BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 03-27-18


DATE: March 27, 2018
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

James Adams
Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan

Andrea White


  1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt
  2. Introduce POP Officer Mike Matranga – Explain Format of Annual General Meeting
    Lynda Hammitt stated that there would likely be a different format to the Annual General Meeting than previously.  At previous meetings guest speakers spoke for a while, then there were question and answer sessions for each speaker.  At the upcoming meeting, guest speakers will be seated as a panel.  Each will speak for a short period of time, and then respond to questions as a panel.  The focus of this year’s meeting will be on homelessness and crime.  Officer Matranga requested that BRECA let them know about the format as soon as possible, so that it can be communicated to other members of the department.  He indicated that he would invite the Homeless Outreach Team members to the meeting.Gay Jones stated that she would like some statistics on our area, such as misdemeanor and felony arrests.  Officer Matranga responded that if we are really interested, they can get them, but it is a lot of work.  In general they do not break down statistics by neighborhoods.  However, they have a person who does trends.  It is rather dry data.  Also, there is an on-line site with useful information on reported crimes.  If BRECA wants to, we could send specific items to him by e-mail.
  1. Minutes
    1. Minutes of January 23, 2017
      Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes of January 23, 2018.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 7 in favor and 1 abstention.
    2. Minutes of February 27, 2017
      There were two clarifications to the draft minutes.  Gay Jones made a motion to adopt the amended draft minutes of February 27, 2018.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Questions or comments from the membership/community
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer (Including Continuing Resolution on the Budget)
      Lynda Hammitt stated that Andrea White was unable to attend the meeting tonight, but had sent Lynda some information.  The BRECA bank balance is $5,227.69.Gay Jones made a motion to adopt a Continuing Resolution for the 2018 budget, i.e. to adopt the 2017 budget as the 2018 budget until a new budget can be adopted.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported on the most recent meeting of the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC).  There were no items directly relevant to the BRECA area.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Rene Hamlin stated that the Outreach Committee had decided to have flyers instead of door hangers for the upcoming General Meeting.  Lynda Hammitt is composing the flyer, some drafts of which have been circulated.  Jim Morgan commented that the County Parks Oak Leaf on the back is too small to read.  Lynda Hammitt agreed to enlarge the Oak Leaf.  Gay Jones made a motion to use the framed page, two-sided color option.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.Rene Hamlin stated that the Easter Egg Hunt was a success.  They picked up one new membership.  Bonnie Domeny stated that about 30 kids and lots of adults attended.

      Lynda Hammitt commented that they have installed Pay Pal on the BRECA web page.  The ability to join or renew and pay online is now available.

  1. Old Business
    1. California American Water
      Gay Jones stated that there have been no decisions on rate cases concerning California American Water (Cal Am) that BRECA is involved in.  The cost of capital case is being worked on now.  Recently Cal Am and other companies had requested a 9.9% rate of return, while the Office of Ratepayer Advocates proposed 8.3%.  The Administrative Law Judge went with 8.3%, but Cal Am is appealing the decision.  Gay and others participated in a hearing on the appeal.  Cal Am and other companies had a number of speakers for their side.Gay stated that the General Rate Case proposed decision may come out in July.
    2. Neighborhood Bike Ride
      Lynda Hammitt noted that we need to send out notifications on Nextdoor and to the BRECA membership about the upcoming Neighborhood Bike Ride.
    3. From the Floor
      James Adams asked whether there was any news on the church on Folsom Blvd. being purchased.  Bonnie Domeny stated that she talked to the prospective purchasers last week and they are now in escrow.Gay Jones stated that she had talked with Sheryl Venegas in Supervisor Don Nottoli’s office, and there is no news on the ARCO gas station proposal or the Riverstone site.
  1. New Business
    1. Annual General Meeting – Firm up the Details
      Lori Christensen questioned whether the theme of the Annual General Meeting, homelessness and crime, had been discussed by the Steering Committee.  Lynda Hammitt stated that it came from Nextdoor.  Gay Jones noted that it had not been discussed at the Steering Committee.  Lori stated that it should have been discussed at the Steering Committee first.Details of the flyer were discussed and decided under the Outreach Committee agenda item (5.c).

      There was discussion about food.  People are to bring munchies and water.

      There was discussion about the format of the presentation and questions.  It was agreed to have a speakers panel, with 5 minutes time limit each.  After that would be written questions, with verbal questions to follow.  Lynda Hammitt will facilitate the meeting, and do an introduction to BRECA and appeal to join BRECA.

      Jim Morgan noted that the cost for the flyer for the General Meeting exceeds the budgeted amount in the newly adopted Continuing Resolution (see item 5.a).  He suggested that the amount for the flyer, $852, be rounded up to $900.  Gay Jones made a motion to authorize up to $900 for the General Meeting.  Rene Hamlin seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    2. Steering Committee Elections.
      Jim Morgan noted that the nominations period for the BRECA Steering Committee Election begins with this (March) meeting, and closes with the April General Meeting.  Ballots will be sent out between the April and May meetings, with about two weeks to vote.  Votes will be counted at the May meeting, and the newly elected Steering Committee members take office at the June meeting.
    3. From the Floor
      Gay Jones inquired as to whether there is anything new on American River erosion work.  Jim Morgan stated that he participates in the meetings of the Lower American River Task Force Bank Protection Working Group.  Currently they are working on the stretch of the river from Paradise Bend to Howe Ave.  They are tentatively proposing to do erosion control work (i.e. rocks on the banks and levees) for part of the left (south) bank between Paradise bend and the bend upstream of Howe Ave., and for a short stretch of the right (north) bank around the Howe Ave. bridge.  They will get to the BRECA area later.Gay Jones stated that at the American River Parkway Coalition Corey Brown had described Senate Bill 5, also called Proposition 68, which will be on the June election ballot.  This is a Parks Bond, with $10 million for the American River Parkway.  She made a motion that BRECA support Proposition 68.  Several people expressed reservations about this proposal, including that the State can only afford a limited number of bonds, it’s impact on new tax proposals, and the lack of details about the overall bond and the place of the Parkway in the bond.  Gay withdrew the motion.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a General Meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

Easter Comes Early To Riviera East Park in 2018!

The Easter Bunny came to Riviera East Park Friday night!

No, there wasn’t an actual sighting, but the evidence was buried in the park grass on Saturday morning.  

So, your BRECA team went to work early Saturday morning, leveraging the Easter Bunny’s efforts. A large area was cordoned off for kids to hunt for eggs filled with candy and prize slips, while a smaller area was roped off for children 5 years of age and younger.

The children combed the areas and found literally hundreds of eggs. There were 8 special “glitter” eggs that had prize slips tucked within. The kids then turned those special eggs in for big baskets filled with toys, candy, and stuffed animals. What fun!

Throughout the morning, the adults all watched as children laughed and scrambled … their faces filled with excitement and joy! And yes, even a little bit of tears when one child who had her heart set on a glitter egg was very sad when the last one was found. But with all the other excitement and fun, the sad moment quickly passed as refreshments were enjoyed and toys were shared.

A particularly endearing moment occurred when one child arrived a little late, and was having a hard time finding many eggs. Another child saw this and took some eggs out of their own basket, then scattered them around for the other child to find. That’s the kind of neighborhood we have, folks. Even the kids help each other out. Does it get any better than that?

If you missed this year’s hunt, not to worry … there’s always next year!

If you are not already a BRECA member, I encourage you to join. The very low annual fee of $10 helps us put on community events like this. BRECA is an all volunteer organization and has no paid staff.

It’s easy to join! Simply click here and you’ll be taken to our membership page. You can fill out the form online and pay via PayPal, or fill out the form and mail it in with your check for $10. Choose the method that works best for you.

BRECA supports the community, and BRECA appreciates your support!!

Agenda – BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Mar 27, 2018


March 27, 2018 6:30 pm
Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Introduce POP Officer, Mike Matranga
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Questions or Comments from the membership / community
  5. Reports
    • Treasurer (including Continuing Resolution for the Budget)
    • CORPAC
    • Outreach Committee (including report on Easter Egg Hunt)
  6. Old Business:
    • Cal Am
    • Neighborhood Bike Ride & ice cream social (“May is Bike Month”)
    • From the floor
  7. New Business
    • Annual General Meeting – firm up the details
    • Steering Committee Elections
    • From the Floor

Adjourn to next meeting, the Annual General Meeting, April 24, 2018