DATE: November 15, 2016
TO: Board of Supervisors
SUBJECT: NEIGHBORHOOD REINVESTMENT 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 $55,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Caring Hearts Medical Foundation for the purchase of barrier-free medical examination tables and capital improvement costs associated with constructing a wheelchair ramp and ADA accessible restroom located at 2401 Reo Drive in San Diego.
2. Allocate $19,790 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to Able-Disabled Advocacy for the purchase of a 15-passenger van to support education and training programs for out-of-school youth.
3. Allocate $15,968 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Urban Collaborative Project to purchase an iMac computer, laptop, cameras and tri-caster to support youth training in Broadcast Media Arts located at 5106 Federal Avenue, #205.
4. Allocate $6,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Chula Vista Rotary Foundation to purchase approximately 300 bicycles and helmets for the 38th Annual Bike Give Away.
5. Allocate $16,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Tradition One for costs associated with capital improvements to electrical re-wiring in residential dormitories for alcohol and drug recovery located at 4104 Delta Street in San Diego.
6. Allocate $20,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Food Bank for costs associated with capital construction of a new Volunteer and Event Center.
7. Allocate $22,188 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to I Love a Clean San Diego for costs associated with upgrading their website and the purchase of supplies and materials including gloves, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, paint, paint rollers, trays, garden tools, wheel barrels, buckets, trash bags, hanging scales, t-shirts, scout patches and printing materials for the Creek to Bay Cleanup 2017.
8. Allocate $106,162 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County for the cost associated with expanding the Tijuana River Valley Community Garden including site preparation, irrigation infrastructure and installation, tools and supplies for maintenance such as interpretive signage, bulletin board, piping, water meter, valves, spigots, fencing, chippers, flow meters, shipping container, washing stations, plants, weed abatement tools, mower and drip irrigation tape for the garden located at 2100 Hollister Street in San Diego.
9. Establish appropriations of $440 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)
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 the organizations awarded Neighborhood Reinvestment funds establishing terms for receipt of the funds and to make minor amendments to the agreements that are consistent with the general purpose of the grants but do not increase the grants.
12. Find that the allocations identified in Recommendation Nos. 1, 5, 6 and 8 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 $261,108. Funds for this request are included in the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 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
Caring Hearts Medical Foundation
Caring Hearts Medical Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing primary healthcare services to the uninsured and underserved low-income and vulnerable population of San Diego, regardless of their ability to pay. Since its founding in 2000, Caring Hearts Medical Foundation has served Paradise Hills and the surrounding communities by providing a free weekly clinic and various community outreach programs. Caring Hearts Medical Foundation has provided well over 10,000 free health screenings, interventions, and healthcare services to recipients in San Diego. In order to improve the current services offered and increase patient capacity, Caring Hearts Medical Foundation requires equipment for patients with mobility difficulties as well as capital improvements to existing facilities. If awarded, today’s grant of $55,000 will assist Caring Hearts Medical Foundation with the purchase of barrier-free medical examination tables and capital improvement costs associated with constructing a wheelchair ramp and ADA accessible restroom located at 2401 Reo Drive in San Diego.
Able-Disabled Advocacy is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1975 to assist youth and adults with disabilities and other low-income populations to overcome poverty, discrimination in the workplace, personal adversity and eliminate reliance on others to achieve success. Programs such as YouthBuild and Career$mart provide youth opportunities to further their education through comprehensive preparation services, occupational and trade training in construction, as well as healthcare and information technology. Youth are encouraged to give back to the community by assisting with community service projects as part of program curriculum complementing the education received. Over the next five years, the YouthBuild and Career$mart programs will serve 512 low-income youth with disabilities, many of whom are foster and offender youth. In order to continue providing quality programming, Abled-Disabled Advocacy requires a van to transport youth without resources and transportation to and from designated worksites and community service project sites. If awarded, today’s grant of $19,790 will assist Able-Disabled Advocacy with the purchase of a 15-passenger van to support education and training programs for out-of-school youth.
Urban Collaborative Project
The Urban Collaborative Project (UCP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of community members, Town Councils and neighborhoods working to improve the quality of life for all residents of Southeastern San Diego through programs and initiatives that focus on the health, safety, and well-being of the community. Through community outreach, collaboration and grassroots organizing, UCP aims to increase civic engagement for the beautification and revitalization of underserved communities. The Urban Collaborative Project is assisting the Global Educational Media Network, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, with capacity-building and has agreed to serve as the responsible party for this grant.
Global Educational Media Network utilizes instructors with media, broadcast and journalism experience to mentor students through a twelve week training program called Project: Radio Education And Development of Youth (R.E.A.D.Y). Students receive hands-on training in programming, production, media relations and automated software as part of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum.
If awarded, today’s grant of $15,968 will provide one-time support to the Urban Collaborative Project for the purchase of radio equipment including an iMac computer, laptop, cameras and tri-caster to be used by the Global Educational Media Network to support youth training in Broadcast Media Arts located at 5106 Federal Avenue, #205. This equipment will allow students to create live presentations, broadcast around the world and replicate this education in classrooms at local schools.
Chula Vista Rotary Foundation
The Chula Vista Rotary Foundation is a 501(c)3 dedicated to providing service to others, promoting high ethical standards, and advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. The Rotary Foundation has been an active part of the South Bay community for over 75 years and this year marks the 38th Annual Bike Giveaway. Every year the Rotary Foundation partners with other community organizations to assemble and distribute bicycles and bike helmets for youth in the South Bay. Bicycling is a recreational activity that promotes active lifestyles and improves health. If awarded, today’s grant of $6,000 will assist with the purchase of bikes and helmets for the 2016 December Bike Giveaway and extend the benefits of bicycling to deserving youth.
Tradition One is a 501(c)3 nonprofit providing long-term alcohol and drug rehabilitation treatment to adult men in a tranquil environment focused on recovery and educational tools that help residents make responsible, sound decisions. The organization operates three dormitories on-site with the capacity of housing 44 men at a time. Statistically, 98% of residents are homeless and 41% come directly from jail or prison through reentry programs. Tradition One serves approximately 120 men annually in a safe place that caters to the specific needs of each individual. If awarded, today’s grant of $16,000 will assist Tradition One with capital improvement costs for electrical re-wiring in residential dormitories located at 4104 Delta Street in San Diego. Funding will allow Tradition One to replace potentially hazardous wiring in order to maintain maximum safety standards for staff and residents.
San Diego Food Bank
San Diego Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has been serving the community of San Diego since 1977. The Food Bank regularly provides food to those in need and educates the public about the issues of hunger within our community. As a testament to their long-lasting stewardship, the Food Bank has repeatedly been rated as San Diego County’s top safety net food provider for San Diegans living in poverty. In the past three years alone, the Food Bank has doubled the amount of food they distribute to the point where current levels of distribution equal approximately 18 million pounds of food—equal to 14 million meals—per year. Last year, volunteers worked approximately 53,651 hours to distribute 22 million pounds of food across San Diego County. If approved, today’s grant of $20,000 will assist the Food Bank with costs associated with capital construction of a new Volunteer and Event Center. This center will expand and enhance the volunteer program, enabling them to serve many more low-income individuals and families throughout the county
I Love a Clean San Diego
For over 50 years, I Love a Clean San Diego (ILACSD) has served the San Diego region as an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public through environmental outreach programs and initiating county-wide momentum to clean our beaches and bays. Each year, over 6,000 volunteers throughout San Diego County work to remove trash and debris from local beaches and waterways, identify the sources of debris and educate others to change harmful behaviors that contribute to pollution of our natural environment. If approved, today’s grant of $22,188 will assist ILACSD with the cost of upgrading their website and the purchase of supplies and materials for volunteers including gloves, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, paint, paint rollers, trays, garden tools, wheel barrels, buckets, trash bags, hanging scales, t-shirts, scout patches and printing materials for the Creek to Bay Cleanup 2017.
Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County
The Tijuana River Valley Community Garden has been managed by the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County (RCDGSDC) since its inception in 2002. As a public agency, RCDGSDC operates as the steward of the garden. Its garden plots are used by individuals and their families to grow fruits and vegetables, providing healthy and low-cost food for themselves and their families. Over 300 people benefit from the garden through access to fresh produce, physical activity and the restorative effects of the tranquil, natural setting. Providing residents with enhanced opportunities to grow food and access green space supports positive choices and creates an environment in which it is increasingly easy to live well and become involved in positive community activities. Since 2002, the garden has expanded from ninety plots to 138 plots with a current waiting list of 160 individuals, accounting for a three-year wait to secure space for growing. In order to accommodate the increased need, RCDGSDC must expand the garden to include approximately seventy-two plots for a total of 210 plots. The expansion will take place on previously disturbed farm land that contains no mature or scenic trees. If awarded, today’s grant of $106,162 will assist RCDGSDC with the cost of expanding the Tijuana River Valley Community Garden including site preparation, irrigation infrastructure and installation, tools and supplies for maintenance such as interpretive signage, bulletin board, piping, water meter, valves, spigots, fencing, chippers, flow meters, shipping container, washing stations, plants, weed abatement tools, mower and drip irrigation tape for the garden located at 2100 Hollister Street 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.
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:
Central Commercial District Revitalization Corporation original allocation of $40,000, $303 returned 12/15/15 (30); 4 Walls International original allocation of $9,475, $137 returned 9/15/15 (15).
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ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT: District 1, Board of Supervisors
OTHER CONCURRENCE(S): N/A
Khea J. Pollard