BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 04-24-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

DATE: April 24, 2018
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA General Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
James Adams
Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT: NONE

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 91

  1. Welcome from Chair Lynda Hammitt
  2. Introduction from the Chair

Lynda Hammitt introduced the members of the panel and described the format of the meeting.  Panelists will give short introductory statements, and then respond to questions, first to written questions, and then to questions from the floor.

The members of the panel were:
Ken Cooley, California State Assemblyman,
Patrick Larkin, District Administrator, Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD),
Barry Chamberlin, Chief, Sacramento County Code Enforcement,
Mike Matranga, Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy, and Problem Oriented Policing (POP) officer,
Don Nottoli, Sacramento County Supervisor,
Tommy Riggin, California Highway Patrol (CHP),
AJ Bennett, Sacramento County Parks Ranger, and
Shauna Franklin, Sacramento County District Attorney’s (DA’s) office.

  1. Introductory Statements from the Panel

Ken Cooley, California State Assemblyman, stated that he had lived in Rancho Cordova for 41 years, was on the Rancho Cordova City Council, and was one of the people who founded Rancho Cordova.  He believes in public service.

Patrick Larkin, District Administrator for the CRPD, stated that this year is the 60th anniversary of the founding of the CRPD.  They are going to have a celebration at the Lincoln Park and pool in July.  The CRPD is entering into water conservation efforts due to water bills going up.  They want the public to notify the district if they see irrigation or sprinkler issues.  Concerning the local park, Riviera East, the pathways are to be replaced in the coming Fiscal Year, and should be complete June 30, 2019.  They are also looking at the inventory and usage of tennis courts.  If they are well used, they can be kept, but if not, they can be changed to some other use.

Barry Chamberlain, Sacramento County Chief Code Enforcement Officer, stated that they are reinventing the illegal dumping team; if people see illegal dumping, call 311.  They are also looking at overgrown vegetation; if people see overgrown vegetation, call 311.  This is also growing season for marijuana; if people suspect illegal growing, call 311.  He further stated that Code Enforcement now has 43 officers, which is about twice as many as five years ago.  He has been Chief Code Enforcement Officer for three years, and wants our feedback.

Mike Matranga, Problem Oriented Policing (POP) officer with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s office, stated that he is not the typical patrol officer that responds to 911 calls.  They focus on specific problems, and put together short and long term goals for those problems.  He also had officers with the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) at the meeting.

Don Nottoli, Sacramento County Supervisor, stated that he has been a Supervisor for 24 years.  The district goes from the American River to the Antioch Bridge.  He stated that the County works for the community.  As they have come out of the recession, they have been emphasizing quality of life issues.  Last year the Board of Supervisors added $11 million to homelessness and Parkway issues.  The County as a whole has about 1.5 million people, of which about 600 thousand are in the unincorporated area.  He stated that he wished to thank BRECA for representing the area.

Tommy Riggin, with the CHP, stated that they do traffic enforcement.  Their area includes from Watt Ave. to the County line.  They don’t see much activity in the BRECA area.  There have been about 4 crashes in the neighborhood.

AJ Bennett, with the Sacramento County Park Rangers, stated that he is the steward for the American River Parkway in this area.  If people have concerns, they can call 311, or go to Sacramento County Parks on the web.  He stated that the BRECA area is pretty quiet, and does not have too many issues.

Shauna Franklin, with the Sacramento County DA’s office, stated that she has been a deputy District Attorney for 20 years.  She has been a community prosecutor for two years.  During the recession, community prosecution was eliminated, but it was recently restarted by District Attorney Schubert.

  1. Responses to Questions

The first written question posed to the panel was: How do State, County, and local government and agencies collaborate to resolve problems related to homelessness and crime?  For example how do the handoffs of responsibilities occur, what kind of success have you seen, and how can the community help?

POP Officer Matranga stated homelessness used to be treated as an enforcement issue, focusing on crimes committed in a certain area.  That model didn’t really work.  Now there is a HOT team that takes a different approach.

Two Sheriff’s deputies with the HOT team elaborated on those comments.  It was stated that they work with community organizations including Goodwill, Deseret Industries, and code enforcement.  The goal is to get one person into a stable living environment.  This is hard.  Most homeless people have mental health and/or substance abuse issues.  With more funding from the County, they were able to hold an event in Fair Oaks that was a one-stop shop for helping homeless people get connected with services.

Supervisor Nottoli stated that the County is trying to use a more comprehensive approach.  Not everybody is ready.  They are pushing hard on the lower American River Parkway area, where 25 tons of trash was removed in one day.  They are trying various approaches to find out what works.

Patrick Larkin, CRPD Administrator, stated that they work with the HOT team in Rancho Cordova.  Parks staff do initial contact, and the HOT team follows up.

Ken Cooley, State Assemblyman, stated that at the state level they really don’t understand the explosion of homelessness.  The State generally works on separate areas, e.g. veterans, children.  Rancho Cordova has about 30% of the emergency housing (in the County), but have services, so that is not a problem for the community.

A member of the audience stated that there are homeless people with severe medical issues, such as an amputee, and wondered how we can help?

A member of the HOT team stated that they could contact the HOT team, and the HOT team could connect with the individual and get help for them.  The best thing is not to provide services to people on street corners.  There is a County ordinance against panhandling.

The second written question posed to the panel was what are best practices for homeless, drugs, and trespass on commercial properties?

A member of the HOT team responded that the team works with businesses.  The businesses contact the team, and the team contacts the homeless person.  The HOT team can tell the homeless person to leave or use power of trespass.  If the homeless person has taken up residence, the team must give them 48 hours to vacate the area.  The team cannot simply take the homeless person’s property.  If the homeless person will not vacate, they can be charged with a crime.

An audience member stated that he works for Regional Transit and rides the light rail trains frequently.  Homelessness along the tracks is out of control.  They just keep coming back.  This new “theory” is not working.  He also stated that Vince’s Motel and Casa Linda motel are magnets for homeless and prostitution.

A member of the HOT team responded that they have only been into the new approach for a few months, and it will take time to see if it works.  POP Officer Matranga stated that Vince’s has cleaned up a bit.  The people who run Casa Linda are not good at what they are doing.  Homelessness is a national issue: we as a society have created this problem.  There is an officer assigned to Regional Transit: if you bring specific issues to them, they can deploy resources.  They need to know where homeless people are camping.

Shauna Franklin, with the DA’s office, stated that it is imperative for the community members to call them: use the 311 number.  Resources are directed largely by calls from the community.

Supervisor Nottoli stated that they are putting more resources into the problems.  They are not putting the homeless in jails or mental institutions anymore.

Barry Chamberlain, with County Code Enforcement, stated that the Casa Linda issue has gone from Code Enforcement to the community prosecutor, and that Shauna Franklin has met with the owners of Casa Linda.

Shauna Franklin, with the DA’s office, continued that there is a code called “criminal nuisance” that can be used.  However, it is a tough standard to meet.  They have looked as Casa Linda.  There have been 50 calls for service from people staying at Casa Linda, but none from the community.  They do not want to put businesses out of business.  If people have an issue with Casa Linda, they need to contact the County at 311.

A member of the audience asked if it is true that Vince’s is a dumping ground for criminals when they are released?

POP Officer Matranga stated NO, that is not the case.  They do not give rides to Vince’s.

A member of the audience stated that they had purchased the Church property next door to Casa Linda, and have picked up needles and crack pipes.  When they called the Sheriff, they Sheriff’s officers responded.

POP Officer Matranga stated that that if somebody cleans up a property, it helps adjacent areas.

A third written question was whether there is any chance of getting speed bumps in front of the Park on Mira Del Rio (Riviera East Park)?

Supervisor Nottoli stated that there is a process for doing that, and the person should contact him.

A fourth written question concerned a stop sign at Allegheny and Elmira that people regularly “blow through.”

CHP Officer Riggin stated that people should contact the CHP, there are things they can do.  People complain but don’t contact the CHP.

Supervisor Nottoli commented that there are also physical measures that can be put in place.

A fifth written question was for Code Enforcement.  The question was what can be done about people who do not maintain their house, and the same for businesses.

Barry Chamberlain, with County Code Enforcement, stated that people should call Code Enforcement, and that they have lots of ability to clean up businesses.  Residential is another matter.  If there are lots of vehicles, they can check out the situation.  Regarding front yards, if a house is vacant, they can cut the lawn and bill the owner.  If the house is not vacant, there is less that can be done.  They don’t enforce on ugly.  Call Barry Chamberlain and he can tell you what they can do.

An audience member asked what the County is doing to attract quality businesses to Folsom Blvd, and what happened to plans for development of the Drive-In theaters?

Supervisor Nottoli stated that The Landing (the Drive-In theaters site) still has an approved redevelopment plan.  But, the economy has changed, and big retailers are going down.  They are still intent on doing something.  There was recently a workshop at the Board of Supervisors about revitalizing aging corridors.  It is a challenge for the entire County, and he is not sure what they will come up with.

Ken Cooley, State Assemblyman, stated that they had lined up funds to do improvements to Folsom Blvd. in Rancho Cordova.  Also, they have knocked down problem properties like the Stagger Inn.  However, there are hundreds of small properties on Folsom Blvd., and that makes it a challenge to prime the pump.

A member of the audience asked whether anything is happening on the property next to the Folsom Community College.

Assemblyman Cooley responded that the property owner is in the bay area, and is just sitting on it.  There is a problem with contamination from a cleaners on the site.

A member of the audience asked what is happening on the big lot opposite the Light Rail Station.

Supervisor Nottoli stated that the map has expired.  There is a new owner, who will probably want to do something different.  The emphasis now is on higher density, which State laws are pushing.  The State is taking away local control.

A member of the audience stated that there is a shipping container behind their house, in back of a business.

POP Officer Matranga state that their goal is to have it moved into a locked and fenced area.  Pita Q owns it, and it will cost some money to move.  It will get moved eventually.  He also noted that the gate has been fixed.

A sixth written question was whether there is a defined law on electric bicycles on the Parkway?

Park Ranger AJ Bennett stated that there have been recent changes, and smaller ones are now allowed on the bike trail.  There is a 15 mph speed limit.

A seventh written question was how long can a 5th wheeler or RV be parked in a neighborhood?

Barry Chamberlain, with County Code Enforcement, stated that a trailer has to be attached to a truck.

An eighth written question concerned a place next to Appalachian Dr. at Riviera East Park where crimes, including weed, sex, and heroin occur.

POP Officer Matranga stated that this is a lower priority situation.  If it is something that happens regularly, he can follow up.  Every park at night has similar problems.  He needs a description of the car, especially the license plate.

A ninth written question was whether the County cares if people go through our mixed recycling at night?

Barry Chamberlain, with County Code Enforcement, advised to call 311.

A tenth written question concerned the pool at Hagan Park.

Patrick Larkin, CRPD Administrator, stated that they expect to have it open by summer 2020.  They are trying to find out what the community wants from the pool, and not just repeat what was done a long time ago.

A question from the audience concerned landscaping on Folsom Blvd.

Supervisor Nottoli stated that the County is working on getting grant funding for a project.

A question from the audience concerned the area of Folsom Blvd. from Rod Beaudry to Bradshaw.

Supervisor Nottoli stated that Rancho Cordova is doing that part.

An eleventh written question concerned a proposal to build an ARCO gas station at Folsom Blvd. and Bradshaw Road.

Supervisor Nottoli stated that a development proposal has been submitted to County Planning.  However, the proposal is incomplete.  Service stations have to come before the Board of Supervisors.  Evidently there is an easement issue.  He stated that he has a copy of the proposed site plan, but that it is not ready to go before the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC).

An audience member asked whether, hypothetically, if the community didn’t want it there, would an alternative location be considered?

Supervisor Nottoli stated that if there is interest, the developer could be contacted.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a regular Steering Committee meeting on May 22, 2018, at the Rancho Cordova Library

BRECA Thrive Ride 2018

To Celebrate May is Bike Month join members of the BRECA Steering Committee the evening of May 23rd for the BRECA Thrive Ride.

We’ll have Lead Cycling Coach Julia Williams to on hand to lead the family bike ride through the neighborhood.

  • May 23rd
  • 5:30 pm bike clinic to prepare your bikes
  • Cordova Library – 9845 Folsom Blvd.
  • Safety lesson for bikers
  • 6:00 bike ride – about 3 miles in 30 minutes around the neighborhood
  • ~~~Ice Cream Social~~~ (Please register here by May 20th so we have enough for everyone)
  • fun, Fun FUN

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 03-27-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: March 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
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT
Andrea White

 NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 5

  1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt
  2. Introduce POP Officer Mike Matranga – Explain Format of Annual General Meeting
    Lynda Hammitt stated that there would likely be a different format to the Annual General Meeting than previously.  At previous meetings guest speakers spoke for a while, then there were question and answer sessions for each speaker.  At the upcoming meeting, guest speakers will be seated as a panel.  Each will speak for a short period of time, and then respond to questions as a panel.  The focus of this year’s meeting will be on homelessness and crime.  Officer Matranga requested that BRECA let them know about the format as soon as possible, so that it can be communicated to other members of the department.  He indicated that he would invite the Homeless Outreach Team members to the meeting.Gay Jones stated that she would like some statistics on our area, such as misdemeanor and felony arrests.  Officer Matranga responded that if we are really interested, they can get them, but it is a lot of work.  In general they do not break down statistics by neighborhoods.  However, they have a person who does trends.  It is rather dry data.  Also, there is an on-line site with useful information on reported crimes.  If BRECA wants to, we could send specific items to him by e-mail.
  1. Minutes
    1. Minutes of January 23, 2017
      Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes of January 23, 2018.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 7 in favor and 1 abstention.
    2. Minutes of February 27, 2017
      There were two clarifications to the draft minutes.  Gay Jones made a motion to adopt the amended draft minutes of February 27, 2018.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Questions or comments from the membership/community
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer (Including Continuing Resolution on the Budget)
      Lynda Hammitt stated that Andrea White was unable to attend the meeting tonight, but had sent Lynda some information.  The BRECA bank balance is $5,227.69.Gay Jones made a motion to adopt a Continuing Resolution for the 2018 budget, i.e. to adopt the 2017 budget as the 2018 budget until a new budget can be adopted.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported on the most recent meeting of the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC).  There were no items directly relevant to the BRECA area.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Rene Hamlin stated that the Outreach Committee had decided to have flyers instead of door hangers for the upcoming General Meeting.  Lynda Hammitt is composing the flyer, some drafts of which have been circulated.  Jim Morgan commented that the County Parks Oak Leaf on the back is too small to read.  Lynda Hammitt agreed to enlarge the Oak Leaf.  Gay Jones made a motion to use the framed page, two-sided color option.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.Rene Hamlin stated that the Easter Egg Hunt was a success.  They picked up one new membership.  Bonnie Domeny stated that about 30 kids and lots of adults attended.

      Lynda Hammitt commented that they have installed Pay Pal on the BRECA web page.  The ability to join or renew and pay online is now available.

  1. Old Business
    1. California American Water
      Gay Jones stated that there have been no decisions on rate cases concerning California American Water (Cal Am) that BRECA is involved in.  The cost of capital case is being worked on now.  Recently Cal Am and other companies had requested a 9.9% rate of return, while the Office of Ratepayer Advocates proposed 8.3%.  The Administrative Law Judge went with 8.3%, but Cal Am is appealing the decision.  Gay and others participated in a hearing on the appeal.  Cal Am and other companies had a number of speakers for their side.Gay stated that the General Rate Case proposed decision may come out in July.
    2. Neighborhood Bike Ride
      Lynda Hammitt noted that we need to send out notifications on Nextdoor and to the BRECA membership about the upcoming Neighborhood Bike Ride.
    3. From the Floor
      James Adams asked whether there was any news on the church on Folsom Blvd. being purchased.  Bonnie Domeny stated that she talked to the prospective purchasers last week and they are now in escrow.Gay Jones stated that she had talked with Sheryl Venegas in Supervisor Don Nottoli’s office, and there is no news on the ARCO gas station proposal or the Riverstone site.
  1. New Business
    1. Annual General Meeting – Firm up the Details
      Lori Christensen questioned whether the theme of the Annual General Meeting, homelessness and crime, had been discussed by the Steering Committee.  Lynda Hammitt stated that it came from Nextdoor.  Gay Jones noted that it had not been discussed at the Steering Committee.  Lori stated that it should have been discussed at the Steering Committee first.Details of the flyer were discussed and decided under the Outreach Committee agenda item (5.c).

      There was discussion about food.  People are to bring munchies and water.

      There was discussion about the format of the presentation and questions.  It was agreed to have a speakers panel, with 5 minutes time limit each.  After that would be written questions, with verbal questions to follow.  Lynda Hammitt will facilitate the meeting, and do an introduction to BRECA and appeal to join BRECA.

      Jim Morgan noted that the cost for the flyer for the General Meeting exceeds the budgeted amount in the newly adopted Continuing Resolution (see item 5.a).  He suggested that the amount for the flyer, $852, be rounded up to $900.  Gay Jones made a motion to authorize up to $900 for the General Meeting.  Rene Hamlin seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    2. Steering Committee Elections.
      Jim Morgan noted that the nominations period for the BRECA Steering Committee Election begins with this (March) meeting, and closes with the April General Meeting.  Ballots will be sent out between the April and May meetings, with about two weeks to vote.  Votes will be counted at the May meeting, and the newly elected Steering Committee members take office at the June meeting.
    3. From the Floor
      Gay Jones inquired as to whether there is anything new on American River erosion work.  Jim Morgan stated that he participates in the meetings of the Lower American River Task Force Bank Protection Working Group.  Currently they are working on the stretch of the river from Paradise Bend to Howe Ave.  They are tentatively proposing to do erosion control work (i.e. rocks on the banks and levees) for part of the left (south) bank between Paradise bend and the bend upstream of Howe Ave., and for a short stretch of the right (north) bank around the Howe Ave. bridge.  They will get to the BRECA area later.Gay Jones stated that at the American River Parkway Coalition Corey Brown had described Senate Bill 5, also called Proposition 68, which will be on the June election ballot.  This is a Parks Bond, with $10 million for the American River Parkway.  She made a motion that BRECA support Proposition 68.  Several people expressed reservations about this proposal, including that the State can only afford a limited number of bonds, it’s impact on new tax proposals, and the lack of details about the overall bond and the place of the Parkway in the bond.  Gay withdrew the motion.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a General Meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Rancho Cordova Library.