Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE: March 14, 2017  

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 $700,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the County Department of Parks and Recreation for design and environmental analysis of the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Campground and Nature Education Center.

2. Transfer appropriations of $700,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650), Services and Supplies, to Contributions to Capital Outlay Fund, Operating Transfer Out, for Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Campground and Nature Education Center.

3. Establish appropriations of $700,000 in the Capital Outlay Fund for Capital Project 1021103, Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Campground and Nature Education Center, to provide funds for design and environmental analysis based on an Operating Transfer In from the General Fund. (4 VOTES)

4. Allocate $6,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Budget (Org 15650) to Civic San Diego for costs associated with conducting two commercial grade kitchen assessments for the first stage of capital improvements to Casa Familiar Community Center in San Ysidro and Sherman Heights Community Center.

5. Establish appropriations of $30,629 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 to other projects. (4 VOTES) 

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

7. 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.

Fiscal Impact

The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $706,000. 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

N/A 

Advisory Board Statement

N/A

Background

County Department of Parks and Recreation 

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) recently completed a comprehensive Public Use Feasibility Study of the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park (TRVRP).  One of the study's recommendations for future recreational enhancements was a campground that would provide overnight accommodations and nature education opportunities. The proposed TRVRP Campground and Education Center would lie on a 57-acre parcel at the western edge of the TRVRP about 1.3 miles east of the ocean.  Approximately 80 to 100 campsites would serve a variety of uses including primitive walk-in camping, tents, cabins, and equestrian camp sites. This campground is expected to serve lower income families as well as the greater San Diego County region, providing a range of low cost accommodations in the Coastal Zone. Site amenities are expected to include restroom/shower facilities, an office, entry booth and paved circulation roads. Shade structures or gazebos will be strategically placed in common areas for day-use visitors. Horseshoe pits and playgrounds will serve as gathering places. The campground will also include a space for nature education for families and school/youth groups who may not have had the opportunity to experience overnight camping in a natural environment. The nature education programs and events will result in greater awareness of the natural world, the unique ecosystems of the Tijuana River Valley and the human connection to the environment. Programs will promote environmental stewardship and offer a unique connection to nature in the South Bay. The nature education area will incorporate elements such as a nature trail with interpretive panels, an amphitheater for educational programs, and a centrally-located communal fire ring for evening programs. Remaining funds after completion of design and environmental review shall be used towards the construction of the project.  

Civic San Diego

Civic San Diego is a 501(c)3 organization that acts as the formal redevelopment arm for the City of San Diego. The organization performs planning and permitting functions, manages the Downtown parking district, economic development and other projects authorized by the City. In concert with other collaborating partners, Civic San Diego will serve low-to-moderate income residents by providing job training, education, and certification to individuals looking to enter the culinary profession through the upgrade and activation of two commercial kitchens located in Sherman Heights and San Ysidro respectively. Specialty food processors, farmers and caterers looking to expand their business communities will be afforded the opportunity to utilize physical equipment and social collaboration to scale and develop a central space to license food processing activities. These kitchens will establish a foundation for healthy food alternatives within areas saturated with unhealthy or inadequate food options, aiming to reduce high levels of obesity and chronic illness in these communities. If awarded, today’s grant of $6,000 will go toward professional contracted services for the assessment and design to properly identify the required equipment and cost of upgrades to the kitchens at each location. These assessments are part of a larger project and the organization is securing funding to implement recommended capital improvements that will be documented in the assessment.

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:  

San Ysidro Vangaurd Foundation original allocation of $36,657 made 6/09/2015(10); funds returned, $30,629.

BOARD POLICIES APPLICABLE:

Policies 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

CONTACT PERSON(S):

Khea J. Pollard

Name

(619) 531-5511

Phone

khea.pollard@sdcounty.ca.gov

E-mail