Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE: April 24, 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 $8,500 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Asian Pacific Islander Community Actions (APICA) for the purchase of materials necessary for the production of the Filipino American Arts and Cultural Festival of San Diego (FilAmFest), including canopies and public address (PA) systems.

2. Allocate $75,255 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego for the installation of a synthetic play field, fencing, and concrete surfaces at the Payne Family Branch in National City.

3. Allocate $16,993 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to The George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers, Incorporated. to support the construction of the Town Square project.

4. Allocate $30,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to ICF Center for Cross Border Philanthropy for the Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center  Kitchen Renovation Project, which will support the purchase of kitchen cabinet materials, counter top granite, and wood flooring material.

5. Allocate $90,712 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Info Line of San Diego County to purchase core technology infrastructure required to support disaster response and the shift in 2-1-1’s service delivery system. The infrastructure includes updated computers, monitors and headsets.

6. Allocate $17,766 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Just in Time for Foster Youth for the purchase of fifty queen sized beds and the purchase and installation of signage for a new moving truck.

7. Allocate $25,700 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Kitchens for Good, Inc. for a one-time purchase of a used cargo van and a full van wrap.

8. Allocate $9,600 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Mandate Project Impact, Inc. for the purchase of educational equipment, including: a portable video studio; camera mount items; a wireless camera connector; a video camera memory card; Apple iPad Pro 10.5; iPad case for iPad Pro 10.5; iPad screen protector; and an iPad stand.

9. Allocate $27,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Rise Urban Leadership Institute of San Diego for JSX Inc. to development the Rise San Diego Interactive Community-Aggregated Open Data Portal.

10. Allocate $75,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to River Partners to cover costs for irrigation, planting materials, and field equipment for maintenance activities related to the Upper Otay Restoration Project.

11. Allocate $5,971 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to San Diego Coastkeeper to purchase new office equipment, including laptops, a desktop, monitors, keyboards and mouse devices, laptop stands, portable air conditioning units, software and security, in addition to educational outreach equipment, including a projector and GPS unit.

12. Allocate $10,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Diplomacy Council for the purchase of office equipment, including a printer, router, docking stations, and laptops.

13. Allocate $12,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory for the purchase of sheet music and music books.

14. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to St. Vincent de Paul Village, Inc. dba Father Joe’s Villages for the purchase of security cameras at Father Joe’s Villages’ Paul Mirabile Center (PMC).

15. Allocate $42,900 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to United Through Reading for the purchase and customization of a “Story Station” that video-records military members reading stories to their children.

16.  Establish appropriations of $52,768 in the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 1560) based on the return of unused portions of a prior year allocations so the funds can be allocated to other projects. (4 Votes)

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

18. 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.

19. Find that the grants identified in Recommendation Nos. 2 through 4, 10 and 14 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 $472,397. 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

N/A

BACKGROUND

Asian Pacific Islander Community Actions (APICA)

For over ten years, the Filipino American Arts and Cultural Festival of San Diego (FilAmFest) has served thousands of San Diegans annually through public exhibitions of Philippine arts and culture. FilAmFest serves as a platform for emerging and established artists and educators to promote awareness and education about both contemporary and traditional Philippine cultural arts and folkways.  If approved, today’s grant of $8,500 will support the purchase of materials necessary for the production of FilAmFest, specifically canopies and PA systems.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego

Since 1941, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego has grown to include 20 sites, which inspire and enable youth ages 5-18 to achieve academic excellence, build good character, teach responsible citizenship, and make healthy lifestyle choices. With over 660 members, the Payne Family Branch serves as a key resource for youth in the National City community. Currently, the only open play space at the Payne Branch is a dirt area. If approved, today’s grant of $72,255 will support the installation of a synthetic play field, fencing, walkway, and concrete surface, which will provide a safe space for youth to engage in outdoor physical activities.  

The George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers, Incorporated

For over 35 years, The George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers, Incorporated has provided quality adult day care programs and support services to families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia. The Town Square project presents the first nationwide model for immersive reminiscent therapeutic care. Reminiscence Therapy is the use of past activities, events and experiences usually with tangible or visual prompts that is aimed at reducing anxiety and agitation and improves sleep patterns for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia. Town Square features fourteen storefronts and other design elements that create a 1950’s to 1960’s era indoor community. The fourteen storefronts include a movie theater, diner, sports pub, pet store, library, museum, park, newsstand, and clinic. If approved, today’s grant of $16,993 will fund the newsstand and garage portions of the Town Square project.

ICF Center for Cross Border Philanthropy

The ICF Center for Cross-Border Philanthropy operates the Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center empowers students and families from diverse backgrounds to be healthy and active citizens through gardening, environmental stewardship, and nutrition education. Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center improves health and environmental stewardship by providing families with the tools to make informed and healthy decisions in the kitchen, in the community, and for the environment. The kitchen, which teaches healthy cooking practices, is extremely out-of-date, has appliances in disrepair, and is not set up to maximize the potential for learning. If approved, today’s grant of $30,000 will support the Kitchen Renovation Project through the purchase and installation of cabinet materials, kitchen countertop granite, and wood flooring materials.  

Info Line of San Diego County

Originally established by the United Way of San Diego County forty years ago, Info Line of San Diego County dba 2-1-1 San Diego became an independent 501(c)(3) public charity nonprofit California Corporation in 2003. In August 2004, Info Line of San Diego County was officially designated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as the 211 provider for San Diego County, which provides emergency and evacuation assistance during disasters for the entire region of San Diego County. This service reduces the burden on 9-1-1 as 2-1-1 is promoted as the number to call for non-emergency information. If approved, today’s grant of $90,712 will provide funding to support core technology infrastructure improvements required to support 2-1-1’s disaster response, including updated computers, monitors and headsets for staff, and support for software development. The computers play a vital role in 2-1-1’s client services, as dual monitors allow the 2-1-1 agent to assess clients on one screen while searching for resources on the other. Upgraded workstations are integral to daily operations and scalability during a disaster.

Just in Time for Foster Youth

Just in Time for Foster Youth assists transition-age foster youth in breaking the cycle of foster care by addressing needs such as money management, educational support, college graduation, job skills, networking, meaningful employment, reliable transportation, and health. If approved, today’s grant of $17,766 will assist with the purchase of fifty queen sized beds for transition-age foster youth living in San Diego County, along with signage for a new moving truck for the “My First Home” program.

Kitchens for Good, Inc.

Kitchens for Good, Inc. (KFG) strives to address food waste, poverty, and hunger through innovative programs in workforce training, healthy food production, and social enterprise. KFG works to bridge the gap between wasted food and hunger by obtaining surplus food from wholesalers and farmers and engaging students in a culinary apprenticeship program to transform these ingredients into nutritious meals for food-insecure populations. In order to grow their Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), KFG will need to purchase an additional vehicle to safely and efficiently distribute meals to thirteen afterschool sites. If approved, today’s grant of $25,700 will support the purchase of a used cargo van and a full van wrap with the organization’s logo. The cargo van will be used to transport meals to afterschool youth sites in various communities.

Mandate Project Impact, Inc.

Established in 2014, Mandate Project Impact, Inc. (MPI) provides employment training and mentoring for at-risk youth and young adults. Program participants learn a wide array of skills including how to conduct interviews, write proposals, market an artist, write songs, plan and work events, as well as music and video production and editing. If approved, today’s grant of $9,600 will support the purchase of new video production equipment, including a portable video studio hub, camera mount, wireless camera connector, video camera memory card, Apple iPad Pro, iPad case, iPad screen protector, and an iPad stand.

Rise Urban Leadership Institute of San Diego

Rise Urban Leadership Institute of San Diego (RISE) was established in 2014 to implement a civic engagement and empowerment strategy for urban neighborhoods that is fundamentally rooted in leadership development for residents, community-based organization leaders, and those who want to work more effectively and cooperatively in urban settings. RISE is hoping to launch an Interactive Community-Aggregated Open Data Portal, which consists of 1) “Together,” a combination of a document management system, a social network, and an open data portal, and 2) the State of Urban Neighborhoods (SUNRISE), a dashboard of indicators identifying and tracking issues of enduring challenge for urban communities in the San Diego region.  If awarded, today’s grant of $27,000 will assist RISE with the services of JSX, Inc.

River Partners

River Partners has pioneered ecological restoration projects throughout the State of California. In 2008, the organization began restoration efforts in the over 384 acres of habitat located in the Otay River Watershed (ORW). In the interest of continuing this effort, River Partners is developing a second restoration program in partnership with the City of San Diego, the County of San Diego, the City of Chula Vista and the San Diego Urban Corps.  If approved, today’s grant of $75,000 will be used for irrigation and planting materials, in addition to field equipment to assist in replanting, weed management, and irrigation efforts for the Upper Otay Restoration Project.

San Diego Coastkeeper

Since 1995, San Diego Coastkeeper has worked to protect and restore fishable, swimmable, and drinkable water throughout San Diego County. San Diego Coastkeeper’s water quality monitoring program is the largest volunteer-based water monitoring program in the state of California, engaging community volunteers and trained teams to collect water quality measurements and samples for analysis at their in-house laboratory. If approved, today’s grant of $5,971 will support the one-time purchase of new office equipment to upgrade technology that will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of efforts to protect inland and coastal waterways throughout the region. NRP funding will support the purchase of HP laptops, a Dell desktop, HP monitors, Logitech keyboards and mouse devices, laptop stands, and SPT portable air conditioning units, in addition to software and security including a Netgear router, Ubiquiti Access Point Lite, Microsoft Office 365, ArcGIS, Webroot Security, and Adobe Creative Cloud. Funding will also support educational outreach equipment, which includes an Epson projector and a Garmin GPS unit.

San Diego Diplomacy Council

The San Diego Diplomacy Council introduces and connects international experts and leaders to San Diego through professional visits, fellowship programs, seminars, and events. The relationships they build and information they share is a powerful tool in addressing issues such as trade, marine conservation, tourism development, public health, social entrepreneurship, countering violent extremism, human trafficking, minority rights and social justice. The San Diego Diplomacy Council claims responsibility for bringing more than $1.8 Million to San Diego’s economy through various tourism activities.  The San Diego Diplomacy Council is growing and has new and increased computer needs. The District would like to assist in one-time costs of increased technological capabilities that will improve overall efficiency, data integrity, and security. These one-time expenses will lead to an increase in outreach and capacity for the organization. If approved, today’s grant of $10,000 to the San Diego Diplomacy Council will contribute to the purchase of six HP ProBook 470  G4 17.3” Notebook PC, LCD, Intel Core i7-7500U, 1TB, 8GB, Windows 10 Pro, two HP LaserJet Pro M452dw Color Laser Printers, router and battery back-up, six docking stations, and six laptops.

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory

Since 1945, the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) has provided orchestral training and performance opportunities for the youth in the San Diego region. SDYS currently serves an estimated 1,000 students. If approved, today’s grant of $12,000 will support the costs of sheet music and music books for the SDYS Community and Conservatory Program.

St. Vincent de Paul Village, Inc. dba Father Joe’s Villages

For over 67 years, Father Joe’s Villages has addressed the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The Paul Mirabile Center (PMC) was constructed in 1994 to provide additional housing space, allowing for 350 year-round interim shelter beds for homeless men and women 365 nights per year. The current security equipment, including cameras and software, is obsolete and in need of replacement to provide full coverage surveillance. If approved, today’s grant of $25,000 will support Father Joe’s Villages with the purchase and installation of security cameras and related materials, which include: Samsung 64 channel 36TB NVR; 4MP Bullet IP camera with varifocal lense, IR and WDR; 4MP Vandal Dome IP camera with varifocal lense, IR and WDR; 2MP PTZ (H.264) 32x Optical Zoom Lense PTZ Camera with WDR; mount for QNV-7080R; cap adaptor for QNV-7080R; mount for SNP-6320RH; and programming costs.

United Through Reading

In 1989, United Through Reading (UTR) was founded in San Diego to support military families who faced physical separation due to deployments or other duty-related commitments. UTR is a unique program that video-records military members reading stories to their children. Once the recordings are made, the videos and books are provided to the family for the children to enjoy while the military parent is away serving our country. These recordings help families maintain connections, ease separation-related stress in children, make family reunification easier, and promote literacy development and school-readiness in a vulnerable population of children. If approved, today’s grant of $42,900 will support the purchase and customization of a commercial cargo van to be used as a mobile recording studio, “Story Station,” where military members who are readying for deployment or other duty-related separation can be video-recorded reading stories to their children.

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