Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE: October 13, 2020

TO: Board of Supervisors

SUBJECT: Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

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)

CHAIRMAN GREG COX

1. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to The Arc of San Diego to fund a new wheelchair accessible van to provide transportation to and from The Sol and Ruth Gerber Center.

2. Allocate $33,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce to fund a digital campaign to promote its programs and the development of an Otay Mesa Maintenance Assessment District Management Plan.

3. Allocate $10,724 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Fulfilling Destiny to fund the distribution of feminine products for women experiencing homelessness, including the products and operational expenses.

4. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to The Neighborhood House Association to fund a meal delivery truck to transport healthy meals to underprivileged children and seniors in San Diego County.

5. Allocate $10,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Biocom Institute to fund a one-time expense of the development, maintenance, and delivery of virtual programs for the Festival of Science & Engineering virtual platform and the Life Science Experience kits.

6. Allocate $5,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Boys to Men Mentoring Network to purchase branded shirts and rash guards for the 100 Wave Challenge.

7. Allocate $5,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Global Financial Literacy to fund costs related to the Annual 5K Run, including insurance, T-shirts, finisher medals, awards, bibs, safety pins, printing, postage, fliers, banners, route signs and photography.

8. Allocate $44,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Cristo Rey San Diego High School, Inc. to fund a new passenger van to transport students in the Corporate Work Study Program.

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

10. Authorize the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Financial Officer to execute grant agreements with the organizations awarded Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds to establish terms for receipt of the funds and make minor amendments to the agreements that are consistent with the general purpose of the grants but do not increase the grants. 

11. Waive Board Policy B-72 to allow for allocation of Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds to The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Fulfilling Destiny, Biocom Institute, and Global Financial Literacy to allow for the payment of operational, program development and service related expenses.

FISCAL IMPACT

The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $157,724. Funds for these requests are included in the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Operational Plan for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program (Org 15650). The funding source is General Purpose Revenue. 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

The Arc of San Diego

The Arc of San Diego (The Arc) is one of the region’s largest human-services agencies, providing comprehensive care to children and adults with a wide variety of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc was founded in 1951 by a determined group of parents and other community members who were concerned about the lack of services available for children with intellectual disabilities. In 1956, a few children began attending classes in a car port in Chula Vista. Today, more than 60 years later, The Arc’s Sol and Ruth Gerber Family Center serves hundreds of children and adults teaching them vital life skills through job training opportunities and activities. If approved, today’s grant of $25,000 will fund a new wheelchair accessible van to provide transportation to and from The Sol and Ruth Gerber Center so that people with disabilities can pursue their individual goals in the community, including employment, volunteer, and recreational opportunities.

The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1987, The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce supports San Diego businesses with resources and access to local and global markets. Located along the international border, The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce advocates for major infrastructure projects, education, and awareness to support community needs, particularly those of South County’s business community. If approved, today’s grant of $33,000 will fund a digital campaign to promote its programs, as well as, the development of a management plan, required to establish an Otay Mesa Maintenance Assessment District (MAD). The MAD would bring services to the community not currently provided, including additional lighting and community signs to create a cleaner, safer, and more profitable district. A plan to manage and establish the MAD are included with this funding request to support a potential special district that would bring investment to Otay Mesa.

Fulfilling Destiny

Fulfilling Destiny was founded in September 2017 with the mission to support and empower homeless women through the distribution of free feminine products every month. They aim to help decrease their monthly worries on these important needed products that they cannot afford to buy. Additionally, they hope to empower and help increase homeless women’s self-esteem one woman at the time. If approved, today’s grant of $10,724 will fund the distribution of feminine products for women experiencing homelessness, including the products and operational expenses such as storage fees, gas costs, and staff salary. Operational and service delivery related expenses are included with this funding request to help address some of the increased need resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Neighborhood House Association

For more than 100 years, The Neighborhood House Association has worked to transform and shape the physical health of thousands of youth and their families by providing nutritious meals through the Central Kitchen’s Nutrition Services Program. If approved, today’s grant of $25,000 will fund a meal delivery truck to transport healthy meals to underprivileged children and seniors in San Diego County. The truck is expected to deliver approximately 230,000 meals per year both to childcare and senior centers.

Biocom Institute

Established in 2008, Biocom Institute supports life science innovation and success in the San Diego community by strengthening the workforce and leaders of tomorrow through various events and programs. It is the largest and most experienced advocate for California’s life science sector, aimed at developing and promoting a skilled and diverse pipeline of talent to accelerate the growth of California’s life science ecosystem. If approved, today’s grant of $10,000 will fund a one-time expense of the development, maintenance, and delivery of virtual programs for the Festival of Science & Engineering virtual platform, as well as, Life Science Experience kits. The kits include various materials for hands-on STEM learning, including pipettes, vials, necklaces, flacon tubes, paper bags and elementary books. A new virtual platform and content development related expenses are included with this funding request to help support new needs resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boys to Men Mentoring Network

The Boys to Men Mentoring Network was founded in 1996 to assemble a team of committed men who created a mentoring program to help support fatherless teenage boys in their community. They created a curriculum that incorporates holistic, intergenerational, and asset-based mentoring practices and encourages community involvement, intensive self-reflection, positive critical thinking habits, and self-accountability. If approved, today’s grant of $5,000 will fund a one-time expense of purchasing branded T-shirts and rash guards for the 100 Wave Challenge, a series of small beach meetups involving fatherless, disconnected, and at-risk boys in the community. These T-shirts and rash guards will be distributed at the event to create team spirit for the participants.

Global Financial Literacy

Global Financial Literacy dba Financial Coach 4U is led to inspire and educate families in the area of total financial management. The coaches are professionals with various financial backgrounds who engage in various community projects that enhance the quality of life for the community. They provide clients with detailed financial game plans regardless of their income level. If approved, today’s grant of $5,000 will help cover the costs for the Annual 5K Run, including insurance, permit fees, T-shirts, finisher medals, awards, bibs, safety pins, printing, postage, fliers, banners, route signs and photography. Service-related costs such as postage and insurance, along with face masks and other safety equipment, are included with this funding request to help support a new event format due to safety guidelines to reduce COVID-19.

Cristo Rey San Diego High School, Inc.

Cristo Rey San Diego High School, Inc. is a new private school that opened in August in Southcrest, exclusively serving students from low-income families. It is an independent, college-preparatory school for students who would not otherwise have access to higher education. Their Corporate Work Study Program gives students the opportunity to gain job experience and grow in self-confidence. If approved, today’s grant of $44,000 would fund a new passenger van to transport students in the Corporate Work Study Program. The van would bring students to and from sites of various job partners throughout San Diego County.

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

Chairman

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:

Board 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 Counsel

CONTACT PERSON(S):

Genevieve Fong

(619) 531-5511

Genevieve.Fong@sdcounty.ca.gov