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Neighborhood Reinvestment grants given to Center for the Arts, Miss Bonsall pageant

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

The Nov. 15 San Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting included Neighborhood Reinvestment Program allocations to Fallbrook Center for the Arts and to the Vista Skatepark Coalition which produces the Miss Bonsall pageant.

The supervisors’ 4-0 vote, with Terra Lawson-Remer absent, approved grants of $40,000 to Fallbrook Center for the Arts, Inc., and $12,000 to the Vista Skatepark Coalition. The money for Fallbrook Center for the Arts will be used for capital improvements, and the supervisors also found that project to be categorically exempt from California Environmental Quality Act review.

The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program provides 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 Fallbrook Center for the Arts and the Vista Skatepark Coalition were from the District Five budget of Supervisor Jim Desmond.

Fallbrook Center for the Arts, Inc., utilizes art and arts education to bring visitors to Fallbrook and to expand the arts experience for Fallbrook residents. Fallbrook Center for the Arts operates the Fallbrook Art Center on South Main Avenue and the Fallbrook School of the Arts on East Alvarado Street, and the organization also manages the Fallbrook Art in Public Places program. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant will help fund capital improvements including roof repair, exterior siding, stair replacement, support structure paint and seal, and lighting for the two buildings.

The Vista Skatepark Coalition has a North County Celtic Queen pageant and the Miss Vista pageant as well as the Miss Bonsall pageant. All three pageants are free public events. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program allocation will help purchase supplies such as crowns, sashes and pins, posters, flyers, mailers, tableware, decor, and takeaway items for entrants and attendees.


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