BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 2-28-17

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: February 28, 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
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Jay Domeny
Andrea White

  1. Call to Order by Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. California American Water Proposed Rate Increase: Presentation by Office of Ratepayer Advocates
    Richard Rauschmeier and other staff from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) gave a lengthy presentation on the California American Water (Cal Am) 2018 General Rate Case.  Mr. Rauschmeier stated that the Cal Am General Rate Case application is about 20,000 pages long.  The ORA has technical staff who review the application and make recommendations to the CPUC regarding the application.  The ORA is statutorily mandated to recommend the lowest rates consistent with safe and reliable service.Mr. Rauschmeier stated that the basic rate making equation is that revenue requirements equals expenses plus taxes plus (rate of return times rate base).  The maximum allowed rate of return is 8.341%, and the “rate base” is the book value of the physical plant.  If forecasted revenue is below revenue requirements, then there will be a rate increase.

    A question was posed about the effect of the drought.  Mr. Rauschmeier stated that utilities’ costs are typically about 70% fixed, and 30% variable (i.e. depend on how much water is used).  However, state policy is to encourage conservation, which is encouraged by having more of the charges allocated to how much water is used.  He stated that he thinks that Cal Am has about 30% fixed charges and 70% variable.  In this case, if less water is used, there may be a need for a rate increase to cover the fixed costs.  However, this does not necessarily mean that the customers will pay more, since less water is being used.  He also clarified that the rate of return is actually an “opportunity” to make a profit, and that if unusual events occur, the rate of return may be less.

    Another factor is increasing use of surcharges (memoranda or balancing accounts).  For example, the Water Rate Adjustment Mechanism (WRAM) allows the utility to recoup revenues that were lost in previous years due to reduced water use.  This effectively decouples revenue from water use.  If the traditional relation of sales to profits existed, then the utility would have an incentive to maximize water use.  A question was posed as to whether the ORA could help BRECA with language opposing the WRAM.  Mr. Rauschmeier responded that he would advocate a broader approach, opposing memoranda and balancing accounts in general.

    Turning to the specific Cal Am rate case, Mr. Rauschmeier stated that Cal Am is asking for a 27.29% increase, but the ORA is recommending a 10.31% increase.

    Mr. Rauschmeier also addressed the proposed consolidation of the Sacramento District with the Larkfield district.  He presented a bar graph that indicated that the average cost of water for the Sacramento District is about $5 per hundred cubic feet ($5/ccf), whereas the cost of water for the Larkfield District is about $10/ccf.  A weighted average for consolidation would be about $5.5/ccf.  However, in general, larger districts have economies of scale, so the ORA’s view is that the consolidated cost should be lower.  He also pointed out that the Sacramento District actually consists of 9 systems that are not connected, so it already has cost consolidation.  He also stated that “risk pooling” is an advantage.  For example, the Sacramento District has an upcoming problem due to new regulations for chromium contamination, but the Larkfield District does not.  Finally, there is a state policy concerning a “human right” to water, which implies pooling costs.

    Mr. Rauschmeier reviewed a number of special requests that are part of the Cal Am request.  Special request number 5 concerns the WRAM.  The CPUC has imposed a 10% cap on the WRAM fees.  Cal Am is requesting removal of the cap.  The ORA is recommending retaining the cap.

    A question was posed as to how the ORA would respond to the BRECA letter on the Cal Am rate case.  Mr. Rauschmeier stated that the ORA does not respond to letters on the rate case, but may incorporate issues into ORA testimony.  He also stated that there is nothing preventing BRECA from submitting additional comments.

  1. Minutes of January 24, 2017
    Several revisions were requested to the draft minutes for January 24, 2017, which were accepted.  Gay Jones made a motion to adopt the revised draft minutes.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Agenda Items from the Community
    1. Expansion of Dog Leash Laws
      Lynda Hammitt stated that this item came from Nextdoor, and was a request for tougher dog leash laws.  A member of the community stated that she lives next to the levee, and sees people walking dogs without a leash all the time.  She has been approached by large dogs.  Bonnie Domeny commented that the laws are there, but enforcement is the issue.  Jim Morgan commented that on the Parkway and levee, leash laws are enforced by Park Rangers.  But, there are many off-leash dogs, and few rangers on duty at any given time.  Kelly Cohen pointed out that there is a reporting system for problems on the Parks website.  Gay Jones stated that there are three things a person can do: call 311 with the county, report to the Parks website on the “oak leaf,” or Kelly and Gay attend the American River Parkway Coalition meetings, and they can convey problems to Parks Rangers.  Generally they want to know when and where, and what kind of dog, or have a picture.
  1. Reports
    1. Finance
      There was no financial report.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported that the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting this month received a proposal to allow a person in Rosemont with a one acre lot to build “in-law” quarters, which was approved.

      1. West Jackson Highway Master Plan
        Terry Dugan, President of the Rosemont Community Association stated that they are concerned about the West Jackson Highway Master Plan and other large developments proposed along Jackson Highway.  He stated that he does not want us to become an orphan in the county.  He suggested that we should have a conversation on options.  He suggested three options: do nothing, join an adjacent city, or form our own city.Gay Jones stated that there is a Notice Of Preparation (NOP) for a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on the West Jackson Highway Master Plan, and asked if BRECA should comment.  Jim Morgan stated BRECA had received the NOP, and that there is a deadline for comments, 30 days after receipt of the NOP.  There was consensus that traffic is an issue, and that Gay Jones and Jim Morgan would lead in sending a comment letter on the NOP.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Lynda Hammitt reported that she had loaded the existing membership application form on Nextdoor, and is working on getting it on the BRECA website.  She is working on a membership appeal, and needs help with graphics.  Lori Christensen wrote a draft “accomplishments” list, and asked for feedback.  Rene Hamlin suggested that adopted a mile of Parkway should be added.  Lynda Hammitt stated that they have set a goal of 10 new members by March 31, and they have 9 to go.  She challenged each Steering Committee member to recruit one new member.
  1. Old Business
    1. By-Laws
      Jim Morgan stated that the By-Laws election had been completed.  There were 49 responses, with 46 Yes votes and 3 No votes.  So, the new By-Laws have been adopted.
  1. New Business
    1. From the Floor
      Lori Christensen reminded people that the Annual Meeting is coming up in April.  We need to think about who to invite as speakers.  Bonnie Domeny suggested the new Problem Oriented Policing (POP) officer, and code enforcement.  Sheriffs, and the Park Director and/or Ranger were suggested.  It was agreed that Rene Hamlin, Bonnie Domeny, and Melissa Schuler would work on the Annual Meeting.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 1-24-17

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: January 24, 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
  • Lynda Hammitt
  • Gay Jones
  • Jim Morgan
  • Andrea White

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

  • Jay Domeny
  1. Call to Order by Vice-Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes of December 20, 2016
    Gay Jones requested some revisions to the draft minutes for December 20, 2016, which were accepted.  Bonnie Domeny made a motion to adopt the revised draft minutes.  Andrea White seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  3. Agenda Items from the Community
    1. Street Lights on Mira Del Rio
      Lynda Hammitt stated that this item came from Nextdoor, from a non-member who was not present at this meeting.  Bonnie Domeny had replied on Nextdoor.  She raised the question of what to do with items that come up repeatedly.  Gay Jones suggested that we follow up under agenda item 6.a.  Bonnie Domeny commented that the issue is that there are no street lights in the eastern part of the BRECA area.  Lynda Hammitt commented that to get street lights the neighbors would have to form a Lighting and Landscaping District.  Andrea White commented that they would have to vote to assess themselves to pay for the lights.  Gay Jones commented that we have been there before, and when neighbors find out about the assessment, nobody steps forward.
    2. Update on Large Lot for Sale on Folsom Blvd. and other Development Plans for the Area
      Gay Jones stated that the subdivision map granted 8 years ago for the large property for sale across Folsom Blvd. from the Butterfield Light Rail station will expire in May 2017.  She also stated that she had talked to the realtor who is trying to sell the main parking lot for the Butterfield Light Rail station.  This is a 3.2 acres parcel.  BRECA is concerned that any development there should accommodate existing parking.
    3. California American Water Application before the California Public Utilities Commission
      It was agreed to cover this as part of item 5a below.
  4. Reports
    1. Finance
      Andrea White distributed a handout for the 2016 income and expenditures.  Overall, BRECA spent less than was budgeted, and income exceeded expenses.Jim Morgan suggested that, since the Budget Committee had not yet met to formulate a budget for 2017, the Steering Committee should pass a “continuing resolution” which temporarily approved the 2016 budget as the 2017 budget.  Lynda Hammitt made a motion to approve such a continuing resolution.  Andrea White seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported that the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting this month received a proposal to allow the proposed AM/PM at Kiefer Blvd. and Bradshaw Road to sell beer and wine.  There were no objections from the Sheriff or Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.  CORPAC voted to approve the beer and wine proposal.Carmen Mitchell also reported that CORPAC received a presentation on the Mather-South development proposal.  She noted that the proposal has a lot of park space, and that they are keeping all of the vernal pools.  Gay Jones commented that they are getting ready to produce a Draft Environmental Impact Report.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Lynda Hammitt reported that the Outreach Committee had met 3 times.  They had agreed on a mission: To increase BRECA membership and involvement.  They also had agreed on a goal: To increase membership by 10% by March 31.  Existing opportunities for getting new members include the General Meeting, Easter Egg Hunt and Picnic.  They had brainstormed about new ways to recruit members.  These include having an on-line form for joining and maybe for paying dues, making more use of the Newsletter as an outreach tool, touting our accomplishments, testimonials from local leaders such as Don Nottoli, and bloging more often.  Accomplishments so far include recruiting one new member, asking for input from the community for the Steering Committee agenda, and working on a new application form.
  5. Old Business
    1. California American Water Update
      James Adams stated that he had been involved in several rate increase cases.  Testimony on all issues for the California American Water (Cal Am) rate case before the California Public Utilities Commission is due by February 13, 2017.  He stated that he is not sure when to send a BRECA letter, and that perhaps BRECA should send a second letter responding to the proposed decision of the Administrative Law Judge.  He also stated that he is confused by the question of the guaranteed rate of return of 8%: Is it less because of people saving water?  Jim Morgan suggested that we should get a BRECA letter in before February 13.  James Adams concurred, and stated that he would work with Gay Jones on a letter.Lori Christensen pointed out that with the end of the drought the State Water Resources Control Board’s conservation goals may go away.  Gay Jones stated that, under Proposition 218, public utilities have to tie rates to cost of service, but this does not apply to private utilities like Cal Am.  James Adams stated that we should note the previous involvement of BRECA in Cal Am rate cases in 2011 and 2014.  He also suggested that we have an Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) representative come out to talk with us sometime in February.  Gay Jones stated that she would reach out to Richard Rauschmeier, an ORA representative.
    2. By-Laws
      Jim Morgan stated that there is a need to clean up the certification language at the end of the By-Laws distributed on November 16, as there are mis-spellings and other problems.  However, as this is not actually part of the By-Laws, perhaps the Secretary and the By-Laws Committee could do this.  Ken Crawford stated that he had no objection to this, and it was agreed to do so.  Ken distributed an updated version of the By-Laws with the changes agreed to at the December, 2016 Steering Committee meeting.Jim Morgan made a motion as follows: “The Steering Committee directs the Elections Committee to submit to a vote of the membership for approval or disapproval the proposed By-Laws dated 1-24-2017.”  Rene Hamlin seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. New Business
    1. BRECA Communications
      Lynda Hammitt stated that we want to communicate adequately, but not spam people.  She pointed out that there is not a process to get “blasts” out to the membership.  Gay Jones stated that we have people who participate in regional organizations, such as Jim Morgan on the Lower American River Task Force and Kelly Cohen on the American River Parkway Coalition.  If something important comes up, we can contact the members, but it is a judgment call depending upon the circumstances.  Rene Hamlin pointed out that we do not need to repeat information from well-funded sources such as Cal Am.  Bonnie Domeny suggested having a monthly Newsletter on the BRECA Web site, and e-mailing a link to the members.  Gay Jones stated that we can also do alerts or notices.  But, when she went to the Web site, she could not find contact information for BRECA.  There was discussion of this, and Lynda Hammitt stated they would look into it at the Outreach Committee.
    2. Climate Action Plan Workshops
      There was a brief discussion of this item: the County is doing Climate Action Plan workshops.  It is not clear if BRECA has an interest in this.  Rene Hamlin stated that she will put out contact information on Nextdoor.
    3. Calendar for 2017
      The following events were identified and dates set, pending refinement as needed:

      1. April 8 – Easter Egg Hunt
      2. April 25 – General Meeting
      3. June 3 – Neighborhood yard sale
      4. August 1 – National Night Out
      5. August 20 – Bark in the Park
      6. September 24 – BRECA Picnic
      7. December 19 – BRECA Steering Committee meeting.There was a brief discussion of the Neighborhood yard sale.  It was agreed that it was a lot of work last year.  This year we will not have people set up in the park, but will distribute maps.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 12-20-16

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: December 20, 2016
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
  • Lynda Hammitt
  • Gay Jones
  • Jim Morgan

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

  • Jay Domeny
  • Andrea White
  1. Call to Order by Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. Minutes of November 22, 2016
    Lynda Hammitt requested two changes to the draft minutes for November 22, 2016, which were accepted.  Lynda Hammitt made a motion to adopt the amended draft minutes.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Finance
      There was no treasurer’s report.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported that there was no meeting of the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting this month.  There was discussion about the electronic sign being constructed for the Capital Christian Center.  Specifically, there was concern about the closeness of the sign to the freeway, and that it was different from what had been presented to CORPAC.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Lynda Hammitt stated that the Outreach Committee is to meet in January.
  1. Old Business
    1. California American Water
      Gay Jones thanked the people who turned out to testify at the December 7, 2016 California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) hearing on the proposed general rate increases from California American Water (Cal Am).  She commented that there are two issues: the rate increase, and rate consolidation of the Sacramento district with other areas.  She stated that she wants to work with a BRECA member who wants BRECA to become a “party” to the proceedings.  Jim Morgan commented that at the CPUC hearing there were only 5 people who testified in the afternoon session.  He also stated that Joe O’Connor had told him that only 4 people testified in the evening session.

      Lynda Hammitt stated that she had spoken to the CPUC Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) personnel at the meeting and that the ORA would likely recommend lower rate increases.  The ORA personnel also stated that Cal Am would likely end up with lower rate increases than they had requested.

      Gay Jones commented that there is a way to get on to the CPUC mailing list for the Cal Am general rate increase, and that she would send this around later.  Kelly Cohen stated that we should put a sample letter on the BRECA web site, with contact information.

      There was discussion about the rationale for the Cal Am requested rate increase, which is that Cal Am has been losing money due to reduced water use.  It is not clear whether they have actually lost money or had reduced profits.  The rationale for the requested rate increase is for reduced water use and increased testing requirements going forward.

      Gay Jones commented that there are a couple of statewide issues that are tied into the rate consolidation proposal.  One is that mapping of disadvantaged unincorporated communities is incomplete, and the other is that evaluation of groundwater basins is incomplete.  There are statewide regulations for groundwater that are coming into effect.  The proposed rate consolidation should wait until the statewide issues are resolved.

      Rene Hamlin stated that there are three actions for BRECA going forward: becoming a “party” to the proceedings, putting together a tool kit for the web site, and sending a BRECA letter to the CPUC.

    2. By-Laws
      Ken Crawford stated that we should go forward with the existing draft document.  Jim Morgan stated that he has some concerns with the existing draft that the Steering Committee needs to consider before going forward, and that he had e-mailed out a document with those concerns.  Gay Jones stated that Jim had made some good comments, but that they could be taken care of procedurally.  Lynda Hammitt stated that the comments did not rise to the level of the By-Laws.  Rene Hamlin suggested that we could create a Policies and Procedures document to address the concerns.  Jim Morgan pointed out that the second of the concerns in his document had previously been raised and accepted by the Steering Committee, concerning drawing lots for a tie for the 9th position in a Steering Committee election, but had been left out of the existing draft By-Laws document.

      Lynda Hammitt made a motion to accept the draft By-Laws document as currently written, with a change to incorporate drawing lots if there is a tie for the 9th Steering Committee position.  The motion failed with 3 votes in favor and 4 opposed.

      Jim Morgan raised his first concern, that the duties and powers of the Steering Committee are not adequately described, and suggested language for this concern.  Ken Crawford stated that the language could be put in a Policies and Procedures document, and that some of the language is already in the By-Laws.  Lori Christensen stated that we need to keep the content, and make sure it goes into another document.  Jim Morgan stated that he could accept putting the language in a Policies and Procedures document.  Gay Jones made a motion that the first concern in Jim Morgan’s document be put into a Policies and Procedures document.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

      Gay Jones made a motion that the second of Jim Morgan’s concerns, drawing lots for a tie for the 9th position in a Steering Committee election, be incorporated into the draft By-Laws.  Kelly Cohen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

      Jim Morgan raised the third of his concerns, which that there has been no audit of BRECA finances since 2011, which was for calendar years 2008 and 2009.  He stated that this is because the existing By-Laws require 3 BRECA members who are not members of the Steering Committee to perform the audit.  In practice, we have not been able to find 3 qualified members who are willing to do the work and are not on the Steering Committee for some time.  We need to relax the requirements if we are to have audits going forward.  Jim suggested that the number of people be reduced from 3 to 2, and allow them to be on the Steering Committee.  Carmen Mitchell commented that being on the Steering Committee would be a conflict of interest for audit committee members.  Ken Crawford suggested that the number of members be changed to “up to 3.”  Gay Jones made a motion that the draft By-Laws be changed to state “up to 3” members for the audit committee.  Kelly Cohen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

      Jim Morgan raised the fourth of this concerns, which had three elements, regarding the proposed membership secretary.  The first element was that the membership secretary text is part of sub-article 5.01(d), which is the treasurer.  Ken Crawford agreed to break out membership secretary into 5.01(e).  The second element was that appointment of the membership secretary should be consolidated with selection of the other Steering Committee officers at the beginning of Article 5.  During the discussion of this element, it was stated that the membership secretary might be someone who is not a Steering Committee member, and so should not be consolidated with selection of the Steering Committee officers.  Jim Morgan commented that if that was the case, membership secretary should be broken out into a separate article.  The third element was that the membership secretary as described in the draft By-Laws combines 2 different functions: recruiting new members and renewing existing memberships.  These are different skill sets, and it could be beneficial to have them filled by different people.  For example, there is an existing Outreach Committee, headed by Lynda Hammitt, working on recruiting new members, while the membership renewals are handled by Jim Morgan.  Ken Crawford commented that he belongs to another organization where both functions are performed by one person.  Kelly Cohen commented that the two functions are similar, and should be performed by one person.  After some further discussion, Lori Christensen made a motion to take the membership secretary out of the draft By-Laws, and put it into a Policies and Procedures document.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

      At this point it was agreed to continue the discussion at the January BRECA meeting.

  1. New Business
    1. From the Floor
      Stan Mofjeld stated that the Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) has new money from an assessment that was recently approved.  He stated that the walkway in Riviera East Park needs to be fixed.  Rick Sloan (a CRPD Board member) commented that it would cost a lot of money to replace the walkway, and that the CRPD is now doing a prioritization of needs.  If we want to do it right, the asphalt should be removed and replaced with concrete.  Lynda Hammitt asked what are the alternatives.  Rick stated that there is a tripping hazard where the path meets the sidewalk, and that it could be filled in to make a gradual transition.  Lynda Hammitt made a motion to write a letter to CRPD.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

      Jim Morgan stated that the Newsletter was about ready to go, and asked if there was a desire to send it out for review.  He added that the review would need to be done quickly if the Newsletter was to get out this year.  It was agreed that there was a desire for review, and that the current draft was to be sent out to the Steering Committee electronically.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 11-22-16

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: November 22, 2016
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

  • Bonnie Domeny
  • Rene Hamlin
  • Lynda Hammitt
  • Gay Jones
  • Jim Morgan

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

  • Lori Christensen
  • Kelly Cohen
  • Jay Domeny
  • Andrea White

 

  1. Call to Order by Chair Rene Hamlin

  2. Minutes of October 25, 2016
    Bonnie Domeny made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for October 25, 2016.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 4 votes in favor and 1 abstention.
  1. Reports
    1. Finance
      There was no treasurer’s report.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported that the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting this month received a proposal to build an AM/PM at Kiefer Blvd. and Bradshaw Road.  CORPAC voted to approve the proposal.
  1. Old Business
    1. Tattoo Parlor
      Bonnie Domeny reported that she had received an e-mail from Michelle Nagao with the County Department of Community Development.  The e-mail stated that the Minor Use Permit for the tattoo parlor in the commercial center on Folsom Blvd. had been denied.  The reason for the denial was that there would be an excessive concentration of businesses on the separations list.
    2. Invasive Plant Removal
      Gay Jones stated that she will work with the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) if they need help with invasive plant removal.  SAFCA wants to use the Gristmill area as a pilot project to see what will work for habitat restoration.  Also, a Starthistle eradication day, working with the American River Parkway Foundation, is tentatively scheduled for May 6, 2017.
    3. Newsletter
      Jim Morgan stated that all the articles for the Newsletter are in, except for the Chair’s Message.
    4. Outreach Committee
      Lynda Hammitt stated that she would like to get some people together to do outreach for BRECA.  It was pointed out that an Outreach Committee had been formed at the October meeting.  Lynda stated that she is not sure how to market the benefits of belonging to BRECA.  It is hard to define the benefits of belonging to BRECA.  The true benefit is as a voice for a unified community, but not everybody sees issues our way.  We need activities to draw people in.  Gay Jones pointed out that we do have things to draw people in, including the Easter Egg Hunt, the Picnic, the Holiday Party and the General Meeting.  Lynda suggested contacting people when they come in to the neighborhood.  She also suggested contacting them when they join Nextdoor.  Rene stated that one way to get people when they come in is from a real estate agent.  Gay Jones stated that there is a list of houses sold in the Sunday paper that could be used.
    5. December Meeting
      Rene Hamlin suggested that we could have a brief meeting in December, followed by a potluck.  However, if few people show up, it would fall flat.  It was pointed out that there have been few people who showed up at previous December meetings, even though a lot of effort was put into getting food together.  It was agreed to bring cookies.  Jim Morgan pointed out that the membership will need to be notified since the December meeting is on the 3rd Tuesday, instead of the usual 4th Tuesday.
    6. From the Floor
      Rene Hamlin stated that we should discuss the future process for By-Laws revisions.  Gay Jones stated that she is concerned with the document that was distributed recently.  She stated that the document should have the old By-Laws and the proposed changes.  It was agreed to provide such a document.  Jim Morgan stated that he had read the recently distributed proposed By-Laws, and was pleasantly surprised.  He stated that he has about 5 concerns with the document, and understands that Kelly Cohen has at least one concern.  It was agreed to discuss those concerns at the December meeting.  Rene stated that she wants to get to a ballot on the By-Laws revisions early in 2017.

      Carmen Mitchell stated that she had received a notice from California American Water (Cal Am) about an informational meeting to be held on December 1 at the White Rock Road Clubhouse on proposed rate increases.  Gay Jones stated that there will be a Public Utilities Commission hearing on the proposed rate increases on December 7.  BRECA needs to have a statement.  Jim Morgan volunteered that he could talk about the proposed rate consolidation with Larkfield and other systems.  Gay Jones made a motion that BRECA is opposed to the proposed rate increases and the rate consolidation of different areas.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

  1. New Business
    1. From the Floor
      Bonnie Domeny stated that she had received pens made from the stump at Riviera East Park.
      Carmen Mitchell stated that the stump outside the library is cracking.
      Gay Jones stated that she would like to have the e-mail list for BRECA members.  It was agreed that Jim Morgan would send the list to Gay Jones.  Rene Hamlin asked that it also be sent to Lynda Hammitt.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 10-25-16

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: October 25, 2016
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Jay Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT
Kelly Cohen
Gay Jones
Lynda Hammitt

  1. Call to Order by Chair Rene Hamlin

  2. Minutes of September 27, 2016
    The draft minutes were amended to reflect the fact that Gay Jones was not at the September 2016 meeting.  Andrea White made a motion to adopt the amended draft minutes for September 27, 2016.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 5 votes in favor and 1 abstention.
  1. Reports

    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Andrea White, treasurer, noted that the item “retained earnings” on the equity sheet is actually the balance of all years back to 2013.  She reported that the balance in the BRECA checking account is $4,848.58.  It was agreed that the Budget Committee would meet in early December.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported that there was no Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting this month.
  1. Old Business

    1. Notice Of Preparation for the Butterfield Station NMP/SPA
      Jim Morgan gave a summary of the situation regarding the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Butterfield Station Neighborhood Master Plan/Special Planning Area (NMP/SPA).  He stated that the NOP is required for preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report under California law.  What the Butterfield Station NMP/SPA is about is not entirely clear, because the document is still in draft form and has not been released to the public.  According to the Project Manager, Tim Kohaya, it should be ready in 3 or 4 months.  It is likely to have some similarity to a Butterfield Station Special Planning Area document released to the public in 2009.  The general purpose of this document was to increase ridership on Light Rail by constructing high density residential and mixed use projects in the vicinity of the Butterfield Station.  Jim distributed a handout from the NOP that showed the NMP/SPA area and the proposed densities.  BRECA’s critical concerns are that, in a suburban environment, higher density means lower income, increased traffic, and other problems.  BRECA formed a committee at the last Steering Committee meeting to comment on the recent NOP.  The committee submitted a letter to the County.  The first point made in the letter was that the County had the cart in front of the horse, i.e. the Butterfield Station NMP/SPA should be finalized and released to the public well before the NOP.

      About the same time, the County had sent the NOP document to CORPAC.  On behalf of CORPAC, Gay Jones had requested an extension on the comment period.  The County responded to Gay that they were putting the NOP on hold for 4 or 5 months, while they “reconnect” with stakeholders, including CORPAC and BRECA.

    2. By-Laws Review Committee
      Jim Morgan proposed, and it was agreed, to postpone discussion of the By-Laws due to the absence of some Steering Committee members.  Rene Hamlin stated that the By-Laws Review Committee would take all the input received and prepare a final version of the draft By-Laws.
    3. Invasive Plant Removal
      Rene Hamlin stated that Gay Jones wants to get a group together to work with the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency on the areas of the American River Parkway adjacent to the BRECA area that have problems with invasive plants following the levee raise work.  It was agreed to form a committee to work on this.  Kelly Cohen, Gay Jones, Bonnie Domeny, Melissa Schuler, Carmen Mitchell, and Jim Morgan are to be on the committee.
    4. Newsletter
      Jim Morgan stated that the Newsletter has been delayed due to the time needed to respond to the NOP for the Butterfield Station NMP/SPA (see item 4a, above).  The Newsletter is now scheduled to come out after the general election.  Rene Hamlin stated that she wants to see the Newsletter circulated to the Steering Committee prior to publication.  This was agreed to.
    5. Old Business From the Floor
      Bonnie Domeny stated that California American Water (Cal Am) is to make a presentation before the Rancho Cordova City Council on November 7, 2016.  We may want to have some people attend.  There was discussion about having Cal Am make a presentation to BRECA.  Those who had been at the Cal Am presentation to BRECA several years ago stated that it was not really helpful, and no action was taken.
  1. New Business
    1. Outreach Committee
      It was agreed that Andrea White, Lori Christensen, Bonnie Domeny, and Lynda Hammitt would be the Outreach Committee.
    2. December BRECA Meeting
      It was noted that the December BRECA meeting will be on the 3rd Tuesday, December 20.  There will be a short agenda, and food will be brought.  Andrea White noted that there is a $50 budget for the December meeting.
    3. Community Concerns
      It was discussed that people from the community do not generally come to BRECA Steering Committee meetings.  Although people discuss concerns on Nextdoor, they generally do not bring the concerns to BRECA meetings, where something could be done about the concerns.  It was suggested that we do some success stories in the Newsletter.
    4. New Business From the Floor
      Bonnie Domeny stated that she had received a notification of an application for a Use Permit for a tattoo and piercing shop at 9653 Folsom Blvd.  She stated that she was going to write a letter to the County and would like BRECA to do likewise.  Rene Hamlin stated that the quality of stores along Folsom Blvd. is going down, and that is not the right direction for the community.  Bonnie Domeny made a motion that “BRECA write a letter in opposition to the request for a Minor Use Permit for Mike Carter’s In-2-Skin Tattoo and Piercing at 9653 Folsom Blvd.”  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.  It was agreed that Bonnie would draft the BRECA letter and circulate it to the Steering Committee for review and approval.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at the Rancho Cordova Library.