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Rotary, FLC, Music Society allocated Neighborhood Reinvestment Funds

A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote June 29 ratified the recommendation of Supervisor Bill Horn to allocate the remainder of his 2009-10 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget.

The allocation of the final $243,160.48 of 2009-10 District Five Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds included $25,000 to the Rotary Club of Fallbrook, $20,000 to the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, and $10,000 to the Fallbrook Music Society. The Rotary Club will utilize the money for expenses for its Lobster on the Green fundraiser, the Fallbrook Land Conservancy allocation will help renovate and repair the storage barn, and the Fallbrook Music Society grant will help cover expenses for the Symphony Pops on the Green event.

Each county supervisor has a discretionary Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget 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 fund schools and fire departments, and program money can also be used to supplement other county funding for specific county projects. 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 of supervisors.

The Fallbrook Rotary Club has served the community, as well as programs of Rotary International, for more than 60 years. It supports local charitable, youth, education, senior, and community programs and also provides community service including highway cleanup and graffiti removal. The Lobster on the Green fundraiser held each September provides a substantial amount of the funds the Rotary chapter uses for its activities. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program allocation will help cover venue, marketing, travel, food, entertainment, professional services, and supply costs for the fundraiser.

The Fallbrook Land Conservancy was formed in 1988 and is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of Fallbrook’s rural lifestyle and the area’s natural beauty. It owns and manages 1,840 acres of open space including Margarita Peak, the Los Jilgueros Preserve, and seven other nature preserves. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funding will help with the costs of renovating and repairing the storage barn on the Palomares property.

The Fallbrook Music Society was founded in 1977 and seeks to provide exposure to live music. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant will help fund venue, marketing, travel, food, entertainment, professional services, and supply costs for the annual Symphony Pops on the Green concert.

The appropriations also included $50,000 for the Palomar Mountain Volunteer Fire Department to help purchase fire blocking gel kits and a StopLoss System Retro Gel Delivery kit. While the protective gel will be purchased by the Palomar fire department, it will be provided to Fire Safe Councils throughout North County.

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