Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE:    April 26, 2016      
                            
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 $100,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the County Library to develop a feasibility study for the expansion of the Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library for a larger Kids and Families Area to include necessary code and entitlement requirements and conceptual plan.

2.    Transfer appropriations of $100,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650), Services and Supplies, to Contributions to County Library, Operating Transfer Out, to develop a feasibility study for the expansion of the Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library for a larger Kids and Families Area to include necessary code and entitlement requirements and conceptual plan.

3.    Establish appropriations of $100,000 in the County Library, Services and Supplies to develop a feasibility study for the expansion of the Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library to create a larger Kids and Families Area to include necessary code and entitlement requirements and conceptual plan based on an Operating Transfer In from the General Fund (4 VOTES).

4.    Allocate $3,513 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Council on Literacy for the purchase of school supplies, books, and laptop computers and accessories to support literacy programs for adults and inner-city youth in National City, Golden Hill and the Diamond community.

5.    Allocate $40,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to Kitchens for Good for the costs associated with the expansion of their existing kitchen facility including a countertop griddle, convection oven, walk in cooler, shelving and equipment stands, and updating the fire suppression system located at 404 Euclid Avenue in San Diego.

6.    Allocate $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to BAME Community Development Corporation for capital improvements to the Gilliam Community Garden and Gathering Space including the purchase and installation of irrigation, maintenance equipment and supplies, outdoor stage and lighting located at 2385 Imperial Avenue in San Diego.

7.    Allocate $10,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to Alzheimer’s San Diego for the purchase of Global Positioning System (GPS) devices for the Wandering Prevention Pilot Program for families coping with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

8.    Allocate $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Regional Chamber Foundation for the purchase of laptops, hardware, printers, tables, chairs, wall paint and software to support the expansion and enhancement of internship office area located at 402 Broadway, Suite 1000 in San Diego.

9.    Establish appropriations of $10,920.19 in the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) based on the return of an unused portion of a prior year allocation so the funds can be allocated toward other projects. (4 VOTES)

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

11.    Authorize the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer/Auditor and Controller 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.

12.    Find that the proposed grants identified in Recommendation Nos. 5, 6 and 8 are exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines and that the proposed grant identified in Recommendation No. 1 is exempt from CEQA review by Section 15262 of the CEQA Guidelines.


Fiscal Impact
The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $183,513. Funds for this request are included in the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 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

County Library – Bonita-Sunnyside
The Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library was completed in fall 2005, and is consistently the 11th busiest branch of the County Library system, with annual circulation averaging 380,000 over the past four years and offering more than 450 programs to youth and their families each year. Over 40% of the branch circulation is young adult and children’s materials. However, the children’s area is only 800 sq. ft. of the 10,000 sq. ft. branch.

Due to the size of the children’s area, story times and most children’s programs are conducted in the Community Room which is not adjacent to the children’s collection. Unfortunately, many families leave the library directly after the program instead of remaining in the library and taking advantage of the developmental and educational resources available for youth and their families.

The new Alpine and Imperial Beach Branch libraries are being built with Kids and Families Areas of 2,300 sq. ft. in size. With circulation for children’s materials dramatically rising throughout the County – an expansion of the Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library children’s area  will give the Bonita community a space for kids and families that matches the San Diego County Library’s (SDCL) newest buildings and is commensurate with its needs.

If approved, today’s grant will allow development of a feasibility study for the expansion of the Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library for a larger Kids and Families Area, to include necessary code and entitlement requirements and conceptual plan.

San Diego Council on Literacy
The San Diego Council on Literacy (SDCOL) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that enhances countywide literacy efforts through education, outreach and partnerships; and empowers people to improve their quality of life by refining their literacy skills. The council’s network of literacy programs served over 171,000 adults and youth throughout the County of San Diego during the past year.  If approved, today’s grant will assist the San Diego Council on Literacy with the purchase of school supplies, books, and laptop computers to support literacy programs for adults and inner-city youth in National City, Golden Hill and the Diamond community.

Kitchens for Good
Kitchens for Good (KFG) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 2014 to address the issues of hunger, poverty and unemployment in communities considered “underemployed” and lacking access to fresh and healthy food. Through programs such as Project Launch and Project Nourish, KFG trains foster youth who have been previously incarcerated or aged out of the system to develop technical skills and workforce readiness training that helps them transition into culinary career pathways. Students utilize reclaimed food that would otherwise go to waste, prepare and distribute it to food insufficient individuals in the community through Feeding America San Diego (FASD), preparing 150 – 600 meals annually. KFG is expanding its existing facility space located at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in order to increase capacity, efficiency and productivity of culinary programming offered to students and community.  If approved, today’s grant will assist KFG with costs associated with the expansion of their existing kitchen facility including a countertop griddle, convection oven, walk in cooler, shelving and equipment stands, and updating the fire suppression system located at 404 Euclid Avenue in San Diego.

BAME CDC
BAME Community Development Corporation (BAME CDC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created in 1995 to strengthen individuals, families, and neighborhoods through social and economic development in the Logan Heights area.  In 2015, BAME CDC transformed a vacant lot at 2835 Imperial Avenue in Logan Heights into a vibrant community space complete with a demonstration garden for the public to enjoy. This project provides a source of healthy food alternatives to a community lacking in healthy food options and empowers residents to make healthy lifestyle choices through educational and recreational opportunities for families.  The Gilliam Family Community Gathering Space is an attractive green space and garden in an area lacking infrastructure and public parks. If approved, today’s grant will support continual development of the Gilliam Family Community Gathering Space including the purchase and installation of irrigation, maintenance equipment and supplies, outdoor stage and lighting.
 
Alzheimer’s San Diego
Alzheimer’s San Diego is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides compassionate, comprehensive and free resources to families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia or memory loss. This is achieved through a range of services and programs including expert phone and in-person support, connection to community resources, education classes and workshops and an in-home respite program among many others. The Wandering Prevention Program is a pilot program that will provide participants with a personal GPS wandering device and accessories at no cost to them for the length of three months. If approved, today’s funding will support the launch of the Wandering Prevention Program, an effort to reduce the incidence and risk of dementia-related wandering by increasing access to GPS personal safety devices. By reducing the financial barrier, families will be able to take advantage of this technology and improve the safety of individuals with dementia.

San Diego Regional Chamber Foundation
As an affiliate of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego Regional Chamber Foundation (Foundation) is the 501(c)3 arm dedicated to research, education and leadership to create the most business-friendly region in California. The Foundation focuses its activities on the issues that influence San Diego’s business climate including workforce development, cross-border business, veteran employment, infrastructure, and quality of life.  Currently, the Foundation’s internship office does not have the capacity to accommodate the substantial growth of the internship program. If approved, today’s grant will help the Foundation to design a collaborative workspace with the purchase of laptops, hardware, printers, tables, chairs, wall paint and software to support the expansion and enhancement of the internship office area located at 402 Broadway, Suite 1000 in San Diego.


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