Agenda – BRECA Steering Committee October 23, 2018



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

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 06-26-18


DATE: June 26, 2018
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

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



1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Minutes

a. April 24, 2018
Several corrections to the draft minutes of April 24, 2018 were proposed and accepted.  Bonnie Domeny made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes. James Adams seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

b. May 22, 2018
A correction to the draft minutes of May 22, 2018 was proposed and accepted. Rene Hamlin made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes. Bonnie Domeny 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 a draft budget for the BRECA calendar year 2018. There was discussion of the draft budget and some changes were agreed to. Bonnie Domeny made a motion to approve the amended draft budget. James Adams seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

Carmen Mitchell stated that CORPAC (the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) did not meet this month.

c. Outreach Committee
Rene Hamlin reported that the Outreach Committee had met. They reviewed the neighborhood yard sale: There were 13 sellers. The BRECA picnic is coming up on September 23. Possibly there will be a community recognition event at the picnic. They are also researching creating a “Little Library” for the BRECA area. Bark in the Park is coming up on August 19. Lori Christensen stated that they had discussed having a welcoming packet for people who move into the community. It would likely include a cover letter, a membership application, the What Does BRECA Do handout, the Newsletter, important Sacramento County phone numbers, information about the Farmer’s Market, a packet of coupons, and a gift plant. She expected that it would be delivered to people’s door. Gay Jones made a motion to approve the packet. James Adams seconded the motion. There was a question about how many per year were expected. Jim Morgan stated that, based on listings in the Sunday Sacramento Bee, it would be around 50 per year. The motion was approved unanimously.

d. BRECA General Meeting Attendance
Jim Morgan reviewed attendance at the BRECA General Meeting in April, 2018, and some previous meetings. He stated that this year’s meeting had higher attendance than several recent meetings. However, only four (4) new people joined (three new memberships). There was discussion of what could be done to increase the number of people joining. This will be discussed in the Outreach Committee.

5. Old Business

a. Cal Am
Gay Jones stated that she had received a response today 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. There was a final decision on the Cost of Capital case: the CPUC had adopted 9.2%. This was higher than the ORA recommendation (8.3%) but lower than the previous cost of capital (9.99%).

b. Steering Committee Officers
Gay Jones nominated a slate of the existing officers of the Steering Committee (Chair Lynda Hammitt, Vice Chair Gay Jones, Treasurer Andrea White, Secretary Jim Morgan). James Adams seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

c. From the Floor
There was no Old Business from the floor.

6. New Business

a. Folsom Blvd. Phase 4 and 5 Environmental Documents
James Adams stated that he had received the Folsom Blvd. Phase 4 environmental documents from Rancho Cordova. Basically they involve putting in sidewalks and bike paths along Folsom Blvd. from a bit west of Rod Beaudry Dr. to Paseo Rio/Horn. He will pursue getting the Phase 5 documents, which likely deal with west of Paseo Rio/Horn. Bonnie Domeny suggested that possibly some people would be concerned about Oak trees being cut down as part of the project. Carmen Mitchell commented that the project also involves a median, which has problems with blocking left turns. Gay Jones stated that the County expects to have funding for the County portion of Folsom Blvd. in the Spring of 2019. Lynda Hammitt stated that she had received a message from Sheryll Venegas (with Supervisor Nottoli’s office) that the section of Folsom Blvd. from Bradshaw to La Riviera is expected to be scheduled for Spring 2020. This would include a sidewalk on the south side, complete sidewalk on the north side, and median. There is also to be a pavement overlay from Bradshaw to Butterfield in Spring of 2019. Returning to the Rancho Cordova Phase 4 documents, Jim Morgan commented that he would not have been comfortable with the treatment of trees in the Mitigated Negative Declaration, and that more needed to be done. James Adams reiterated that he would continue to pursue the Phase 5 documents.

b. Scheduling SMUD Speaker for Future Meeting
Gay Jones stated that SMUD came to a BRECA meeting last year to discuss time-of-day rates. They want to come back this year, possibly in August or later. There was general agreement that this is OK, in August or September.

c. Scheduling Guest Speaker re: ARCO AM/PM for Future Meeting.
Gay Jones stated that she had spoken with a person at County Planning, who said that the initial plans for an ARCO gas station at Bradshaw and Folsom did not meet County standards. The person at County Planning also said that they had received a revised plan that seems to meet County standards. Gay suggested that we wait to try to schedule a speaker on the ARCO gas station proposal.

d. Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Lynda Hammitt reported on the recent Neighborhood Watch meeting. She stated that there will be special attention to illegal fireworks around the 4th of July. Illegal fireworks are anything that goes up more than 10 feet, goes out more than 10 feet, or explodes. To report illegal fireworks e-mail Don’t call 911 unless there is an injury or fire. Lynda continued that the Citizens Academy, presented by the County Sheriff and Rancho Cordova police, will start around the end of July. It lasts for 7 weeks, and is held on Wednesday nights. There are 12 spots open.
In other news, National Night Out is August 7. Sonny’s Market has had it’s alcohol license suspended for sales to minors. The Sheriffs are emphasizing reporting all crimes, even if a theft is under $950 and a misdemeanor, they will write a citation. On the homeless problem, the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach Team now has a chronic nuisance offender program for homeless who won’t accept help. Contact at Deputy Matranga is working with the District Attorney’s office on the business license for Casa Linda. Bonnie Domeny added that they said changes, such as new owner or management, need to be made or they will start prosecution.

e. From the Floor
Lynda Hammitt stated that St. George Church is having a major event on July 19.

7. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

Agenda – BRECA Steering Committee August 28, 2018



August 28, 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
    • Outreach Committee
    • CORPAC (including ARCO AM/PM discussion from that meeting)
  5. Old Business:
    • ARCO AM/PM – Update
    • New date for speaker from SMUD
    • 2018 Annual Picnic – Potluck in the Park
    • Great American River Clean Up
    • Cal Am Update
    • From the floor
  6. New Business
    • Discussion re: alternatives to ARCO AM/PM at Bradshaw & Folsom
    • Location for the September BRECA Steering Committee meeting (library will be unavailable)
    • From the Floor

Adjourn to next meeting, September 25, 2018 (location to be determined)

Agenda – BRECA Steering Committee July 24, 2018

Hello Neighbors!

Below is the agenda for the July 2018 BRECA Steering Committee Meeting. All community members are invited to attend. Make your voice heard and learn the latest buzz!

We hope that you can join us and find out the latest about all of the exciting things happening in our neighborhood.  Even if none of the agenda topics excite you, you never know what exciting things may come up in discussion “From the Floor”!

Come join in the discussion, meet some of your neighbors, and have fun learning more about the community in which we all live.



July 24, 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
      • Discuss survey of Annual General Meeting attendees
  5. Old Business:
    • Cal Am Update
    • ARCO AM/PM Update
    • Discussion of Folsom Blvd – Phase 5 work (related to “complete streets” project)
    • From the floor
  6. New Business
  7. Adjourn to next meeting, August 28, 2018

Reflections on the 2018 BRECA Annual General Meeting

Reflections on the 2018 BRECA Annual General Meeting

A big THANK YOU! to our all-star lineup of guest speakers. This year, gracing the panel for our Annual event, we were honored to have the following:

  • State Assemblymember Ken Cooley,
  • Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli,
  • Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) District Administrator Patrick Larkin,
  • Deputy District Attorney Shauna Franklin,
  • Chief of Code Enforcement Barry Chamberlain,
  • CHP Officer Tommy Riggin,
  • Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Officer Deputy Mike Matranga, and
  • Park Ranger AJ Bennett.

Other key officials came to answer our questions and included our Neighborhood Police Officer Bill Winton as well as members of the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) who serve our area.

This year’s event had the highest attendance in our history, and the feedback received from audience and speakers alike was very positive. The energy was high, the questions provocative and well thought-out, and answers provided were informative and appreciated.

The focus of this year’s meeting was “Homelessness and Crime”, and there were many questions around those issues. Our audience also asked our panel about our park, the parkway, code enforcement, traffic, development, and myriad of other issues as well. A very well-rounded representation of the issues and concerns within our community were addressed. The questions that we did not have time to address during the meeting were sent to the panel members, and answers were received later.

Homelessness and Crime

During the meeting, our audience learned how law enforcement works with other agencies and with the community to address different types of issues relating to the homeless.

For example, our State and local leaders have obtained funding for law enforcement and parks to work hand in glove to identify where the homeless congregate along the river or in our parks. They go into those communities, provide services to those who will accept them, identify and apply law enforcement remedies where they exist, and clean up the debris left behind. Needless to say it’s a daunting task.

These task forces rely quite a bit on community members to identify where the needs exist. Where we see an issue, they encourage us to report it so they know where to start. It’s important that we let them know. Even if we don’t think it will help, it starts the process in motion. Your report just may be the missing piece in an overall puzzle that they are putting together.

The panelists informed the audience about the differences between what they can do on public property vs. private property, and how code enforcement comes in to the mix.

The audience had several questions around code enforcement. On any given issue, to whom should we report and how do we know? Is it a code enforcement issue? A law enforcement issue? Some other jurisdiction? The answer is, we don’t really have to know. They’ll help us.

How to Report in Sacramento County?

  • Emergency – 911
  • Non-Emergency – Dial 311 or (916) 874-5115
  • Smartphone – Use the “Sac County 311 Connect” app

They will make sure it gets directed to the right department. The bottom line is, when in doubt, REPORT. They’ll figure it out.

The key takeaway from this meeting, above all else, is… REPORT. When in doubt, REPORT.  There’s not much the agencies can do if there is no formal report.

Social media (Facebook, Nextdoor, Twitter, etc.) is not the same as a formal report. The agencies are unable to take action based on social media. The best thing that we as a community (and as individuals) can do to help law enforcement, code enforcement, etc., help us is to REPORT. That’s the only thing that will start the ball rolling. Even if no action can be taken on a particular incident, the report creates a paper trail that can be followed up if problems arise later. It also allows them to track hot spots, patterns, and trends.

As an example, one panelist looked up a particular area of community concern that BRECA shared with her in preparation for the meeting. She found that zero reports from the community had been made about that issue. That’s right. Zero. I’m sad to say it, folks, but that part is on us. But we can do better. By reporting what we see (even if we think there is nothing they can do), we help them help us.

That report is the starting point, or may even be a missing link, that they need.


The audience expressed a lot of interest in the status of our park, and was very pleased to hear what District Administrator Patrick Larkin had to say. He informed us that funding to fix the walkways in our park has been obtained. That news received a huge round of applause! We’ll have an updated status on this soon, so stay tuned. More to come on this!


Another area of interest to the community was traffic. Participants discussed one particular stop sign at Allegheny and Elmira where several people have witnessed drivers “running” the stop sign, and a number of people reported having almost been hit. Supervisor Nottoli has taken action to look into this. Not long after the meeting, BRECA received an email that this has been referred to Sacramento County Department of Transportation for review and action.

We didn’t have time for all of our questions during the meeting. So, after the meeting, our CHP Officer was able to respond to a question about traffic laws at the railroad tracks at Bradshaw and Folsom Blvd. The question was, “What are the stoplight (i.e., traffic) laws at light rail on Bradshaw and Folsom?”

Here is his response:

  • For northbound Bradshaw at the light rail tracks approaching a red light, traffic must stop at the double limit lines where it says “WAIT HERE,” since it is illegal to stop on railroad tracks.  Only if the traffic light is green can anyone pull forward of the railroad limit line(s).  The crosswalk along the intersection is to provide a marked safe route for pedestrians, and act as a limit line to motorists only if no unusual conditions, such as railroad tracks, were in place.
  • Since right turns can be made on a red light when safe, at this particular location, a motorist looking to make a right hand turn onto eastbound Folsom Boulevard must visually clear the intersection and check for eastbound traffic before moving forward to the crosswalk, provided no trains or pedestrians are approaching.  If the light is still red, the motorist must stop again at the crosswalk and ensure the intersection is clear before proceeding to make his/her right turn.

Folsom Blvd and Complete Streets Project

People were also very interested in the status of the “complete streets” project for Folsom Blvd. After the meeting, Supervisor Nottoli’s office followed up with an email, providing the following information:

  • Folsom Boulevard Complete Streets Project – recently approved for funding (for design, right-of-way and construction) from the State Active Transportation Program.  This project will construct improvements from Bradshaw Road to approximately La Riviera Drive, including new sidewalks along the south side, sidewalk upgrades on the north side, new buffered bike lanes throughout, landscaped medians and frontage landscaping and streetscape.  This project is now in the design phase with construction scheduled to begin in spring of 2020.  The Sacramento County Department of Transportation (SacDOT) will hold community meetings on the project in the coming year.
  • Pavement Overlay Project between Bradshaw and Butterfield Roads is scheduled to go to bid in June with construction this summer.  SacDOT is completing the design and right-of-way for the construction of new sidewalks on the north side of Folsom Boulevard east of Mayhew Road.  Sidewalks will be installed along the vacant property located across from the Butterfield light rail station.  This project is currently scheduled to be bid late this year and constructed in spring 2019.  The sidewalks will be designed and constructed to be compatible with the streetscape project coming in 2020.
  • Regarding the bike path near Rod Beaudry Drive, scroll down on the attached City of Rancho Cordova link regarding the Folsom Blvd. Beautification and Enhancement Project Phases IV and V

Toward the end of the meeting, the proposed ARCO AM/PM gas station at the northeast corner of Bradshaw and Folsom was discussed. Supervisor Nottoli shared that the plans had been brought to County Planning, and that the plan is currently on hold. BRECA and CORPAC (Cordova Community Planning Advisory Council) are both following this closely, so stay tuned to both of these forums if you are interested in this issue.

The evening was capped off with the drawing for River Cats ticket vouchers. Supervisor Nottoli’s office receives some vouchers from the River Cats organization to give away to community organizations. BRECA wishes to thank Supervisor Nottoli for choosing our community for this generous gift! The lucky drawing recipients were Rick Sloan, Amy Gillingwater, and David Frichtel and each recipient received two vouchers. Congratulations all!

Again, my sincerest thanks to everyone, speakers and community members alike, who made this such a successful meeting! Let’s do it again next year!!

For complete minutes of the 2018 BRECA Annual Meeting, click here.

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