Keepsakes for Newly Married Couples

DATE: February 1, 2000 
TO: Board of Supervisors
SUBJECT:Keepsakes for Newly Married Couples

SUMMARY:
Approval of the following recommendations will allow for the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk to offer couples the opportunity to acquire a lasting keepsake, in the form of a photograph, of their civil wedding ceremony or the acquisition of their marriage license.

Recommendation: 
Chairwoman Jacob, Supervisor Cox and Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk Smith:

1. Authorize the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk to accept a donation of $5 for a Polaroid photograph of those couples who are obtaining a marriage license or having a wedding ceremony performed by the County Clerk and desire the keepsake photo.

2. Direct that the donation from these photographs be shared equally between the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk for full cost recovery and the Polinsky Children's Center Foundation Endowment Fund established by the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation and the County of San Diego.

Fiscal Impact: 
If approved, the portion retained by the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk will cover the cost of providing the photograph. Based on the interest expressed by customers, the Polinsky Children's Center Endowment Fund could expect to receive about $15,000 a year to help brighten the lives of abused and neglected children.

BACKGROUND: 
Each year, the County Clerk issues more than 22,000 marriage licenses and performs over 5,300 civil wedding ceremonies. Many a happy couple has requested a lasting memento of their special occasion from staff members at the Clerk's office. Civil wedding ceremonies and the dispensation of marriage licenses provide the County with an opportunity to generate revenue for the County's abused and neglected children by offering couples the opportunity to acquire a photograph of their special event for a $5 donation.

The County's cost to produce the Polaroid photos in their decorative cardboard frames would be minimal. Many couples will appreciate the thoughtfulness of the Clerk's office in offering the opportunity to acquire a unique and memorable keepsake.

The revenue generated from the donation for the photos would be shared equally between the Office of the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk and the Polinsky Children's Center Foundation Endowment Fund established by the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation and the County of San Diego.

The A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children's Center is the County's 24-hour temporary emergency shelter for children. Children are brought to the Polinsky Center for a variety of reasons including charges of abuse and/or neglect, a parent's arrest, and abandonment. Children whose parents may have suffered a tragedy or accident may also be brought to Polinsky whenever relatives have not yet been located. Through a public-private partnership, the facility was built on land donated by the County with funds raised from private donations under the auspices of Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting child abuse prevention projects. An endowment for the Polinsky Center was established to replace assets as needed.

In Fiscal Year 1998-1999, the Center served a total of 4,062 children, evenly distributed by gender and age and reflecting a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. The County operates and maintains the Center while the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation continues to help support the needs of the children who find themselves at the Polinsky Center through no fault of their own. Chairwoman Jacob and Supervisor Cox currently serve as the Board of Supervisors' Subcommittee to the Polinsky Children's Center.

Respectfully Submitted,

DIANNE JACOB
Chairwoman

GREG COX
Supervisor, District One