Agenda – BRECA Steering Committee October 23, 2018

Agenda
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

 

October 23, 2018 6:30 pm
Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Guest Speaker from SMUD re: upcoming changes to our standard electricity rate structure
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Questions or Comments from the membership / community
  5. Reports
    • Treasurer
    • CORPAC
    • Outreach Committee
  6. Old Business:
    • Update on BRECA sign installment
    • BRECA Newsletter
    • Cal Am update
    • From the floor
  7. New Business
    • County Policy Change re: illegal camping (topic request from community member)
    • Possible tire shop at Bradshaw and Folsom
    • From the floor

Adjourn to next meeting, Nov 27, 2018, 6:30 pm at the Rancho Cordova Library

Agenda – BRECA Steering Committee September 25, 2018

Agenda
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Questions or Comments from the membership / community
  4. Reports
    • Treasurer
    • Outreach Committee
    • CORPAC
    • ARCO proposal
  5. Old Business
    • 2018 Annual Picnic – Potluck in the Park
    • Great American River Clean Up
    • From the floor
  6. New Business
    • From the Floor

Adjourn to next meeting, October 23, 2018

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 08-28-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: August 28, 2018
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
James Adams
Lori Christensen
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT
Bonnie Domeny
Carmen Mitchell

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 8

1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Minutes of July 24, 2018

Gay Jones made a motion to approve the draft minutes. James Adams seconded the motion.
The motion was approved unanimously.

3. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community

Andrea White reported that the Cordova Recreation and Park District Board intends to start
the bid process in October for replacement of the asphalt pathways in Riviera East Park. They
hope to have the work completed by June of 2019.

There was a question as to whether there was anything new on the proposed apartment
complex on Folsom Blvd. There was nothing new to report. A member of the audience stated
that there is an 8 feet setback from the existing apartments across from the Library to the
adjoining residential properties. Another member of the audience stated that the current plan
for the apartments on Folsom Blvd. is to have a 25 feet setback from the adjoining residential
property and a 7 feet block wall. Another member of the audience commented that there is a
15 feet setback from the Casa Linda motel to the fence, and the fence is made of wood. He
has observed a person from the Casa Linda kick in a board on the fence and walk through.

4. Reports

a. Treasurer

Andrea White (Treasurer) presented the BRECA income and expenditures to date. The
balance in the BRECA checking account is $4,771.04.

c. Outreach Committee

Rene Hamlin reported that there was no Outreach Committee meeting this month.

b. CORPAC

Gay Jones stated that CORPAC (the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council)
met this month and considered three items. One of the items was the proposed ARCO
AM/PM at Bradshaw Road and Folsom Blvd. The meeting was a workshop format, and no
vote on the project was taken. There were over 20 public comments, and all were opposed to
the project.

It was clarified that CORPAC is an advisory body of people from the community who are
appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Actual decisions on projects are made by the Planning
Commission or the Board of Supervisors.

5. Old Business

a. ARCO AM/PM – Update

Jim Morgan commented that BRECA has not taken a position on the proposed ARCO
AM/PM project. Given the level of community concern expressed at the CORPAC meeting,
BRECA should consider taking a position. Jim introduced a draft resolution as follows:
“The Butterfield-Riviera East Community Association (BRECA) is aware of a proposal to
locate an ARCO gas station and AM/PM mini-mart at Bradshaw Road and Folsom Blvd.
BRECA opposes this proposal. The principal reasons for our opposition are the likely
increase in traffic congestion at Bradshaw Road and Folsom Blvd., and the impact of 24 hour
per day noise and lights on the close residential neighbors.”

Lynda Hammitt suggested that saturation of beer and alcohol sales in the area be added to the
resolution. Jim Morgan agreed.

There was discussion about the appropriateness of taking a position at this time. It was
pointed out that the concerns from the community at the CORPAC meeting justified taking a
position at this time. Jim Morgan made a motion to adopt the above resolution as modified by
Lynda Hammitt. Andrea White seconded the motion. The motion was approved with 6 in
favor and one abstention (Gay Jones).

b. New Date for Speaker from SMUD

Lynda Hammitt stated that the SMUD speaker had been postponed until the October BRECA
meeting.

c. 2018 Annual Picnic – Potluck in the Park

Lori Christensen reported that the annual Picnic in the Park is scheduled for September 23. A
flyer for the picnic should go out around September 10. It is desired to follow up with phone
calling and volunteers are needed.

d. Great American River Clean Up

Lori Christensen stated that the annual Great American River Clean Up is scheduled for
September 15, from 9 am to noon. People from the BRECA area should meet at the Gristmill
parking lot.

e. Cal Am

Gay Jones reported that she had recent contact with Richard Rauschmeier of the Office of
Ratepayer Advocates of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). He stated that a
proposed decision on the California American Water (Cal Am) case would likely come out in
October.

It was clarified that the case involves a proposed rate increase by Cal Am. The case also
involves consolidation of the Sacramento District with other areas. James Adams commented
that he thinks the consolidation is premature. Gay Jones asked whether it was the intent of the
group that James Adams and herself respond for BRECA to the proposed decision. It was
agreed this was the case. Gay Jones commented that the application asked for rate increases
of 16.29% in 2018, 3.43% in 2019, and 3.03% in 2020. A member of the audience asked how
the CPUC is responding to the proposal. Gay Jones stated that the CPUC shows respect for
the proposal and for the entities that are opposing the proposal.

f. From the Floor

James Adams stated that he has been looking into getting a community sign at the north-east
corner of Butterfield Way and Folsom Blvd. He contacted Supervisor Nottoli’s office, and
received a return call from a staff member. The staff member indicated that the County has a
facility for making community signs. They want an e-mail from BRECA regarding the text
and location of the sign. The sign would be similar to the signs for the Rosemont community.
Gay Jones commented that she would like to see a second sign. James Adams stated that they
could do one at the library in the grassy area.

There was discussion about the name of the community, and some members of the audience
indicated it was unclear that Butterfield-Riviera East was appropriate. Lynda Hammitt
suggested that some education of the community would be appropriate before putting up the
signs. Jim Morgan volunteered to write a short history of the Butterfield-Riviera East name.

6. New Business

a. Location of the September BRECA Meeting

Lynda Hammitt stated that the library meeting room is not available for the September
BRECA meeting. Father Hezekias with the Saint George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church,
located at 9501 Folsom Blvd., has offered the church meeting room, and the offer has been
accepted.

b. Discussion Re: Alternatives to ARCO AM/PM at Bradshaw and Folsom

Lynda Hammitt stated that there have been lots of ideas on Nextdoor about what could go at
the corner of Bradshaw Road and Folsom Blvd. besides the proposed ARCO AM/PM. They
included a Trader Joe’s, or a coffee shop. But, they have to be viable. Other ideas were
suggested including a teahouse, a Leatherby’s, a bigger RC Food Market, a tech school, and a
shared office space. It was commented that there is not enough space for a Trader Joe’s. Gay
Jones suggested asking a developer. A community center or other public space was
suggested. A member of the audience commented that he owns a restaurant on Bradshaw
Road, and it is his impression that the corner of Bradshaw Road and Folsom Blvd. is not a
good area for business. Gay Jones suggested asking for viable ideas from County Planning.

c. From the Floor

A member of the audience associated with the Saint George Church stated that they have
problems with the Casa Linda motel. For example, he videotaped a person who kicked in a
board in the fence between the church and Casa Linda and then went into a room at Casa
Linda. They are in contact with the Sheriff’s department and the District Attorney (DA). The
DA is pushing the owners of the Casa Linda to either hire a professional manager or close and
sell the business. Otherwise there may be criminal charges regarding the business.

7. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at the St. George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 07-24-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: July 24, 2018
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
James Adams
Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT
Rene Hamlin

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 8

1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Minutes of June 26, 2018

Two corrections to the draft minutes of June 26, 2018 were proposed and accepted. Gay
Jones made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes. James Adams seconded the
motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

3. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community

There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.

4. Reports

a. Treasurer
Andrea White (Treasurer) presented the BRECA income and expenditures to date. It was
noted that the budget item for the P.O. Box included 6 months for the beginning of 2018 as
well as 12 months for July 2018 to June 2019. Bonnie Domeny made a motion to approve
this amendment to the budget. Gay Jones seconded the motion. The motion was approved
unanimously. The balance in the BRECA checking account is $4,616.04.

b. CORPAC
Carmen Mitchell stated that CORPAC (the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory
Council) did not meet this month.

c. Outreach Committee

Lynda Hammitt reported that the Outreach Committee met on July 2. They would like to initiate a survey of the General Meeting attendees, with the objectives of getting the most value for the community and input from the community. An example of survey questions was circulated. Possibly Survey Monkey could be used to distribute the survey, as it is free. Maybe it could also be in the Newsletter. Gay Jones commented that the survey should be focused on the General Meeting, and that it would also need to be sent by mail for people we do not have e-mail addresses for. A member of the audience stated that you only want people who were at the meeting. Lynda suggested two different surveys, one for the General Meeting and one for the Newsletter, with different questions. Jim Morgan noted that one would need a different survey for people who did not come to the General meeting. There was general agreement that the questions should be reviewed by the Steering Committee.

Lynda Hammitt stated that they are considering a “You are BRECA” campaign. Bonnie Domeny commented that even if someone is not a member of BRECA they are part of the community.

Lynda Hammitt stated that they are working on getting a PayPal swipe so that people can give money using PayPal at events.

5. Old Business

a. Cal Am

Gay Jones stated that she had received a response from Richard Rauschmeier of the Office of
Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to her
request for an update on the California American Water (Cal Am) proceedings. There was no
activity on the General Rate Case. In the General Rate Case, the earliest a decision could be
made would be October. A member of the audience asked how BRECA puts this out to the
community. It was pointed out that it appears in the minutes of the Steering Committee
meeting, somewhat on NextDoor, on the BRECA web site and the Newsletter. The member
of the audience asked wouldn’t BRECA want to get the community’s input. James Adams
stated that we will make comments on the draft decision, and put out the draft decision and
comments. Gay Jones stated that it is very complicated technically. The member of the
audience commented that there is an opportunity to toot our own horn concerning the Cost of
Capital case.

b. ARCO AM/PM update

Jim Morgan commented that he had a discussion with Sheryll Venegas of Supervisor
Nottoli’s office concerning the proposed ARCO AM/PM. She stated that there is a new site
plan, but that it still does not meet County standards. She had no additional information on
the easement question. She does not know if the applicant can move forward with the new
site plan. Gay Jones commented that she is trying to work with County Planning to get more
information.

c. Folsom Blvd. Phase 5 Project

James Adams reported that he had received documents from a planner with Rancho Cordova on Phase 5 of their Folsom Blvd. work. This would be from Bradshaw to Paseo Rio, and include sidewalks, bike lanes and medians. There does not appear to be an environmental effect. Jim Morgan commented that whether there will be an environmental effect is not clear from the documents. There is no list of specific trees to be removed or saved on the south side of Folsom Blvd., or whether there is to be mitigation. The only environmental document was a Categorical Exemption, which was signed in April 2017. Since we have no leverage with Rancho Cordova, there is not anything we can do.

Gay Jones reported that there will be a vote at the County Board of Supervisors on whether to approve a pavement overlay on Folsom Blvd. from Bradshaw Rd. to Mayhew. The vote is to be on August 7 or 21. Gay urged people to contact Supervisor Nottoli in support of the
proposal.

d. From the Floor

Gay Jones reported on the recent Parkway Coalition meeting. Jeff Leatherman is no longer County Parks Director.  The official acting director is Rob Leonard.  However, the main responsibilities are being performed by Liz Bellas, the Deputy Parks Director. There is money for projects from Proposition 68. There is a big backlog of projects that County Parks would like money to work on.

Gay Jones commented that a SMUD representative is scheduled for the September 25
BRECA meeting. It was noted that Chair Lynda Hammitt and Vice-chair Gay Jones will not
be at that meeting, and that the Library meeting room will not be available. It was suggested
that SMUD should be moved to October. Lori Christensen was suggested for Chair of the
September meeting. Various people are working on finding an alternative meeting location.

6. New Business

a. Proposed Apartment Complex on Folsom Blvd.

Lynda Hammitt reported that she had received information from Sheryll Venegas with Supervisor Nottoli’s office that a two-story apartment complex has been proposed for Folsom Blvd.  Gay Jones commented that the proposal may not come to CORPAC if no variances or other deviations from County standards are required.  Concerns were mentioned including required number of parking spaces, the two story buildings overlooking existing residences’ back yards, vehicle access, how many apartments would be market rate, setback from existing residential development, traffic, whether there will be a soundwall, will the manager be on-site or off-site, and whether there will be a fire lane.  Gay noted that the Special Planning Area plan originally had five story apartments, so two stories is not so bad.  Lynda Hammitt noted that we need to find out what the process is and how to provide input.

b. From the Floor

James Adams stated that the building that burned down next to St. George Church is being
cleaned up.

Gay Jones stated that the Great American River Clean Up is scheduled for September 15. She will not be able to run the BRECA table. Kelly Cohen and Lori Christensen volunteered to help.

7. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 06-26-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: June 26, 2018
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
James Adams
Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT
None

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 3

1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Minutes

a. April 24, 2018
Several corrections to the draft minutes of April 24, 2018 were proposed and accepted.  Bonnie Domeny made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes. James Adams seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

b. May 22, 2018
A correction to the draft minutes of May 22, 2018 was proposed and accepted. Rene Hamlin made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes. Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

3. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community
There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.

4. Reports

a. Treasurer
Andrea White (Treasurer) presented a draft budget for the BRECA calendar year 2018. There was discussion of the draft budget and some changes were agreed to. Bonnie Domeny made a motion to approve the amended draft budget. James Adams seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

b. CORPAC
Carmen Mitchell stated that CORPAC (the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) did not meet this month.

c. Outreach Committee
Rene Hamlin reported that the Outreach Committee had met. They reviewed the neighborhood yard sale: There were 13 sellers. The BRECA picnic is coming up on September 23. Possibly there will be a community recognition event at the picnic. They are also researching creating a “Little Library” for the BRECA area. Bark in the Park is coming up on August 19. Lori Christensen stated that they had discussed having a welcoming packet for people who move into the community. It would likely include a cover letter, a membership application, the What Does BRECA Do handout, the Newsletter, important Sacramento County phone numbers, information about the Farmer’s Market, a packet of coupons, and a gift plant. She expected that it would be delivered to people’s door. Gay Jones made a motion to approve the packet. James Adams seconded the motion. There was a question about how many per year were expected. Jim Morgan stated that, based on listings in the Sunday Sacramento Bee, it would be around 50 per year. The motion was approved unanimously.

d. BRECA General Meeting Attendance
Jim Morgan reviewed attendance at the BRECA General Meeting in April, 2018, and some previous meetings. He stated that this year’s meeting had higher attendance than several recent meetings. However, only four (4) new people joined (three new memberships). There was discussion of what could be done to increase the number of people joining. This will be discussed in the Outreach Committee.

5. Old Business

a. Cal Am
Gay Jones stated that she had received a response today from Richard Rauschmeier of the Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to her request for an update on the California American Water (Cal Am) proceedings. There was no activity on the General Rate Case. There was a final decision on the Cost of Capital case: the CPUC had adopted 9.2%. This was higher than the ORA recommendation (8.3%) but lower than the previous cost of capital (9.99%).

b. Steering Committee Officers
Gay Jones nominated a slate of the existing officers of the Steering Committee (Chair Lynda Hammitt, Vice Chair Gay Jones, Treasurer Andrea White, Secretary Jim Morgan). James Adams seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

c. From the Floor
There was no Old Business from the floor.

6. New Business

a. Folsom Blvd. Phase 4 and 5 Environmental Documents
James Adams stated that he had received the Folsom Blvd. Phase 4 environmental documents from Rancho Cordova. Basically they involve putting in sidewalks and bike paths along Folsom Blvd. from a bit west of Rod Beaudry Dr. to Paseo Rio/Horn. He will pursue getting the Phase 5 documents, which likely deal with west of Paseo Rio/Horn. Bonnie Domeny suggested that possibly some people would be concerned about Oak trees being cut down as part of the project. Carmen Mitchell commented that the project also involves a median, which has problems with blocking left turns. Gay Jones stated that the County expects to have funding for the County portion of Folsom Blvd. in the Spring of 2019. Lynda Hammitt stated that she had received a message from Sheryll Venegas (with Supervisor Nottoli’s office) that the section of Folsom Blvd. from Bradshaw to La Riviera is expected to be scheduled for Spring 2020. This would include a sidewalk on the south side, complete sidewalk on the north side, and median. There is also to be a pavement overlay from Bradshaw to Butterfield in Spring of 2019. Returning to the Rancho Cordova Phase 4 documents, Jim Morgan commented that he would not have been comfortable with the treatment of trees in the Mitigated Negative Declaration, and that more needed to be done. James Adams reiterated that he would continue to pursue the Phase 5 documents.

b. Scheduling SMUD Speaker for Future Meeting
Gay Jones stated that SMUD came to a BRECA meeting last year to discuss time-of-day rates. They want to come back this year, possibly in August or later. There was general agreement that this is OK, in August or September.

c. Scheduling Guest Speaker re: ARCO AM/PM for Future Meeting.
Gay Jones stated that she had spoken with a person at County Planning, who said that the initial plans for an ARCO gas station at Bradshaw and Folsom did not meet County standards. The person at County Planning also said that they had received a revised plan that seems to meet County standards. Gay suggested that we wait to try to schedule a speaker on the ARCO gas station proposal.

d. Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Lynda Hammitt reported on the recent Neighborhood Watch meeting. She stated that there will be special attention to illegal fireworks around the 4th of July. Illegal fireworks are anything that goes up more than 10 feet, goes out more than 10 feet, or explodes. To report illegal fireworks e-mail Don’t call 911 unless there is an injury or fire. Lynda continued that the Citizens Academy, presented by the County Sheriff and Rancho Cordova police, will start around the end of July. It lasts for 7 weeks, and is held on Wednesday nights. There are 12 spots open.
In other news, National Night Out is August 7. Sonny’s Market has had it’s alcohol license suspended for sales to minors. The Sheriffs are emphasizing reporting all crimes, even if a theft is under $950 and a misdemeanor, they will write a citation. On the homeless problem, the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach Team now has a chronic nuisance offender program for homeless who won’t accept help. Contact at Deputy Matranga is working with the District Attorney’s office on the business license for Casa Linda. Bonnie Domeny added that they said changes, such as new owner or management, need to be made or they will start prosecution.

e. From the Floor
Lynda Hammitt stated that St. George Church is having a major event on July 19.

7. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at the Rancho Cordova Library.