Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE: May 19, 2020

TO: Board of Supervisors

SUBJECT: Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Grants

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 $70,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Friends of the San Diego Wildlife Refuges, Inc. to fund the replacement of signage at 13th Street regarding historical resources in south San Diego Bay, new signage at the Gordy Shields Bayshore Bikeway Bridge, the survey of a portion of the South Bay refuge for relocation of a fence, which will ultimately help improve segments along the Bayshore Bikeway. 

2. Allocate $80,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Living Coast Discovery Center to go toward the purchase of an ADA-compliant 36-passenger shuttle, providing critical support for daily operations.

3. Allocate $30,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Kitchens for Good, Inc. to provide meals for families in need.

4. Allocate $7,900 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Monarch School Project to replace four damaged shade sails at their elementary school playground utilized year-round by approximately 120 elementary school students for recess and other outdoor activities.

5. Allocate $50,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Info Line of San Diego County, commonly known as 2-1-1 San Diego, to fund the one-time software development of a new web application called My211, allowing San Diegans more direct and efficient access to services. 

6. Allocate $7,810 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Episcopal Community Services to upgrade the security system at their administrative offices in National City to add, among other things, new cameras and wiring.

7. Allocate $35,500 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the United Way of San Diego County to fund capital improvements such as door hardware, fire alarm system window treatments, telephone and data lines, paint and supplies, and other similar materials to refurbish current and future non-profit tenant space. 

8. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the YMCA of San Diego County to assist the South Bay Family YMCA in installing 6,000 square feet of synthetic turf, night lighting and seating at their Teen Center, increasing capacity for camps and sports programs previously offered at a site no longer available.

9. Allocate $19,268 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Lamb’s Players Theatre to upgrade its lighting equipment used for on-stage performances by replacing an antiquated and cost-inefficient system with a more sustainable light system.

10. Allocate $5,100 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Bonita Optimist Club Youth and Community Service Activities Foundation to fund materials and supplies such as brochures and safety equipment for a Youth Safety event focused on cycling safety, which will address safety inspection, bicycle registration, riding and braking, safety skills and other bicycle safety issues. 

11. Allocate $60,771 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Casa Familiar, Inc. to fund improvements such as audio equipment and make-up stations for their Teatro Mascara Magica, a component of their ongoing job training program.

12. Allocate $5,442 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Traveling Stories toward replacing the canopies and backwalls for StoryTent pop-ups, iPads, iPad stands, membership cards and printer ink for registration.

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

14. 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. 

15. Find that the grants identified in Recommendation No. 1, 4-9, 11, and 12 are exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act by Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines. 

FISCAL IMPACT

The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $396,791. Funds for these requests are included in the Fiscal Year 2019-20 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

N/A

ADVISORY BOARD STATEMENT

N/A

BACKGROUND

Friends of the San Diego Wildlife Refuges, Inc.

The Friends of the San Diego Wildlife Refuges, Inc. is dedicated to supporting conservation and promoting awareness of the National Wildlife Refuges of San Diego County, including the Tijuana Slough, San Diego Bay and San Diego National Wildlife Refuges. Through public meetings, fundraising, grant writing, asset management, education outreach and partnering with other natural resources agencies, they help support and sustain these refuges. If approved, today’s grant of $70,000 will go toward new signage, survey and relocation of a fence to help manage and improve areas in and near the South Bay refuge and along the Bayshore Bikeway.

Living Coast Discovery Center

The Living Coast Discovery Center (Center) inspires the community to connect with and care for our coastal environment. They partner in collaborative research and restoration of coastal wetlands and bays, provide student-focused education, and increase knowledge of coastal environments, climate change adaptation and human coexistence with the natural resources of San Diego Bay. Located at the water’s edge in the City of Chula Vista, each year thousands of visitors and K-12 students from all around the region observe habitat displays at the Center and see plants and animals native to the bay environment. If approved, today’s grant of $80,000 will go toward a new shuttle to add to its limited transportation fleet and improve operations to travel to the Center.

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. If approved, today’s grant of $30,000 will go toward additional meals for families and individuals in need during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Monarch School Project

By educating homeless youth, the Monarch School Project helps students develop skills and experiences for personal success. Elementary students, especially those affected by trauma, can be overwhelmed by the large spaces and hallways of the school. Through a trauma-informed approach, Monarch recognizes that promoting emotional wellness increases student learning. If approved, today’s grant of $7,900 will go toward shade sails at their elementary school playground, so students can use it year-round.

Info Line of San Diego County

Originally established by the United Way of San Diego County, Info Line of San Diego County became an independent 501(c)(3) in 2003. Commonly known as 211 San Diego, Info Line of San Diego County connects the region to more than 6,000 community, health, and disaster support services, 24 hours a day, in more than 200 languages. If approved, today’s grant of $50,000 will go toward a new web application called My211 to provide more direct and efficient access to services.

Episcopal Community Services

Episcopal Community Services provides more than $29 million in vital, high-quality health and human services. Their programs focus on early childhood education and development, homelessness, mental health, and substance use disorder treatment to strengthen the hearts and minds of individuals facing hardship and to prepare them for a brighter future.  If approved, today’s grant of $7,810 will go toward the upgrade of the security system at their administrative offices in National City to add such things as new security cameras and wiring.

United Way of San Diego County

The United Way of San Diego County aims to spark breakthrough community action that elevates every child and family toward a brighter future. They align with partners to address inequities in the San Diego region and help underserved communities, identifying community needs and taking action to meet those needs. If approved, today’s grant of $35,500 will go toward capital improvements such as door hardware, fire alarm system window treatments, telephone and data lines, paint and supplies, and other similar materials to refurbish current and future non-profit tenant space.   

YMCA of San Diego County

The YMCA of San Diego County serves people and communities throughout the region, advocating for physical health and strong, healthy, happy, communities. The South Bay Family YMCA has operated programs in the Chula Vista-Eastlake area for 15 years, providing a variety of sports and other programs. Earlier this year, the lease at the Family Sports Complex was terminated, displacing almost 500 kids per week from their evening and weekend sports activities, and requiring as many as 150 kids per week to find an alternative location for camp. If approved, today’s grant of $25,000 will go toward the Teen Center Turf project which includes new synthetic turf, night lighting and seating at their Teen Center, increasing capacity for camps and sports programs.

Lamb’s Players Theatre

Now in its 48th year, Lamb’s Players Theatre offers a full-time team of professional actors creating original educational touring productions, which are developed to address critical issues facing students, and to assist educators in meeting State-mandated content standards in multiple areas. If approved, today’s grant of $19,268 will go toward new, more sustainable lighting equipment for on-stage performances, replacing an antiquated and cost-inefficient lighting system.

The Bonita Optimist Club Youth and Community Service Activities Foundation

The Bonita Optimist Club Youth and Community Service Activities Foundation is dedicated to helping youth reach their potential, or be the best they can be, both now and in the future. They help serve the youth in the Bonita, National City and Chula Vista communities with scholastic awards, grants, service projects, guidance and support wherever it is needed. If approved, today’s grant of $5,100 will go toward materials and supplies, such as brochures and safety equipment, for a youth safety event.

Casa Familiar, Inc.

Casa Familiar, Inc. has been providing residents of the San Ysidro border community with arts and culture programming and activities since 1984. Casa Familiar recently established a partnership with Teatro Mascara Magica to provide a residency and permanent home for theatre and theatre arts. Casa Familiar’s Living Rooms at the Border Project integrates a flexible arts-theatre community center called “El Salon” for theatre use, as well as visual and performing arts educational programming. If approved, today’s grant of $60,771 will go toward improvements such as audio equipment and make-up stations at their Teatro Mascara Magica, a component of their ongoing job training program.

Traveling Stories

Traveling Stories is dedicated to providing mobile literacy programs, one-on-one reading support and motivational incentives to kids throughout San Diego County. Through their mobile Story Tent program, Traveling Stories teaches money management skills and implements creative programs that inspire kids to enjoy reading and improve their literacy skills by the 4th grade. At the StoryTents, kids pick out books that interest them and read out loud with volunteers. They currently serve youth in El Cajon, City Heights, Imperial Beach, Vista and La Mesa. If approved, today’s grant of $5,442 will go toward StoryTent canopies and backwalls, iPads, iPad stands, membership cards and printer ink for registration, helping to support their literacy 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

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: 

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

     

 

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