Neighborhood Reinvestment Program

DATE: September 15, 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 $25,534 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Feeding San Diego to fund computer hardware such as desktops, laptops, docking stations and computer screens for the organization as part of a technology upgrade to allow for more efficient delivery of food aid.

2. Allocate $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Pacific Arts Movement to replace aging cameras and computer equipment and to acquire audio/visual equipment. 

3. Allocate $17,730 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Paradise Gardeners to fund decomposed granite and boulders for Phase I of the Paradise Hills Native Plant Garden.

4. Allocate $15,560 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Kid Spark Education to fund the acquisition of a new computer programming product called Spark:bit for STEM education programs.

5. Allocate $5,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Kyoto Symposium Organization to fund acquisition of program booklets, handouts and other printed materials for the Kyoto Prize Symposium.

6. Allocate $15,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to WILDCOAST to fund the acquisition of educator outreach toolkits, which include marine conservation lesson plans, stewardships activities and resources for local students and teachers, remote learning tools, and printed materials.

7. Allocate $6,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project to fund a one-time purchase for software, media viewing platforms and audio/visual equipment.

8. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Mainly Mozart, Inc. to fund acquisition of a venue, staging, lighting, sound, and streaming for its drive-in concerts and to support the one-time recording of the musical content for digital format on its website.

9. Allocate $6,500 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the Foundation for Women Warriors to fund a one-time website upgrade and office/warehouse tools and equipment such as headsets, warehouse shelves, desk chairs, and floor protector mats.

10. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Leah’s Pantry, Inc. to fund a new refrigerated box truck.

11. Allocate $23,221 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to the  San Diego Regional Fire and Emergency Services Foundation to fund the acquisition of 9 sets of structure fire turnouts (Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE) or similar equipment for the Imperial Beach Fire-Rescue Department.

12. Allocate $29,469 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to San Diego Habitat for Humanity, Inc. to fund the acquisition of construction materials for low-income affordable housing projects in National City and Logan Heights by providing for the acquisition of siding, trim, and landscape materials for use in existing and ongoing projects.

13. Allocate $25,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) to Centro de Salud de la Comunidad de San Ysidro, Inc. (San Ysidro Health) to fund its COVID-19 Clinic Safety Project, by providing safety equipment such as the Clorox Total 360 cleaning machine for five clinics in the South Bay community.

14. Allocate $95,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650), Other Charges, to the Department of Parks and Recreation for costs associated with the completion of an engineering site distance study and installation of a monument sign at the Sweetwater Community Garden.

15. Transfer appropriations of $95,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650), Other Charges, to Contributions to Capital Outlay Fund, Operating Transfer Out, for Capital Project 1021596 Sweetwater Community Garden. (4 VOTES)

16. Establish appropriations of $95,000 in the Capital Outlay Fund for Capital Project 1021596 Sweetwater Community Garden for costs associated with the completion of an engineering site distance study and installation of monument sign at the Sweetwater Community Garden, based on an Operating Transfer In from the General Fund. (4 VOTES)

17. Amend the purpose of the 2/25/2020 (17) Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) allocation of $17,565 to the San Diego Parks Foundation to include costs of additional improvements such as an air conditioner, WiFi installation, security cameras and new scoreboard for the gym to the Southcrest Teen Center. Authorize the Chief Financial Officer to amend the grant agreement accordingly.

18. Amend the purpose of the 4/30/19 (19) Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) allocation of $200,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of South County to include funding improvements such as roof repairs, new drywall and painting, and new computer servers at the Odermatt Clubhouse in Imperial Beach. Authorize the Chief Financial Officer to amend the grant agreement accordingly.

19. Allocate $5,000 from the First District Community Enhancement Program budget (Org 12900) to the American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3 to fund Reach Out and Read San Diego Program training for participating pediatricians and various expenses for the Read and Romp charity event such as catering, costumes, craft supplies and postage.

20. Allocate $16,000 from the First District Community Enhancement Program budget (Org 12900) to the Sun and Sea Festival to fund event coordinator fees, program books, posters, interactive website and sandcastle builder awards and stipends for the annual Imperial Beach Sun and Sea Festival.

21. Allocate $5,000 from the First District Community Enhancement Program budget (Org 12900) to Sharia’s Closet to fund gloves, sanitation supplies, infant formula, clothing and other supplies needed to provide COVID-19 related support.

22. Allocate $15,000 from the First District Community Enhancement Program budget (Org 12900) to the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory to fund teaching artists and instructors for their music education support programs and their supplies and tools, such as sheet music, instruments, recording equipment, laptops, microphones, tripods and online audio/web conferencing subscriptions.

23. Allocate $20,000 from the First District Community Enhancement Program budget (Org 12900) to the American National Red Cross of California to fund smoke alarms for residential homes.

24. Allocate $27,800 from the First District Community Enhancement Program budget (Org 12900) to the Lamb’s Players Theatre to fund an HVAC system with plasma air technology for the theatre’s air conditioning system.

25. Amend the purpose of the 6/25/2019 (17) First District Community Enhancement Program budget (Org 12900) allocation of $8,000 to the Alumni Association of the William J. Oakes Boys and Girls Club to include costs of Soap Box Derby cars, equipment and supplies. Authorize the Chief Financial Officer to amend the grant agreement accordingly.

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

27. Authorize the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Financial Officer to execute grant agreements with the organizations awarded Neighborhood Reinvestment Program and Community Enhancement 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. 

28. Find that the grant amendment identified in Recommendation Nos. 12, 14, 17, 18, 23 and 24 are exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act by Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines and that the grants identified in Recommendation Nos. 12 and 14 are also exempt from CEQA review by Section 15303 of the CEQA Guidelines.

FISCAL IMPACT

The fiscal impact of these recommendations is $329,014 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget (Org 15650) and $88,800 from the Community Enhancement Program budget (Org 12900) totaling $417,814. Funds for these requests are included in the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Operational Plan for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program (Org 15650) and Community Enhancement Program (Org 12900). The funding source is General Purpose Revenue and Transient Occupancy Tax Revenues. These actions will not result in the addition of staff years or other costs. The actions amending grant purposes have no fiscal impact; the total of these recommendations is $225,565.

BUSINESS IMPACT STATEMENT

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ADVISORY BOARD STATEMENT

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BACKGROUND

Feeding San Diego

Feeding San Diego helps the most vulnerable members of society by providing healthy food, providing more than 26 million meals annually through a decentralized food rescue and distribution network, with a vision for a hunger-free and healthy San Diego. If approved, today’s grant of $25,534 will fund computer hardware such as desktops, laptops, docking stations and computer screens for the organization. This one-time technology upgrade will help increase capacity and allow for more efficient delivery of food aid and continued efforts for a hunger-free and healthy San Diego.

Pacific Arts Movement

Pacific Arts Movement (Pac-Arts) presents Asian and Asian American Pacific Islander media arts to San Diego residents and visitors to inspire, entertain and support a more compassionate society. They produce film events such as the San Diego Asian Film Festival, collaborate with youth through high school outreach and university partnerships, and offer culturally enriching programs that provide a holistic education. The Pac-Arts Reel Voices program is a digital storytelling program that highlights students’ unique voices while fostering creativity through the art of storytelling, serving disadvantaged students at Monarch School in Barrio Logan. If approved, today’s grant of $15,000 will fund the replacement of aging cameras and computer equipment for the Pac-Arts Reel Voices program, as well as the acquisition of audio/visual equipment for drive-in screenings for the 2020 San Diego Asian Film Festival. This will help support their programs to further educate and inspire the San Diego community through arts.

 

Paradise Gardeners

The Paradise Gardeners is the first garden club in Southeastern San Diego, promoting an active interest in gardening, civic improvement, horticultural education and related subjects, while helping to conserve natural resources and enhance the beauty in the community. The Paradise Gardeners is a subordinate chapter of the California Garden Clubs, Inc., and since 2017 has made it their goal and vision to replace an unused field (a covered landfill) with a sustainable, educational and beautiful garden. If approved, today’s grant of $17,730 will fund Phase I of this project called the Paradise Hills Native Plant Garden, including decomposed granite and boulders. This garden will provide a walkable, demonstration garden with native plants for the community to learn from and enjoy.

Kid Spark Education

Kid Spark Education is a nonprofit social enterprise committed to helping preK-8th grade educators across the country and the world bring powerful STEM learning experiences to their students. Kid Spark Education’s goal is for all children, especially those from underrepresented communities, develop STEM identity and technology fluency. A new computer programming product called Spark:bit opens the world of robotics and computer science to K-8 students who participate in the organization’s STEM education programs in their schools, even in distance learning situations. If approved, today’s grant of $15,650 will fund the acquisition of the Spark:bit and will be offered to students throughout San Diego County for STEM enrichment.

Kyoto Symposium Organization

The Kyoto Symposium Organization provides an opportunity for an international audience to learn about the achievements of the current Kyoto Prize Laureates and to discuss the relationship between their accomplishments and the common quest for peace and harmony in our world. They sponsor the North American annual forum for the Kyoto Prize and its three newest Laureates, attended by thousands of San Diegans and other visitors from around the world. If approved, today’s grant of $5,000 will fund the acquisition of program booklets, handouts and other printed materials for the forum, providing information to representatives of business, government, independent peacemaking organizations, and academic institutions and societies in hopes of bettering humanity and inspiring all people.

WILDCOAST

Since 2000, WILDCOAST has served to conserve coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife. Over the past 8 years, WILDCOAST has helped to conserve and manage 124 marine protected areas (MPA) in California, including 17,779 acres of MPAs in San Diego County. If approved, today’s grant of $15,000 will fund the acquisition of MPA-themed educator toolkits that contain such things as lesson plans, stewardship activities, and remote learning tools to help educate students on issues related to ocean conservation and California’s MPA network. This will help enhance public outreach, education and stewardship of San Diego County’s MPAs.

TranscenDANCE Youth Arts Project

TranscenDANCE Youth Arts Project is a pioneering creative youth development organization that has provided dance training and performing opportunities for more than 15 years. They work with teens in underserved San Diego communities to help build resilience, confidence, and creativity by instilling life-changing skills such as leadership, collaboration and community engagement. If approved, today’s grant of $6,000 will fund a one-time purchase for software, media viewing platforms, and audio/video equipment to support virtual distance learning programs, promoting positive health outcomes, and avoiding negative ones.

Mainly Mozart, Inc.

For about 32 years, Mainly Mozart, Inc. has provided quality music education for San Diego youth. Through programs like the Mainly Mozart Festival, Genius Weekend, Music & the Mind, Spotlight Chamber Music and the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra, Mainly Mozart provides audiences of all backgrounds with a unique cultural and musical experience. If approved, today’s grant of $25,000 will fund the acquisition of a venue, staging, lighting, sound, and streaming for its drive-in concerts and the one-time recording of the musical content for digital format on its website. These programs provide cultural and musical enrichment, particularly in underserved communities.

Foundation for Women Warriors

Foundation for Women Warriors (F4WW) is the top resource for women veterans, assisting them through military transition and preventing homelessness throughout Southern California, especially in San Diego. F4WW provides services for more than 1,000 women veterans and their children, of which almost 50% are San Diego County residents. They continue to provide relief to women veterans during the pandemic and have proactively worked to meet their most immediate needs. If approved, today’s grant of $6,500 will fund a one-time website upgrade and office/warehouse tools and equipment such as headsets, warehouse shelves, desk chairs, and floor protector mats, supporting staff in helping women veterans sustain during this pandemic.

Leah’s Pantry, Inc.

Leah’s Pantry, Inc. works at the intersection of trauma-informed care, food security, and public health nutrition. In addition to their core organizational programs, which include community-based cooking and nutrition workshops, a statewide network of food pantries, organizational training programs for public health departments, and county and state-level collaborative policy work, they also support early-stage nonprofit organizations moving towards financial independence. If approved, today’s grant of $25,000 will fund a refrigerated box truck to enable temperature-sensitive, edible food to be safely transported from donor sites to a warehouse in Chula Vista. This vehicle will increase capacity to support food distribution in the community.

San Diego Regional Fire and Emergency Services Foundation

The San Diego Regional Fire and Emergency Services Foundation (Fire Foundation) was established in 1989 and supports the entire county of 29 fire agencies with 250 fire stations. They assist by providing equipment, training and communications to these fire agencies, and work to increase public safety awareness and identify ways to look out for senior citizens. If approved, today’s grant of $23,221 will fund 9 sets of structure fire turnouts (Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE) or similar equipment for the Imperial Beach Fire-Rescue Department, which will provide new equipment in support of the fire-rescue efforts of its firefighters.

San Diego Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

San Diego Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 to serve the bi-national community of San Diego. During the mid-1990’s the board of directors made the decision to shift its focus to concentrate on the affordable housing needs of San Diego County. Since then, San Diego Habitat has built, rehabbed, and repaired nearly 400 homes,

serving over 1,200 adults and children with the help of over 185,000 volunteers. Habitat for Humanity is committed to revitalizing whole communities through construction and home repair activities, as well as operating three retail centers that allow businesses to donate new and used materials for purchase at below-market prices. If approved, this grant of $29,469 will fund the construction of low-income affordable housing development, specifically for siding and trim for 6 townhomes in National City and landscaping materials for 11 homes in Logan Heights.

Groundbreaking for the Logan Heights project took place in April 2017 and the project is nearing completion. Groundbreaking for the National City project took place in July 2020. The grant for these projects will ultimately support families making 80% or less of the Area Median Income to obtain an affordable home. 

Centro de Salud de la Comunidad de San Ysidro, Inc. (San Ysidro Health)

Centro de Salud de la Comunidad de San Ysidro, Inc., or San Ysidro Health Center (SYHealth) is a federally qualified health center with a 50-year history of serving San Diego County, providing primary care to more than 97,000 underserved patient, regardless of their ability to pay. SYHealth provides services to low-income patients living in the southern, central, and southeastern regions of the county, and includes medical, dental, and behavioral health care. If approved, today’s grant of $25,000 will fund the COVID-19 Clinic Safety Project, which provides Clorox Total 360 (T360) cleaning machines for five SYHealth clinics in South County. The T360 machine helps eliminate infectious disease pathogens, and along with spray solutions, will help disinfect and sanitize the clinics and provide additional infection control measures, ensuring that services in the community can continue during this pandemic.

County of San Diego, Department of Parks and Recreation

The County of San Diego, Department of Parks & Recreation enhances the quality of life for County residents and visitors of all ages. The department promotes health and wellness, safe communities, and civic pride through thousands of programs across San Diego County. If approved, today’s grant of $95,000 will enable the Department of Parks and Recreation to complete an engineering site distance study and installation of monument signage for the Sweetwater Community Garden.

San Diego Parks Foundation 

San Diego Parks Foundation (Foundation) is a volunteer and philanthropic-driven organization that strives to support the City of San Diego’s Department of Parks and Recreation to give residents world-class inclusive parks. There are several parks throughout the region that require much maintenance and upgrades due to aging. The original approved allocation provided the Foundation with $17,565 to fund the Southcrest Teen Center’s gym flooring replacement and resurfacing, purchase gallons of paint, window coverings and carpet flooring. With funds still left over, if this updated grant purpose is amended, it will allow the Foundation to use the remainder of their allocation toward costs for further improvements, including an air conditioner, Wi-Fi installation, security cameras and new scoreboard for the gym, which will further upgrade this facility for community use.

Boys & Girls Clubs of South County

The Boys & Girls Clubs of South County provides a safe and harmonious environment for youth of all backgrounds and to help them develop qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. The original approved allocation provided the Boys & Girls Club of South County with $200,000 to help fund a new Chula Vista Boys & Girls Club center, including the construction of a new 10,000 square foot facility. Due to the cancellation of plans for this new center, there is a need to renovate the existing Odermatt Clubhouse. If this grant purpose is amended, it will allow the Boys & Girls Club to fund improvements at the Odermatt Clubhouse in Imperial Beach, including the repair of a leaky roof, new drywall and painting, and new computer servers, where they will continue to serve youth in the community.

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. If approved, today’s grant of $5,000 will fund Reach Out and Read San Diego Program training for participating pediatricians and various expenses for the Read and Romp charity event such as catering, costumes, craft supplies and postage.

Sun and Sea Festival

The Sun and Sea Festival organizes the largest community event in Imperial Beach (IB), which features sandcastles, music and family fun in Imperial Beach. It represents the longest standing celebration in IB, since the first sandcastle competition was held there in the 1960s when it was part of the community’s birthday celebration. If today’s grant is approved, $16,000 will fund event coordination fees to cover the cost of organizing and promoting the event, program books, posters, interactive website, and sandcastle builder awards and stipends to help ensure that the best available artists can attend the event and produce quality sculptures for the annual Imperial Beach Sun and Sea Festival. With entertainment and vendors located at IB, this event enhances the local cultural scene with a unique program that draws visitors from San Diego County and beyond.

Sharia’s Closet

Since 2013, Sharia’s Closet has provided free emergency clothing to people that have an immediate need for clothing, empowering people to promote self-esteem and self-identity. They aim to provide dignity, respect, personalization, and quality to the community to help them with clothing and other basic needs. If approved, today’s grant of $5,000 will fund gloves, sanitation supplies, infant formula, clothing and other supplies to help support COVID-19 related needs in the local community.

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory

Since 1945, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory has provided orchestral training and performance opportunities for the region’s youth, providing affordable music education that is accessible for all students. If approved, today’s grant of $15,000 will fund their music education teaching artists and instructors and their supplies and tools, such as sheet music, instruments, recording equipment, laptops, microphones, tripods and online audio/web conferencing subscriptions. These efforts support music education in both public schools and early childhood programs that contribute to our local arts/culture landscape, specifically for young people.

American National Red Cross

Since its founding in 1898, the American National Red Cross (Red Cross) has served the region with services ranging from providing food and shelter in emergencies, preparedness training, assisting members of our Armed Forces and their families, teaching lifesaving skills, and more. The Red Cross more specifically provides relief for home fire victims and are engaging in home fire preparedness through their "Sound the Alarm" campaign. If approved, today’s grant of $20,000 will fund smoke alarms to be installed for free in at-risk homes. This effort helps to support the community through disaster preparedness and response.

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 $27,800 will fund an HVAC with plasma air technology and bipolar ionization to augment their air conditioning system in their theatre, helping to ensure better cooling, circulation, and purification for enhanced safety of its patrons. 

Alumni Association of the William J. Oakes Boys and Girls Club

The William J. Oakes Boys and Girls Club was established in 1941, and it is the oldest ongoing Boys & Girls Club in the State of California, serving thousands of youngsters and their families over the years. The Alumni Association helps to preserve and maintain the building and facility in Logan Heights and offers scholarships and programs in the community. They host the San Diego Soap Box Derby, giving youngsters an opportunity to compete and race in the World Championship Soap Box Derby. The original approved allocation provided the Alumni Association of the William J. Oakes Boys and Girls Club $8,000 for the Soap Box Derby. Due to cancellation of the event to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need to use the funds for other purposes. If this grant purpose is amended, it will allow them to fund Soap Box Derby cars, equipment and supplies for use in future events.

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: 

On 2/25/20 (17), the Board of Supervisors allocated $17,565 to the San Diego Parks Foundation to fund the Southcrest Teen Center’s gym flooring replacement and resurfacing, purchase gallons of paint, window coverings and carpet flooring. 

On 4/30/19 (19), the Board of Supervisors allocated $200,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of South County for the construction of a new 10,000 square foot facility at the new Chula Vista Boys & Girls Club center. 

On 6/25/19 (17), the Board of Supervisors allocated $8,000 to the Alumni Association of the William J Oaks Boys and Girls Club to fund the Soap Box Derby.

BOARD POLICIES APPLICABLE:

Board Policy B-58

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