08-25-15 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: August 25, 2015
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan
Celia Rasmussen
Andrea White

  1. Call to Order from Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. POP Officer Presentation
    Bonnie Domeny stated that she had attended a meeting on gangs, and she thought it would be good for the group to be able to ask some specific questions on gang signs, clothing, tagging, etc.

    Deputy Jenkinson stated that gang signs, clothing and tagging are constantly changing.  Gangs are often race-related.  Two large Hispanic gangs are the Nortenos and Surenos (Northerners and Southerners, respectively).  The Nortenos wear red clothing, and tag the letter “N” and the number 14 (N is the 14th letter in the alphabet).  Deputy Bartilson comment that the Nortenos and Surenos fight, although the reason is not clear.  He also stated that the definition of a gang is more than three in a group and they engage in criminal activity (as defined in the Penal Code).

    Bonnie Domeny commented that there is some graffiti around the neighborhood, but she is not sure if it is gang-related.  Kate Rosenleib commented that local graffiti is mostly from kids.  She also stated that there is a considerable amount of graffiti in the Mayhew Drain, which their group has an agreement with Sacramento County Drainage to paint over.

    Deputy Bartilson stated that the BRECA area has no major gang activity, although there may be some bleed-over from other areas.  That is good news.

    Kelly Cohen stated that she has seen “odd-looking” people around the neighborhood.  Deputy Bartilson stated that they have been pushing transients out of their established areas, so the transients may be “testing the waters” around the BRECA area.

    Bonnie Domeny commented that BRECA is kind of surrounded by problem areas, and asked how to keep problems out.  Deputy Bartilson stated that if they are kids, the parents have to know.  Parents can contact the Sheriff’s office and check out what is going on.

    Lori Christensen commented that she had heard that the two hotels on Bradshaw attract people on probation from other counties because they are inexpensive places to stay.  She asked if there are gang-related people at the hotels.  Deputy Bartilson stated that they are mostly hard-core drug people.

    It was clarified that the POP (Problem Oriented Policing) officer is Deputy Garcia, who was not able to attend tonight’s meeting.

    Kelly Cohen stated that she thought there might be prostitutes at the hotels.  Deputy Bartilson stated that prostitution is just a misdemeanor, and punished lightly if at all.  Today prostitutes have web sites, and meet at the hotels.  To catch them, the Sheriff’s department has to do a sting.  This can involve up to 8 officers, and net a couple of busts.  One has to wonder if it is worth the effort.

    Rick Sloan stated that this summer they had a car stolen, and it was “found” outside a house on Hyannis known to be a problem.  But, there were no suspects or fingerprints.  Deputy Bartilson commented that it is hard to prosecute car theft.  They can’t just find a person in the car, but need a statement from the owner that the owner did not lend the car to that person.

  1. Minutes from July 28, 2015
    There was a considerable amount of discussion of the draft minutes from July 28, 2015.  Several proposals were made for changes.  There was consensus to incorporate many of the proposals.  It was requested that the amended draft minutes be circulated to the Steering Committee.  Bonnie Domeny made a motion to table the minutes until the September BRECA meeting.  Carmen Mitchell seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 7 in favor and 1 opposed.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Andrea White reported that the BRECA account has $4,330.35.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell stated that there is nothing to report from CORPAC (Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council).
  1. Old Business
    1. By-Laws Discussion
      Jim Morgan stated that this item comes from a motion at the June 2015 meeting to review and possibly amend the BRECA By-Laws section on Steering Committee elections.  Proposals are to be discussed by the Steering Committee.  Jim stated that he had drafted and circulated to the Steering Committee a series of draft proposed amendments to that section of the By-Laws.  There was a consensus to limit the time for this item.

      The first proposed amendment was to change the language stating that the elections occur in March to begin in March.  It was pointed out that this leaves the time for the elections indeterminate.  The proposal was modified to read that the elections begin with the March Steering Committee meeting and conclude at the May Steering Committee meeting.  This language was adopted by consensus.

      The second proposed amendment was to add a statement that a person cannot nominate his or her self.  After some discussion of the purposes of the nomination process, there was consensus to adopt this proposal.

      At this point the time limit had been passed, and the item was continued to the September Steering Committee meeting.

    2. Picnic (September 20th)
      Lori Christensen circulated a copy of the flyer for the picnic.  It was suggested that “cake” be added to the items that BRECA will supply.  This was agreed.  Lori Christensen and Jim Morgan will have the flyer printed and do the mailing.
    3. Noise From the Strip Mall
      Bonnie Domeny stated that they have not had a noise problem lately from the Blow Lounge in the strip mall.  She also stated that, according to Deputy Garcia, County Finance is considering what to do.
  1. New Business
    1. From the Floor
      There was no new business from the floor.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting and will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

07-28-15 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: July 28, 2015
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Celia Rasmussen

  1. Welcome from Acting Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    1. Draft Minutes for June 23, 2015
      Some changes were requested and accepted to the draft minutes for June 23, 2015.  Kelly Cohen made a motion to accept the modified draft minutes.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. Draft Minutes for April 28, 2015
      Kelly Cohen made a motion to accept the draft minutes for April 28, 2015.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      There was no treasurer’s report.
    2. From the Floor
      Gay Jones reported that there was a discussion of the Parkway Natural Resources Management Plan (NRMP) at the American River Parkway Coalition meeting.  Kelly Cohen commented that the Resource Impact Management Plan is included in the NRMP.Bonnie Domeny stated that there is a Parks Maintenance and Recreation Improvement District (PMRID) meeting scheduled for next week.  She also reported that there was a discussion of why general tax money was not used for maintenance of local parks.  Also, the budget is not broken down for specific parks by special districts.

      Gay Jones reported that there was a workshop at the Board of Supervisors on transportation for the proposed Jackson Highway development.  Plans are to improve smaller roads to street standards, and also have mass transit.  They estimate about $700 million for roads and mass transit.  Supervisor Nottoli pointed out that there is no planned crossing of the Folsom South Canal for about four miles, and that a vehicle crossing to Sunrise Blvd. is needed.  “Trip wires” are six thousand cars per day for conversion to regular streets and 18 thousand cars per day for four lane roads.  Regional transit has three future bus lines planned, which focus on Watt/Manlove and Sunrise Blvd. as drop offs.  There are to be two bicycle/pedestrian crossings of the Folsom South Canal.  An Environmental Impact Report for two of the proposed development areas is scheduled for the end of this year.

  1. Old Business
    1. By-Laws Discussion
      Jim Morgan suggested that perhaps the discussion of proposed amendments to the By-Laws should be postponed, since only five Steering Committee members were present.  Gay Jones took a poll of the Steering Committee members, and four were in favor of continuing with the discussion, with one abstaining.At this point, four additional community members came to the meeting.  Gay Jones asked what they were interested in, and they responded that they had heard that the owners of the Blow Lounge were coming to the meeting, and they wanted to discuss the Blow Lounge.  Discussion of the Blow Lounge began: see item 4c below.  After the discussion on the Blow Lounge, the Steering Committee agreed to postpone discussion of the By-Laws.
    2. Picnic
      There was no discussion of the picnic.
    3. From the Floor
      [Blow Lounge]
      Gay Jones stated that she had talked to Supervisors Nottoli’s office and that there is to be a meeting of County Code Enforcement, Sheriffs, and County Finance on Thursday, July 30 concerning the Blow Lounge.  She stated that she understood the business license to require no music after 12:00 midnight, but the Blow Lounge website states music until 2:00 am.Bonnie Domeny stated that the Blow Lounge has erected a structure in front without a permit.  Code Enforcement forced them to take down a tent, but the Blow Lounge owners are attempting to bring the rest of the structure into compliance.  She also stated that she had contacted the POP (Problem Oriented Policing) officer a while ago concerning music after midnight.  A Sheriff’s deputy went in back of the building and said the volume was low, so did not contact the business.  She stated that the same thing happened in past years with similar results.

      Gay Jones stated that conditions on business licenses are attached to serving alcohol, but not to other late night social gathering places that may involve smoking, music, or dancing.  She suggested that late night social gathering places may not be a good fit for the neighborhood.  She also noted that the Rosemont Center was forced to build a sound-deadening wall behind the center.  She suggested that Bonnie Domeny draft a BRECA letter to Supervisor Nottoli, which could be reviewed by the Steering Committee.  There was general agreement to take this action.

      At this point, the two new owners of the Blow Lounge, Husein Bharwani and Sana Ali, joined the meeting.  Mr. Bharwani stated that he wanted to “check the temperature” with the neighbors.  They have created a Middle Eastern social hall with the Blow Lounge.  He stated that some people are pointing fingers, but the charges are not justified.

      Gay Jones stated that our goal is to have neighbors not disturbed by noise so they can sleep at night.  Her understanding is that the business license states that music must stop at midnight.

      Mr. Bharwani stated that they have worked with the County to reduce issues, and they have no issues with the County.  He stated that there is no audible music outside the building after midnight.  This is measured as less than 45 decibels outside the back door, using their own sound level meter.  He stated that he came to create peace with the neighbors, and only wants to add good things to the community.

      One of the neighbors stated that she hears noise late at night and sees on the Blow Lounge web site music late at night.  She puts these two together.  Another neighbor stated that he goes to bed at 9:00 pm and the noise is disturbing.

      Mr. Bharwani stated that music between 12:00 midnight and 1:30 am is below 45 decibels outside the back door, and there is no music after 1:30 am.  He further stated that the County has given them a permit and they are compliant with the permit.  He also stated that they need music on Friday and Saturday nights to be a viable business.

      Bonnie Domeny stated that she understood the restriction on music to be no music after 12:00 midnight.  Also, no music is to be audible off the property at any time.

      Ms. Ali suggested that an experiment be conducted.  The Blow Lounge would play their music, and the owners and neighbors would together go inside the Blow Lounge, then to the back entrance, then to a neighbor’s house and driveway to see if the music could be heard.  Kelly Cohen suggested a further test would be to turn off the Blow Lounge music, and see if music could still be heard.  There was general agreement that the experiment would be an action to pursue.  Further discussion identified time of day or night as important, and 9:00 pm or 11:00 pm were suggested as good times to do the experiment.  A sign-up sheet was circulated for people who wanted to participate in the experiment.

      Gay Jones stated that she wants to hear what the County comes up with at the County meeting on Thursday, and also to do the empirical experiment in time for the next BRECA meeting.  Perhaps other things to look at would be a concrete wall behind the business, or sound-proofing inside the business.

  1. New Business
    1. From the Floor
      There was no new business from the floor.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting and will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

06-23-15 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: June 23, 2015
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Gay Jones
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan
Celia Rasmussen
Andrea White

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes for May 2015
    Some changes were made to the draft minutes for May 2015.  Rene Hamlin made a motion to approve the draft minutes as amended.  Carmen Mitchell seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Election Results
    Jim Morgan distributed a handout from Elaine Crawford confirming Joe O’Connor’s counts for the Steering Committee election (see May 2015 minutes).
    Steering Committee officers were elected as follows:
    Gay Jones nominated Rene Hamlin for Chair.  Kelly Cohen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    Lori Christensen nominated Gay Jones for Vice Chair.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    Gay Jones nominated Andrea White for Treasurer.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    Carmen Mitchell nominated Jim Morgan for Secretary.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Andrea White, BRECA treasurer, stated that the ending balance in the BRECA checking account is $4,087.07.  She handed out a statement of expenditures versus budget.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that Carmen Mitchell is now a member of the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC).  Gay distributed a handout of master plan locations and responsible County staff for the Jackson Highway area.  A question was raised about whether Jackson Highway is to be widened.  It was stated that there are plans to widen Jackson Highway to four or six lanes.  Carmen Mitchell commented that the overall impression of the master plans is a lot like San Jose.  Kelly Cohen questioned whether BRECA should make comments on the plans.  Carmen responded not at this time.
  1. Old Business
    1. Army Corps of Engineers GRR Erosion Protection Proposal
      Jim Morgan reminded the group that the Army Corps of Engineers has released a General Reevaluation Report (GRR) that proposes a large amount of “erosion protection” work on the Lower American River.  The proposal includes some sort of rock protection for all parts of the left (south) bank levee that do not already have revetment, as well as some work on the right (north) bank.  This would include the Mayhew-Gristmill levee area adjacent to the BRECA area.

      Two variations of erosion protection work are proposed.  One would line the river bank with rock, with perhaps a bed of dirt for growing some trees near the waterline.  The other is called a launchable rock trench.  It would involve digging a large trench, for our area about 80 feet wide by 25 feet deep at the toe of the levee, filling it mostly with large rocks, and covering it with about three feet of dirt.  The dirt could be revegetated with grasses, bushes, and small trees, but not the large oaks or black walnuts that are there now.

      Jim stated that either variation would have horrendous impacts on the Parkway.  Also, there has been no real supporting analysis of the proposed actions, which are based on “expert opinion.”

      Jim further stated that the proposals were discussed at a recent meeting of the Lower American River Task Force (LARTF).  It was stated that the Corps had received many comments on the GRR and environmental documents, and expects to have responses completed by August 2015.  Jim commented that this likely implies no major changes to the proposed plan.  The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) proposed formation of a “Bank Protection Working Group” under the LARTF to foster “conversation” among the stakeholders, SAFCA and the Corps regarding erosion protection needs and environmental impacts.  One major concern that was discussed at the LARTF is that the Corps may not have funding for staff to participate in the Bank Protection Working Group.  When asked for volunteers for the Bank Protection Working Group, about half of the people at the LARTF meeting raised their hands.

      Jim commented that the proposed Bank Protection Working Group is a two-edged sword.  On the one hand, it could be an opportunity to influence the proposed project for the better.  But, on the other hand, one is co-opted into a project that one wishes would not happen at all.  Jim raised the question of whether he and other members of BRECA should participate as a BRECA representative(s).  There was general agreement that to should do so.

    2. Website
      Bonnie Domeny reported that the BRECA.org site is now the primary BRECA web site.  She is working to get old documents on line.  She commented that there have been 544 sessions on the site from 484 visitors.  Twenty percent of that is “spambots.”  She also wants Steering Committee members to have e-mail on the BRECA web site.  Lori Christensen commented that there are new “no dumping” signs at Linda Rio Dr. and Butterfield Way, and these should be on the BRECA web site.
    3. Steering Committee Preparation for By-Laws Review
      Gay Jones stated that she would like to have the Steering Committee review and possibly revise the BRECA By-Laws in regard to Steering Committee elections.  She commented that any changes must be approved by the membership, so it is better to be focused on a single concern.  Gay made a motion as follows: “Within the next month, if there are policy level issues of significant concern about the BRECA By-Laws as they relate to the Steering Committee election process, submit reason(s) for concern(s) and proposed change(s) to the Steering Committee.”  The Motion was seconded by Carmen Mitchell and approved unanimously by Steering Committee members present (Kelly Cohen was out of the room).

      Jim Morgan commented that BRECA has no experience with voting for amendments to the By-Laws.  However, experience with Steering Committee elections indicates that candidates at the end of the 9-person list tend to receive fewer votes.  Hence he suggested that we have a goal of 6 or fewer proposed changes to the By-Laws.

    4. From the Floor
      There was no Old Business from the floor.
  1. New Business
    1. Annual Picnic
      Rene Hamlin commented that she had heard that non-traditional families do not feel welcome at the picnic.  Wendi Weston commented that she would like to attract more children to the picnic, and it would be good to have more children on the flyer.  She also suggested some sort of competition, such as a chili cook-off.  Celia Rasmussen stated that she can ask the Sheriff to come and do fingerprinting of children.  Lori Christensen, who is in charge of the annual picnic, requested volunteers.
    2. From the Floor
      Wendi Weston commented that there seemed to be a lot of trucks going up and down the levee at high speed.  Gay Jones suggested that she should contact the American River Flood Control District or County Parks Rangers.

      Bonnie Domeny reported that she had attended a Rancho Cordova area Neighborhood Watch meeting.  She stated that there is gang activity in Rancho Cordova, including Lincoln Village, although not in the BRECA area.  Rene Hamlin suggested that we have a Sheriff’s presentation on gangs at an upcoming meeting.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting and will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at the Rancho Cordova Library.