Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE: October 10, 2017

#11

TO: Board of Supervisors

SUBJECT:

NEIGHBORHOOD REINVESTMENT PROGRAM GRANTS (DISTRICTS: 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.

RECOMMENDATION(S)

SUPERVISOR GREG COX

1. Allocate $75,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the County Library for the purchase of a laptop checkout kiosk with accompanying laptops and a collection of circulation book materials at the Imperial Beach Branch library.

2. Transfer appropriations of $75,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650), Services & Supplies, to Contributions to County Library, Operating Transfer Out for the purchase of a laptop checkout kiosk with accompanying laptops and a collection of circulation book materials at the Imperial Beach Branch library. 

3. Establish appropriations of $75,000 in the County Library, Services & Supplies for the purchase of a laptop checkout kiosk with accompanying laptops and a collection of circulation book materials at the Imperial Beach Branch library based on an Operating Transfer In from the General Fund (4 VOTES).

4. Allocate $4,800 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Elevate Revolutionary Art for the purchase of equipment, supplies, and printing costs for an art exhibit including industrial pipe framing, panels, wreaths and computers for digital photography storage.

5. Allocate $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Ocean Discovery Institute for the purchase of laboratory equipment and educational supplies including dissection tools, watershed models, iPads, and science posters. 

6. Allocate $4,800 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Fleet Week Foundation for costs associated with website upgrades and phone application development and design. 

7. Allocate $3,500 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Spay/Neuter Action Project for the purchase of a backup generator and fitted trailer for Neuter Scooter clinics. 

8. Allocate $38,641 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce dba Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce for costs associated with office space renovation including the purchase and installation of Vinyl Modular walls, sliding doors, glass insets, and desks, carpet replacement, wall paint, lighting adjustments, sprinklers and HVAC. 

9. Allocate $4,764 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Biocom Institute for the purchase of equipment and supplies including backpacks, glider planes, word jumbles, puzzles, geo puzzles, robots, putty and notebooks for STEM related workshops for youth in Barrio Logan. 

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 grant identified in Recommendation No. 8 is exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines. 

FISCAL IMPACT

The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $146,505. Funds for this request are included in the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 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

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BACKGROUND

County Library - Imperial Beach

On April 15, 2017 the Imperial Beach Library celebrated the grand opening of a new 14,500 square foot library replacing the former smaller, aging library with the “Library of the Future.” The new, completed library features unique spaces for children, teens, and adults to learn, engage, and relax with flexible gathering and reading spaces, plenty of quiet study rooms, a state-of-the-art computer lab and 3D printer, and upgraded technological capabilities with the creation of a Technology Center that will engage people of all ages to create, build and invent. In order to enhance the Library’s customer experience the library aims to offer a laptop checkout kiosk with accompanying laptops for use within the library. In addition, the branch seeks to support its diverse community’s needs and education by expanding its book collection with titles for all ages in the most popular Spanish language categories; popular and homework topics, with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) and Maker Movement materials; and books on environmental topics, including sustainable gardening, xeriscaping, upcycling, and renewables. With approval, today’s grant of $75,000 will assist the Imperial Beach Branch Library with the cost of expanding its resources and circulation materials, including a laptop checkout kiosk with accompanying laptops and a collection of circulation book materials.

Elevate Revolutionary Art

Formerly known as the San Diego Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation, Elevate Revolutionary Art is a non-profit organization dedicated to centering the voices of gay men through representation in the arts. Through their fine art photography program and their visual talent program, young men are given the opportunity to showcase their work and provide alternate perspectives for public discourse. The current exhibit entitled Imagine the Angels of Bread features Latino men matriculating through Elevate Revolutionary Art fine and visual art programs and will be showcased at multiple locations throughout San Diego County. If awarded, today’s grant of $4,800 will assist with the purchase of equipment, supplies, and printing costs associated with the exhibit including industrial pipe framing, panels, wreaths and computers for digital photography storage. 

Ocean Discovery Institute

The Ocean Discovery Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to leverage San Diego’s vibrant coastal resources as a tool for teaching people about science and conservation. The Ocean Discovery Institute oversees multiple initiatives that incorporate education, scientific research, and environmental stewardship. Through partnerships with schools and community groups throughout San Diego, the Ocean Discovery Institute hosts conservation activities, hands-on science education activities, local environmental service projects, after-school programs, summer programs, support services, and authentic scientific research opportunities that engage, educate and inspire students about science and the ocean. Currently these initiatives reach more than 5,000 low-income students and community members each year. If approved, today’s grant of $15,000 will assist the Ocean Discovery Institute with the purchase of laboratory equipment and educational supplies including dissection tools, watershed models, iPads, and science posters at the Living Lab located at 4255 Thorn Street in San Diego.  These enhancements will help students understand their ecological connection to surrounding communities and allow the Ocean Discovery Institute to continue connecting students to the natural environment.

The San Diego Fleet Week Foundation

The San Diego Fleet Week Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works closely with active duty member of the Navy, Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard to plan and execute San Diego Fleet Week. Fleet Week is recognized throughout the country with celebrations that educate, inform and inspire communities to learn about the mission, vision and capabilities of fleet personnel. If approved, today’s grant of $4,800 will assist the San Diego Fleet Week Foundation with costs associated with website upgrades and phone application development and design that promotes San Diego Fleet Week free of cost to visitors in the San Diego region. 

Spay/Neuter Action Project

The Spay/Neuter Action Project (SNAP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the over population of dogs and cats in San Diego County. SNAP pays special attention to low-income areas in the County through use of the Neuter Scooter mobile surgical van for expedient and affordable services. Over 4,900 residents are served per year and approximately 55,000 cats and dogs have been fixed aboard the Neuter Scooter to date. If approved, today’s grant of $3,500 will assist SNAP with the purchase of a backup generator and fitted trailer for Neuter Scooter clinics.

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce dba Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce 

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce dba Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide services and events that promote a positive and balanced business climate in the San Diego region. Earlier this year, the Chamber began a new partnership with an affiliate organization that necessitates an expansion of their current office space to accommodate increased staff capacity. If approved, today’s grant of $38,641 will assist the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce with office space renovation including the purchase and installation of vinyl modular walls, sliding doors, glass insets, and desks, carpet replacement, wall paint, lighting adjustments, sprinklers and HVAC.

Biocom Institute

The Biocom Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific, literary, charitable and educational activities that promote the advancement of health and life sciences. The Institute focuses on innovative solutions to cultivate the next generation of leaders in the biotechnology and healthcare industries. STEM in Your Backyard is a countywide program targeted to specific, diverse communities that raises Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math awareness and provides opportunities for youth to interact with STEM professionals. If approved, today’s grant of $4,764 will assist the Biocom Institute with the purchase of equipment and supplies including backpacks, glider planes, word jumbles, puzzles, geo puzzles, robots, putty and notebooks for STEM related workshops for youth in Barrio Logan.

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

ATTACHMENT(S):

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AGENDA ITEM INFORMATION SHEET

REQUIRES FOUR VOTES: ☒ Yes ☐ No

WRITTEN DISCLOSURE PER COUNTY CHARTER SECTION 1000.1 REQUIRED

☐ Yes ☒ No

PREVIOUS RELEVANT BOARD ACTIONS: 

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BOARD POLICIES APPLICABLE:

Policy B-72

BOARD POLICY STATEMENTS:

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MANDATORY COMPLIANCE:

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ORACLE AWARD NUMBER(S) AND CONTRACT AND/OR REQUISITION NUMBER(S):

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ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT: Board of Supervisors, District 1

OTHER CONCURRENCE(S):   

County Council Review

CONTACT PERSON(S):

Khea J. Pollard

(619) 531-5511

Khea.pollard@sdcounty.ca.gov