During the May 20 meeting of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the supervisors voted 5-0 to appropriate $347,307 of District Five Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funding including $20,000 for Camp Pendleton’s Devil Pups Youth Program, $20,000 to the Fallbrook Center for the Arts, $20,000 for the Yuima fire department, $10,000 for Fallbrook Youth Baseball, and $10,000 to the Fallbrook Music Society.
The Devil Pups grant will fund various participant items, the Fallbrook Center for the Arts will use the money for building repairs and refurbishing, the allocation for Yuima will help purchase a “jaws of life” extrication set, Fallbrook Youth Baseball will apply the grant towards field renovations, and the Fallbrook Music Society’s money will help with printing costs, other office expenses, and the repair of the society’s grand piano.
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. Supervisor Bill Horn uses his Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget for the District Five grants.
The Devil Pups youth program was founded by retired Marines in 1954. More than 50,000 boys and girls have attended the 10-day annual camp in July, and approximately 3,000 applications for the Devil Pups are received annually.
The “Growth Through Challenge” program includes physical fitness challenges, obstacle courses, educational sessions with Marine Corps personnel, and a tour of the USS Midway Museum. Each graduate receives an inspirational token of achievement, and the Devil Pups Challenge Coins will be funded by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant along with participant uniforms and the printing of training manuals and community outreach materials.
“The Devil Pups Youth Program for America has been providing leadership and motivational skills to boys and girls,” Horn said. “I am pleased this grant will support this fantastic program so it can continue to offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience to so many young people.”
The Fallbrook Center for the Arts seeks to make Fallbrook an arts destination for residents and visitors through exhibits, events, and marketing. Approximately 12,000 people annually experience art in one form or another through the organization’s activities and facilities. The repairs and other improvements to the Fallbrook Art Center on South Main Avenue will include refurbishing signage and repairs to the building exterior. The refurbishments and repairs to the School of the Arts on East Alvarado Street will include repairing a leaky roof, replacing five wind turbines, repairing electrical equipment, installing ceiling insulation, and installing a wall heater.
“The Fallbrook Center for the Arts, Inc., works hard to create an arts destination to attract visitors and enhance the vitality of Downtown Fallbrook. This grant will pay for improvements to the center so it can continue to share the arts and bring money into the community,” Horn said.
The Yuima Municipal Water District also has latent powers to provide fire protection and emergency medical services, and the district currently contracts with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for those services. The fire department serves approximately 8,000 Pauma Valley residents and also serves the needs of some of the approximately 25,000 motorists each day who travel along Highway 76 through the district. The set of Amkus Emergency Extraction Devices, as the “jaws of life” are officially called, will be housed at CalFire Station 70 in the 16900 block of Highway 76.
“We all know time is critical in the moments after a serious car accident. Seconds can mean the difference between life and death,” Horn said. “This grant will mean CalFire can purchase a set of the ‘jaws of life’ for Pauma Valley and be better prepared in an emergency situation.”
Fallbrook Youth Community Baseball Council, Inc., seeks to provide children in the Greater Fallbrook area regardless of skill level with athletic opportunities while keeping the cost of participation as low as possible.
Fallbrook Youth Baseball plans to transform the existing Pony League field into a universal field to accommodate the needs of 13-year-old through 16-year-old players. The improvements also include providing two new practice fields, demolishing the existing announcer’s tower and building a new announcer’s tower, and building new seating and fencing.
“As a former Little Leaguer, I have seen how valuable the game can be to children and the lessons it can teach. I am pleased to partner with Fallbrook Youth Baseball and provide funding to expand their services to even more children,” Horn said.
The Fallbrook Music Society seeks to bring nationally and internationally recognized classical music groups to the Fallbrook area. The society now hosts eight professional symphony concerts annually including a Christmas concert and a “Pops on the Green” event.
The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program award will help fund printing costs for season brochures, concert programs, promotional fliers and collateral materials, educational materials, and books. The funding will also be used for office supplies and postage along with repair expenses for the grand piano.
“The Fallbrook Music Society is committed to providing quality concerts and exceptional educational outreach to every child in the Fallbrook and Bonsall public school districts. This grant will help them continue to share the joy of music to our inland communities,” Horn said.