07-26-11 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: July 26, 2011
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Stan Mofjeld

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    1. Minutes of April 26, 2011
      Stan Mofjeld made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  Kelly Cohen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. Minutes of September 28, 2010
      Stan Mofjeld made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen reported that the BRECA bank account balance is $5,474.64.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported on the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Committee (CORPAC) meeting.  There was discussion of a proposed county ordinance for medical marijuana dispensaries.  The proposed ordinance would essentially prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries.  However, the Community Planning and Advisory Councils (CPACs) think this is too restrictive, and there needs to be a place for this activity.  There was discussion about the medical marijuana dispensaries being used as fronts for recreational use.
  1. Old Business
    1. Newsletter distribution
      Jim Morgan reported that most of the BRECA Newsletters had been distributed.  Volunteers have been found for the last area needing distribution.
    2. Plaque and Unveiling of Tree Round at Library
      Gay Jones reported that the tree round cut from the largest tree in the Mayhew Levee project area has been placed next to the book drop outside of the library.  There was discussion of having a small plaque for the tree round.  Also, there should be an “official” unveiling with staff from the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) and the library.
    3. Supervisorial Redistricting
      There was discussion about the redistricting of the Board of Supervisors.  It was pointed out that BRECA does not have an official position on this issue.  Stan Mofjeld made a motion to submit a letter in support of Alternative B, or other plans that maintain our community of interest.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    4. Grass Roots Working Group for Regional Parks
      Gay Jones stated that, at a July meeting, the Board of Supervisors (B of S) had directed staff to prepare a proposal for state legislation enabling a 0.1% sales tax for parks.  Stan Mofjeld pointed out that the B of S did not include a recommendation on governance.  It was pointed out that the County staff report supported either a Community Services District or a Community Facilities District, but not an independent district.  Another B of S hearing on August 9 will consider the sales tax proposal.It was pointed out that BRECA does not have an official position on these issues, although BRECA contributed money for the survey for the Grass Roots Working Group.  It is difficult to formulate a position because the proposal will not be released until shortly before the B of S meeting. Individual BRECA members have been speaking generally in support of the proposal for an independent parks district supported by a 0.1% sales tax that would replace the County Regional Parks Department.
    5. Gristmill Habitat Restoration
      Gay Jones stated that she had forwarded an e-mail from Lizette Crosbie (with the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency) that indicated there had been a delay in fixing an erosion site, resulting in missing the last year’s planting season.  All of these are planned to occur later this year.Ray Willis stated that he is concerned about the shortness of the upstream end of the Mayhew-Gristmill levee, which could allow water to go around the levee and into our community.  This was described in the recent BRECA Newsletter.  He also stated that some people have reduced flood insurance cost, but others do not.  Jim Morgan stated that all houses upstream of the Mayhew Drain are out of the 100-year flood zone, and thus eligible for reduced cost flood insurance.  However, people must contact their insurance agent and apply for the reduced cost policy.

      Ray also volunteered to circulate a petition for completion of the levee.  It was not clear if this would be a useful thing to do at this time, as the flood control agencies have agreed to complete the tie-in of the upstream end of the levee to high ground.  No action was taken on this proposal.

    6. Library Availability
      Gay Jones stated that she thinks that things are OK with availability of the library community meeting room in the future.  There had been a problem with a for-profit group using the meeting room.  Jim Morgan stated that he had signed BRECA up for the next three months.
  1. New Business
    1. Items from the floor.
      Stan Mofjeld stated that he is working on getting a sign forbidding dogs in the new children’s play area in Riviera East Park.Lori Christensen pointed out that the annual BRECA picnic is scheduled for September, so should be discussed at the August meeting.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be on August 23, 2011 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

04-26-11 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: April 26, 2011
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Stan Mofjeld
Rick Sloan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    1. Minutes of March 2011
      Stan Mofjeld made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  Mary Ann Winters seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      There was no treasurer’s report.
  1. Old Business
    1. Ribbon Cutting/Easter Egg Hunt at Riviera East Park
      It was generally agreed that people had a nice time at the ribbon cutting and Easter egg hunt at Riviera East Park on April 23.  About 100 people attended.  It was suggested that the Easter egg hunt should be an annual event.  It was also suggested that BRECA get a table cloth with the BRECA logo for events.  Rick Sloan is to investigate suppliers and prices.
    2. Newsletter
      It was agreed to try to put out a community Newsletter in June.  Writing assignments were agreed upon, with a deadline of May 22.
    3. Update: Gristmill Habitat Restoration
      Gay Jones reported that she had spoken with Grant Kreinberg (Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency).  The Corps wants to fix the second erosion site at the Kansas Access staging area with a bed of rocks covered with dirt.  This is planned for May to June.  Restoration of grassland and trees is planned for the fall.
    4. Update: Tree Round at Library
      Gay Jones reported that money for the awning over the book drop had been approved.  It is planned to install the awning around the end of May.  Then the tree round is to be mounted there.  How the tree round is to be mounted is not clear.
    5. Update: Gristmill Gatherers
      Gay Jones reported that a sign has been installed at the Gristmill parking lot acknowledging the Gristmill Gatherers trash pickup activities.  There was discussion of getting a can for recycling.  Most people thought this would be a good thing to try.
    6. Update: Steering Committee Nominations and Election
      Jim Morgan reported that all the present Steering Committee members had been nominated.  There was one additional nomination.  Ballots are planned to go out in a week or so.
    7. Update: “Rescue Our Regional Parks,” Grass Roots Working Group
      Gay Jones reported that the Grass Roots Working Group (GWG) had released recommendations to “Rescue Our Regional Parks.”  Gay handed out copies of the Executive Summary.  She summarized the recommendations as:

      1. create an independent Park District to replace the County Parks Department,
      2.  have an amendment to the County charter for continued funding from the County for the independent district on the order of about $2.9 million per year, and
      3. have a sales tax of 0.1% of taxable sales to support the new Park district.All three items are to be together in one proposal to the voters.  She also noted that there will be a hearing on this on May 24 at 4:00 pm at the Board of Supervisors chambers.

        Jim Morgan noted that the GWG recommendations were inconsistent in their treatment of land acquisition, having weak language in one place and none in another.  It was pointed out that land acquisition is not in the Executive Summary at all, and that many people only read the Executive Summary.

  1. New Business
    1. Pending Supervisorial Redistricting
      Gay Jones distributed maps of alternative new districts for the County Board of Supervisors.  There is to be a public meeting on June 7, 2011 at the Rancho Cordova Library at 7:00 pm.  It was generally agreed that it would be desirable to stay in the district represented by Don Nottoli, as BRECA has a good working relationship with him.
    2. Items from the floor.
      There were no items from the floor.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be on May 24, 2011 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

03-22-11 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: March 22, 2011
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Stan Mofjeld
Rick Sloan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    1. Minutes of January 2011
      MaryAnn Winters made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. Minutes of February 2011
      Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  MaryAnn Winters seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      There was no treasurer’s report.
    2. Other reports
      Gay Jones reported that there were no local issues before the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC).
  1. Old Business
    1. Public Utilities Commission/California American Water Update
      Joe O’Connor reported that there is a new letter being circulated from the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) of the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) concerning requested increases in California American (Cal Am) water rates.  The letter recommends increases of 8.5% instead of the increase of over 40% requested by Cal Am.  After some discussion it was agreed that BRECA would send a letter to the PUC supporting the DRA recommendation.
    2. Riviera East Park Playground Equipment
      Stan Mofjeld reported that Cordova Recreation and Park District staff have installed most of the new playground equipment in Riviera East Park, but need several days of dry weather to install the base.  Rick Sloan reported that dedication of the equipment is planned for April 23, 2011.  The Park District plans to mail a flyer to houses within 500 to 1,000 feet of the park.  Lori Christensen made a motion for BRECA to mail a flyer to our membership.  Jim Morgan seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. Gristmill Restoration
      Gay Jones reported that there was no additional information on the Gristmill restoration plans.
  1. New Business
    1. Fire Reduction in American River Parkway
      Jeri Langham reported that he had received a flyer regarding planned fire fuel reduction in the Gristmill section of the American River Parkway.  The flyer indicates that dead wood, brush, and tree branches up to 10 feet high are to be removed from the area within 100 feet of the fence line. If taken literally, this would be an environmental disaster.  It was generally agreed that a balance must be struck between fire risk and natural values.  Several people have been communicating by e-mail concerning the proposal.  Jeri plans to meet with Mary Maret of Sacramento County Regional Parks concerning this proposal.  He will also meet with the work crew to educate them about the natural values of the vegetation.  Jeri was asked to report back about the activities.
    2. Items from the floor.
      Jim Morgan stated that the Steering Committee election begins this month with nominations.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be on April 26, 2011 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

02-22-11 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: February 22, 2011
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    1. Minutes of November, 2010
      Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 3 votes in favor and 2 abstentions.
    2. Minutes of December, 2010
      Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 3 votes in favor and 2 abstentions.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen reported that the balance in the BRECA checking account was $4,711.88.
  1. Old Business
    1. Updates from the floor
      Gay Jones reported that Katherine Franklin (with the Cordova Recreation and Park District) sent an e-mail to the effect that a contractor had been hired to install curbing and equipment for the new playground in Riviera East Park.  If weather permits the work could be finished by late March.Gay Jones reported that County Regional Parks is preparing a sign for the Gristmill area that would acknowledge the volunteers who are taking out the trash from the area.  A draft of the sign was presented.  There were several suggestions for modifications to the draft sign.  These included adding “Please help by packing out your trash” and identifying the Gristmill Gatherers as the name of the group taking out the trash.  The sign is to be installed on an existing post at the Gristmill parking lot.

      Gay Jones reported that she had received a message from Bonnie Slaven (with the Library) that they are trying to get money for an awning to protect the tree round from the largest oak removed for the Mayhew-Gristmill levee project.

      Gay Jones reported that Grant Kreinberg (with the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency) left a voice mail message to the effect that work restoring the Kansas Access staging area could start in April or May.

  1. New Business
    1. California Public Utilities Commission meetings and BRECA response
      There was a general discussion of the recent California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) meetings regarding the request by California American Water (Cal Am) for rate increases.  There were two meetings, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.  In the afternoon meeting about 120 people attended.  There were some good technical comments, but most people simply didn’t want the rate increase.  Comments from elected officials included Connie Bruins from Citrus Heights and Linda Budge from Rancho Cordova.  The evening meeting was similar.Joe O’Connor noted that the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) recommended scaling back the rate increase from about 40% over three years to about 10%.  Joe spoke at the evening session, and stated that social engineering is behind using metered water, and that the costs of a unionized workforce are being passed along the customers.  Kelly Cohen also spoke in praise of the Ratepayer Advocates position, and suggested that since water is an essential resource it should not be subject to the profit motive.  Jim Morgan spoke at the afternoon session, and stated that his rates had gone up by 6% over 7 years with Citizens Utilities, and 128% over 7 years with Cal Am.  He concluded that Cal Am is padding their investments in order to increase profits.

      There was discussion about whether and what BRECA should do.  Lori Christensen suggested that the Cal Am subcommittee put together a BRECA letter and send it.  Mary Ann Winters seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    2. Regional Parks Budget
      Jim Morgan stated that at the last Save the American River Association meeting Janet Baker (with Sacramento County Regional Parks) made some comments about the upcoming Sacramento County Regional Parks budget.  In particular, her superior has stated that they do not want to make more cuts to Parks, as Parks has been cut severely already.  However, they were directed to prepare a budget with a 10% cut for the coming fiscal year.Jim suggested that a Parks budget committee be formed to follow developments and advocate for an adequate budget.  Kelly Cohen made a motion to form a Parks budget committee.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.  Jim Morgan, Gay Jones, Kelly Cohen and Joe O’Connor are to be on the committee.
    3. Request from Sacramento County for a “Sewer District Report Card”
      Gay Jones stated that she had received a request for a “Sewer District Report Card” from Sacramento County.  The purpose was not clear.  We will request the “Report Card” and see what it is about.
  1. Items from the floor.
    Gay Jones stated that a “citizens academy” is being held to inform people about how law enforcement works.  People can apply to go to the “academy.”It was announced that there will be a Spring Cleanup on the Parkway on April 19, 2011.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be on March 22, 2011 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

01-25-11 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: January 25, 2011
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    A quorum was not present, so minutes were not considered.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      The Treasurer’s report was not presented.
    2. Parkway Coalition
      Gay Jones reported that Steve Flannery, the head ranger for County Regional Parks, will be retiring in March
  1. Old Business
    1. Mayhew Levee Project
      Jim Morgan reported that the upstream tie-in of the Mayhew-Gristmill levee to high ground is now in a list of authorized Lower American River projects.Gay Jones reported that the position of the natural resources specialist with County Regional Parks may be in jeopardy.
    2. Tree Round at Library
      Gay Jones reported that Library staff do not know when the tree round from the largest tree cut down from the Mayhew-Gristmill levee project will be put on display.
  1. New Business
    1. Gristmill Gatherers
      Gay Jones reported that she had been informed that County Regional Parks is planning to make a sign acknowledging the Gristmill Gatherers for packing out the trash from the Gristmill site.
    2. Proposed Water Rate Increases
      There was discussion of the water rate increases requested by California American Water company and the upcoming meetings of the California Public Utilities Commission.  It was suggested that BRECA members attend the meetings.  Also, BRECA could put together a letter is there is still time.
    3. Calendar
      Gay Jones stated that she would like to put together a calendar of major BRECA undertakings for the year.  The following were identified:
      Steering Committee Elections: March and April
      Dedication  of new playground equipment at Riviera East Park: April or May?
      Ice cream social event: April to July?
      Community Newsletter: May and June
      Picnic: September?
      Membership Newsletter: September and October
      General Membership meeting: October
      It was suggested that this item be reviewed when more Steering Committee members are present.
  1. Items from the floor.
    There were no items from the floor
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be on February 22, 2011 at the Rancho Cordova Library.