Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE: June 2, 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 $10,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to fund the design, manufacturing and installation of wayfinding signs along the Bayshore Bikeway.

2. Allocate $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Opera Association to fund a new truck for transport of studio equipment.

3. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center to provide meals for individuals and families in need and to assist with operational expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

4. Allocate $20,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, Inc.to fund the relocation of its office headquarters and interior improvements.

5. Allocate $10,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to San Diego Diplomacy Council to fund digital marketing materials and virtual communication tools to promote San Diego as a destination for citizen diplomacy and global relationships.

6. Allocate $70,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Logan Heights Community Development Corporation to fund the renovation of the Logan Heights Community Preschool and Community Center.

7. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to The Children’s Initiative to provide health and safety office supplies, art supplies and patio fixtures.

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

9. 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. 

10. Find that the grants identified in Recommendations No. 1, 4 and 6 are exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act by Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines. 

11. Waive Board Policy B-72 to allow for allocation of Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds to the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, to allow for the payment of operational expenses at the South Bay Youth Center during the COVID-19 pandemic and to Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County to allow for relocation expenses.

FISCAL IMPACT

The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $175,000. 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

San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) represents 18 cities and County government, serving as the forum for regional decision-making. The public agency helps build consensus, makes strategic plans, obtains and allocates resources, plans, engineers and builds public transportation, and provides information on a broad range of topics pertinent to the region's quality of life. It has played a key role in the development of the Bayshore Bikeway, a 24-mile bikeway facility around San Diego Bay through five coastal South Bay cities in San Diego County. Signage marking various destination points and other wayfinding will help pedestrians and bicyclists along the bikeway. If awarded, today’s grant of $10,000 will assist SANDAG in funding the design, manufacturing and installation of wayfinding signs along the Bayshore Bikeway. 

San Diego Opera Association

For 55 seasons, the San Diego Opera Association has enriched the lives of San Diegans with timeless opera masterpieces in addition to contemporary works. San Diego Opera serves thousands of attendees each year and provides free performances to students. They also provide theatrical scenery for local theatres, dance companies, businesses, nonprofits and other large events. Its 25-year old studio truck can no longer pass the emissions test. If approved, today’s grant of $15,000 will support the purchase of a new truck for the transport of studio equipment and the support of various local arts nonprofits and businesses. 

San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center

The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center (Center) is one of the largest LGBT community centers in the nation, functioning as the anchor organization for the County’s LGBT community since 1972. The Center helps to promote LGBT health/wellness and human rights, and provides targeted programs offering direct services and advocacy. If awarded, today’s grant of $25,000 will assist the Center in providing meals for individuals and families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic and will help fund operational expenses at the South Bay Youth Center.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, Inc.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, Inc. (BBBS) creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Its goal is to help youth achieve their full potential through mentoring programs, which have proven long-term positive outcomes like improved self-esteem and peer relationships, better grades, and less risk-taking behavior. If awarded, today’s grant of $20,000 will assist BBBS in relocating its office headquarters within the same office building and creating a new lobby and waiting area and activity room for kids, enhancing the office visit experience.

San Diego Diplomacy Council

The San Diego Diplomacy Council (SDDC) creates professional, cultural and educational experiences that connect people and organizations, driving positive changes in themselves, their community and the world. Through professional visits, fellowship programs, seminars, and events, the global relationships they build help to address issues such as trade, marine conservation, tourism development, public health, social entrepreneurship, countering violent extremism, human trafficking, minority rights and social justice. SDDC has brought more than $2.9 million to San Diego’s economy through various related tourism activities. If approved, today’s grant of $10,000 to the San Diego Diplomacy Council will assist in the creation and dissemination of digital marketing tools and the use of virtual communication tools to promote San Diego, enhancing and increasing awareness of citizen diplomacy. 

Logan Heights Community Development Corporation

Founded in 1995, the Logan Heights Community Development Corporation (CDC) has worked to foster community empowerment, education, economic growth, and housing development in the greater Logan Heights area. The Logan Heights CDC supports families, seniors, and youth through practical programs and services that incorporate hands-on support, information, referrals and basic education. If approved, today’s grant of $70,000 will fund the renovation of the Logan Heights Preschool to provide an educational foundation for Kindergarten and the Logan Heights Community Center to foster greater community connection.

The Children’s Initiative

The Children’s Initiative (CI) was established in 1992 by five local foundations and more than 40 community leaders to serve as advocates and custodians for effective policies, programs and services that support the health, safety, education and well-being of children and families throughout San Diego County. CI provides programs and projects that enhance the quality of life for underserved children, youth and families, removes barriers to high quality healthcare, education and social services to ensure all children have the support needed to reach their maximum potential. If awarded, today’s grant of $25,000 will fund CI with art and office supplies, as well as patio fixtures that will ensure the health and safety of their office headquarters.

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:

N/A

MANDATORY COMPLIANCE:

N/A

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

N/A

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