Neighborhood Reinvestment Funds allocated to Fallbrook projects

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 June 18 to appropriate $379,245 of District Five Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds including $95,000 for Clemmens Lane Park, the Via Rio House, and the Fallbrook Alumni Association.

The $75,000 for Clemmens Lane Park will pay for a shade structure over the existing tot lot and junior playground areas. The $15,000 allocated to TERI (Training, Education, Research and Innovation) will allow for the drilling of a well and the installation of a pump and tank at the Via Rio House at 1262 Via Encinos Drive. The $5,000 to the Fallbrook Alumni Association will be used to purchase a plaque for the gym honoring former basketball coach Jack Sandschulte and to purchase backpacks and school supplies for underprivileged students at Fallbrook High School. The county supervisors’ action also approved findings that the Clemmens Lane Park shade structure and the TERI well system are categorically exempt from California Environmental Quality Act review.

The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program is intended to provide grants to non-profit organizations for the furtherance of public purposes at the regional and community levels. In addition to non-profit organizations, county supervisors can also fund schools and fire departments, and supervisors can also use money from their budgets to supplement other county funding for specific county projects such as parks, roads, and libraries. Each county supervisor recommends the allocation of his or her Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds, although those allocations must be approved by a majority of the board. The grants to the Fallbrook organizations were from the District Five budget of Supervisor Bill Horn.

“We’re grateful that Supervisor Horn has given us the funding that will provide us the opportunity to add the shade structure over the tot lot and playground area and further improve Clemmens Lane Park for all of the residents,” said Renee Hilton, the assistant director of the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation.

Clemmens Lane Park opened in 2009. The half-acre park includes a picnic plaza, barbecues, a synthetic turf soccer field, and a sand volleyball court in addition to the playgrounds. “It’s a really nice park,” Hilton said.

“It’s a small park, but it’s really needed in that particular neighborhood,” Hilton said. “It’s very well visited.”

The supervisors’ action not only appropriated the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds but also established that $75,000 will go into the county’s capital outlay fund for the Clemmens Lane Park project.

“This will allow people to enjoy it even more now that they will have some additional shade,” Hilton said.

“A little shade will be a welcome relief over the playground areas for both children and their parents. It may even encourage more families to get out and enjoy a day outdoors at Clemmens Lane Park,” Horn said.

TERI was founded in 1980 and serves individuals with autism and other developmental or learning disabilities. Via Rio House is one of the 11 residential homes TERI operates. What was once a landscaped yard is being converted into half an acre of crops and orchards, but the property does not have a working well.

“Building a well system on the Via Rio House property is a great investment. It will support the half-acre of crops and orchards at a low cost and offer residents therapy through horticulture,” Horn said.

The activities of the Fallbrook Alumni Association include the Backpack Buddy program which raises money to purchase backpacks and fill them with school supplies to give to underprivileged students. The school supplies will include three-ring binders, subject dividers, pencil pockets, paper, pencils, pens, erasers, and protractors.

“The Backpack Buddy program is a great way to help underprivileged students get excited about going back to school. They can concentrate on learning and not worry about how to manage without basic school supplies,” Horn said.

The grant to the Fallbrook Alumni Association will also enable the purchase of a plaque which will be placed at the Fallbrook High School gym to honor Sandschulte. “It’s a good honor,” said Tom Pack, who was Fallbrook High School’s athletic director during Sandschulte’s final 11 years coaching Fallbrook basketball and was also the Warriors’ freshman basketball coach in 1971-72.

“He deserves that honor,” Pack said. “Jack was just an outstanding person and a competitive guy.”

Sandschulte had coached at Cathedral High School in Los Angeles before becoming Fallbrook’s basketball coach in 1956. When he retired in 1984 he was the county’s all-time winningest high school basketball coach. “He knew how to work with kids and got the most out of the kids and did that year in and year out,” Pack said. “Fallbrook was known in those days for the basketball program Jack had.”

Sandschulte’s teams reached the CIF San Diego Section finals in 1962 and 1982 and won multiple Avocado League championships. When he was not coaching basketball he was a world history teacher, the school’s junior class counselor, and the work experience program director. Sandschulte retired from teaching in 1986 and continued to live in Fallbrook until his death on Oct. 15, 2011, at the age of 82. In 2004 Sandschulte was inducted as a San Diego County High School Coaching Legend.

“He was just a great guy,” Pack said.

The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program allocations also reallocated $4,788 of unspent funds from a grant to the Fallbrook Village Association. In February 2012, the Fallbrook Village Association was allocated $30,000 to cover the cost of a detailed survey of Downtown Fallbrook property owners to determine whether support existed for a benefit assessment district. The completion of that project with funds remaining allowed for the balance to be reallocated to other Neighborhood Reinvestment Program projects.

18 Responses to "Neighborhood Reinvestment Funds allocated to Fallbrook projects"

  1. Brookie   June 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Are you kidding…$75,000 to put shade in the Clemmens Lane Park!!! Go to home depot and plant some trees!!! Do it all for a couple hundred bucks. Hard to graffiti a tree.

    purchase backpacks and school supplies for "underprivileged" (well we know who will get more freebies) students at Fallbrook High School….really! If they are in high school, what have they been using all the other school years. Why not have students donate used back packs etc. that are in good condition. Don’t we pay taxes to cover this kind of stuff…oh, I forgot…all that goes to the head honchos!

  2. Ray (the real one)   June 28, 2013 at 12:19 am

    That should just about cover graffiti removal and beer can clean up. What is Bill Horn’s cut?

  3. @ Brookie   June 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Kinda makes you wonder, don’t it?

  4. wasted $$$   June 28, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    $30,000 for a survey that was a farce. what a sad waste of tax money

  5. graffitiyourmouthshut   June 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Must be nice to be rich and snobby to “those high school kids.” The alumni association can spend their money on what and who they feel are important. I agree that all our high school kids deserve new backpacks. Thank God some people in this town care about the youth. You tightwads should be ashamed of yourselves. Used backpacks, what a tightwad you are. Treat the youth bad and they will rob your house later in life. I know these tightwads will end up old and alone.They won’t have any visitors in their nursing home because they are just rotten human beings. Yes, sadly decendents of The Third Reich live in Fallbrook. Why don’t you move back to the hick states you came from. I can’t believe you treat the students in your own town like that. Shame on you! I want all the kids un this town to have the supplies and backpacks they need. I would rather have well educated kids in my neighborhood, thank you very much. Would the Einsteins prefer the local kids are uneducated, and not successful? Would you prefer future inmates or future college graduates as your neighbors?

  6. Taggers   June 28, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I have yet to see a bunch of beer cans or graffiti at the park. I live across the street, and the only people I’ve seen littering the park are the lazy "park rangers". Must be nice to make $6,000 a month and sit on your duff all day. Yeah right, the so-called park employees work about an hour a day. The rest of the day they are MIA. (Cops should pay attention to whose reallysmoking dope at the park.)

  7. Ray (the real one)   June 29, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Wasted $$$: who’s friend or associate received the contract for the survey?

  8. Brookie   June 29, 2013 at 11:40 am

    @ #5…ok, a new backpack doesn’t cost much…only $45 to $65 each! Some of these "kids" aren’t even here legally! Lets see…backpacks, free lunch, free bus rides….lets get them all new clothes too! Yes, the ones here legally that truly need them should have them. Let the supers of the districts buy them if they truly feel for these kids. Heck, they could supply the whole school and not make a dent in their personal income! I am bitter as being a widow with a high school-er on social security, we don’t qualify for "freebies" …. talk about hard!!!! we make $4.00 over the qualified limit!

  9. Bill   June 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    On behalf of the Fallbrook Alumni Association, Inc., I would like to express my gratitude to Bill Horn and the NRP Grant Program. To address some of the comments written, I would point out that our backpacks are donated to the high school for them to distribute as they deem appropriate. We are also providing school supplies for empty backpacks already donated to be distributed to dependents of military personnel. We are a small non-profit,, but we are proud to be able to give back to Fallbrook High to continue the worthwhile tradition of Fallbrook’s support for our local schools. I would urge all of those who are worried that their tax dollars are being "wasted" to learn about the NRP and consider applying for money to fund a project they feel will benefit the community.

  10. Ray (the real one)   June 30, 2013 at 7:54 am

    That’s a switch. Someone else bringing up the “illegal” issue beside me.

  11. hook it up   July 1, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Ray and Brookie, you are good for each other.

  12. Brookie   July 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    @ hook it up…. Why would you say such a thing? If it is because we both believe that "illegals" are taking over? If that’s the case, I could "hook it up" with a heck of a lot of others also…we are not the only ones that feel this way! We just seem to be the ones that voice our options based on truth and or facts. But yes, I would like to meet Ray (the real one) some day. I have agreed on many of his writings.

  13. grunt   July 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    @5 – Why do all the kids deserve new back packs? and why should my money pay for it? Already I think I am feeding a bunch of kids- baloney sandwiches do not cost much for mom or dad or even the kid to make – I ate plenty of those and PB&J as a kid; STOP making everyone entitled to everything – EARN it, WORK for it, or soon there will be no one to tax – everyone will be a taker and there will be no one to take from.

  14. Brookie   July 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    @ Grunt…. I agree! My daughter is going to use her bag from last year. She would love to have a new one every year but can’t afford it. She understands that things are tight. I am sure that "they" on the other hand are expecting it!

  15. #12   July 2, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I know you are not the only ones that think this way about illegals, but until a valid solution is brought forward, nothing is going to be done about it. Save you hot air.

  16. #12   July 2, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    you are so Fing paranoid. Nobody is going to "take over", get real! Stop being sensational and making exagerated comments.

  17. Brookie   July 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    @ 15/16 ok, "take over" may have been the wrong wording…how about infested

  18. #17   July 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Brookie – keep trying, I can read your idiotic comments all day :^) nothing you say will change anything. Keep them coming, the adjectives… LMFAO


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