BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 7-25-17

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: July 25, 2017
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams
Bonnie Domeny
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Rene Hamlin

 NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 3

  1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt
  2. Minutes
    1. Minutes of April 25, 2017
      Amendments to the minutes of April 25, 2017 were proposed and accepted.  Bonnie Domeny made a motion to adopt the amended minutes.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. Minutes of June 27, 2017
      Amendments to the minutes of June 27, 2017 were proposed and accepted.  Gay Jones made a motion to adopt the amended minutes.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Question or comments from the membership/community
    It was noted that a substantial fraction of the BRECA membership has not given their e-mail addresses to the Membership Secretary.
  2. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      Andrea White stated that the balance in the BRECA checking account is $5,670.20.  However, some expenses are still to be reimbursed.

      Andrea White stated that she is using Quickbook software from 2004 on an old computer.  The computer is not working well, and the software has limitations such as not making .pdf files.  She stated that a current version of Quickbook would cost about $400.  Quickbook is a business oriented program and may be more than we need.  Bonnie Domeny suggested using Quicken for the home, which would cost around $40.  Andrea White stated that she would check out options for the next meeting.
      Additionally, it was pointed out that we still need to do an audit, and have a Budget Committee meeting.

    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported that the CORPAC (Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) meeting had been cancelled.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Lynda Hammitt reported that there had not been a meeting of the Outreach Committee.  They need to have a meeting and select a new chair.
  1. Old Business
    1. California American Water Proceeding Update
      James Adams stated that BRECA should comment on the recommendations of the Administrative Law Judge before they go to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  Gay Jones stated that BRECA has issues with specific points of the California American Water (Cal Am) proposal regarding rate consolidation.  She stated that various other groups involved in the proceedings had requested an extension of the discussions until August 19, and that this was granted.  She also stated that Cal Am is arguing that Pacific Gas and Electric Company has a huge consolidated area.  However, water is a different situation, with discontinuous areas that are located far away from each other.  There are large costs coming up for some of those areas.

      Gay Jones made a motion that the Ad Hoc Cal Am Committee be authorized to respond on behalf of BRECA to filing A.16-07-002 in time sensitive situations.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    2. Update on Native Plantings
      Gay Jones reported that some of the native plants and grasses that had been planted, at the west end of the Gristmill area near the bridge over the Mayhew Drain, 5 years ago and this year have survived and grown.
    3. From the Floor
      There were no Old Business items from the floor
  1. New Business
    1. Possible BRECA comments on Regional Parks Budget Request
      Jim Morgan reported that he had sent e-mails on BRECA’s behalf to the 5 members of the Board of Supervisors recommending increased funding for County Parks.

      Gay Jones stated that she also wants a letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding working with the City and non-governmental organizations on homelessness.  She made a motion that BRECA send a letter to the Board of Supervisors strongly encouraging cities and county collaboration to address issues of homelessness.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    2. Details of BRECA Annual Picnic
      The BRECA Annual Picnic is to be held on September 24, from 4 to 6 pm.  Carmen Mitchell volunteered to chair the Picnic Committee.
    3. From the Floor
      Lynda Hammitt stated that the BRECA web site is getting updated, and suggested Steering Committee members update their biographies.

      Lynda Hammitt stated that Judy Baumann had enquired whether there was anything new on The Landing.  Nobody had any new news.

      James Adams stated that he is impressed by the Rosemont sign near a light rail station.  He would like to put a sign at Butterfield and Folsom along the lines of “Welcome to the Butterfield-Riviera East Community.”  Gay Jones suggested contacting Supervisor Don Nottoli.

      Bonnie Domeny noted that August 1 is National Night Out.  If we want to do something, she will call the Problem Oriented Policing Officer.

      It was noted that Lynda Hammitt and Gay Jones will be absent from the upcoming August 22 BRECA meeting.  It was agreed that Jim Morgan will chair the meeting.  Lori Christensen will be asked to do the minutes.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 6-27-17

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: June 27, 2017
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

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

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT

Andrea White

 NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 3

  1. Call to Order by Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. Minutes of May 23, 2017
    Gay Jones made a motion to adopt the draft minutes of May 23, 2017.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  3. Election of Officers
    Bonnie Domeny made a motion to select Lynda Hammitt for Chair.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.Rene Hamlin made a motion to select Gay Jones for Vice-Chair.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.Gay Jones made motion to select Jim Morgan for Secretary.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.Gay Jones made a motion to select Andrea White for Treasurer.  Lynda Hammitt seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  4. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      There was no treasurer’s report.Jim Morgan reported that the expenses for the 2017 Steering Committee election had exceeded the budget, owing to more people writing candidate’s statements.  The actual expense was $204.22, which exceeded the budgeted amount of $160.  Gay Jones made a motion to appropriate $204.22 for election expenses.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that there was a meeting of the Cordova Area Planning and Advisory Committee (CORPAC).  There was a presentation on the South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan (SSHCP).  This is to be a document that identifies land that has desirable environmental characteristics for mitigation of the effects of development.  The SSHCP plans to buy land from willing sellers for environmental mitigation.  Jim Morgan asked who or what entity buys and holds the land.  Gay Jones stated she would follow up on that question.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Lynda Hammitt reported that the Outreach Committee had met.  They have not made much progress on getting new members.  They are continuing to brainstorm the subject.  They are considering what to do with the membership function, and suggested that procedures be written for this.  Jim Morgan, who currently does the membership renewals and thank you letters, volunteered to join the Committee, and suggested that the name be changed to Outreach and Membership, or something similar.  It was recommended that the renewal process have an on-line option for members.  Jim Morgan reported that the recently established web site membership application had received four applications.  However, after a month or more none of them had sent money to BRECA.  Jim mailed all of them letters requesting dues and contributions.  So far there has been one response.  To remedy this issue for the on-line membership renewal process to work smoothly it is acknowledged that the payment function must also be added to the website.
    4. American River Parkway Coalition
      Gay Jones reported there had been a meeting of the American River Parkway Coalition this month.  Jeff Leatherman, head of County Parks, stated that there will be an additional 5.45 Full Time Equivalents for “visitor assistance.”  These are not rangers, but will be a presence on the Parkway and can write citations.  Parks is also asking for an additional $1 million.  Gay Jones also reported that there are efforts in the California State Legislature to add money for the American River Conservancy.  The Board of Supervisors has asked Parks how they would use an additional $3, 4, or 5 million to address the homeless/illegal camping issue on the Parkway.  Staff is to come back at the next meeting with a report.
  1. Old Business
    1. Response to BRECA on California American Water 2018 General Rate Case
      Gay Jones stated that she had sent out a letter and table that the BRECA California American Water (Cal Am) Committee had received from Cal Am.  She asked if there were any comments on them.  Jim Morgan commented that, if the table is correct, it does show a need for some rate increase if water use reductions from 2016 continue in future years.  However, if reductions are not as great in future years, there would be excess revenues.  He enquired as to whether there is a mechanism for refunding excess revenues.  Gay Jones and James Adams responded that there is a mechanism, but it takes a while, and involves approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  Gay Jones stated that she is also concerned about issues concerning groundwater management.  Gay Jones requested that Jim Morgan send his comments to her and James Adams, and that they will send a letter to the CPUC.  There was consensus to take this action.
    2. Bark in the Park
      The Bark in the Park is scheduled for August 20, 2017, in Riviera East Park.
    3. From the Floor
      There were no Old Business items from the floor
  1. New Business
    1. Meeting Minutes
      Ken Crawford stated that he thinks the public has a right to know what amendments are made to the draft minutes.  Rene Hamlin suggested posting both the draft and final minutes on the website.  People could compare the draft and final minutes.Ken Crawford stated that he would like to have the members of the public who attend Steering Committee meeting listed on the minutes.  Lori Christensen suggested listing the number of guests.  Jim Morgan stated that people have objected to having their name in the minutes in the past, having to do with being found in an internet search.  He stated that he would not object to putting the number of guests or members of the public in the minutes.  There was consensus to do this in future.
    2. Steering Committee Election Results
      Ken Crawford stated that he would like to see the number of votes received by each candidate for Steering Committee reported in the minutes.  Jim Morgan stated that the number of votes received by each candidate was not reported in previous elections, only the winners.  Also, nobody asked for the numbers at the May meeting where the results were announced.  There was discussion, with some people thinking that the numbers had been announced previously, and others not.  There was consensus to report the numbers in future.
    3. From the Floor
      Gay Jones requested that the number of hours that volunteers worked on the Parkway be posted on the BRECA web site.Rick Sloan stated that the Cordova Recreation and Park District has a new Administrator, and he is doing a good job.Lynda Hammitt thanked Rene Hamlin for the wonderful job she did as chair.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

Starthistle Eradication – Sunday June 11th

This Sunday from 9 to 12 noon BRECA will be pulling starthistle in the Gristmill Area. Please help us control this invasive species.

BRECA will supply water, snacks and trash bags. Please bring your gloves, hat and protective clothing.

I will be in the parking lot for sign up, and to give out supplies.

Thanks in advance for your help.  with any questions.
Thanks.

Gay Jones Vice-Chair
BRECA.org

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 5-23-17

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: May 23, 2017
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
Jay Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT

Andrea White

 

  1. Call to Order by Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. Guest Speakers from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District
    Representatives from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) gave a presentation on upcoming proposals for rate changes.  Michael Corbett stated that the rate proposals will go before the SMUD board in June.  SMUD has a 7 member elected Board.  The Board member for this area is Nancy Tomson in Ward 2.  For 2018 the proposed rate changes are an increase of 1% for commercial and 1.5% for residential.  In 2019 an increase of 1% is proposed for commercial, with no increase for residential.  However, the default rate structure will be changed to a “Time Of Day” (TOD) rate.  This structure focuses on when energy is used instead of how much.  Under TOD, there would be different rates for October to May, with 9.69 cents per kilowatt hour (c/kWh) off-peak and 13.38 c/kWh peak.  Peak for this period is weekdays between 5 and 8 pm.  Rates for June to September would be 11.66 c/kWh off-peak, 16.11 c/kWh mid-peak, and 28.35 c/kWh peak.  Mid-peak is weekdays between noon and 5 pm and between 8 pm and midnight, and peak is weekdays between 5 and 8 pm.  Also, there will be an alternative fixed rate that will be, on average, about 4% higher than the TOD rates.

    Mr. Corbett stated that they think that the TOD rates will end up being somewhat higher in June to September and somewhat lower the remainder of the year compared to current rates.  SMUD will make tools available to help manage electricity use such as free programmable thermostats.  Also, there will be a rate comparison tool on the website to see which rate (TOD or fixed) is better for the customer.

    The Energy Assistance Program Rate (EAPR) (low income customer assistance) will also be adjusted.  The maximum discount will be $50 in 2019, $60 in 2020, and $70 in 2021.  EAPR will be different for each customer.

    The final public hearing on the proposed rates will be on June 1, with a decision on June 15.  Additional information is available at smud.org/rateinfo.

    The SMUD representatives responded to questions from the floor.  Carmen Mitchell asked if the EAPR was monthly.  Mr. Corbett replied yes.  Another SMUD representative, Crystal Richardson, stated that you can also have the same level bill each month under “budget billing.”  Rene Hamlin asked whether it always costs more between 5 and 8 pm.  Mr. Corbett responded that is costs SMUD more, but not the customer.  Bonnie Domeny stated that they have solar power, and asked how the TOD proposal would affect solar installations.  Mr. Corbett responded that the credit you get back will be based on the rate at the time.  Gay Jones asked what the existing tiered rates are.  Mr. Corbett responded that they are 18.61 c/kWh over base off-summer, and 19.28 c/kWh over base summer.  Gay asked whether the Proposition 218 process, that requires an engineering study to show customer benefit from the proposed changes, had been followed.  Another SMUD representative, Mr. Robert Chang, responded that the applicable process is actually from Proposition 21, and that the statement is in the General Manager’s Report.  Jim Morgan asked whether the System Infrastructure Fixed Charge would be maintained.  Mr. Corbett responded that it would.  Jim also asked where one would go to find historic energy use.  Mr. Corbett responded that one would go to SMUD.org under “My Account.”

  1. Minutes of March 28, 2017
    Minor amendments were proposed and accepted to the draft minutes from March 28, 2017.  Gay Jones made a motion to adopt the amended draft minutes.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Agenda Items from the Community
    There were no agenda items from the community.
  1. Reports
    1. Finance
      There was no financial report.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell stated that there was a meeting of the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) this month.  CORPAC considered the West Jackson Highway Master Plan (WJHMP).  Two representatives from Mather wanted better bike trails and additional crossings.  There were no objections.  Gay Jones commented that CORPAC submitted comments on the Notice of Preparation of a draft Environmental Impact Report.  The comments included the need to study cumulative traffic impacts, bike trails, park land dedication, mass transit, water, and mixed use.
    3. American River Parkway Coalition
      Gay Jones reported that 25 out of 26 Regional Parks ranger positions have been filled.  Parks rangers should be at full “full time equivalents” soon.  According to Chief Ranger Mike Doane, the rangers are taking less action, but having a better impact.  They have formed a Park Resource Team to work on illegal camping.  They need more help from Sacramento City Police.  Gay suggested writing a letter or e-mail in support of the Park Resource Team.  Bonnie Domeny made a motion that BRECA write a letter in support of the Regional Parks Resource Team, agreeing with present policies and procedures, and encouraging support from other law enforcement agencies.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.  Bonnie Domeny and Lynda Hammitt are to work on the letter.
    4. Outreach Committee
      Lynda Hammitt reported that there had not been a meeting of the Outreach Committee.  She stated that she would like to reach out to businesses in the BRECA area.  She was concerned that there may be certain businesses we may not want to include.  Rene Hamlin stated that there should be no exceptions, and that reaching out to businesses is a good idea.
  1. Old Business
    1. Annual Meeting
      There was general agreement that we had a good Annual Meeting.  Melissa Schuler stated that there was a problem that not enough of what BRECA does was presented.  That would get people more interested in becoming members.  Jim Morgan handed out a summary of attendance at the Annual Meeting.  There were a total of 77 people there, including BRECA members, non-members, and presenters.  There were 3 new memberships.
    2. From the Floor
      Gay Jones stated that fire camp openings are still available, and suggested putting this on the BRECA Web site.

      Gay Jones and Carmen Mitchell are working on getting a plaque for the tree round outside the library that came from a large tree on the American River Parkway.

      Gay Jones reported that there was a settlement meeting with California American Water representatives over the proposed rate increases.  No response has been received to BRECA questions.

      Gay Jones reported that about 30 people showed up for the May 6 American River Clean Up at Gristmill.

  1. New Business
    1. Ranger Olveda E-mail
      There was discussion about the e-mail from Regional Parks Ranger Olveda in response to a question at the Annual Meeting, and a subsequent e-mail from James Adams.  The e-mail from Ranger Olveda has been forwarded to the BRECA membership.  Jim Morgan distributed a handout from the 2008 American River Parkway Plan concerning the designation of the trail in the Gristmill area.  In particular Jim Morgan pointed out that there is only one trail recognized in the Parkway Plan, and that is an equestrian/hiking trail that runs from the Gristmill entrance to the footbridge over the Mayhew Drain and then on to Howe Ave.

      There was discussion about procedure for forwarding e-mails to the membership.  In particular, Jim Morgan and Kelly Cohen had expressed concerns that the significance of some comments in the Olveda e-mail are unclear unless one is aware of the trail designation in the Parkway Plan, and had suggested including a forward comment clarifying the question.  Bonnie Domeny suggested that we could put together a follow-up comment and send it to the membership.  Jim Morgan stated that since the Olveda e-mail is already out, we should wait and see if anybody has concerns about the e-mail, and respond if there are any.

    2. Steering Committee Election
      Jim Morgan read the results of the 2017 Steering Committee Election.  The people elected were (in the same order as on the ballot): Kelly Cohen, Bonnie Domeny, Lynda Hammitt, James Morgan, Andrea White, Rene Hamlin, James Adams, Gay Jones, and Lori Christensen.
    3. From the Floor
      There was no new business from the floor
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the Rancho Cordova Library.