for Success with the purchase of chairs, computers, software, merchandise racks, and general office supplies such as ink, paper and USB storage devices.
South Bay Alliance
The South Bay Alliance is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization building a coalition of the LGBT community and allies for social networking, business promotion, and political awareness in South San Diego County. For the past seven years, South Bay Alliance has hosted the South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival bringing together South Bay area merchants, the health services community, local musicians and artists while celebrating diversity and promoting equality. Today’s grant would allow South Bay Alliance to purchase professional audio equipment as well as tents and folding tables for repeated use at the annual festival as well as other educational events.
Young Audiences of San Diego
For 49 years, Young Audiences of San Diego (YASD) has dedicated itself to integrating the arts into the education and lives of all children of our region through an extraordinary range of high quality performances, residencies and workshops to help young people identify their cultural roots and discover their creative wings. Without YASD, the arts are unavailable to most children because families either cannot afford them or, with both parents working away from home, there is not enough time to take children to arts activities. Young Audiences of San Diego seeks to fill the art deficiency for K-12 children. The grant would help support this mission by funding the purchase of materials necessary to advertise the program to children and their families throughout San Diego County. Today’s action, if approved would support the production and printing of community marketing materials, informational materials, and school education materials including program guidebooks, information sheets, study guides, flyers, postcards, labels and postage.
The New Children’s Museum
The New Children’s Museum first opened its doors in 1981 with the mission to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art. Since then, the Museum has relocated to Downtown, occupying a new environmentally sustainable site which welcomes over 50,000 visitors annually. Through interactive workshops facilitated by contemporary artists, exhibitions and programs featuring hands-on activities, The New Children’s Museum offers children multi-layered opportunities for community engagement and interpersonal growth to thrive in future endeavors. Today’s grant will enable the Museum to purchase an exterior awning, washer and dryer and two-way radios for museum operations staff.
Voices for Children
Voices for Children (VFC) transforms the lives of abused children in San Diego County by providing them with volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). Voices for Children seeks to provide a safe and permanent home to every child in the foster care system, monitor every court file in the system, and advocate to improve the lives of San Diego County's foster children. Technology is crucial to VFC’s daily operations to access information, about CASAs, foster children and administrative data in a timely manner. Today’s grant will assist VFC with the purchase of new desktop computers which will ensure the staff has efficient, effective technology in order to continue serving foster children in our community.
Reality Changers is a San Diego 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to transform lives, schools and communities by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the academic support, financial assistance and leadership training to become first generation college students. Through core programs such as College Town, College Apps Academy, and the Alumni Network, youth are provided the opportunity and guidance to become successful student leaders. In the last two years, the organization has extended its outreach programs to full operating capacity. Today’s grant will enable Reality Changers to meet the demand of their growing programs by upgrading personnel working stations through the purchase of computers, office and technology equipment, software and program supplies including academic, college and career books.
Groundwork San Diego – Chollas Creek
Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek strives to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being. Today’s grant will help Groundwork create a .25 acre pocket park, school-community garden and native plant landscape at the EarthLab for use by children and families in the neighborhood of Chollas View. This space will offer recreation activities such as bird-watching, trail use, and gardening in addition to active programming such as workshops on backyard habitats, edible landscaping, and native plant propagation. It will also create a walkable trail connecting the north and south regions of the Chollas View and Webster neighborhoods divided by the SR-94 freeway thereby engaging both communities in the creation of community-led public spaces.
Father Joe’s Villages
Father Joe’s Villages is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves approximately 1,625 homeless individuals per year. Their mission as an organization is to help their neighbors in need to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by promoting self-sufficiency through an innovative continuum of care, multi-disciplinary programs, and partnerships. This is done on a practical level through their motto of CREED (Compassion, Respect, Empathy, Empowerment, Dignity), which challenges individuals to teach, learn from, and challenge their neighbors and one another to lead better lives for themselves and the community. If approved, today’s grant will be used to renovate deteriorating bathrooms at the St. Vincent de Paul campus located at 1501 Imperial Avenue in downtown San Diego. This project will greatly improve the quality of life to those being served by the agency, as it will provide the upgraded amenities necessary to uphold the dignity of homeless women in need as they prepare to pursue employment and other socially empowering opportunities.
Founded in 1970, the nonprofit Barrio Station works to benefit the youth of Barrio Logan through providing free after school programs, counseling, gang intervention services, recreation, exercise, sports and summer swimming programs at the Barrio Youth Center. Grant funding will assist Barrio Station with necessary repairs to the community swimming pool at 2175 Newton Avenue in San Diego. These capital improvements will enable Barrio Station to remain in compliance with the City of San Diego’s storm water guidelines while providing services and programs for children in the community.
Today’s allocation of $5,000 to Caltrans will assist with developing the preliminary review for the State Route 94 (SR94) and Millar Parking Highway widening grant project for highway and parking improvements. The total project cost is $884,128 and the non-federal match is $101,409.54. This partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Caltrans, and the County of San Diego will construct a gravel parking lot, widen SR 94 to accommodate left turn movement onto Millar Ranch road, construct an eastbound acceleration lane on SR 94, two bus stops, a pedestrian trail on the north side of SR94, and install bike racks. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Central Federal Lands Highway Division will conduct a scoping field review to prepare a scoping report, project agreement, and a project delivery plan. The project delivery plan will include a design statement of work and project estimate for design, construction engineering and construction, coordinate with the programming decisions committee on final approval of the project scope, schedule and budget, and manage the overall effort on this agreement regarding scope, schedule and budget in coordination with Caltrans. Caltrans will provide relevant documents regarding this project to FHWA for use in project development, participate in the field scoping activities, review and consider for approval all documents prepared by FHWA, and provide funding.
Department of Parks and Recreation
The County of San Diego owns and operates a branch library and community park in the unincorporated neighborhood of Lincoln Acres. There is property adjacent to the park that the County may want to consider acquiring in order to improve and expand existing public facilities. Today’s grant to the County Department of Parks and Recreation will provide resources to evaluate and analyze the feasibility of acquiring real estate near the Lincoln Acres branch library and community park.
Point Loma Summer Concerts
Today’s action amends the purpose for which grant funds were originally allocated to Point Loma Summer Concerts, a non-profit organizer of annual summer concerts in Point Loma, to include the purchase and installation of two new drinking fountains at Point Loma Park.
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