2018 BRECA Holiday Party

To celebrate the holiday season
With neighbors and good cheer
BRECA is having a holiday party
To end the year!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Brookside Restaurant
9819 Horn Rd, Sacramento, Ca 95827
(across from the Rancho Cordova Library)

There will be no formal meeting; just good times with good food and good neighbors.  We’ve also invited some of our local elected officials to join us!

BRECA is springing for some of the appetizers, and there will be a no-host bar.

Some lucky folks will even take home a door prize!

Come one, come all!

Any questions? Please feel free to contact Lynda Hammitt via email at

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!   

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.

Agenda – BRECA Steering Committee November 27, 2018

Agenda
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

November 27, 2018 6:30 pm
Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA

  1. Call to Order 
  2. Approval of Minutes 
  3. Questions or Comments from the membership / community
  4. Reports
    • Treasurer
    • CORPAC
    • Outreach Committee
  5. Old Business:
    • BRECA sign discussion
    • Cal Am update
    • From the floor
  6. New Business
    • Holiday Party
    • Theme for 2019 BRECA Annual General Meeting
    • Review scope and membership of existing committees
    • From the floor

Adjourn to next meeting, Dec 18, 2018, 6:30 pm at the Rancho Cordova Library Brookside Restaurant.

(Post meeting update: at the meeting it was decided to hold the December meeting – the BRECA Holiday Party – at the Brookside Restaurant. Please join us in celebrating this joyous holiday season!! )

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.

Agenda – BRECA Steering Committee October 23, 2018

Agenda
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

 

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

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

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