10-27-16 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: October 27, 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
Andrea White

  1. Call to Order from Chair Rene Hamlin

  2. Presentation on The Landing from SyWest
    Chuck Shaw, a representative from SyWest, the owners of the Bradshaw 6 Drive In, reviewed the status of the proposed project The Landing.  He stated that the entitlement process for the project was completed in 2008.  There was then litigation from a property owner on the north side of Oates Dr.  After about 5 years of litigation, the property owner sold the property to SyWest.  Mr. Shaw stated that they have applied for a 5 year extension on entitlements and requirements for the project.  He stated that when the project was approved in 2008, SyWest has completely leased the project.  However, the recession resulted in many businesses closing or downsizing.  Consequently they will have to start over on getting tenants for the project, and there will likely changes to the overall plan.  They anticipate this will take about 5 years.

    There were a number of questions posed by people at the meeting, mainly concerning traffic.  It was pointed out that when the Drive In is operating, getting in and out of our community can be a problem.  Mr. Shaw stated the traffic pattern for retail centers is different from the Drive In, which should help alleviate the problems.  They have committed to $1 million in traffic signal work, as well as expanding the on ramp from Bradshaw Rd. to Highway 50 westbound.  Also, Oates Dr., which used to be private, is now owned by the County, and it will expanded by two lanes.  Mr. Shaw conceded that the traffic situation would never be perfect.  As a condition of the project, the traffic improvements will have to be completed before the project can open.

    The question was posed whether SyWest would build the theater as a stand alone project.  Mr. Shaw stated that it would be a problem, and the theater might not survive without the associated businesses.  Potentially, if two or three large businesses were to open, it could work.  However, they would likely have to change the design.

    A question was posed as to whether SyWest had thought about housing.  Mr. Shaw stated that there is a problem with the “blast zone” from the oil tank farm at Bradshaw Rd. and Folsom Blvd.  So, there is no housing in the project.

    The hearing at the Planning Commission about the requested 5 year extension of entitlements will be on Monday, November 9, at 5:30 p.m.

  1. Minutes
    1. August 2015
      Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes from August 25, 2015.  Andrea White seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 7 in favor and one abstention.
    2. September 2015
      Carmen Mitchell made a motion to adopt the draft minutes from September 22, 2015.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 7 in favor and one abstention.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Andrea White reported that the balance in the BRECA account is $4,415.52.
  1. Old Business
    1. Newsletter
      Jim Morgan stated that they need to get going on the Newsletter.  A tentative date for receipt of articles by November 8 was agreed on.
    2. By-Laws Discussion
      Jim Morgan asked if there were any more proposed changes to the elections paragraph of the By-Laws.  Kelly Cohen and Bonnie Domeny indicated that they have proposals.  Jim suggested that if we could wrap up the changes to the elections paragraph by November, we could have a membership vote on the changes early next year.  Several people stated that they want to review all of the By-Laws and send one package out for a membership vote.  It was decided to hold off on additional specific changes to the elections paragraph until the next meeting.  Kelly and Bonnie are to circulate their proposed changes prior to the meeting.
    3. From the Floor
      Bonnie Domeny stated that the BRECA web site was “under attack.”  People are trying to gain access to the web site.

      Paul Bowers stated that he attended the last CORPAC (Cordova area Planning and Advisory Council) meeting.  There were only three CORPAC members present, and they were meeting as a special committee to consider the SyWest request for a 5 year extension of entitlements.  At the meeting Paul stated that if they want to see the theater get built, they should endorse a 3 year extension, which is the standard length of time.  However, the CORPAC committee voted to support the SyWest request for a 5 year extension.

  1. New Business
    1. December BRECA Meeting
      Rene Hamlin reminded people that the December BRECA meeting is on the 15th.  It will be part business meeting and part party.  Andrea White suggested that we could send invitations to local elected officials, including the Park Board.  Bonnie suggested an e-mail flyer.  Andrea White, Kelly Cohen, Gay Jones and Lori Christensen volunteered to be on the party organizing committee.  Rene Hamlin suggested increasing the party budget to $115 using leftover picnic money.  Kelly Cohen made a motion to use leftover picnic money on the December party, with the total not to exceed $115.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. Approval of Expenditure for Filing Fee with Secretary of State
      Jim Morgan stated that there had been an expenditure of $20 for the filing fee with the Secretary of State.  This was not in the yearly budget because it only occurs every other year, and was inadvertently left off of the budget.  Jim made a motion to appropriate $20 for the filing fee for the Secretary of State.  Andrea White seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. From the Floor
      Gay Jones stated that Sacramento County Planning has people changing positions and retiring.  In particular, Tricia Stevens is retiring.  Gay suggested that it might be good to have Planning people come and tell us about what is going on.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting and will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

09-22-15 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: September 22, 2015
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

  1. Call to Order from Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. Minutes from July 28, 2015
    Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the revised draft minutes from July 28, 2015.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Andrea White reported that the BRECA account has $4,330.35.
    2. CORPAC
      There was no CORPAC (Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) report.
  1. Old Business
    1. By-Laws Discussion
      The Steering Committee continued to review the proposed amendments to the BRECA By-Laws submitted by Jim Morgan.  (The first two proposals were dealt with at the August BRECA meeting)

      The third proposed amendment was to add that candidates for Steering Committee must be members in good standing.  There was consensus to adopt this proposal.

      The fourth proposed amendment was to add that write-in votes would not be accepted.  After some discussion this was changed to would be accepted if they are a member in good standing.  There was consensus to adopt this proposal.

      The fifth proposed amendment was to add that Steering Committee members take office at the June BRECA meeting.  There was consensus to adopt this proposal.

      The sixth proposed amendment was to add that Steering Committee members must be members in good standing.  There was consensus to adopt this proposal.

      Rene Hamlin raised a question as to whether married members should both be on the Steering Committee.  It was pointed out that BRECA usually has a hard time filling all the Steering Committee positions, so there is a definite benefit to allowing two married people to be on the Steering Committee.  Bonnie Domeny stated that she had talked to one member who did not want to vote for two people who were married to be on the Steering Committee, and that it is an issue of “transparency.”  Jim Morgan stated that there has never been any malfeasance due to two married people being on the Steering Committee, so there really is no issue here.  Andrea White stated that, in the Human Relations world, it is not really anybody’s business whether two people are married, so prohibiting or disclosing this would not be something one would do.

      Bonnie Domeny raised that question of whether there needs to be a secret ballot if there are 9 or fewer candidates, and whether a vote could be done at the General Meeting in April.  It was pointed out that the General Meeting is not always held in April, and trying to put together a vote in the short time frame required would be logistically difficult.  Also, it would not allow for the candidates to submit statements, which can be a valuable means of communicating with the membership.

      Bonnie Domeny suggested that, if there is to be a secret ballot, opening the ballots should be done publicly.  There was consensus to adopt this suggestion.

      Bonnie also suggested that when dates for election deadlines are established, they should be posted on the web site.  There was consensus to adopt this suggestion.

  1. New Business
    1. Wood from Tree
      Bonnie Domeny stated that there is a big burl in a walnut tree that has been cut down in the park.  There was discussion about whether someone might be interested in acquiring the burl.  It was agreed to put it out on NextDoor and to the BRECA membership.
    2. Corps of Engineers Proposed Erosion Work
      Jim Morgan reported that the Corps of Engineers General Reevaluation Report (GRR) and associated environmental documents had received 471 comments from 39 distinct parties.  The Corps and associated flood protection agencies are working on responses to comments.  Next the final GRR will go up to higher levels for review and approval, then back to the public, scheduled for early 2016.

      In addition to the GRR, a new group has been formed at the initiative of the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA), called the Bank Protection Working Group (BPWG).  The BPWG consists of people from several government agencies, private contractors, and a few interested stakeholders (like BRECA).  The first meeting of the BPWG was today.  The purposes of the BPWG are to get started on erosion protection work earlier than the GRR process would allow and to bring in stakeholder input on proposed work.  The first meeting mainly consisted of a review of some of what is known about the erosion potential of the section of the Lower American River that has levees.

    3. Newsletter
      There was a discussion about the upcoming BRECA Newsletter, which could come out in November.  Tentative articles or features include the picnic, Easter egg hunt, Corps of Engineers GRR, Cal Am water sediment, the General Meeting, Letter from the Chair, and Bark in the Park.
    4. From the Floor
      A resident of the BRECA area stated that she and her family live directly behind the new Kik It Lounge.  She stated that they experience noise from people talking and smoke from cigarettes and hookahs.  She has contacted the County about these problems.  She also stated that people on the other side of the wall had been talking in a threatening manner.  Bonnie Domeny commented that when the BRECA resident communicates with Deputy Garcia, she should also send copies to Cheryl Venegas and Supervisor Don Nottoli.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting and will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

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.