Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE: June 23, 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. Establish appropriations of $38,366 in the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) based on the return of unused funds from prior year allocations, so they can be allocated to other projects. (4 VOTES)

2. Allocate $5,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce to fund a new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool for digital and remote efficiencies in reaching out to members.

3. Allocate $20,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Maritime Museum Association of San Diego to fund the construction of a new walkway as a safer entry to the museum.

4. Allocate $35,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the National City Public Library to fund laptops to be loaned by the Literacy Department to individuals needing access to technology and information.

5. Allocate $10,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the South County Economic Development Council to fund an updated online portal to serve as a one-stop shop for business retention and attraction.

6. Allocate $7,500 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Players Philanthropy Fund, working with the 86 Foundation, to provide hand sanitizer and travel-size bottles for the sanitizer for seniors and low-income individuals and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

7. Allocate $12,060 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Harmonium, Inc. to fund a website redesign and toward the creation of a new brochure.

8. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Voices of Our City Choir, Inc. to fund meals and other operational expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

9. Allocate $9,382 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3 to provide books for the Reach Out and Read San Diego Program to promote childhood literacy.

10. Allocate $24,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation, doing business as Champions For Health, to provide operational and strategic planning and to fund Project Access, a program offering free specialty healthcare for the uninsured or very low-income patients.

11. Allocate $100,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Department of Planning and Development Services (Org 49820) to prepare options to streamline the environmental review process for renewable energy projects.

12. Transfer appropriations of $100,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650), Other Charges, to the County Department of Planning and Development Services (Org 49820), Services and Supplies, to prepare options to streamline the environmental review process for renewable energy projects.

13. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Friendships for Hope, Inc. to fund a new refrigerated truck used to transport food for families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

14. Amend the purpose of the 5/19/20 (13) Neighborhood Reinvestment Program allocation of $25,000 to YMCA of San Diego County to provide supplies, materials and operational expenses to improve safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Authorize the Chief Financial Officer to amend the grant agreement accordingly.

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

16. 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. 

17. Find that the grant identified in Recommendation No. 2 is exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines. 

18. Waive Board Policy B-72 to allow for allocation of Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds to the Voices of Our City Choir, Inc. and YMCA of San Diego County to allow for the payment of operational expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to allow the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation to complete strategic planning and other activities necessary to deliver healthcare to the uninsured and very low-income patients as part of Project Access.

FISCAL IMPACT

The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $272,942. 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

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 allocation of $5,000 will fund the purchase of a new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software tool for online and remote efficiencies in communicating with members. 

Maritime Museum Association of San Diego

The Maritime Museum Association of San Diego was incorporated as a non-profit cultural institution in 1948 to serve as the community’s repository for the San Diego region’s seafaring experience through the collection, preservation, and presentation of the rich maritime heritage and historic connection with the Pacific world. The Museum also restores, maintains and operates historic vessels. If approved, today’s allocation of $20,000 will fund a new walkway as a safe entry to the museum. This walkway will provide more direct access to multiple vessels, improving the flow of visitors as a one-way path through all of the museum’s ships, thereby promoting social distancing. 

National City Public Library

The National City Public Library serves the informational, educational, social and recreational needs of all the residents of a culturally and economically-diverse community. The library supports lifelong learning, personal enrichment, and empowerment by providing access to a variety of materials and current technology. The library also serves a population where many individuals live below the poverty line, are linguistically-isolated, unemployed and are without access to digital technology and the Internet. Its Literacy Department strives to elevate the community by providing much needed resources. If approved, today’s allocation of $35,000 will fund laptops to be loaned by the National City Public Library Literacy Department to individuals needing access to technology and the Internet.

South County Economic Development Council

Formed in 1989, the South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) is committed to economic prosperity throughout the southern region of San Diego County, or South County. SCEDC aims to improve and enhance South County’s bi-national economy, image and quality of life. If approved, today’s allocation of $10,000 will provide a new online portal, or website, to serve as a one-stop shop for business attraction and retention, supporting SCEDC’s economic development efforts. 

Players Philanthropy Fund

The Players Philanthropy Fund is a public charity that enables athletes, entertainers and other philanthropists to support charitable missions. They have partnered with the 86 Foundation, formed this past April 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic to support vulnerable populations. If approved, today’s allocation of $7,500 will provide hand sanitizer and travel-size bottles for the sanitizer for seniors and low-income individuals and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hand sanitizer (World Health Organization-approved and FDA-recommended grade) will be provided in food boxes distributed at Community Through Hope, a food bank located in Chula Vista.

Harmonium, Inc.

Established in 1975, Harmonium, Inc. reaches more than 30,000 San Diegans a year to promote well-being and self-sufficiency in children, youth, and adults. Harmonium offers a wide array of innovative and customized program services to more than 5,000 clients through creative education, intervention and prevention services rooted in collaboration with neighborhoods and families. If approved, today’s allocation of $12,060 will fund a website redesign and toward the creation of a new brochure.

Voices of Our City Choir, Inc.

The Voices of Our City Choir, Inc. (VoOCC) helps unsheltered neighbors reconnect with hope and possibility through music, including singing, songwriting and guitar workshops. Their mission is to transform the perception and experience of homelessness through the healing power of the arts, building a bridge between diverse communities through musical performance, advocacy and education. During the COVID-19 pandemic, VoOCC has increased their food service effort to members and others in the downtown area. If approved, today’s allocation of $25,000 will fund meals and other operational expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3 is an organization of thousands of pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The local chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics started the Reach Out and Read San Diego Program (RORSDP) to encourage literacy in young children in the San Diego, Imperial and Riverside Counties region. RORSDP aims to prepare young children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors and providing books. During regular well-child visits, pediatricians provide these books and advise families to read together. If approved, today’s allocation of $9,382 will be used to purchase books for this program.  

San Diego County Medical Society Foundation

The San Diego County Medical Society Foundation, dba Champions for Health, strives to improve community health and wellness, access to care for all, and support for patients and physicians through engaged volunteerism. Since 2004, Champions for Health has served 6,500+ uninsured San Diegans. If approved, today’s allocation of $24,000 will provide operational and strategic planning and fund Project Access, a program offering free specialty healthcare for the uninsured or very low-income patients.

County of San Diego, Department of Planning and Development Services

The County of San Diego, Department of Planning and Development Services (PDS), is one of six responsible departments focused on long-range land use planning, including the County’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance, which determines how our communities will grow. PDS analyzes land use projects to ensure compliance with land use regulations and advises the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission on the projects. PDS programs such as building plan review, building inspection, and code compliance help maintain public health and safety. If approved, today’s allocation of $100,000 will enable PDS to prepare options to streamline the environmental review process for renewable energy projects. This will enable the Board of Supervisors to make an informed decision on how to proceed with the promotion and streamlining of renewable energy projects in the region.

Friendships for Hope, Inc.

Friendships for Hope, Inc. was formed in 2016 to serve the needs of refugees, immigrants and the underserved population in National City and beyond. They collect and distribute more than 7,000 pounds of food and 400 pieces of clothing each week from their community center. Additionally, they provide English as a second language classes and provide job training to support those who need job readiness. If approved, today’s allocation of $25,000 will fund a new refrigerated truck used to transport food for families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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. Through the South Bay Family YMCA, the YMCA of San Diego County has operated programs in the Chula Vista-Eastlake area for 15 years, providing a variety of sports and other programs. Given new operational guidelines caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the YMCA must amend its original grant purpose for a more urgent need. If approved, today’s action will amend the purpose of the 5/19/20 (13) Neighborhood Reinvestment Program allocation of $25,000 to YMCA of San Diego County to include supplies, materials and operational expenses to improve safety within their South Bay facilities.

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: 

Alpha Project for the Homeless original allocation of $40,385 made 1/29/19 (8); funds returned $2,599. Bonita Optimist Club original allocation of $8,500 made 3/26/19 (18); funds returned $5,679. Connecting Hope CDC original allocation of $18,964 made 8/14/15 (10); funds returned $1,000. San Diego Young Artists Music Academy original allocation of $10,301 made 5/15/18 (14); funds returned $2,901. Rise Urban Leadership original allocation of $16,910 made 5/15/18 (14); funds returned $1,062. Traveling Stories original allocation of $9,000 made 10/9/18 (11); funds returned $125. Friendships for Hope, Inc. original allocation of $25,000 made 9/10/19 (15); funds returned $25,000.

On 5/19/20 (13) the Board of Supervisors allocated $25,000 to 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.

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

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