Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE: September 15, 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 $10,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Sunnyside Saddle Club for the purchase of materials to renovate the onsite metal storage shed including paint, tie rails for horses, additional circuits, watering system, and office supplies including a new computer, printer, software and refrigerator.
  2. Allocate $20,500 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Coronado Playhouse for the purchase of lighting and projectors.
  3. Allocate $10,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to Walden Family Services to purchase and install new office furniture, laptops, phone system, and servers for new office space located at 5525 Gibbs Ave. San Diego, CA 92123.
  4. Allocate $9,475 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to 4Walls International to purchase a 12-passenger van, trailer for tools, trailer hitch and bench seat for van.
  5. Allocate $5,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the City of Imperial Beach for lighting and sound costs associated with the Symphony by the Sea.
  6. Establish appropriations of $553.60 in the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) based on the return of unused portions of prior year allocations so the funds can be allocated to other projects. (4 VOTES)
  7. Find that the grant awards described above have a public purpose.
  8. 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.
  9. Find that the grants identified in Recommendation Nos. 1-3 are exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines and that the grant identified in Recommendation No. 5 is exempt from CEQA review by Section 15323 of the CEQA Guidelines.

Fiscal Impact
The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $54,975. Funds for this request are included in the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 CAO 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

Sunnyside Saddle Club
The Sunnyside Saddle Club is a 501(c)3 operated by volunteers who sponsor and manage equestrian educational and recreational shows at the Sunnyside Arena in Rohr Park, Chula Vista. These shows are open to the local community as well as the broader San Diego County community to teach people the values of good sportsmanship and proper horse handling while volunteers maintain the arena by picking up trash, rocks and debris in the surrounding areas. Today’s grant will assist Sunnyside Saddle Club with the purchase of materials to renovate the deteriorating onsite metal storage shed including paint, tie rails for horses, additional circuits, watering system, and office supplies including a new computer, printer, software and refrigerator.

Coronado Playhouse
The Coronado Playhouse is the oldest non-profit community theatre in San Diego County, serving the community since 1946. In addition to high quality theatre entertainment, Coronado Playhouse offers showcases, special events, classes and educational opportunities for students and adults in the local artistic community and the theatre’s mentorship opportunities give Coronado and San Diego residents hands-on, creative and safe training in the theatrical arts. Today’s grant, if awarded, will assist the Coronado Playhouse with the purchase of a projector and enable the theatre to make important upgrades to the theatre lighting system.

Walden Family Services
Since 1976, Walden Family Services has been a recognized leader providing treatment-level care to people in need throughout San Diego County. Walden’s San Diego Headquarters is the center of Walden Family Services, overseeing the operations of five other offices. Providing comprehensive services in all corners of San Diego County, Walden employs 90 employees and provides direct services to more than 1,000 children and families each year. Today’s grant will be used to purchase and install new office furniture, laptops, a phone system, and server to outfit a new office space located at 5525 Gibbs Ave. San Diego, CA 92123. This will help ensure that the relocation has a minimal impact on families by ensuring a smooth transition and preventing an interruption of services.

4Walls International 
4Walls International is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating the surrounding natural environment by utilizing environmental waste as the starting point for infrastructure improvements, community centers, schools and creative gathering places. The organization empowers community members from underserved communities to create change in their neighborhoods through various stewardship projects that enhance the quality of life within the region.

For the last two years, 4Walls International has been improving and increasing the visibility of Border Field State Park by renovating the entrance using trash and art to attract and connect kids with nature. The Border Gateway to Nature Project is an opportunity for youth to help build the park, learn about the wildlife inhabiting the park and enjoy their experience with nature.

Today’s grant will assist 4Walls International with the purchase of a 12-passenger van, trailer for tools, trailer hitch and bench seat for van. These items will enable the organization to increase the amount of volunteers who access the park as well as transport children and tools to and from Border Field State Park for the Border to Gateway Nature Project.

City of Imperial Beach – Symphony by the Sea
Symphony by the Sea is a free concert event featuring orchestral music along the Imperial Beach waterfront. In years past, the event has attracted approximately 3,000 diverse visitors from neighboring communities such as San Diego, National City, Chula Vista and Coronado. This grant will assist The City of Imperial Beach with the costs associated with sound production and stage lighting for the orchestral performance, bringing back a cherished community event. If awarded, the Symphony by the Sea will continue to promote accessibility to Imperial Beach’s beautiful beachfront amenities while spurring positive activity and creativity along the Port Tidelands.

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: [X] Yes [] No

WRITTEN DISCLOSURE PER COUNTY CHARTER SECTION 1000.1 REQUIRED [ ] Yes [X ] No

PREVIOUS RELEVANT BOARD ACTIONS: Bonita Vista Club Blue original allocation of $8,500, $107 returned 6/24/14(15); Diamond Business Association original allocation of $8,300;$446.60 returned 6/24/14(15).

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