Notice of Public Participation Hearing: California American Water’s Request to Increase Water Rates

The BRECA Steering Committee wants to be sure that you are aware of an important meeting this week.

Members of your steering committee will be in attendance.  It is important that you are there as well. This is the time for our voice to be heard.

Notice of Public Participation Hearing:

California American Water’s Request to Increase Water Rates in its General Rate Case Application No.16-07-002
Northern Division

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Rancho Cordova City Hall Chambers
2729 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) wants to hear from you. Public Participation Hearings (PPHs) have been scheduled for customers in the Northern Division at the date, times, and location noted above to receive your comments about California American Water’s General Rate Case (GRC) application (A.16-07-002).

A CPUC Administrative Law Judge (Judge) will preside at the PPHs to listen to concerns, comments, and opinions on the proposed application. One or more Commissioners may attend, but no decisions will be reached at these hearings. All public comments from the PPHs will be included in the formal record of this proceeding and become public record.

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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.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting 10-25-16 Agenda

Agenda
BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

October 25, 2016 6:30 pm
Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA

  1. Call to Order.
  2. Approval of Minutes.
  3. Reports
    1. Finance
    2. CORPAC
  4. Old Business:
    1. NOP for the Butterfield Station NMP/SPA
    2. By-Laws Review
    3. Invasive Plant Removal
    4. Newsletter
    5. From the Floor
  5. New Business:
    1. Out Reach Committee
    2. December Meeting
    3. Community Concerns
    4. From the Floor.
  6. Adjourn to next meeting, Nov 22th 2016

Dates to Remember:
December Steering Committee meeting: December 20

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 9-27-16

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: September 27, 2016
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT
Bonnie Domeny
Jay Domeny
Gay Jones

  1. Call to Order by Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. Minutes of August 23, 2016
    There was discussion of whether people who attend a Steering Committee meeting but are not on the Steering Committee should be listed on the minutes.  After some discussion it was decided not to do so.  Lynda Hammitt made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for August 23, 2016.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Andrea White, treasurer, reported that the balance in the BRECA checking account is $4,749.54.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported that there was no Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting this month.
  2. Old Business
    1. By-Laws Review Committee
      Ken Crawford distributed a hard copy, dated 9/16/16, of his interpretation of the revisions approved by the last Steering Committee meeting.Ken Crawford stated that he had removed the last sentence of Article 8.02 (“at either an annual or regular monthly meeting, as provided in 8.01”) to make it consistent with the revised language in Article 8.01.  Lynda Hammitt commented that this leaves Article 8.02 unclear as to when the 4 months requirement for presentation to the membership begins.  After some discussion a consensus was reached to add “to the Chair, Co-chair, or Secretary” to the end of the revised Article 8.02.Jim Morgan distributed a document that compared the costs and other aspects of having members vote on the By-Laws by mail compared to at a BRECA meeting.  He stated that, overall, costs were similar, and not significantly different in terms of BRECA’s yearly budget.  He also stated that participation is likely to be greater with a mail ballot than voting at a meeting, and pointed out that voting at a meeting disenfranchises those who cannot attend the meeting.Regarding Article 9, Lori Christensen commented that we need to be consistent with the requirements of the Secretary of State for distribution of assets in the event of dissolution of BRECA.  Possibly we should explicitly reference regulations of the Secretary of State in this regard.  Rene Hamlin stated that the existing text, which has remaining funds donated to a non-profit, is consistent with the regulations.  Ken Crawford recommended against adding a reference to the Secretary of State or other government organizations.  The consensus was to leave Article 9 unchanged.Ken Crawford raised a question, in regard to Article 4 (elections), of how we get a write-in candidate on the ballot.  Jim Morgan pointed out that there was an explicit space for write-in candidates on the most recent ballot.Jim Morgan pointed out that, in regard to Article 4.01(a), we want candidates to be members of BRECA in good standing, but it is not clear where to put that language.  Also, the sentence “Provided that the nominee concurs.” is a fragment of a sentence and a fragment of a thought.  After some discussion, a consensus was reached to add, after “Provided that the nominee concurs,” the statement “and is a member in good standing, they become a candidate and their name shall be placed on the ballot.”

      In regard to Article 4.01(b), it was pointed out that written ballots and candidate statements are mailed to all memberships in early May.  Hence, the reference to distributing ballots at the Steering Committee meeting in May makes no sense, and would be an invitation to fraudulent voting.  A consensus was reached to delete the phrase “or at the Steering Committee in May.”

      It was further raised in regard to Article 4.01(b) that the last sentence “Write in candidates will be accepted on return ballots or at the April Steering Committee meeting” makes no sense because all ballots are to be returned by mail between the April and May meetings.  A consensus was reached to delete the phrase “or at the April Steering Committee meeting.”

      Jim Morgan pointed out that we should have the requirement that all Steering Committee members be members in good standing of BRECA.  The consensus was reached to add this statement to Article 4.01(c).

      Jim Morgan raised the question why, in Article 4.01(c), there is a requirement to destroy the ballots after the election.  Lynda Hammitt stated that we should agree to keep the ballots for at least one year.  After some discussion a consensus was reached to change the wording to “Ballots shall be kept until after the next election.”  Also, the reference to “President” is changed to “Chair,” and “disposal” is changed to “disposition.”

      Jim Morgan questioned why there is an Article 4.01(d) relating to uncontested elections with only 9 candidates, since it is obvious that, if there are 9 or fewer candidates, they have the highest number of votes, as provided in 4.01(c).  Rene Hamlin stated that there is a member of the Steering Committee who is not present who supports this provision, and requested that the discussion be tabled until the next meeting.  It was agreed to table the discussion of this item until the next meeting.

      Lori Christensen stated that the various sub-articles of 4.01 follow a stepwise progression, and suggested separating 4.01(c) into two sub-articles by inserting a new sub-article 4.01(d) before the phrase “Newley (sic) elected steering Committee members….”  A consensus was reached to adopt this change.

      At this point the discussion was tabled until the next Steering Committee meeting.

    2. Picnic Update
      Lori Christensen stated that there were at least 42 people at the recent BRECA picnic.  It was generally agreed that it was a good picnic.
    3. Invasive Plant Removal
      Kelly Cohen stated that she had nothing to report.
    4. Newsletter
      Jim Morgan requested Newsletter articles by Friday.  Kelly Cohen stated that she would like to do an article on Measure B, the proposed 0.5% sales tax for transportation.
    5. Old Business From the Floor
      Kelly Cohen stated that she keeps seeing things that could go on the BRECA website, but that because she has to send them off to Bonnie Domeny, she (Kelly) ends up not doing anything.  She would like to be able to put items directly onto the BRECA web site.  Rene Hamlin suggested that Kelly could do her own blog, and link to the blog from the website.Andrea White stated that the Cordova Recreation and Park District had received a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for a Draft Environmental Impact Report on the Butterfield Station Master Plan.  She will forward this to the Steering Committee.  The County wants comments within 30 days of September 20.  She also stated that the County had informally contacted the Park District regarding taking in lieu fees instead of land.  The Park District representative had said no, based on the deficiency of park land in the area.Jim Morgan stated that BRECA needs to form a committee to respond to the NOP and send a letter.  It was agreed to do so.  Jim Morgan, Gay Jones, Andrea White, and Kelly Cohen are the members of the committee.
  1. New Business
    1. New Business From the Floor
      Lynda Hammitt stated that she wants to get feedback from BRECA.org regarding how BRECA is doing and what else we could do or do better.  It was stated that a process would need to be established, as this has not been done previously.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at the Rancho Cordova Library.