Introducing Our New Steering Committee Members


Thank you for doing your part and voting! We are delighted to share with your our

BRECA Steering Committee Election 2016 Results

Total number of return envelopes received: 46
Number of post-dated envelopes: 1
Total number of valid ballots: 45

Votes received by candidates
Candidates elected to 2016/2017 Steering Committee indicated by *
(candidates in same order as on ballot)

Kelly Cohen 36*
Andrea White 36*
Rene Hamlin 37*
Gay Jones 39*
James Morgan 36*
Lori Christensen 37*
Jay Domeny 26*
Bonnie Domeny 33*
Carmen Mitchell 17
Celia Rasmussen 10
Lynda Hammitt 34*

The ballots were counted in public at our May steering committee meeting.  If you have any questions about the process, please ask.

We truly hope that those who did not get elected will continue to volunteer their time!  We rely on volunteers for the project we take on.

For more information about what we are doing and how you can help, please attend a Steering Committee meeting.  Our meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Rancho Cordova library at 6:30 pm.

Chair of the 2015/16 Steering Committee

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting 5-24-16


DATE: May 24, 2016
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting
Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Rene Hamlin
Andrea White

  1. Call to Order by Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. Minutes of March 22, 2016
    Gay Jones made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for March 22, 2016.  Kelly Cohen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Andrea White reported that the balance in the BRECA checking account was $4,548.14.

      Andrea reported that there had been an increase in expenses for the BRECA Web site to $92 total (from $50 budget).  Gay Jones made a motion to approve the additional amount for the Web site.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

      Jim Morgan reported that the expense for the 2015 membership renewals and thank you notes was $9.11 over the budgeted amount ($150).  Gay Jones made a motion to approve the additional amount.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that there are a lot of proposed developments around Jackson Road which are being reviewed by the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC).  A proposal for surface mining had been scaled back.

      The digital sign request adjacent to Highway 50 was denied by CORPAC.  She stated that there are policy issues with the proposal, including having to do with esthetics and trying to reduce existing billboards.  The proposal will next go to the Planning Commission, then the Board of Supervisors.

      Bonnie Domeny stated that she attended the CORPAC meeting, and was concerned about visual impact and many exemptions requested by the proposed digital sign.  She was also concerned about advertising on the sign.

  1. Old Business
    1. By-Laws Review Committee
      Ken Crawford stated that he had not had time to work on revising the By-Laws due to being on vacation.  He stated that he would have a draft out to the Steering Committee by Monday.
    2. American River Erosion Protection Project
      Jim Morgan gave a brief review of the Corps of Engineers erosion protection proposals for people who had not been to previous meetings.  The Corps has proposed to install rock covering of the river bank (rip-rap) or a launchable rock trench at the levee toe along about 11 miles of the Lower American River.  Either of the alternatives would have severe local impacts on biological resources, recreation and esthetics.  The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) has created a Bank Protection Working Group, consisting of government agencies, consultants, and stakeholders (e.g. BRECA), that is trying to generate a knowledge base to assess whether erosion protection is actually needed in specific areas and to find ways to minimize the impact of the measures to be undertaken.
    3. SAFCA Assessment District Proposal
      Jim Morgan also reviewed the proposed Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) assessment district.  This proposed district would be a parcel tax for properties that would benefit from a group of flood control improvements that have been proposed.  These proposals include the erosion protection measures discussed above, modifications to Folsom Dam, Sacramento River levee work, widening the Sacramento weir and bypass, and doing work on small streams in north and south Sacramento.  A vote on the assessment district is scheduled in the next couple of months.  Some BRECA area properties will be in the district.  Jim noted that the assessment for his house would increase from $30 per year to $74 per year.  Kelly Cohen noted that her assessment was higher.  This is likely because she lives closer to the river.
    4. Old Business From the Floor
      Andrea White stated that she would like to start a first annual Community Yard Sale.  Thus far the committee working on this has 20 families that would sell from their houses, and 10 that will sell from Riviera East Park.  Those selling at the Park would be charged $10 fees.  The Cordova Recreation and Park District has directed that one-half go to charity, and one-half go to BRECA.  She stated that there would also be a flyer with a map of the participating houses and a sponsor has been found for the flyer.  She stated that they want to have a Bar-B-Que, estimated to cost $150.  She is asking BRECA to contribute $50 for the BBQ.  She wants a BRECA table in the Park, and items to sell.  This would include coffee, donuts, and water.

      Lynda Hammitt stated that the date for the Community Yard Sale is June 4, with sales from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and the BBQ from noon to 2:00 pm.

      Lori Christensen expressed concern about the person offering to pay for the flyers, in particular whether advertising for the person (a real estate agent) would be included.  Rene Hamlin stated that she does not have a problem with accepting money, but not necessarily a sponsorship.  Jim Morgan stated that he would not support the proposal if there was advertising in the flyer for the sponsor.

      Gay Jones made a motion to approve the Yard Sale Committee proposal.  Andrea White seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

  1. New Business
    1. 2016/17 Steering Committee
      Elaine Crawford reported the results of the recent BRECA Steering Committee election.  She stated that there were 46 ballots received, but one was postmarked after the closing date for the election.  There were 2 write ins.  The people elected were: Kelly Cohen, Andrea White, Rene Hamlin, Gay Jones, Jim Morgan, Lori Christensen, Jay Domeny, Bonnie Domeny, and Lynda Hammitt.

      Rene Hamlin noted that the first meeting of the new Steering Committee will be in June.

    2. Transportation Sales Tax Proposal
      Jim Morgan stated that the Sacramento Transportation Authority has put together a proposal for a sales tax increase of 0.5% that would pay for additional transportation and related activities in Sacramento County.  After some controversy, the decision was to make 70% of the funds available for automotive, pedestrian and bicycle projects, with 30% available to mass transit.  Jim pointed out that on a per trip basis, this means that mass transit is getting $10 for every $1 going to automotive, pedestrian and bicycle projects. In order to be put before the voters, the proposal must first be approved by the County Board of Supervisors and several local cities.
    3. Annual Picnic
      Rene Hamlin noted that the owner of the Fusion Bowl restaurant offered to make food for the picnic.  She stated that she would like to get more businesses involved.  Andrea White commented that she has received donations from several businesses in the past.  The Picnic Committee is to consist of Lori Christensen (chair), Rene Hamlin, Andrea White, Bonnie Domeny, and Kelly Cohen.
    4. October Meeting
      Rene Hamlin observed that the Rosemont Community Association has had an informational meeting for items on the November ballot in the past.  She stated that BRECA should look into doing something similar.  There was considerable discussion on this suggestion, including observations that 60% of people do mail in ballots now, that it is hard to be neutral, that many groups larger than BRECA are doing similar things, that the Rosemont meeting for the Park Board election went very long, and that there are, at present count, some 19 initiatives to be on the ballot.  It was suggested that a survey through Nextdoor or of BRECA members be conducted to see if the community wants it.
    5. New Business From the Floor
      Bonnie Domeny stated that National Night Out is scheduled for August 2.  It is sponsored locally by Nextdoor.  She also commented that she is overbooked for August.

      Gay Jones stated that the Sacramento Metro Fire District runs a 4 day “Fire Camp” for children around 11-13 years old.  She handed out a flyer and application for the Fire Camp.

      Jim Morgan noted that BRECA had received flyers about air quality from the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District.  He distributed the flyers.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA General Meeting 4-26-16


DATE: April 26, 2016
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA General Membership Meeting
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Gay Jones
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

  1. Welcome from Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. County Supervisor Don Nottoli
    Supervisor Nottoli commented on a number of issues and concerns of the community.  He thanked community representatives for communicating the concerns of the community to agencies and representatives (including himself).  He stated that he has been supportive of the Sheriffs and Code Enforcement, and hopes that we are seeing results in the community.  He commented that homelessness is a problem, manifested in activity on garbage collection days, thievery, and people using drugs.  He stated that the Board of Supervisors has been working on the homelessness problem.  He commented that the community has been diligent in following flood control issues.  The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) will have a vote by mail soon, seeking approval of a new assessment district.  Some, but not all, of the BRECA area is in the new district.  The Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA) will likely be sponsoring a 1/2 cent sales tax on the November ballot to get money for road and mass transit maintenance and improvements.  In order to be on the ballot, it must be approved by the STA Board, several cities in the area, and the Board of Supervisors.  He also commented on the award for Problem Oriented Policing Officer Ralph Garcia to recognize his work in keeping the community safe.
  1. Award for Problem Oriented Policing Officer Garcia
    Rene Hamlin presented a certificate from BRECA to Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Officer Ralph Garcia.
  1. The Landing
    Chuck Shaw, with SyWest development, reviewed the current status of work on The Landing, i.e. redevelopment of the Drive-In theaters.  He stated that a site plan was approved by the Board of Supervisors for about 409,000 square feet of businesses to replace the Drive In theaters.  After the project was approved, a CEQA [California Environmental Quality Act] action was filed by neighboring property owners.  This ended with SyWest buying out the owners.  However, it delayed the project by about 5 years.  In the interim, due to the recession, the prospective tenants backed out of the project.  Many of them closed or changed their business models.  SyWest is now trying to find two or more anchor tenants for the project.

    One member of the audience asked how long until the Bradshaw 6 Drive-In closes.  Mr. Shaw responded not this year.  Another question was about whether the Franchise Tax Board staff could come through the project and out at Bradshaw.  Mr. Shaw responded that they would come out at Oates Dr.  The project also includes an additional lane on Highway 50.  Another question was whether there was anything we (the community) could do to help.  Mr. Shaw stated that much of what they do is opportunity driven, and that they need synergy between retail centers and the walk-in theater, otherwise they would open and soon close again.  He also stated that his boss has instructed him to get something done with The Landing.

  1. Complete Streets Master Plan
    Jim Schubert, with Sacramento County Department of Transportation, described the recently approved Complete Streets Master Plan.  He stated that Folsom Blvd. was originally for cars, and therefore incomplete.  He stated that a “complete street” includes facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, cars, and mass transit.  The Board of Supervisors approved the Complete Streets Master Plan for Folsom Blvd. from Watt Ave. to Bradshaw Road.  He stated that the Complete Street would slow down cars and make for a more business friendly environment.  He stated that they may get funding around 2018, and still have to do environmental documents and business coordination.

    A question was asked about Folsom Blvd. from Bradshaw to Ron Beaudry, in Rancho Cordova.  Mr. Schubert responded that Rancho Cordova is working on that area, and expects to bid the project later this year.  Don Nottoli commented that the County has planted some trees on the south side of Folsom Blvd. between Butterfield Way and Bradshaw Road, and that this is part of the Master Plan.  Mr. Schubert commented that they had previous meetings in the community, and incorporated suggestions from the people who attended those meetings, such as wider separation between cars and bicycles, concerns about the left turn from Folsom Blvd. eastbound to the businesses on the north side of the street, and a Light Rail overcrossing at Bradshaw Road (which is not expected to be funded as part of the Master Plan).

  1. Problem Oriented Policing (POP)
    Officer Ralph Garcia, the Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Officer, commented that he appreciates the community support for his work, such as the award from BRECA [see agenda item 3].  He stated that he has a 4 person team, consisting of County Sheriffs and Rancho Cordova Police.  The POP team deals with long term community problems.  Homelessness is an ongoing problem.  There are “navigators” who help people who want help with things like getting identification cards.  One example of what the POP team does concerns a house on Alcosta Way that had transients and drug problems.  They used a dedicated community prosecutor to put pressure on the owner. Ultimately there was an agreement with the owner that the owner had to move in to the house as a condition of the agreement.  Another house had a fire, and they got it boarded up.  He noted that all communities have problems with empty houses.
  1. Cordova Recreation and Park District
    Jim Rodems, District Administrator of the Cordova Recreation and Park District, stated that he had been head of the district for about 5 years.  That was when major economic problems hit the district.  Major deficits occurred from 2011 to 2014, but 2015 had a large surplus.  This was due in part to cost cutting measures at the district.  Revenues are adequate for fund current operations, but there is no funding for replacements or upgrades at older parks and facilities.  There are many needs in the parks and facilities, such as maintenance of playground equipment, reducing homelessness and drug use, safety, etc.  The Park District is engaging the communities to prioritize needs.  He requested that people fill out the community survey on paper or on line.

    A question was asked about the walkway on the east side of Riviera East Park, which is in bad shape and needs to be fixed.  Mr. Rodems commented that they are prioritizing repair work, and also doing an Americans with Disabilities Act assessment, but it takes time.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a regular Steering Committee meeting on May 24, 2016, at the Rancho Cordova Library

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 12-22-09


DATE: December 22, 2009
PLACE:  U.C. Cooperative Extension, 4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

Lori Christensen
Gay Jones
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan
Rick Sloan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    1. October 2009
      Mary Ann Winters made a motion to approve the draft minutes for October 2009.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. November 2009
      Lori Christensen made a motion to approve the draft minutes for November 2009.  Stan Mofjeld seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Jim Morgan reported that Kelly Cohen (treasurer) reported a balance of $4,894.77 in the BRECA bank account.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) had received no requests for construction permits.
  1. Old Business
    1. Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA)
      Jim Morgan reported that there is no additional information on the proposed Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA).
    2. Habitat Restoration for Gristmill Update
      Gay Jones reported on a phone discussion with Lizette Crosbie and Grant Kreinberg (Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA)).  They stated that the Kansas Access staging area grading is not finished.  The map of tree planting remains the same as provided at the earlier BRECA meeting.  They had no information on the potential problem with the path at Kansas and people wandering around the staging area.  At the Gristmill parking lot, the wattles (hay sausages) will stay through the rainy season to minimize erosion, but that all other work is finished.
    3. General Update for Gristmill and Parkway.
      Jim Morgan reported that he had been supplied with dog waste bags by County Parks staff.  Jim is stocking the dog waste bag dispenser at the top of the levee at the Gristmill entrance.Jim Morgan distributed a packet of information on Measure A funding for the bicycle trail on the American River Parkway.  Measure A is a sales tax in Sacramento County to fund transportation.  It allocates $ 1 million per year to the Parkway for bicycle transportation purposes.  For this fiscal year (2009/2010), several construction projects are scheduled.  Also, one ranger position is funded.  It was noted that not all of the Measure A funding allocation was accounted for in the expenditures described.
    4. California American Water Update
      Joe O’Connor reported that BRECA has received responses to the letter sent to the California American Water Company (Cal Am).  The responses did not directly address the questions in the BRECA letter.  They stated that additional rate increases are coming.  One letter invited BRECA representatives to meet with Cal Am staff.  Joe and Gay Jones are drafting a BRECA response.
    5. Location for “Tree Round”
      Gay Jones reported that the tree round cut from the largest Oak tree cut down on the Parkway during the levee project is still sitting at the Rancho Cordova Library.  She is trying to get it moved to a place inside the library, but has been unable to find a library staff person willing to take responsibility for authorizing action.
  1. New Business
    1. Next Meeting Location
      The next BRECA meeting will be at the County Branch Center building, 3701 Branch Center Road.
    2. Audit/Review
      Gay Jones announced that Melissa Schuler had agreed to perform an audit of the BRECA books for 2008 and 2009.  Lori Christensen made a motion to approve the audit.  Mary Ann Winters seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. Issues from the Floor
      Joe O’Connor stated that Riviera East Park is turning into a dog park, with dogs off leash and leaving dog waste.  Rick Sloan (a member of Cordova Recreation and Park District Board) stated that the District has security patrols, but only at night.  Park employees do not issue tickets.  Rick noted that there is a sign at the park stating that dogs must be leashed, and dog waste collected, but people ignore the sign.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on January 26, 2010 at the County Branch Center on Branch Center Road.