BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 8-22-17

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: August 22, 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
Rene Hamlin
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

James Adams
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones

 NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 6

 

  1. Call to Order by Acting Chair Jim Morgan
  2. Minutes
    1. Minutes of July 22, 2017
      Andrea White made a motion to adopt the draft minutes of July 22, 2017.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  3. Question or comments from the membership/community
    None
  4. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      Andrea White stated that the balance in the BRECA checking account is $5,069.99.
      On another topic, Andrea stated that she is using Quickbooks software from 2004 on an old computer.  The computer is not working well, and the software has limitations such as not making .pdf files.  Additionally, she is the only one that can read it.  Alternatives for replacement include:  using a friend’s Quickbooks or BRECA buys new software with the cost ranging from $60 to $150 a year.  If she spends any money on replacing the program, BRECA would have to amend the budget because there currently is not an expenditure shown for this expense. It was determine that for the short term Andrea will use her friend’s Quickbooks.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported that the CORPAC (Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) meeting had been cancelled.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Bonnie Domeny reported out that a new chair was not selected, but at the recent meeting they discussed some new processes.  They included: when to reach out to new members, and what BRECA looks and sounds like when they communicate to members.  Additional discussion included: updating the website more often, and adding additional content to the site.
  1. Old Business
    1. California American Water Proceeding Update
      No report was given.
    2. 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.  There will be a bounce house, food, games and fun at the picnic.
    3. BRECA Budget 2017
      Andrea White, BRECA Treasurer, presented a draft budget for 2017.  There was discussion about the draft budget.  Rene Hamlin made a motion to adopt the budget.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    4. County Regional Parks Funding: Board of Supervisors Meeting
      The County Board of Supervisors will meet soon to discuss increased funding for County Parks.  Jim Morgan noted that BRECA had already sent an email to the Board of Supervisors strongly encouraging the increase in funding.
    5. West Jackson Highway Master Plan meeting Report
      Bonnie Domeny reported that she attended a meeting where the County representatives discussed the West Jackson Highway Master Plan.  The County representatives presented a slide show and discussed the 2030 General Plan, which would expand the urban footprint along Jackson Hwy from Watt to Sunrise.  The plan has not been presented to CORPAC yet and an EIR has not been completed.  The County discussed the possibility of starting small with homes, transportation, schools, commercial, and buffer zones.  The project is about three years out, and zoning is in the process of being changed.  The project needs to be cost neutral.  The audience included people from the Rosemont Community Association (RCA) and BRECA.  Bonnie raised the concern that we already have empty commercial businesses, and more competition will make it difficult for them to survive.  There were lots of questions from the audience so there will be future meeting scheduled on the topic.
    6. From the Floor
      Jim Morgan asked if anyone is interested in writing articles for the upcoming newsletter.  Ideas for articles included Bark in the Park event and the Picnic.
      Carmen Mitchell mentioned that the farmhouse on Folsom Boulevard opposite to the Butterfield Light Rail Station has been sold and was wondering what was going to happen.
  1. New Business
    1. Kik It Lounge Alcohol Request
      Bonnie Domeny reported Kik It Lounge is a smoking and Karaoke lounge on Folsom Boulevard East of Bradshaw.  The Lounge backs up to homes in our neighborhood and has applied for an alcohol license.  Bonnie has counted seven similar businesses in our neighborhood.  They are to close to residential properties.  Individuals can sign up in opposition online.  Bonnie will follow up and provide the website.
    2. From the Floor
      None
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

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.

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.

BRECA General Membership Meeting Minutes 4-25-17

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES

DATE: April 25, 2017
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA General Membership Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Jay Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Gay Jones
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT

Kelly Cohen

  1. Welcome from Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. Rebecca Garrison, Highway 50 Transportation Management Association
    Rebecca Garrison, with the Highway 50 Transportation Management Association, discussed a BRECA area community bicycle ride planned for May 4, 2017.  It will start at the Rancho Cordova Library at 6:30 pm and go for about three miles.  There will be an ice cream buffet afterwards.  Please RSVP for the ice cream.  Information is on the BRECA web site.
  1. Tommy Riggins, Public Information Officer, California Highway Patrol
    Officer Tommy Riggins, with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), discussed traffic enforcement in the community.  He stated that the BRECA area is pretty quiet.  There have been three car crashes on Mira Del Rio Dr. in the last year, all single vehicle.  He stated that the CHP is targeting Folsom Blvd. for pedestrian and bicycle safety.

    Officer Riggins responded to several questions from the audience.  One question concerned the right turn from West bound Folsom Blvd. to North bound Butterfield Way and whether a car should do the right turn over the bike lane.  Officer Riggins responded that it is a broken white line, so the turn is OK.  Another question was about the intersection of Bradshaw Road and Oates Drive, where there is heavy traffic around sundown on Friday and Saturday from the Drive In theater and there are a lot of people making illegal moves.  Officer Riggins stated that they could check it out.  Another question concerned the intersection of Bradshaw Road and Mira Del Rio Dr., where there is a blind corner, and whether speed bumps could be installed.  Officer Riggins responded that the questioner should talk to the County about speed bumps.  Another question concerned the stop sign at Allegheny and Elmira, which gets run a lot.  Officer Riggins responded that he will put in a traffic complaint about it tomorrow.  If they can get a license number, they will follow up on the problem.  Another question concerned having a cable from a house to a car.  Officer Riggins responded that as long as it does not impede the sidewalk it is OK.  Officer Riggins gave out contact information: 861-1300 for a non-emergency report to the CHP, and his direct line 464-1457.

  1. District Attorney’s Office and Problem Oriented Policing
    Ann Marie Schubert, Sacramento County District Attorney (DA), discussed some issues of importance to the community.  She stated that a couple of problem areas are mental health and homelessness.  These are not illegal, but are often associated with issues that are illegal.  She stated that they have programs to help people get back on track, such as drug courts.  She stated that they have 175 lawyers in the DA’s office, 45 investigators, and a crime lab.  In Sacramento County they get around 45,000 crime reports per year, and file around 25,000 cases.  She commented on Proposition 47, passed by voters in 2012.  Called the “Safe Schools and Neighborhoods Act,” it made all drug possession crimes a straight misdemeanor, and almost all thefts misdemeanors, even if there are multiple thefts.  She urged people to report crimes: if crimes are not reported, law enforcement and others think they don’t exist.

    Shawna Franklin, of the DA’s Community Prosecution Division, stated that they work on chronic offenders.  She stated that she is used to putting people in jail, but times have changed, and the voters are saying find other ways.  The Community Prosecution Division works with Problem Oriented Policing (POP) officers on problem properties.

    Jeff Wall, the new POP officer, stated that they work a lot on dope houses.  One problem is that possession is a misdemeanor, and often not prosecuted.  Sometimes there are other ways to get at the problem: for example, power theft is a felony.

    DA Schubert commented that she was pleased that the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted to ban outdoor commercial grows of marijuana, although up to 9 plants for personal use is OK.  Shawna Franklin commented that marijuana is a source of violent crimes: recently there was a murder trial over a $20 bag.  POP Officer Wall stated that grow houses are an easy target for crime, as they have marijuana and money.  DA Schubert stated that the Federal government still considers marijuana a Class I restricted drug, so banks do not want to handle the money, resulting in lots of cash.

    POP Officer Wall commented that a lot of the problems have to do with homelessness and mental health issues.  They do cleanup of homeless camps, but have to give 48 hours notice to vacate, and so just end up pushing the problem around.

    There were a number of comments and questions from the audience.  One comment from the audience was that there used to be a drug house across the street from their home.  The POP officer and DA’s office worked together on the problem, and now the owner is living in the house, and the situation is much better.  One question concerned a homeless camp behind the strip mall at Bradshaw Road and Folsom Blvd., and that they move and then come back.  POP Officer Wall stated that the area behind the strip mall is fenced, and so it is hard for officers to get in there.  Another comment was that the person had a rental property that had drug activity, and they worked with the DA’s office to get the people out.  Now, he wants to sell to prospective homeowners.  Another question was whether there is a problem with no room in prisons.  DA Schubert responded that there was a problem: there used to be around 170,000 people in prisons, and now it is down to 120,000.  A lot of people are back in the community.

    POP Officer Wall commented that one should not leave possessions in vehicles.  One person in Rosemont left tools in the back of his truck, had them stolen, then left more tools in the back of his truck, and had them stolen again.

  1. Ranger George Olveda, Sacramento County Parks
    Ranger George Olveda, with Sacramento County Parks, stated that his stewardship area is from Gristmill to Guy West Bridge.  He stated that he does not get a lot of complaints from this area.  So, mostly he works in the Discovery Park and I-80 area.  He stated that there have been complaints about the loss of a large tree at the Gristmill entrance, and that the biological people of County Parks are working on revegetation.  He stated that they will be enforcing the regulation of off-leash dogs, as a person was bitten, and that citations will be given out.  He also stated that someone had weed whacked a trail in the area, and that this is illegal.  There are protected species in the area.  If someone has a problem they should call the County general number 311.

    Ranger Olveda responded to several comments and questions from the audience.  One comment was that the “fire trail” near the river was down to one lane, and that the person wished to be able to see snakes.  Ranger Olveda responded that he would talk with maintenance about the situation.  Another comment was that rangers drive on the levee, but don’t walk the trails.  Ranger Olveda repeated that they seldom get calls from the area, so driving the levee generally works out.  Another comment was that the person had heard bicycle riders saying that Gristmill is a good place to ride on the dirt paths, since there are no rangers there.  Ranger Olveda responded that he will talk to his partner, who likes to walk the trails.  Another comment was that from the “breezeway” to the “farm” there is no break between the vegetation and people’s back yards, which is a fire hazard.  Ranger Olveda stated that they have had crews creating space in the past, and that he would look into the situation.

  1. Patrick Larkin, District Administrator for the Cordova Recreation and Park District
    Patrick Larkin, District Administrator for the Cordova Recreation and Park District, stated that he is new on the job, and has been District Administrator for four months.  He stated that he has about 27 years background in parks.  He commented that voters in the District had just approved measure J, which provides new money for the District.  They intend to work on older parks in the area, and are having workshops on what to do.  Their goal is safe, clean parks.

    District Administrator Larkin responded to several questions from the audience.  One question concerned a senior discount on Measure J.  District Administrator Larkin confirmed that there is a senior discount on the Measure J assessment.  Another question concerned fixing the pathway in Riviera East Park, which is broken up.  District Administrator Larkin stated that the repairs would be costly, and that they are looking at them in the context of Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.  Another question was what is being done about the pool at Hagan.  District Administrator Larkin responded that they are looking at what to do, and do not want to just repeat the 1960-era plan.

  1. Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli
    Supervisor Nottoli commented that the community is well represented by the BRECA leadership, and that he appreciates the community involvement.  He stated that the high water this year on the American River had brought homeless issues to the fore.  People who were camping on the Parkway have moved to outlying areas, including the BRECA area.  He stated that they are having meetings with the cities and want to find things that work.  He stated that there are a couple of approaches being considered.  One approach is to meet homeless people where they are, and offer opportunities to make change.  Another approach is to have a “full service center” where homeless can come and get connected to all of the available resources.  A problem with the latter approach is where it is to be sited.

    Supervisor Nottoli responded to several comments and questions.  One question concerned whether anything was happening with the Folsom Blvd. streetscape.  Supervisor Nottoli stated that some places are getting funding, and that they hope for funding from the recently approved new state taxes and fees.  However, priority is on fixing the pavement, as many streets are in bad shape.  Another question concerned the redevelopment of the Drive-In theater.  Supervisor Nottoli responded that the project depends on getting a critical mass of retailers, which has not happened yet.  Another question concerned the status of the large property across Folsom Blvd. from the Butterfield Light Rail Station, which was just sold to an apartment group.  Gay Jones commented she had just received an update from the County, and that the subdivision map expires on June 22, 2017, but zoning remains.  BRECA’s three guidelines are blending with existing community, connectivity, and full parkland dedication on site, of 3.2 acres.  Supervisor Nottoli stated that when the subdivision map expires, the new owners will come out with their own plan.  Another question concerned a recent fine of $500 for a code violation.  To appeal the fine would cost $700.  Why is that?  Supervisor Nottoli commented that if the appeal is successful, the appeal fee could be waived.

    Another question concerned the effort by Regional Transit (RT) to sell the parking lot at the Butterfield Light Rail Station.  The questioner stated that it should remain a park-and-ride lot.  Supervisor Nottoli stated that RT is getting rid of surplus property, and that he would carry the concern forward.  Another question was why RT does not charge for parking at the Butterfield Station.  Supervisor Nottoli stated that if there was a charge for parking, people would just park in the adjacent neighborhood.  Gay Jones commented that BRECA has supported maintaining the 149 spaces at the park-and-ride lot.  Supervisor Nottoli stated that he could have the RT General Manager come out and talk to the community.

    Another question was whether Supervisor Nottoli could help with the proposed California American Water rate increases and area consolidation.  Supervisor Nottoli stated that the California Public Utilities Commission had changed the rules on area consolidations, and suggested talking to Assemblyman Cooley.  Gay Jones commented that BRECA is a party to the proceedings A.16-07-002 with the proposed rate changes and area consolidations.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a regular Steering Committee meeting on May 23, 2017, at the Rancho Cordova Library