Scott Marks 9:44 a.m., May 21
The County's Donors
County supervisor Pam Slater Price wants to donate $123,000 in Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grants to a dozen community groups located in her district. And her colleague, Ron Roberts, would like to spread $257,000 around to his community.
During the past year, the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, which gives each county supervisors $1 million to donate to community groups, has been referred to as the "supervisor slush fund." Critics have accused supervisors of donating money in exchange for political support, giving them an unfair advantage in elections.
Those accusations, however, have silenced since an April 26 county grand jury report. In the report grand jury members offered recommendations to improve transparency, but overall considered the program valuable to the community.
Pam Slater-Price's recent donations include $10,000 for the La Jolla's library association to purchase two air-conditioning units, $11,000 to be used for fireworks at Rancho Bernardo’s Fourth of July community celebration, and $35,000 to the San Diego Chamber Orchestra for computer upgrades and season programs, in addition to local non-profits..
In District Four, supervisor Ron Roberts proposes giving the Zoological Society of San Diego $50,000 for an interactive mural at the Elephant Odyssey exhibit, $10,000 to local non-profit Auntie Helen's Fluff and Fold for clothes washers, as well as another $50,000 to Pro-Kids Golf Academy Inc. for office furniture and a new phone system.
According to the proposal from Roberts' office by "reinvesting taxpayer money back into local communities, these projects will improve our citizens’ quality of life."
The board of supervisors will hear the proposals at a May 24 meeting.