BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 11-27-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES


DATE: November 27, 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

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT
Rene Hamlin
Andrea White

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 5

1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Minutes of October 23, 2018

Two amendments were made to the draft minutes of October 23, 2018.  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

Lynda Hammitt commented that a member of the audience sent an e-mail expressing concern about the storage tanks across Folsom Blvd.  She had forwarded the e-mail to Sheryll Venegas with Supervisor Nottoli’s office, who is forwarding it to appropriate people.  A member of the audience stated that he remembered an article in the Sacramento Bee which stated that if the proposed butane tanks south of town exploded, it would level everything within 5 miles.  Bonnie Domeny commented that she had talked about the tanks before with Don Nottoli, and they had studied the issue and there is minimal risk.  Gay Jones suggested that we ask the business to come to a BRECA meeting and talk.  She also commented that explosions are due to vapors, but they keep the ceiling down, so there is no explosion.  Also, they have barriers around the tanks to contain a spill.

 

4. Reports

a. Treasurer
There was no report from the Treasurer.

b. CORPAC
Carmen Mitchell reported that there was no meeting of the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) this month.

c. Outreach Committee
Bonnie Domeny reported that the Outreach Committee recapped the picnic, and discussed ideas to improve it next year.  They also discussed ideas for the BRECA Christmas Party, and the new neighbor welcome packet.  Lynda Hammitt commented that each member of the Steering Committee should have one.

5. Old Business

a. BRECA Sign Discussion
James Adams stated that there are two versions of the Butterfield-Riviera East sign proposed, one with a hyphen between Butterfield and Riviera East and one without.  Since Butterfield and Riviera East are on separate lines, he is leaning towards no hyphen.  A member of the audience suggested there should be a comma, because they are separate.  Lori Christensen stated that BRECA asked for the sign, and it should be consistent with the name of the organization, so there should be a hyphen.  A member of the audience stated that a comma or line between the names would be odd from a graphics perspective.  Jim Morgan stated that there was a long discussion about the name when BRECA was founded, and the hyphen was included to recognize that there are two distinct neighborhoods in the community.  Gay Jones stated that she did not like the hyphen, because it is not good from a graphical perspective.  Bonnie Domeny and Carmen Mitchell both stated they prefer no hyphen.  Gay Jones made a motion to approve the sign with no hyphen.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 5 votes in favor and 2 opposed.

b. Cal Am Update
Gay Jones reported that in the California American Water (Cal Am) rate case there had been a conference call regarding the results of operations model.  At issue is Cal Am wants to extend the comments allowed on the rate case.  They have also proposed a temporary “gap filling” rate increase due to the delay in deciding the General Rate Case.

Bonnie Domeny stated that they have been getting overcharged on their Cal Am bill.  Cal Am has been trying to bill them for using 150,000 gallons of water.  As a result, Bonnie and Jay have been paying only part of the bill, and Cal Am is threatening to cut them off.  A monitor has been installed on their meter.  Gay Jones stated that she would follow up.

c. From the Floor
There were no comments from the floor.

6. New Business 

a. Holiday Party
Lynda Hammitt stated that we should think about having the holiday meeting at St. George Church, so that we could have alcoholic beverages.  Lori Christensen commented that people have been partied out, so the BRECA holiday party has never had a big crowd in the past.  Bonnie Domeny suggested having it at the church, and letting the members know that it is a drop-in open house party.  Jim Morgan commented that we do usually have a Steering Committee meeting in December, and have some items to discuss.  Gay Jones commented that our most festive turnout was at Brookside.  She did not want to use the church, because we may need it for regular meetings in the future.  If we have it at Brookside people can eat or drink what they want.  Lori Christensen volunteered to check out Brookside.  James Adams questioned whether there is a need for a December meeting.  After consulting the By-Laws, Lynda Hammitt stated there was not.  Gay Jones made a motion to check out what would be needed to get space at Brookside, and increase the Holiday Party budget to $100.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.  It was agreed that whether to have a December Steering Committee meeting is to be determined.

b. Theme for 2019 Annual General Meeting
Lynda Hammitt commented that themes could be safety, or illegal camping, and asked for suggestions.  Lori Christensen suggested the same as last year.  Lynda commented that there were too many agencies represented last year.  Bonnie Domeny suggested emergency preparedness.  James Adams stated that we should not repeat last year.  Gay Jones stated that regarding preparedness, the Fire District has CERT training, and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District could address power outages.  A member of the audience commented that Sacramento County has an Office of Emergency Services.  It was agreed to revisit this item in January.

c. Scope and Membership of Existing Committees
Gay Jones stated that she wants to revisit the standing committees including Outreach, Budget, and Election, as well as the ad-hoc committee on Cal Am rate case comments.  In regards to the Outreach Committee, she commented that it was originally formed to prepare a New Neighbor packet, and that has not been done.  Lori Christensen provided Gay with a New Neighbor packet, which had just been produced.  Gay stated that too much is being done by the Outreach Committee, to the exclusion of the Steering Committee.  Also, there should be a maximum of 4 Steering Committee members on a committee, because 5 or more becomes a majority of the Steering Committee, which violates the spirit of the Brown Act.  Lynda Hammitt agreed that the Outreach Committee is doing a lot of things, and maybe this should be revisited, as it excludes the other members of the Steering Committee.  For example, the picnic has been taken over by the Outreach Committee.  Lori Christensen also commented that the Outreach Committee has taken over the Easter Egg Hunt.  Lynda commented that this is for convenience, as Easter Egg Hunt people are all on the Outreach Committee.  James Adams commented that he did not feel that the Outreach Committee is not telling the Steering Committee what they are doing.  Gay commented that many ideas come from the Outreach Committee “fully baked.”  Committees could be the same people, but we should have specific committees for events, e.g. and Easter Egg Hunt Committee.  Bonnie Domeny commented that the Outreach Committee brings things under one umbrella because it is the same people doing them, and things get done faster in small groups.  Gay commented that the Outreach Committee is a closed group, and needs people flowing in and out.  A member of the audience commented that she was glad this has been raised, as she feels excluded from events because she is not on the Outreach Committee.  Gay reiterated that one concern here is too many Steering Committee members on the Outreach Committee: the magic number is 4.  James Adams commented that it is hard to make decisions about this without two of the Steering Committee members who are on the Outreach Committee.  It was agreed to bring it back in January, when they will (hopefully) be present.

d. From the Floor

Bonnie Domeny commented that she had been talking to a new neighbor, who said there are a lot of potholes on Chad Court.

A member of the audience commented that the Cordova Recreation and Park District has requested bids on work on the walkways on Riviera East Park.  Bids are expected back this Thursday.  They hope to start work in the Spring and be done by June.

James Adams commented that a Sacramento Municipal Utility District contractor had replaced cables in a small area on Butterfield Way and Mira Del Rio Dr.

7. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting of the Steering Committee is to be determined.*

*Note from the Chair: Subsequent to the November meeting, the Steering Committee decided to have a Holiday Party in December and reconvene for the next Steering Committee meeting on January 22, 2019.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 10-23-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: October 23, 2018
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

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

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

James Adams

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 9

1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Guest Speaker from SMUD re: Changes to Electricity Rate Structure

Kaelin Sherrel with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) stated that the SMUD Board has decided to change to a time of day electricity rate structure.  This is not supposed to be a rate increase.  The idea is to charge more when electricity costs more.  The objective is to encourage people to use less electricity during peak hours.  Customers have the option to be on a fixed rate.  Decisions on that are for a full year.  People will get a 30 day notice of the change to time of day rates.  Commercial accounts are already on time of day rates, with tiers, so that as businesses use more they pay more.

Carmen Mitchell stated that customers should have been given a vote on this change.  Ms. Sherrel responded that customers vote through the elected Board of Directors of SMUD.  Lynda Hammitt enquired why time of day rates, and not, for example, the Peak Corps?  Ms. Sherrel responded that the Peak Corps is no longer in existence.  Jim Morgan enquired whether SMUD is looking at energy storage possibilities.  Ms. Sherrel responded that batteries are not economical at present, due to costs over limited lifetimes.  Possibly they will become economical by 2020.  A member of the audience enquired about a member who has medical needs.  Ms. Sherrel responded that they have a medical rate, and the person should contact the SMUD call center.

3. Minutes of September 25, 2018

An amendment was made to the draft minutes of September 25, 2018.  Rene Hamlin made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 5 in favor and 2 abstentions.

4. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community

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

5. Reports

a. Treasurer

Andrea White (Treasurer) presented the BRECA income and expenditures for the year to date.  The balance in the BRECA checking account is $4,765.54.

b. CORPAC

Carmen Mitchell reported on the recent Cordova Planning and Advisory Committee (CORPAC) meeting.  There were no items directly relevant to the BRECA area.

Gay Jones stated that CORPAC members normally serve for one year. If anyone from BRECA is interested in serving on CORPAC, please contact Gay Jones.

c. Outreach Committee

Rene Hamlin reported that there was no Outreach Committee meeting this month.  The next meeting is scheduled for October 29.

6. Old Business

a. Update on BRECA Sign Installation

Lynda Hammitt stated that James Adams had sent an e-mail, and there was no additional information.

b. BRECA Newsletter

Jim Morgan stated that the Newsletter should come out in November, 2018.  There was discussion about the articles and pictures for the Newsletter.

c. Cal Am Update

Gay Jones reported that California American Water (Cal Am) had filed a motion on October 22 for transitional rate relief due to the protracted time involved in the General Rate Case.  The deadline for comments is October 31.  Lori Christensen made a motion that BRECA support the Office of Ratepayer Advocates effort on the transitional rates.  Carmen Mitchell seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

d. From the Floor

Andrea White reported that the Cordova Recreation and Park District has invited bids for replacement of pathways in Riviera East Park.  They expect to get bids in November and possibly get the work done by next spring.  A member of the audience asked whether there were any plans for a dog park in Riviera East Park.  Andrea responded that dog parks are expensive, and the Park District is focused on Americans with Disabilities Act compliance right now.

Lori Christensen noted that the last BRECA meeting was held as St. George church.  She enquired whether it was appropriate to send an e-mail to Father Hezekias thanking them for use of the church.  There was general agreement that this was a good thing to do.

7. New Business

a. County Policy Change re: Illegal Camping

Jim Morgan noted that this issue was discussed at the September 2018 BRECA meeting (see item 3 of Minutes of September 25, 2018).  Lynda Hammitt asked whether we should have a County Parks ranger come to a BRECA meeting?  Bonnie Domeny raised the concern that rangers might not be aware of all county policies regarding illegal camping.  A member of the audience stated that he had talked with rangers, and that they have been told not to issue illegal camping citations.  He wants to be proactive.  Rene Hamlin stated that the point is that there is no place for homeless people to get shelter.  Lynda Hammitt suggested that campers can be cited for other things.  Jim Morgan stated that he had heard from two people who attended the most recent Board of Supervisors meeting on the issue.  They said that the Board is very concerned about this problem.  Supervisors Frost and Peters requested that county counsel investigate whether camping could be prohibited on the Parkway by designating it a “sensitive area.”

Jim Morgan made a motion to send a letter to Supervisor Nottoli expressing BRECA’s concern and asking for his help.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  She added that there are three reasons to designate the Parkway a “sensitive area.”  These are preservation of the natural environment, safety of campers during a flood event, and impact of campers on flood control measures.  Rene Hamlin stressed that we need to be careful about wording, and be sure the tone is nice.  Gay Jones stated that she had heard at a Parkway Coalition meeting that rangers are writing citations for other things, like dogs off leash.  The motion was approved unanimously.  Jim Morgan volunteered to draft the letter.

Bonnie Domeny made a motion to invite a Park Ranger to a future BRECA meeting to discuss policy.  Carmen Mitchell seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.  Lynda Hammitt to do the invitation.

b. Possible Tire Shop at Bradshaw and Folsom

A member of the audience stated that he had heard that a lease had been signed to open a tire shop on the property at Bradshaw Road and Folsom Blvd.  They hope to open by the end of the month.

c. From the Floor

A member of the audience stated that she had seen people driving excessively fast on Bradshaw Road north of Folsom Blvd.  She suggested that we should contact Tom Riggin with the California Highway Patrol.  Bonnie Domeny suggested that we try to get the radar speed sign positioned nearer to the businesses on Bradshaw Road.

8. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 09-25-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: September 25, 2018
PLACE: Saint George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, 9501 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams
Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Carmen Mitchell

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 9

1. Call to Order by Acting Chair Lori Christensen

2. Minutes of August 28, 2018

Jim Morgan noted an amendment to the draft minutes of August 28, 2018 submitted by Gay Jones. Rene Hamlin made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes. James Adams seconded the motion. The motion was approved with 5 in favor and 1 abstention.

3. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community

A member of the audience noted that there had been an important ruling by a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and asked Jim Morgan to elaborate. Jim stated that the ruling was in connection with a lawsuit brought against the city of Boise, Idaho by lawyers for homeless individuals. The ruling was that the police could not issue a citation against homeless campers if there was no place else for them find shelter. This is important because it affects the Sacramento area, and particularly the Lower American River Parkway, where there is a persistent problem with illegal camping by homeless individuals. Rangers would no longer be able to cite people for camping on the Parkway.

There was discussion about the case. Bonnie Domeny stated that she was concerned about the campfires that campers often build. It was suggested by a member of the audience that we should have a ranger come to a BRECA meeting and discuss the situation. James Adams stated that we should agendize the issue and have a discussion.

4. Reports

a. Treasurer

Andrea White (Treasurer) presented the BRECA income and expenditures for the year to date. The balance in the BRECA checking account is $4,741.04.

b. Outreach Committee

Rene Hamlin reported that there was no Outreach Committee meeting this month. Lori Christensen led preparations for the picnic. Andrea White was responsible for the piñata and the bounce house. Coming up is getting people together to implement the Welcome Packet. We also need to decide if we want to do a holiday gathering at the December meeting this year.

c. CORPAC

Bonnie Domeny stated that there was no CORPAC (Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) meeting this month.

d. ARCO proposal

Jim Morgan stated that he had been contacted by Sheryll Venegas with Supervisor Don Nottoli’s office. Sheryll said that ARCO had pulled the application for a gas station at Bradshaw Rd. and Folsom Blvd. Jim stated that unless ARCO changes their mind, the proposal is probably done.

5. Old Business

a. 2018 Annual Picnic-Potluck in the Park

Lori Christensen thanked Jim Morgan for doing the mailing and Carmen Mitchell for bringing tables. The Fire Department came, but could only stay for a short time. There were 30 people who signed in, although there were also kids from the park who participated in the piñata and bounce house.

b. Great American River Clean Up

Lori Christensen stated that she was the site captain for the Gristmill area at the Great American River Clean Up this year. About 14 people came, some from outside the area. Some of the people were doing community service. Interesting items found included a washing machine drum. For all sites combined, there were about 22,000 pounds of trash picked up.

c. From the Floor

James Adams stated that he was working on getting signs with Butterfield-Riviera East put at two entrances to the community. He had received a call from Latricia with Supervisor Nottoli’s office to the effect that it would take about a month to do the administrative process. The signs would look like the signs for Rosemont. A member of the audience asked about getting a sign at Mira Del Rio Dr. and Folsom Blvd. James Adams commented that the corner there is all private property, so there is nowhere to put a sign.

6. New Business

a. From the Floor

Jim Morgan stated that the BRECA Newsletter should be coming out in November, and asked people to volunteer to write articles.

A member of the audience commented that he has a problem with feral cats on El Cerro Ct. People are feeding the cats, and the cats defecate on his lawn. The people feeding the cats said that they are part of a feral cat program, but Sheriff’s office said they don’t have a program for feral cats. Bonnie Domeny pointed out that it is not illegal to feed the cats. She suggested having a little neighborhood meeting to discuss the problem. Lori Christensen concurred that it is not really a BRECA problem, and the local neighbors need to deal with it.

Bonnie Domeny commented that we have a guest speaker from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District next month, and we need to respond to an e-mail question about how many people to expect. After brief discussion, it was agreed to tell them 50 people.

7. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

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.