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Next Advisory Board Meeting now on January 20th 1024 1024 RPOSD

Next Advisory Board Meeting now on January 20th

The next Citizens Oversight Advisory Board meeting will take place on January 20, 2021 at 6:00 pm. This meeting will be hosted virtually and is open to the public per usual. Spanish translation will be provided at this meeting.

This has been rescheduled from the postponed January 6, 2021 date. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. Please continue to visit the Advisory Board page for the latest information.

The Advisory Board meets quarterly throughout the year and provides outside accountability for the use of Measure A funds, ensuring that expenditures are being allocated and expended only for purposes described in the Measure. Please go to the Advisory Board page to preview the agenda, submit public comments, and access the links and codes to attend the meeting.

Advisory Board Meeting on January 6th – POSTPONED 1024 1024 RPOSD

Advisory Board Meeting on January 6th – POSTPONED

IMPORTANT UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 5, 2012

The Advisory Board Meeting scheduled for tomorrow (January 6, 2021) has been postponed. A new date and time will be announced once we reschedule. We are sorry for any inconvenience his has caused. Please visit the Advisory Board page for the latest news and information.

ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT DATED DECEMBER 29, 2020

The next Citizens Oversight Advisory Board meeting will take place online on January 6, 2021 at 6:00 pm. This meeting will be hosted virtually and is open to the public per usual. Spanish translation will be provided at this meeting.

The Advisory Board meets quarterly throughout the year and provides outside accountability for the use of Measure A funds, ensuring that expenditures are being allocated and expended only for purposes described in the Measure. Please go to the Advisory Board page to preview the agenda, submit public comments, and access the links and codes to attend the meeting.

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Register to Attend LA Parks Portal Informational Session

Mark your Calendars for next year! There will be an informational session to introduce the LA Parks Portal for new users on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 2:00 PM. It will be hosted virtually on Zoom and we expect it to last about an hour. To receive a link to the workshop, please register to attend on Eventbrite.

Please note that only agencies that own or manage a park in Los Angeles County need to sign up for the LA Parks Portal. All park agencies must update their park inventory data annually as a requirement of eligibility to receive Measure A funds (See Section 1.3 of the Measure A Grants Administration Manual). Updates will need to include park names, park locations, park sizes, and quantity and condition of identified standard amenities within each park, as described in the Parks Needs Assessment.

LA Parks Portal – Available Now! 1024 1024 RPOSD

LA Parks Portal – Available Now!

Agencies that own or manage a park in Los Angeles County must update their park inventory data annually as a requirement of eligibility to receive Measure A funds (See Section 1.3 of the Measure A Grants Administration Manual). Updates will include park names, park locations, park sizes, and quantity and condition of identified standard amenities within each park, as described in the Parks Needs Assessment.
The deadline for park agencies to complete inventory updates on the portal is

May 27, 2021 at 12:00pm (noon).

Verifying existing data and providing any necessary updates is required to remain in Good Standing with the Regional Park and Open Space District, so please follow the instructions below to sign up and access the portal:

  1. Go to laparksportal.org
  1. Click on the Log In link in the upper right of the page.
  1. Click Sign Up on the login screen.
    You can also navigate directly to laparksportal.org/signup/
  1. Next, select your agency from the dropdown and fill out the fields that appear on the next screen.
  1. An email will be sent on your behalf to review your request to sign up.
    Note: If you are the first person from your agency to sign up, an email will be sent to the managers of the website to approve your request and create your account. If you already have an Agency Manager at your organization, they will be notified and can review and approve your request.
  1. Upon approval, you’ll receive an email from info@laparksportal.org with your password, which you can also reset in your User Profile or by using the Forgot Password link on the login page.
Mark Your Calendars for the Next Advisory Board Meeting 1024 1024 RPOSD

Mark Your Calendars for the Next Advisory Board Meeting

The next Citizens Oversight Advisory Board meeting will take place online on October 28, 2020 at 10:00 am. This meeting will be hosted virtually and is open to the public per usual. Spanish translation will be provided at this meeting. Please note that is meeting was previously scheduled for October 7, 2020 but was rescheduled due to lack of a quorum.

The Advisory Board meets quarterly throughout the year and provides outside accountability for the use of Measure A funds, ensuring that expenditures are being allocated and expended only for purposes described in the Measure. Please go to the Advisory Board page to preview the agenda, submit public comments, and access the links and codes to attend the meeting.

2020-2021 Prop A M&S Excess Funds Program Now Available 1024 576 RPOSD

2020-2021 Prop A M&S Excess Funds Program Now Available

Update as of October 27, 2020 : This opportunity is now closed.


THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY REGIONAL PARK AND OPEN SPACE DISTRICT ANNOUNCES THE AVAILABILITY OF THE 2020-2021 PROPOSITION A MAINTENANCE & SERVICING EXCESS FUNDS PROGRAM


The Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District (RPOSD) announces the availability of up to $720,000 for the 2020-2021 Proposition A Maintenance & Servicing Excess (M&SE) Funds Program. Applications to apply for maintenance and servicing funds are available to eligible agencies whose Excess Funds grant-funded projects are completed and the grants are closed. The eligible agencies for this program are the 88 cities in Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County Departments, and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority through the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. However, the eligible agency must be in Good Standing with RPOSD to apply for this program.


The list of eligible closed projects funded by Proposition A Excess Funds for the 2020-2021 cycle is available in the Grants Management System. Projects on the list completed by nonprofit or qualified agencies may be eligible if they are being maintained and serviced by an eligible agency. The eligible agency would need to apply. For the 2020-2021 cycle, submissions are a two-step budget/claim process through the online Grants Management System


Submission Requirements:

The eligible agency can apply for only one of their Proposition A Excess Funds grant funded projects on the list for annual budgeted maintenance expenses. Extraordinary maintenance expenses are not eligible for this program.


Step One: Submit a M&S Budget Application between Monday, September 21, 2020 to Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Budget review/approval process will take up to two weeks (October 21, 2020).


Step Two: Submit a Claim/Payment Request between Thursday, October 22, 2020 to Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.


Submission Deadlines:
Maintenance & Servicing Excess Funds Budget Application Submission Deadline:

Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
Maintenance & Servicing Excess Funds Claim Submission Deadline:

Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.


Annual Maintenance and Servicing Budgeted Expense Requirements:
Expenses must be incurred within July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 timeframe. Budgets received after the deadline will not be considered and claims cannot be submitted without an approved budget. Therefore, it will be to the agencies’ benefit to submit M&SE documentation as soon as possible before the submission deadlines. Budget requests exceeding $360,000 will be capped at that amount as the maximum amount to be approved.
If the total amount of approved budgets exceeds the total funds available, a prorated portion may be approved for each agency with an approved budget.


The RPOSD looks forward to seeing your applications to apply for the M&SE funds to use on your agency’s closed Proposition A Excess Funds grant-funded project. The Proposition A Grants Administration Manual has additional information on applying for maintenance and servicing funds. If you have any questions, please contact your designated Grants Officer or call (626) 588-5060. you apply for the M&SE funds to use on your agency’s closed Proposition A Excess Funds grant-funded projects.  If you have any questions, please contact your designated Grants Officer or call (626) 588-5060.

Update as of October 27, 2020 : This opportunity is now closed.

2019-2020 Competitive Grant Cycle Canceled due to Covid-19 560 315 RPOSD

2019-2020 Competitive Grant Cycle Canceled due to Covid-19

The Regional Park and Open Space District (RPOSD) released the 2019-2020 competitive grant application cycle for the Recreation Access and Youth and the Veterans Job Training and Placement Programs in late 2019. In the weeks following the February 25, 2020 close of the application process, the County of Los Angeles faced dramatic changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the current COVID-19 restrictions, the proposed programs are not feasible as submitted. Given the competitive nature of the application process, the guidelines for both grant programs prohibit material changes to scope and budget. Given the lack of feasibility, RPOSD is cancelling the application cycle for both programs and will not make funding awards.

RPOSD will announce a new application filing period for each program with updated program guidelines that will allow applicants to address COVID-19 restrictions in their applications.

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Update on Evaluations for Competitive Grant Programs

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, grant award decisions for Recreation Access and Youth & Veteran Job Training and Placement Competitive Grant Programs have been delayed. RPOSD has begun work to identify evaluators and is proceeding with the next steps in the competitive process. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

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Technical Assistance Program Update

To best summarize our current progress in developing the Technical Assistance Program (TAP), we present the following timeline:

May - September 2019

TAP Grants awarded to 5 grantees using a non-competitive solicitation process:

Date of Award Recipient RPOSD Description
May 20, 2019 Community Nature Connection (CNC) Urban Parks TAP
June 4, 2019 Nature For All – Community Partners (NFA) Community Based Building and Leadership Development Program
July 16, 2019 GreenInfo Network (GIN) Ongoing Parks Data Portal
August 28, 2019 Regents of the University of California – Luskin Center for Innovation (UCLA) Park Narrative and Performance Metrics Measure A Urban Parks TAP
September 30, 2019 Council for Watershed Health (CWH) Enhanced Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, Water Efficiency, Storm Water Management, and Climate Resiliency

January 13, 2020

RPOSD issued Stop Notices to the 5 TAP grantees, directing grantees to stop all work on TAP grants.

February 2020

Los Angeles County Auditor/Controller initiates review and audit of TAP process.  Auditor Controller’s review and audit are ongoing, however, it is anticipated that findings will include recommendations for best practices and corrective actions.

February 18, 2020

Christina Angeles is named Acting District Administrator.  She is the Principal County Counsel assigned to the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, and former counsel to RPOSD.

March 25, 2020

Termination Notices sent to 5 TAP grantees;

RPOSD requests all work product and deliverables created prior to issuance of Stop Notices be transmitted to RPOSD;

TAP grantees that received cash advances – Community Nature Connection, UCLA Luskin Center, Nature For All – are given 30 days to reimburse RPOSD.

Currently

RPOSD is reviewing all final invoices from 5 TAP grantees to determine allowable costs.

Following processing of final invoices, all TAP grants will be closed out.*

*Note, at the time of termination, GreenInfo Network had completed approximately 80% of a data portal.  Given the ongoing need for the data portal, RPOSD is exploring legally permissible options to contract for the completion of the portal.

Future Plans

RPOSD is reaching out to stakeholders who previously offered to share their expertise in the area of technical assistance.

To inform TAP development, RPOSD will survey identified Very High Need or High Need entities on their specific needs.

Possible Format

RPOSD is considering a Master Agreement format by which qualified consultants/entities that meet the specific requirements for a given technical assistance area would qualify for an agreement with RPOSD.

RPOSD would then match consultants/entities that qualify for a Master Agreement with Very High Need or High Need entities, depending on specific needs.

Target Date

Given COVID-19 related delays, RPOSD is targeting Fall 2020 for the rollout of TAP.