Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE: June 9, 2015
TO: Board of Supervisors
SUBJECT: NEIGHBORHOOD REINVESTMENT PROGRAM GRANTS AND PROPERTY SEARCH IN LINCOLN ACRES (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 $160,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to The Boys and Girls Clubs of South County for the purchase and upgrade of passenger buses.
  2. Allocate $36,657 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the San Ysidro Education Vanguard Foundation for the purchase of one 15-passenger van, three computers and a VOIP phone system.
  3. Allocate $50,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to GenerateHope for the purchase of property in Bonita to shelter and rehabilitate women wishing to escape the sex trade.
  4. Allocate $32,410 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to Episcopal Community Services for the purchase of one new delivery van for their Nutrition Services program to deliver meals to needy children, pregnant women and families.
  5. Allocate $50,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15660) to the Neighborhood House Association to complete tenant improvements for their central kitchen including the purchase of kitchen equipment and other capital improvement items including; flooring, roofing, plumbing, HVAC, and a fire sprinkler/alarm located at 7818 Wilkerson Court, San Diego, CA 92111.
  6. Allocate $56,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego for the purchase and installation of 8 large ceiling fans at the William J. Oakes Branch in Logan Heights.
  7. Allocate $200,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the County Library for the creation of the Technology Center at the new Imperial Beach Branch library and installation of Automated Materials Handler for self-service technologies.
  8. Transfer appropriations of $200,000, Other Charges from the District 1 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program to Contributions to County Library, Operating Transfer Out for the creation of the Technology Center at the new Imperial Beach Branch Library and installation of Automated Materials Handler for self-service technologies.
  9. Establish appropriations of $200,000 in County Library, Services and Supplies for the creation of the Technology Center at the new Imperial Beach Branch Library and installation of Automated Materials Handler for self-service technologies based on an Operating Transfer In from the General Fund.
  10. Allocate $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Department of Parks and Recreation for the purpose of a site search, negotiations and due diligence costs for property to improve accessibility and visibility to Lincoln Acres Park and Library.
  11. Transfer appropriations of $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650), Other Charges, to the Department of Parks and Recreation, Services and Supplies, for the purpose of a site search, negotiations and due diligence costs for property to improve accessibility and visibility to Lincoln Acres Park and Library.
  12. Authorize the Director, Department of General Services or designee to work with the Department of Parks and Recreation to identify property requirements and conduct a site search for properties suitable to provide accessibility and visibility to Lincoln Acres Park and Library.
  13. Authorize the Director, Department of General Services to negotiate and execute an option agreement for a property adjacent to the Lincoln Acres Park and Library site, and return to the Board of Supervisors for the approval to exercise an option and purchase the property.
  14. Allocate $50,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the City of Coronado to remove a deteriorating chain link fence along the State Route 75 Scenic Highway and design and install a redesigned wire mesh fence to protect and improve the scenic qualities along the Silver Strand.
  15. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the City of Coronado for staging, lighting, audio/visual systems, portable restrooms, tents, banners, promotional materials, postage, directional signage, and traffic cones for their 125th Anniversary free public concert with the San Diego Symphony.
  16. Allocate $30,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the City of Imperial Beach for the removal of fencing along the Bayshore Bikeway.
  17. Allocate $40,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the Department of Parks and Recreation for an update of the concept plan for Otay Valley Regional Park.
  18. Transfer appropriations of $40,000 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the Department of Parks and Recreation (Org 52811), Services and Supplies for an update of the concept plan for Otay Valley Regional Park.
  19. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the BAME CDC to redevelop an empty lot at 2385 Imperial Avenue in Logan Heights into a vibrant community garden and park, including costs associated with design, construction, landscaping, irrigation, paving and promotional materials.
  20. Find that the grant awards described above have a public purpose.
  21. 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.
  22. Find that the grants identified in recommendation numbers 5, 6, 7, 14 and 16 are exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines, the grant identified in recommendation number 19 is exempt from CEQA review by Sections 15303 and 15304 of the CEQA Guidelines, and that the grants identified in recommendation numbers 15 and 17 are exempt from CEQA review by Section 15323 of the CEQA Guidelines.

Fiscal Impact
The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $770,067. 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

The Boys and Girls Clubs of South County
The Boys & Girls Club of South County actively seeks to enrich the lives of girls and boys throughout South County. They are dedicated to ensuring that our communities’ disadvantaged youth have greater access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives and shape their futures. Currently, the Boys and Girls Clubs of South County possesses two sixteen-passenger buses and one working school bus used to transport youth to and from program activities. These transportation vehicles are in need of upgrades in order to meet the California Environmental Protection Agency’s standards. Today’s grant will assist the Boys & Girls Clubs of South County with the purchase and upgrade of passenger buses.

San Ysidro Education Vanguard Foundation
The San Ysidro Education Vanguard Foundation (SYEVF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the purpose of supporting the needs of San Ysidro’s most at-risk children to help them succeed in school through after school mentoring programs designed to provide guidance and tutoring focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The two hour, weekly, after school mentoring program provides students support from caring volunteers that fosters trust, creates self-confidence and encourages them to aspire to their dreams. Today’s grant will assist SYEVF with the purchase of one 15-passenger van, three computers and a VOIP phone system that will enhance day-to-day operations of the organization.

GenerateHope
GenerateHope is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to provide long-term, comprehensive housing and recovery programs to young women who have been sexually trafficked in order to reintegrate them into society and provide them tools to succeed in the future. Over the last four years, GenerateHope has operated a Home for Sex Trafficked Women, a Transitional Living House and a comprehensive Day Program including individual and group therapy. They provide education services to help young women achieve a high school diploma or GED, college preparation, exercise/recreational opportunities and job preparedness programs. GenerateHope currently houses 8 women in a rental property in Bonita. With this grant, the organization aims to purchase this property at a confidential location and save approximately $30,000 in leasing costs each year, which would allow them to utilize the saved money to enhance the services available for the women they serve.

Episcopal Community Services
Episcopal Community Services (ECS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has provided more than $24 million in vital, high-quality health and human services in San Diego. ECS programs focus on early childhood education and development, homelessness, mental health, and substance abuse treatment in order to strengthen the hearts and minds of individuals facing hardship to prepare them for a brighter future. Programs such as the Nutrition Services Program offers support to these populations by preparing and delivering meals to ECS Head Start and Safe Haven programs that service youth in low-income families and homeless single adults with mental health challenges. Today’s grant will enable ECS to purchase one new, reliable delivery van with increased fuel efficiency and improved safety for meal deliveries.

Neighborhood House Association
The Neighborhood House Association (NHA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has distinguished itself as a cutting-edge comprehensive human services provider. NHA has worked to strengthen our communities and improve the quality of life for families throughout our region. After 15 years of service, providing over 6,000 healthy meals each day to low income youth and seniors, NHA seeks to re-locate the Central Kitchen to a more centralized location. Today’s grant, if approved, will assist with construction costs including kitchen equipment and capital improvements such as flooring, roofing, plumbing, HVAC, and fire sprinkler/alarm.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose programs focus is the health, social, educational, physical, cultural, and vocational needs of the youth they serve. They inspire and enable youth of all backgrounds to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Today’s grant, if approved, will assist the Club with the purchase and installation of 8 large ceiling fans at the William J. Oakes Branch in Logan Heights to provide a safer and more comfortable environment for youth, especially during the hot summer months.

County Library - Imperial Beach
The Imperial Beach library features a catalog of books, DVDs, CDs eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and museum passes, 10 public computers as well as 8 laptops for internet usage. The library seeks to upgrade its technological capability with the creation of a Technology Center within the proposed new library that will engage people of all ages to create, build and invent. This TechHub will feature, among other things, a 3D printer, a laser engraver and cutter, iPads and apps, video editing software, robotics through LEGO Mindstorms, laptops, expanded Wi-Fi services and after-hour access for technology programs and classes. In addition to the TechHub, the library aims to install an Automated Materials Handler for self-service technologies such as self-checkout and self-check-in. The automated book sorter will allow customers at the Imperial Beach Branch Library to return library materials at all hours of the day and increase access to the library’s collection. If approved, today’s grant for the requested equipment will reduce on-going needs for checking in and sorting library materials by over 95% by automating the materials return part of library circulation and increase the Imperial Beach Library’s capacity to meet the educational and creative needs of residents.

Department of Parks and Recreation: Lincoln Acres
Lincoln Acres Park, Community Center and Library facilities have been a vital gathering spot for the community since its inception. Originally an old military barracks, the County branch library first opened in 1947. In 2013, the County completed renovations at the Lincoln Acres Library and the adjacent Lincoln Acres Park. The Lincoln Acres Library expanded from 854 square feet, which was the smallest library in the County system, to 2,650 square feet, which includes the community room.

As a result of the renovations, the Lincoln Acres community in National City is now served by a children’s playground, basketball courts, a library, a community room, picnic tables, and public restrooms. The community room is so popular with the community that reservations sometimes must be made up to six months in advance for birthday parties, baby showers, family reunions, and organized meetings.

The park, library facilities and amenities sit on less than an acre between Granger Street and Alta Drive. The property is narrow and the entrance to the library and community center are difficult to see from the street.

Therefore, the County of San Diego is exploring options to expand recreation space and access to the library, community room and park amenities. Approval of today’s request would allow the Department of General Services to work with the Department of Parks and Recreation to identify potential properties suitable to expand the site. It would also authorize the Director, Department of General Services, or designee, to negotiate an option agreement for the potential purchase of property and return to the Board for approval to exercise the option, and provide grant funding to the Department of Parks and Recreation for staff time associated with this due diligence.

City of Coronado – Silver Strand Fencing
Silver Strand State Beach is considered one of South County’s finest recreation destinations featuring extensive beaches on both the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay. Currently, the fencing separating the general public from the natural wildlife on the beach is old, deteriorating and unsightly. In order to greatly improve the aesthetic quality of Silver Stand Beach, and protect the scenic and natural values of the State Route 75 Scenic Highway, the City of Coronado seeks to install a new wire mesh fence that will provide a barrier between sensitive habitat and the general public. If approved, these funds will be used to remove and replace the deteriorating chain link fence along the State Route 75 and design and install a redesigned wire mesh fence.

City of Coronado – 125th Anniversary Public Concert
The City of Coronado is celebrating its 125th anniversary and will be hosting a series of public events to commemorate this milestone. On August 15, 2015, the city is holding a free public concert at Tidelands Park with the San Diego Symphony. The City and the Port of San Diego are each sponsoring the event, and this grant will support the event with staging, lighting, audio/visual systems, portable restrooms, tents, banners, promotional materials, postage, directional signage, and traffic cones.

City of Imperial Beach
The Bayshore Bikeway is a 24-mile class-1 bike path around San Diego Bay that provides a tremendous venue for recreational bicyclers, and commuters, walkers and joggers to explore and enjoy a diverse range of scenic areas. The City of Imperial Beach has identified specific existing stretches of fencing they want to remove along the bike path in order to improve safety and the visual experience of this scenic route. Today’s grant will provide the City of Imperial Beach with the funding necessary to execute this project, including the scoping, design and construction costs.

Department of Parks and Recreation: OVRP Concept Plan
The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation jointly manages the Otay Valley Regional Park (OVRP) with the Cities of San Diego and Chula Vista. The OVRP extends along the Otay River from the salt flats at the south end of San Diego Bay 11 miles east to Otay Lakes. In 1997 a concept plan for OVRP was developed that described potential trail alignments, active recreation nodes, nature centers, overlooks and staging areas. In the almost 20 years since the original concept plan was developed, much of the land use in the Otay River Valley has changed. Today’s grant will provide funds to update the OVRP Concept Plan to reflect existing conditions and existing and future recreational needs.

BAME CDC
BAME Community Development Corporation (BAME CDC) is a non-profit organization that was created in 1995 to strengthen individuals, families, and neighborhoods through social and economic development in the Logan Heights area. BAME CDC wants to transform a vacant lot at 2835 Imperial Avenue in Logan Heights into a community garden and park for the public to enjoy. This project will provide a source of healthy food alternatives to a community lacking in healthy food options and empower residents by providing educational and recreational opportunities for families. The garden will transform a once trashed, desolate lot into an attractive green space for the use of all residents and cultivate a sense of pride in the community. Today’s grant, if approved, will support the design, construction, landscaping, irrigation, paving and promotional materials associated with building this new park in Logan Heights.

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

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MANDATORY COMPLIANCE: N/A

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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