06-26-12 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: June 26, 2012
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Paul Bowers
Lori Christensen
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Stan Mofjeld
Rick Sloan

1. Welcome from the Chair Gay Jones

2. Minutes of May 22, 2012

Rick Sloan pointed out that the draft minutes should say Steering Committee not General Meeting. Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the amended minutes. Stan Mofjeld seconded the motion. The motion was adopted with four votes in favor and two abstentions.

3. Standing Reports

a. Treasurer’s Report

There was no treasurer’s report.

b. CORPAC

Paul Bowers reported that at the most recent Cordova Area Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting, four large landowners in the Jackson Highway corridor south of BRECA want to change zoning to allow residential and business construction. This could have an impact on traffic in our area.

b. American River Parkway Coalition

Gay Jones reported that the County budget has added two new ranger positions for County Parks.

4. Old Business

a. Renewal of BRECA Websites

Joe O’Connor reported that he had renewed the two BRECA websites at a cost of $64.85. Paul Bowers made a motion to reimburse Joe for the expenditures. Lori Christensen seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

b. Folsom Blvd. Walks

Stan Mofjeld reported that he had attended the first “What’s Next, Folsom Blvd.?” meeting on May 23. He stated that several people gave presentations on individual areas of transit-related development. The general objective seems to be to make areas around light rail stations more dense. Stan stated that he suggested having a light rail station at the library, having improvements to Folsom Blvd. similar to those in Ranch Cordova, and that he talked to County Supervisor Don Nottoli about not having a residential high-rise in the parking lot at the Butterfield Station.

Jim Morgan reported that he had attended the second meeting on May 24. He stated that the object of the meetings was to identify obstacles to transit-oriented development (TOD) and later to get grants to rectify those obstacles. The general object was to promote TOD. Jim suggested completing the sidewalks on the north side of Folsom Blvd. in the vicinity of the Butterfield Light Rail station, and install a grade separation (i.e. a bridge) for light rail where it crosses Bradshaw Rd.

During the discussion of the meetings, it was noted that at the second meeting there were 20 to 30 people in attendance, but only four were from the local area. After some discussion, it was agreed to invite Sacramento County planning staff to the next BRECA meeting to discuss the status of the TOD projects in the area.

c. California American Water Proposed Rate Increase

Joe O’Connor reported that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued a decision on Phase 1 of the proposed California American Water (Cal Am) rate increase. Joe stated that the CPUC had authorized a 25.51% rate increase compared to the “test year” 2012 rates (a model of what the rates would be without an increase). Joe also stated that Cal Am had announced a 14.7% rate increase. Joe had contacted a Cal Am representative to clarify the difference, and the representative stated that there had been several small increases in the last year which, together with the 14.7% increase, totaled 25.51%. Parties to the CPUC action include the Natural Resources Defense Council and The Utility Reform Network, which have varying interests in the rate increase. One point of general agreement is that the Cal Am Sacramento area “loses” a considerable amount of water between the ground water that is pumped or otherwise acquired and what is billed (called “non-revenue water”). Cal Am has been instructed to do a cost/benefit analysis of measures to reduce “non-revenue water.” Another point of interest is that Cal Am will be going to monthly billing. There will be additional rate increases for 2013 and 2014 based on inflation and possibly unforeseen events.

The question was asked whether there would be a need for a future BRECA letter. Joe stated that there could be a need towards the end of Phase 2 proceedings, which will deal with issues not dealt with in the Phase 1 proceedings.

d. BRECA Newsletter

There was discussion of what to put in the upcoming BRECA Newsletter. Articles on the General Meeting, development south of the BRECA area (CORPAC), Cal Am water rates, and Chair’s column were assigned. Possibly there could also be an article on the status of the Transit Oriented Development projects around the Butterfield Station.

5. New Business

a. Steering Committee Election Results

Jim Morgan reported that all the candidates had been elected.

b. Election of New Officers

It was agreed that last year’s officers would continue in their current positions.

c. Levee Vegetation Symposium

Gay Jones announced that there will be a symposium on levee vegetation August 28-30. Possibly people from BRECA should go, but cost will be a factor.

d. Metro Fire Training Burn – July 1

Gay Jones reported that Metro Fire is planning a training burn off of Zinfandel, south of the developed area, on July 1.

e. From the Floor

Stan Mofjeld reported that 20 new, little, trees had been planted in Riviera East Park by the Eagle Scouts working with the Sacramento Tree Foundation.

Gay Jones stated that she has been talking with the Sacramento Tree Foundation about planting trees on the south side of Folsom Blvd.

Rick Sloan noted that the Asian market (“Smile Market”) on Bradshaw has a new mural.

6. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a regular Steering Committee meeting on July 24, 2012, at the Rancho Cordova Library

05-22-12 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: May 22, 2012
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Jim Morgan
Stan Mofjeld
Mary Ann Winters

1. Welcome from the Acting Chair Kelly Cohen

2. Minutes of April 24, 2012

Kelly Cohen suggested amending the draft minutes of April 24, 2012 to include that the police emphasized reporting of crimes. Kelly made a motion to adopt the amended minutes. Lori Christensen seconded the motion. The motion was adopted unanimously.

3. Treasurer’s Report

Kelly Cohen reported that the balance in the BRECA checking account as of May 22 is $4,003.37.

4. Old Business

a. Discussion of April 24 General Meeting

There was general agreement that the April 24 General Meeting was a good meeting. Jim Morgan reported that at least 58 people had attended, including presenters. A considerable number of people (15) were from outside the BRECA area, either College Greens East or Rosemont. BRECA gained one new member at the meeting.

b. California American Water Proposed Rate Increase

Joe O’Connor reported that he had just found out that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is scheduled to vote on the recommendations of the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) on May 24, 2012. Joe had talked with a representative of the Division of Ratepayer Advocates who told Joe that comments on the ALJ recommendations should address specific issues. Joe suggested several issues to address. After some discussion, it was agreed that BRECA did not have time to review the ALJ recommendations and formulate a letter in time for the upcoming CPUC meeting. It was requested that Joe send an individual letter to the CPUC and copy the Steering Committee members.

c. BRECA Newsletter

Jim Morgan suggested that the upcoming BRECA Newsletter be sent only to BRECA members and outreach people in order to save money and effort. It was noted that the mailing for the recent BRECA General Membership meeting cost a considerable amount of money. The Newsletter proposal was accepted. Next year the Newsletter will be distributed to the whole community.

5. New Business

a. Folsom Blvd. Light Rail Station Area Planning: May 23 and 24 Meetings

Jim Morgan reported that he had spoken by phone to representatives from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and Sacramento County Planning regarding upcoming Folsom Blvd. Light Rail Station Area Planning meetings scheduled for May 23 and 24. In general it was still not clear what the objectives of the meetings are or why there are two meetings. Chair Gay Jones wanted some people to attend these meetings. Stan Mofjeld volunteered to attend the May 23 meeting and Jim Morgan volunteered to attend the May 24 meeting.

b. From the Floor

There was no new business from the floor.

6. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a regular Steering Committee meeting on June 26, 2012, at the Rancho Cordova Library

04-24-12 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES

DATE: April 24, 2012
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA General Membership Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Jim Morgan
Stan Mofjeld
Rick Sloan
Mary Ann Winters

1. Welcome from the Acting Chair Kelly Cohen

2. County Supervisor Don Nottoli

Supervisor Nottoli touched on a number of areas of concern to the community. He noted that upcoming changes to the Supervisorial Districts were influenced by citizens’ input, in particular the desire to keep communities south of the American River together due to shared interests. He stated that the County budget continues to be difficult, and that the County is trying to provide services with reduced resources. He also noted that BRECA has had an influence on local matters, such as the landscaping at the north-east corner of Butterfield and Folsom.

3. Commander Rosanne Richeal, Sacramento County Sheriff and Rancho Cordova Police

Commander Richeal first introduced the Problem Oriented Policing (POP) officers with her, Charles Gayley and Sergeant Wayne Stevens. She then addressed a number of questions that had been suggested by BRECA. She stated that, statistically, people in the area are safer now than 5 years ago, due to an overall national decrease in crimes. She suggested looking at SacSheriff.com for crime mapping, and handed out a map of the locations of recent crimes in the area. She stated that neighborhood watch groups are important. Sergeant Stevens stated that there are monthly meetings at the Sheriff/Police station for neighborhood watch and community members, with schedules on the Ranch Cordova Police web site. The officers repeatedly emphasized “report, report, report” as they have no way of knowing if crimes are occurring unless people report the crimes.

Commander Richeal commented that the motels on Folsom Blvd. in the area were responsible for over 100 calls last year. She noted that the police helicopters are based at Mather Field, which is why people in our area hear them frequently. One of the officers with Commander Richeal stated that there is a situation with 911 calls from cell phones, which all go the California Highway Patrol, who do not know the area. He suggested cell phone users call the Ranch Cordova emergency line at 874-5111.

Sergeant Stevens stated that there are problems with transient (homeless) camps. These are difficult to deal with due to limited staffing and the requirement that the homeless people be able to recover any seized property. Officer Gayley noted that they had cleaned up three camps on Folsom Blvd. in the area last week.

A member of the audience inquired about people pilfering from recycling bins. Sergeant Stevens commented that the impact on recycling was minimal, so there is little incentive to put resources on the problem. The exception is if someone comes on private property to do that, which could be a prelude to burglary. In that case, the incident should be reported to police or sheriff. Another member of the audience commented that there is a recycling center at Folsom and Bradshaw, which encourages pilfering. Supervisor Nottoli commented that this is a widespread problem and the County recently adopted new rules about where recycling centers can be located.

4. Lieutenant Richard Desmond, California Highway Patrol

Lieutenant Desmond stated that the California Highway Patrol (CHP) does traffic enforcement in the unincorporated County. Within Ranch Cordova traffic is handled by the local police. There are some grey areas. For example, if something is stolen from a car, it should be reported to the Sheriff. However, if the car is stolen, it should be reported to the CHP. For traffic complaints, such as speeding or loud cars, call 464-1450. This month the priority is distracted driving, such as using a cell phone or texting that is not “hands free.” He noted that there is an exception in the law, and one can make an emergency call (911) using a regular cell phone.

5. Barbara Fairbanks, Sacramento County Code Enforcement

Ms. Fairbanks stated that the Code Enforcement phone is 875-5656. Code Enforcement covers a number of areas, including junk and rubbish, illegal parking, problems with rental houses, housing issues, vacant houses, weed abatement, and various other nuisances. However, there are only 12 officers for all issues in the County. In response to questions from the audience, she stated that there are different ways to approach housing issues, including letters to the property owner and renter, and, after 15 days, enforcement. She stated that during fire season the fire department can become involved in weed abatement if weeds are too close to a house. She stated that on private property, the County usually does not cite unregistered vehicles. A trailer unattached to a vehicle on the street will get a ticket, but this is done by Parking Enforcement, not Code Enforcement. Barking dogs are a nuisance, but not handled by Code Enforcement. Supervisor Nottoli suggested calling animal control. Ms. Fairbanks stated that drug problem houses are the responsibility of the Sheriff’s Department. Also, groups of neighbors can use small claims court to go after owners. She also stated that one can call 1-800-252-4613 to report wayward shopping carts.

6. Jim Rodems, District Administrator, Cordova Recreation and Park District

Jim Rodems, District Administrator for the Cordova Recreation and Park District, reviewed “what’s new” in the District. Mr. Rodems was recently appointed to his post. He stated that the District has been in “budget turmoil” with both layoffs and hiring for vacant positions. He stated that safety in parks is critical, and that they work with the Sheriff and have private security. They are trying to get all the lighting in the parks working, but don’t want too much light, as it attracts troublemakers. One need they have identified is for more community meeting rooms. In response to a question about off-leash dogs in parks, Mr. Rodems stated that there is a need for better signage in the parks. Staff people can tell dog owners to leash their dogs. For Parks issues, call 362-1841 or e-mail

7. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a regular Steering Committee meeting on May 22, 2012, at the Rancho Cordova Library

03-27-12 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: March 27, 2012
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Gay Jones
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan
Rick Sloan
Mary Ann Winters

1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones

2. Minutes of January and February 2012

Lori Christensen made a motion to approve the draft minutes of January and February 2012. Stan Mofjeld seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

3. Standing Reports

a. American River Parkway Coalition

Gay Jones reported that there were discussions with the new County Parks Administrator Jeff Leatherman and the new head Ranger Stan Lundsford at the recent American River Parkway Coalition meeting.

Joe O’Connor noted that Gay had said that County Parks has agreed to resume picking up trash at the Gristmill entrance to the Parkway. A new County budget is coming up. It is hard to compare to the previous budget due to shifts of responsibilities.

Gay reported that County Parks is proposing a “ranger reserve” program where volunteers would be performing ranger duties without pay. The cost of the program is about $4,300 per reserve ranger for equipment.

b. Treasurer’s Report

Kelly Cohen reported that BRECA has $4,882.54 in the checking account.

c. Lower American River Task Force

Jim Morgan reported that the Corps of Engineers had made a presentation on remaining projects on the Lower American River at the most recent Lower American River Task Force meeting. There are over 20 different projects remaining. Connecting the upstream end of the Mayhew-Gristmill levee to high ground is one of those projects. It is estimated that the connection will be constructed in 2014, assuming funding becomes available.

d. California American Water Rate Case

Joe O’Connor reported on various activities regarding the California American Water rate case, including requests of entities to become parties to the case. Hearings on the rate case have been delayed.

e. Grassroots Working Group

Gay Jones reported that the Grassroots Working Group for County Parks funding is working on a letter requesting the report which was supposed to be produced by the County’s “ad hoc committee” on finance and governance of County Parks.

4. Old Business

a. General Membership Meeting

Gay Jones reported that she had confirmed that the California Highway Patrol and County Sheriff’s East Division/Rancho Cordova City Police will attend the upcoming BRECA General Membership Meeting. It was suggested that BRECA send the Sheriff’s representative a series of questions to be addressed at the meeting. Several questions were suggested.

Details of the meeting were discussed. A flyer will be sent out to the whole BRECA area. Lori Christensen made a motion to approve up to $800 for the flyer. Jim Morgan seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

b. “30,000” Trees

Gay Jones reported that the Sacramento Tree Foundation is attempting to get 30,000 trees planted. There are discussions about doing some tree planting on Folsom Blvd. east of Mayhew.

c. Native Plant Society and Gristmill

Gay Jones reported that she had discussions with Mary Maret with County Parks concerning planting native plants (not trees) in the area just west of the Gristmill parking lot.

5. New Business

a. Easter Egg Hunt

There was discussion about whether to sponsor an Easter egg hunt at Riviera East Park. It was agreed that there is not enough time.

b. Ranger Reserve

(See discussion under Standing Reports: American River Parkway Coalition.) Kelly Cohen made a motion to send a letter to the Board of Supervisors supporting the proposed Ranger Reserve program. Lori Christensen seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

c. Herbicide Application Policy – American River Parkway

Gay Jones stated that there has been a lot of herbicide application in the American River Parkway, for example near the Mayhew Drain and Gristmill entrance. She suggested asking at an American River Parkway Coalition meeting whether there is an herbicide policy for the American River Parkway, and what is that policy. There was general support for posing the question. Stan Mofjeld noted that there needs to be notification of homeowners.

d. American River Parkway Clean Up April 21, 2012

It was noted that there will be a Spring Clean Up on the American River Parkway on April 21, 2012 from 9 am to 12 noon. The nearest location will be Watt Ave. and La Riviera Dr.

e. From the Floor

Rick Sloan stated that the Cordova Recreation and Park District is planning to put up a bench and plant a tree in honor of the maintenance supervisor who was killed recently.

Jim Morgan stated that the Steering Committee election process has started, and nominations should be submitted now. Gay Jones suggested lengthening the nomination period until after the General Membership Meeting to encourage new nominations. It was agreed to do so.

Gay Jones stated that she had read an article that stated that Regional Transit is to extend some routes and times. She wished to restate BRECA support for constructing a Light Rail Station at Horn Rd. for the Rancho Cordova Library. Jim Morgan stated that he did not support doing so, as the Light Rail station becomes an impetus for high-density Transit Oriented Development proposals, which have been a huge problem for BRECA at the Butterfield station. He suggested that bus routes should be expanded instead. After some discussion, no action was taken.

6. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

02-24-12 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: February 24, 2012
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Paul Bowers
Lori Christensen
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan

1. Welcome from Acting Chair Paul Bowers

Acting Chair Paul Bowers noted that a quorum was not present, so no actions could be taken.

2. Discussions

There were informal discussions of the homeless camp off of Folsom Blvd., future Mayhew levee work, revegetation of the Kansas Access staging area, the California-American Water proposed rate increase, and other topics.

3. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the Rancho Cordova Library.