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Supervisor Stone Allots Extra $10,000 to City for Nonprofits

The Murrieta City Council will vote on how to allocate the additional funding at its regularly scheduled meeting tonight.

An additional $10,000 from Supervisor Jeff Stone to the city of Murrieta for its Community Development Block Grants is set to be disbursed.

Stone, the county supervisor for the Third District, which includes Murieta and Temecula, announced the extra allotment at a January City Council meeting. In December, Council divvied up $42,000 in grants to area nonprofits, with the largest amount going to St. Martha's Food Pantry. 

The $10,000 from Stone comes from his Community Designation Fund, according to Opal Hellweg, legislative analyst for the supervisor. 

"All supervisors are allotted (these) funds to help constituents in their district," Hellweg told Patch. The supervisor typically requires a stringent grant process before he awards the $480,000 each year, she said.

Stone told the Council he knew they were dealing with a lesser grant amount this year.

"I know that your Council struggles every year when it comes time to divvy up the CDBG money," Stone said. "Many of the organizations (support) people (who) have lost their jobs...This year the federal government has chosen to limit (the funding)..."

The Council is now set to accept the additional monies at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at City Hall.

From the $10,000, it will vote on whether to award the additional money to the five organizations who received allotments for this fiscal year.

According to a staff report, if approved by Council, the same allocations voted on by Council in December would be used to distribute these new funds.

This means $4,761 would go to St. Martha's Food Pantry, $1,191 each would go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Riverside County, Michelle's Place Breast Cancer Resource Center and Assistance League of Temecula Valley, and $1,666 would go to Safe Alternatives For Everyone (S.A.F.E.).

City staff is recommending these same allotments be used. The public can give their input at the meeting, to be held at One Town Square, 24601 Jefferson Ave. To see the full City Council agenda, click here.

UPDATED at 9:50 a.m. Feb. 21 to clarify where the additional funds from Supervisor Stone originate from.

Maggie Avants February 22, 2012 at 04:43 AM
All—I apologize for the misleading headline. It has been corrected. At the time I initially wrote it, I too believed it was a personal donation based on the supervisor's statement at the last City Council meeting. But I clarified with Supervisor Stone's office today where the funding comes from, and updated the story with that information. Due to the cities receiving less funding this year from the Community Development Block Grants, Stone made the extra allotment from his discretionary funds. Again, I apologize for any misrepresentation on earlier versions of this story.
Lee Stout February 22, 2012 at 04:33 PM
The Patch is a wonderful place to get your news. I always see comments on all online news services where people challenge an article. With the Patch, the author is reading the comments and make necessary changes to better clairfy. The interaction just makes this news source even better. Thanks Maggie!
Maggie Avants February 22, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Thanks for the positive feedback, Lee!
Lee Schrank February 22, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Thanks for the correction, Maggie
Maggie Avants February 22, 2012 at 10:03 PM
You're welcome. It was a big one.

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