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Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 | In response to the item about the county’s community enhancement and project funds, I want to speak up for the enormous value these grants are to the citizens of our San Diego County. The grants for a variety of worthy nonprofit organizations are used to provide cultural education programs that are otherwise not available in our schools. They also help promote San Diego County to tourists, thus expanding the resources available to everyone for government services.

Many nonprofit groups like the YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs have benefited greatly from program and capital support provided by the Board of Supervisors, as have the wonderful arts and cultural groups throughout the county that help make San Diego such a special place to live. As a taxpaying citizen of the county, I very much hope that the board continues these two grant programs. In the overall scheme of the county budget, they are modest; but the services and programs they provide reach literally hundreds of thousands of people each year, and deserve to continue.

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