Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE: February 13, 2018

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 $13,508 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the purchase of blinds, a copier, conference room tables and chairs, and computers to improve the functionality of the Chula Vista Family Resource Centers. 

2. Allocate $5,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Friends of Balboa Park for the purchase, acquisition, and restoration of a historic carousel. 

3. Allocate $30,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the  Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank for the purchase and installation of a computer, server, and telephone system for offices in Miramar and San Marcos.

4. Allocate $5,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Kim Center for Social Balance for the design of a Gender Equity Portal on the Kim Center website and the purchase of office equipment including scanners, printers and toner, software, hard drives, business card printing, tripods, pens, paper, notebooks, event tablecloths and production of event banners.

5. Allocate $4,900 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Kyoto Symposium Organization for printing expenses, including the cost of the event program, invitations, and other printing/collateral.

6. Allocate $40,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Logan Heights Community Development Corporation for costs associated with the construction and renovation of the Logan Heights Community HUB located at 3040 Imperial Avenue in San Diego.

7. Allocate $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Paving Great Futures for the purchase of equipment and supplies including a van, refrigerator, microwave, non-slip shoes, computers, camera, silk screen machine, heat transfer machine, printer, banners, clover system, and stationary to professionalize and compete with ongoing on the job training needs in the workforce.

8. Allocate $4,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Quality of Life Connections d.b.a. San Diego Velo Youth for the purchase of equipment and supplies for youth cyclists including jerseys, shorts, helmets and bicycles.

9. Allocate $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego County Farm Bureau for costs associated with the design, purchase and construction of an Agricultural Hub for San Diego County farmers located at 420 S. Broadway in Escondido.

10. Allocate $10,224 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Southern Regional Resource Center, Inc. d.b.a. Southern Caregiver Resource Center for the purchase of office furniture and supplies including printers, chairs, desks, white boards, storage containers, refrigerator, dollies, supply holders and a laptop clicker.

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

12. 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.

13. Find that the grants identified in Recommendation Nos. 2, 3, 6 and 9 are 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 $142,632. 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

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ADVISORY BOARD STATEMENT

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BACKGROUND

Chula Vista Elementary School District

Social service programs and emergency services are provided at school sites owned by the Chula Vista Elementary School District (District) through a network of five Family Resource Centers (FRCs) located on District campuses in Chula Vista.  The District would like to replace weathered office equipment utilized to produce important informational resources for staff and families that visit the FRCs and improve District facilities utilized to provide an aesthetically pleasing environment. The District will enter into an NRP agreement and provide oversight of grant expenditures. If approved, today’s grant of $13,508 to the Chula Vista Elementary School District will contribute to the purchase of blinds, a copier, conference room tables and chairs, and computers to improve the functionality of the school-based Family Resource Centers.

Friends of Balboa Park

Established in 1999, Friends of Balboa Park is a nonprofit organization that has worked to preserve, protect and enhance Balboa Park for its millions of annual visitors through beautification, sustainability, landscaping, infrastructure, signage and wayfinding efforts. Friends of Balboa Park has launched a campaign to purchase the Balboa Park carousel from private ownership. The carousel is a historical artifact, enjoying 110,000 visitors each year since its permanent relocation to Balboa Park in 1922. If awarded, today’s grant of $5,000 will assist Friends of Balboa Park with the purchase, acquisition and restoration of the carousel. 

Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank

The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank (San Diego Food Bank) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the community of San Diego since 1977. The San Diego Food Bank regularly provides food to those in need and educates the public about the hunger issues within our community. As a top safety net provider for San Diegans living in poverty, the San Diego Food Bank expanded its services in North County in recent years. The current organizational computer systems, servers, and phone systems are aged and do not operate effectively or reliably. In order for the San Diego Food Bank to continually expand and streamline services countywide, these obsolete systems must be replaced. If approved, today’s grant of $30,000 will assist with the purchase and installation of a new computer, server, and telephone system for San Diego Food Bank offices located in Miramar and San Marcos.

Kim Center for Social Balance

Kim Center for Social Balance (Kim Center) is a non-profit organization working to positively impact gender equity in the workplace by transforming the beliefs and behaviors that obstruct women’s success.  The Kim Center is focusing on making San Diego County the first community Model of Success utilizing its highly diverse populations, corporate assets, and vision of inclusiveness. The establishment of a Gender Equity Portal on the Kim Center website will build a national network of individually-empowered and mutually-supportive communities that share resources, research, and communicate via an interactive interface. If approved, today’s grant of $5,000 will fund the design and creation of the Gender Equity Portal and Kim Center website; as well as the purchase of office equipment including scanners, printers and toner, software, hard drives, business card printing, tripods, pens, paper, notebooks, event tablecloths and production of event banners.

Kyoto Symposium Organization

The Kyoto Symposium Organization is a non-profit organization that coordinates the official North American celebration of the annual Kyoto Prize, which has been held in San Diego since 2002.  The goal of the Symposium is to educate and motivate individuals, especially students, to use their life’s work to improve society and the human condition just as the Kyoto Prize laureates have done.  This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the Kyoto Prize Symposium where San Diego region residents will have the opportunity to experience some of the most extraordinary minds and creative masters of the 21st century in technology, the sciences and the arts. If approved, today’s grant of $4,900 will contribute to printing expenses, including the cost of the 48 page program used throughout the main event week, along with Prize Week invitations, and other printing/collateral. 

Logan Heights Community Development Corporation

Logan Heights Community Development Corporation 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.  The Logan Heights Community HUB will centralize operations for area residents, local businesses, and organizations to improve the quality of life in Logan Heights and surrounding areas. The facility will provide a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) learning preschool, a commercial kitchen, co-working spaces for entrepreneurs, and accessible training and conference rooms and other resident requested programs and services. If approved, today’s grant of $40,000 will assist with the renovation of the Logan Heights Community HUB located at 3040 Imperial Avenue in San Diego, to include flooring, drywall, bathroom fixtures, lighting, fencing, paint, and demolition.

Paving Great Futures 

Since 2012, the nonprofit Paving Great Futures has empowered communities by providing personal empowerment and economic development opportunities to individuals in Southeastern San Diego. Paving Great Futures inspires previously incarcerated or gang-affiliated individuals to start businesses through on-the-job training programs that provide relevant experience in social enterprises in the culinary and hospitality industries. Paving Great Futures has a strong success rate with all program participants obtaining and retaining long-term employment. If approved, today’s grant of $15,000 will assist Paving Great Futures with the purchase of equipment and supplies including a van, refrigerator, microwave, non-slip shoes, computers, camera, silk screen machine, heat transfer machine, printer, banners, clover system, and stationary to professionalize and compete with ongoing job training needs in the workforce.

Quality of Life Connections d.b.a. San Diego VeloYouth 

Quality of Life Connections is a grassroots non-profit organization founded in 2006 focused on improving the quality of life for youth in San Diego County. San Diego VeloYouth is a cycling program designed to serve at risk youth by infusing goal-setting, cycling, and daily achievement. While San Diego VeloYouth works with youth throughout San Diego County, their roots are with youth in South County- Chula Vista, National City, and South San Diego. Their target population typically lives in areas of high poverty, homelessness, and gang activity. If approved, today’s grant of $4,000 will fund the purchase of equipment and supplies for youth cyclists including jerseys, shorts, helmets and bicycles.

San Diego County Farm Bureau 

Established in 1914, the San Diego County Farm Bureau is the largest agricultural nonprofit organization in San Diego County. The Farm Bureau assists individual farmers through service distribution countywide while advancing public policy discussion of farming regulations for public benefit. The Agricultural Hub will be a location for farmers and key partners to gather and share knowledge to serve and assist the local farm community. If approved, today’s grant of $15,000 will assist the San Diego County Farm Bureau with the design, purchase and construction of an Agricultural Hub for San Diego County farmers located at 420 S. Broadway in Escondido.

Southern Regional Resource Center, Inc. d.b.a. Southern Caregiver Resource Center

Established in 1987 as a non-profit 501(c)(3), the Southern Caregiver Resource Center (SCRC) is a leading provider of comprehensive caregiver support services for San Diego county, serving 30,000 clients annually. Support services include specialized information and referrals, assessments and care planning, counseling and case management, caregiver training, community education, professionally facilitated support groups, legal and financial services and respite services. These services are provided to county residents free of charge in both Spanish and English. SCRC has identified the need for more comprehensive support systems for caregivers faced with the task of caring for ailing family members. Family caregivers often suffer from clinical depression and burnout due to the excessive amount of stress caregiving demands, resulting in a decreased quality of life. In 2016 SCRC’s service programs provided over 9,200 respite care hours, clinical services for over 4,500 individuals and more than 14,600 hours of case management. Demand for these services continues to increase, necessitating SCRC’s transition into a new office space in Chula Vista. If approved, today’s grant of $10,224 will purchase office furniture and supplies; including printers, chairs, desks, white boards, storage containers, refrigerator, dollies, supply holders and a laptop clicker that will enable SCRC to expand services to accommodate growth in demand for programs.

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

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