BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – October 22, 2019

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: October 22, 2019
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams
Lori Christensen
Ken Crawford
Bonnie Domeny
Gay Jones
Lee Leavelle
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT

Rene Hamlin

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 4

  1. Call to Order by Chair Bonnie Domeny
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community on Non-Agenda items.
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  1. Minutes
    Gay Jones made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for September 24, 2019.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      Andrea White (Treasurer) distributed a handout of BRECA profit and loss budget vs. actual so far this year.  She noted that the BRECA bank balance was $4,570.02.
      Bonnie Domeny enquired as to whether it was possible to bring historical income to the meeting, so that it could be compared to this year.  Andrea responded that it could be brought to the next meeting.
      Jim Morgan enquired whether the money for the Welcome Packets, which was approved before the expenditure, should be considered as part of the budgeted funds.  Andrea responded that we are doing a constant budget, with overages approved as needed.
    2. CORPAC
      Lee Leavelle stated that there was a Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting this month.  He stated that they considered the Environmental Impact Report for the Jackson township specific plan.  Most discussion was about traffic.  They voted to recommend approval of the specific plan.Gay Jones noted that County Planning has made recommendations for changes to the Community Planning and Advisory Councils (CPACs).  The biggest would be to remove the CPACs’ ability to file an appeal of decisions made by County Planning.  Otherwise it would cost $5,000 for an individual to file an appeal.  County Planning was supposed to circulate a report to the CPACs, but it is not out.  However, the Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on the report on Monday, October 28.  CORPAC voted to request an extension to study the proposal.  Lori Christensen enquired who was behind the proposal.  Gay stated that developers appeared to be behind the proposal, saying that the current procedures result in unnecessary delays.  However, most delays come from incomplete plans.  Lee Leavelle stated that the proposal is couched as responding to delays in getting housing approved.
    3. Membership
      Jim Morgan reported that two more Welcome Packets were delivered this month, for a total of 43.
      Jim also reported that there were no changes in BRECA membership this month.  BRECA has 99 memberships.
  1. Old Business
    1. Update on Bradshaw/Folsom Apartments Proposal
      Lee Leavelle stated that at the last BRECA meeting we had selected a small committee to meet with Mr. Mammadov (the developer).  Two meetings were held, with County Supervisor Don Nottoli facilitating.  People at the first meeting addressed their concerns to Mr. Mammadov.  He came back at the second meeting with modified plans that addressed those concerns.  In particular, the changes included rearranging the buildings to reduce impacts on two big trees on the north side of the property, making the apartments two stories instead of three on the north side, increasing the available parking by reducing the number of units, placing a sound wall on the north side, and putting larger trees on the north side.Lee stated that Mr. Mammdov did not have to make those changes.  However, he wants our support so that he does not have to use SB 35 and pay prevailing wages during construction.  He has also commissioned an arborists report, which will be incorporated into plans.  When complete the plans will be submitted to the County.Lori Christensen stated that she is concerned that people who were not involved may want more changes.  Bonnie Domeny stated that we have done our due diligence, having posted the plans to the BRECA website and placed notifications on Nextdoor.  The immediate neighbors were satisfied with the changes.  The committee’s recommendation is to support the plan.  Jim Morgan suggested that Mr. Mammadov come to the November meeting.  The Steering Committee could take a position then.Gay Jones stated that the changes should be considered as revisions, not concessions.  She does not believe Mr. Mammadov would use SB 35.  Bonnie commented that Mr. Mammadov gave his worst case scenario in June, so that he can look good when he pulls back from some parts.  A member of the audience commented that we are very lucky he pulled back on the three stories on the north side.  It could have been five stories, as is being done at other locations in Sacramento.

      Lori Christensen recalled that at the June meeting there was also concern about traffic.  She enquired whether the County will do a traffic study.  Ken Crawford stated there will not be a traffic study because the proposal is on a transit corridor.

      Andrea White enquired whether we are expecting a formal position from BRECA.  She stated that she would be reluctant to support the project, but would support neutrality.

      Gay Jones stated that a lot of the progress is due to Don Nottoli’s facilitating community input.

    2. Scheduling Meeting on Presentation of Bradshaw Apartments Proposal
      Bonnie Domeny stated that we should invite Mr. Mammadov to our November meeting.  There was discussion of whether November 26 worked for people, as some people may be out of town.  Lee Leavelle and Andrea White stated that they were unavailable for the 26th.  Bonnie suggested changing the date to the 19th.  It was noted that Mr. Mammadov and Supervisor Nottoli need to be notified of the change.  Lori Christensen volunteered to check with the Library to see if the meeting room is available on that date.  It was also suggested that the church meeting room could be an alternative.
    3. Picnic
      Lori Christensen thanked the people who helped put on the BRECA Picnic: Bonnie Domeny, Rene Hamlin, Andrea White, and Jim Morgan.  She noted that the picnic was on a Saturday this year, but was on a Sunday last year.  There were about the same number of people attending.  Bonnie Domeny stated that there is a reason for choosing Sunday, as Saturday is traditionally sports.  Andrea White suggested that BRECA could do a generic banner similar to the Easter Egg Hunt banner.  We would have to pick one particular day.  Bonnie commented that she liked the idea of a banner for the picnic.
    4. Newsletter
      Jim Morgan reviewed the people who had volunteered to write articles for the upcoming Newsletter, and reminded people that the deadline for drafts is November 5.
    5. From the Floor
      James Adams commented that the Little Free Library is about half full.  Bonnie Domeny stated that she keeps an eye on it, and asks Rene Hamlin to get more books from the thrift store when it gets low.
  1. New Business
    1. Tree Planting
      A member of the audience stated that he had been communicating with people about tree planting in Riviera East Park.  He has coordinated with the Sacramento Tree Foundation and Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD).  They have chosen a date: November 23.  They would like to get about 60 volunteers. He also wants BRECA’s endorsement.  There was discussion of some details of the project.  Bonnie enquired whether we could use the BRECA email list to inform people.  It was agreed to do so.  Andrea White commented that typically the CRPD Board would also be invited.
    2. Sacramento Municipal Utility District Correspondence
      Gay Jones reported that the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is looking for ways to communicate with communities on urgent and non-urgent issues.  Gay commented that this is not our responsibility.  Bonnie Domeny stated that she had responded to the SMUD questionnaire.  She also contacted Nextdoor, and they said that SMUD could do a sponsored page, which would cost money.  It was generally agreed that this is not our issue.
    3. From the Floor
      Gay Jones commented that a company is laying fiber optic cables on Stoughton.  Gay stated that they are using Stoughton and Mira Del Rio as a back route because Folsom Blvd. is not available.
      Gay reported that Metro Fire is doing a Community Emergency Response Team training in November.  Interested people should contact Gay.
      James Adams commented that there is a new California American Water General Rate Case starting.  Gay suggested that a better use of our volunteer resources is to work with the Office of Ratepayer Advocates.  [Secretary’s note: The Office of Ratepayer Advocates is now called the Public Advocates Office.]
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting in November 2019, at a date and place to be determined.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – September 24, 2019

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: September 24, 2019
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams
Lori Christensen
Ken Crawford
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lee Leavelle
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT

Gay Jones

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 10

  1. Call to Order by Chair Bonnie Domeny
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community on Non-Agenda items.
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  1. Minutes
    James Adams made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for August 27, 2019.  Rene Hamlin seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted with seven in favor and one abstention.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      Andrea White (Treasurer) distributed a handout of BRECA profit and loss budget vs. actual so far this year.  She noted that the BRECA bank balance was $4,734.59.
    2. CORPAC
      Lee Leavelle stated that there was a Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting this month.  He stated that a plan to split the ARCO gas station site at Keifer and Bradshaw was considered and approved.  There were no other items of direct relevance to BRECA.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Rene Hamlin reported that the Outreach Committee put out the picnic announcements and that she is making phone calls for the picnic.
    4. Membership
      Jim Morgan reported that he now has complete Welcome Packets ready for distribution.  He has also sent out an email with new and old addresses for distribution.  So far, none have been delivered.
      Jim Morgan reported that BRECA had one new member this month.  It was an address that received a Welcome Packet four months ago.  One existing member was removed after three reminder notices and Post Office notification that he had moved out of the BRECA area.  BRECA now has 99 memberships.
  1. Old Business
    1. Update on Bradshaw/Folsom Apartments Proposal
      Lee Leavelle gave a brief review of developments for people who were not at previous meetings.  He stated that the developer (Mr. Mammadov) gave a presentation at the June BRECA meeting, and that the community spoke against the proposal.  A few days later, Mr. Mammadov sent a revised proposal to Lee which was better for adjacent neighbors.  In particular it reduced the height of the apartments on the north side, next to existing single family residences, to two stories, with the south side remaining 3 stories.  The revised proposal would also plant mature trees along the north side, and install a 10 feet tall sound wall on the north side.  The total number of units would be reduced from 68 to 65, which would help a bit with the parking.  Lee did not know what to do with the revised proposal.  He sent it to the BRECA Apartments Committee, and chatted with the neighbors on Elmira.  He found no interest in the revised proposal.  At the next BRECA Steering Committee meeting, it was decided to send a letter to Mr. Mammadov stating that the community was opposed to the original proposal and there was no interest in the revised proposal.Lee stated that the BRECA Apartments Committee has been researching the zoning and other regulations relevant to the project.  There are two state laws, SB 35 and the Housing Density Bonus, and one County level program, the Housing Incentive Program, that work in favor of the project.  The Committee has come to the conclusion that the project is going to get built.  He suggested that BRECA should do what we can to mitigate the impacts on the community.  There is a meeting coming up with Mr. Mammadov, sponsored by County Supervisor Nottoli, where we can re-engage with Mr. Mammadov.Rebecca Sloan, with Supervisor Nottoli’s office, noted that Supervisor Nottoli has had several conversations with Mr. Mammadov, and is familiar with the project.

      A member of the audience stated that they live on Elmira Circle adjacent to the proposed project.  There is an enormous oak tree near the fence in their back yard, which has a large dripline.  They are concerned about the impact of the project on the tree.  Mr. Mammadov has offered to write a contract for the tree’s health.  They do not like the prospect of three story apartments overlooking their back yard.  They could work with two stories and a 10 feet sound wall.  Also, there has been a problem with campers and drugs on the property for several years.

      Lee Leavelle stated that Mr. Mammadov has offered concessions so that he would not have to build under SB 35.  If he had to build under SB 35, he would have to pay prevailing wage (i.e. union rates), which would cost him about $1.7 million.  BRECA would have to agree to the project.

      Jim Morgan stated that it is his understanding that if Mr. Mammadov is willing to pay prevailing wages under SB 35 and have 10% low income units, there is nothing BRECA can do to stop the project.  If it goes that way, it will probably be like the project presented at the June BRECA meeting, which would be bad for the community.  The only way out would be if BRECA and Mr. Mammadov are both willing to negotiate a compromise, then Mr. Mammodov could go through the normal County approval process and not have to pay prevailing wage.  This would require BRECA to either be neutral or support the project.

      A member of the audience stated that their main concern is privacy, and that the soundwall, two stories, and large trees is all to the good.

      Jim Morgan pointed out that negotiations with Mr. Mammadov could begin at the meeting coming up on Thursday, September 26.  He raised the question of whether BRECA is willing to enter negotiations.

      Bonnie Domeny commented that Supervisor Nottoli had requested that Mr. Mammadov hold off on submitting his application to the County.  James Adams commented that if the meeting on Thursday does not go well, Mr. Mammadov could still go with the SB 35 route.  Lori Christensen requested a summary after the meeting.  Bonnie stated that a summary would go to the community as well.  She also stated that Supervisor Nottoli has two goals: to fulfill the County’s requirements for new housing and to help out the local community.  A member of the community raised a question about management, and how to keep it nice over time.

      Bonnie Domeny summarized the discussion thus far as voicing concerns about oak trees, privacy, financing and management.  People like the 10 feet sound wall, two stories on the north side, and large box trees.

      A member of the audience added that they have concerns about traffic, as there will be a lot of people coming in and out.  Also, this is a bad location for a large complex.  Ken Crawford stated that the project is near a transportation hub, so there won’t be a traffic study.  Jim Morgan added that parking is also a problem, and the project needs visitor parking.  The number of units could be reduced by combining the studio plus one bedroom units into two bedroom units.

      A member of the audience stated that they live next to the proposed project, and they would like to have more setback from the residential neighborhood on the north, and two stories.  He raised a question about the various state and local programs that facilitate the project: If more than one requires 10% low income, do they add to 20% or 30%?

      Bonnie Domeny commented that she thinks the project is going to happen, and we should work with the developer to make the most benefit for the community.  Jim Morgan requested a clear statement: Are we willing to make a deal if it is the right deal?  Bonnie stated that we want the most we can get, but it may be limited.  Lee Leavelle stated that we want to cut the best deal for the community.

    2. Great American River Clean Up
      Lori Christensen stated that the American River Parkway Foundation sponsored the Great American River Clean Up.  There were 20 sites on the American River Parkway.  The Gristmill site had about 30 people, including canoers and kayakers, who floated down to Watt Ave.  Including the riverside pickup, there were about 500 pounds of trash picked up.
    3. Picnic
      Lori Christensen commented that the annual BRECA Picnic is coming Saturday.  They have sent out a flyer, and made calls to BRECA members.
    4. From the Floor
      There was no Old Business from the floor.
  1. New Business
    1. BRECA Newsletter
      Jim Morgan stated that we would like to get the next BRECA Newsletter out in November.  He read a list of articles and topics, and solicited volunteers.
    2. From the Floor
      There was no New Business from the floor.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – August 27, 2019

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: August 27, 2019
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams
Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Gay Jones
Lee Leavelle
Jim Morgan

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Ken Crawford
Andrea White

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 8

  1. Call to Order by Chair Bonnie Domeny
  2. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community on Non-Agenda items.
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  1. Minutes
    Gay Jones made a motion to approve the draft minutes of July 23, 2019.  Rene Hamlin seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.Jim Morgan read a motion which was considered by email after the July 23, 2019 meeting, as follows:
    Lee Leavelle made a motion to amend said motion [concerning the July 23, 2019 motion to send a message to Mr. Mammadov concerning the Bradshaw/Folsom Apartments] to write an email to Mr. Mammadov thanking him for his presentation, advising him that the community has overwhelmingly rejected his proposed development, not reviewed his revised proposal with the entire community, and then advising him of the community’s long standing guidelines for development.  The motion was seconded by Gay Jones.  There were 7 votes in favor of the motion, and 2 non voting Steering Committee members.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      There was no report from the Treasurer.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones stated that there was no Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting this month.
    3. Parkway Coalition
      Gay Jones reported that there is a new Deputy Parks Director, and that one of the duties of that position is to monitor and maintain parks resources.  She also stated that there are around 500 to 700 boats rafting the Parkway per day on summer weekends.  Also, County Parks picks up about 170 tons of trash per month.
    4. Outreach Committee
      Rene Hamlin reported that the Outreach Committee met.  The Free Little Library in Riviera East Park is doing well, with books in and out.  James Adams commented that there are around two-thirds as many books as before.  Rene commented that there has not been any vandalism up to this point.Lori Christensen reported that the Great American River Clean-Up (GARCU) is scheduled for September 21, from 9 am to noon.  She will staff a table at the Gristmill parking area.  The American River Parkway Foundation, which sponsors the GARCU, wants people to sign up on their web site.  Last year the Gristmill site had about 20 people, and about 150 pounds of trash.  Also, there were several kayaks and canoes that put in at the site.

      Lori also reported that the BRECA picnic is scheduled for Saturday, September 28.  Fire fighters are expected to appear.

    5. Membership
      Jim Morgan reported that the Sacramento Bee is publishing residential sales again.  If we take advantage of the opportunity to deliver Welcome Packets, we will likely need more packets than are currently funded.  He enquired whether the Steering Committee might want to allocate an additional $40 for packets.  After some discussion, it was agreed to consider this when the Treasurer is at the meeting.
      Jim Morgan reported that BRECA has 99 memberships.  There have been no recent changes.
  1. Old Business
    1. Update on Bradshaw Apartments Proposal
      Lee Leavelle stated that after the BRECA meeting in July the developer (Mr. Mammadov) sent him a new proposal to consider.  The proposal has been posted on the BRECA website, but that has not generated any interest.  Lee added that he had emailed the proposal to people who live on Elmira Circle.  Out of five people, only one responded, who said that they should do something consistent with the existing Folsom Blvd. Special Planning Area.Lee stated that, because of discussions, we need to discuss this second proposal at the Steering Committee level.  Jim Morgan distributed handouts with the second proposal.  Lee stated that the changes in the second proposal were to reduce the height of the buildings closest to the existing residential area from three stories down to two stories, to add a 10 feet high soundwall along the north side next to the existing residential area, to plant 15 o 17 feet tall trees between the apartments and the residential area, and to reduce the number of units from 65 down to 62.  Lee stated that Mr. Mammadov is willing to cut back the project to avoid the requirement in SB 35 (Senate Bill 35) to pay prevailing wages during construction.  He may be willing to talk to us about the project.  Sacramento County staff are not optimistic about chances to stop the project due to changes in State laws.Jim Morgan commented that the project is likely to go forward in one form or another if Mr. Mammadov is willing to put up the money.  He recommended that we wait for a response to the recent BRECA letter to Mr. Mammodov and formulate action at the next meeting.  A member of the audience commented that people need housing, and if we don’t get this project, the next proposal may well be five stories high.  Rene Hamlin stated that we should want to get Mr. Mammadov’s ear, and represent the community.  A member of the audience enquired about the shortage of parking in the proposals.

      Lee Leavelle commented that Sacramento County staff is gathering data for a housing plan revision, including low income.  Possibly if we get ahead of the curve we could have input.  A member of the audience enquired about the low income housing in the proposals.  Lee stated that the proposals have 10% low income and 10% disabled or other special needs.

      Gay Jones stated that BRECA needs to stay engaged.  The questions are in the details.

      Rebecca Sloan, a member of Supervisor Nottoli’s staff, commented that if the state establishes SB 35 eligibility, that will expedite the process, and there is limited ability of the County to influence the project.  Supervisor Nottoli has talked with Mr. Mammadov.  Mr. Mammadov is not a developer, and lacks experience with projects.  She also stated that the Sacramento region is being assessed on how it is doing on producing housing units.  The County is working hard to identify land for affordable housing.  The area needs a lot more housing, and the market is going towards bigger projects.

      Gay Jones commented that various State laws allow deviations from County Codes, and that we need to be engaged with the process.  A member of the audience commented that deviations from County Codes require a conditional use permit or variance.  James Adams asked whether we are OK with the second proposal from Mr. Mammadov, or should we ask for more?  Also, should we wait for something to be presented, or take the initiative ourselves?

      Lori Christensen asked whether we should send the second proposal to people on Elmira or people from the sign-in list.  Bonnie Domeny commented that she has talked to the people on Elmira and they are aware of the proposal.

      Lee Leavelle commented in response to the questions posed above by James Adams, that if Mr. Mammadov goes with SB35, there will be no second proposal.

      Jim Morgan stated that he would like to be clear that we want information from Rebecca Sloan, with Supervisor Nottoli’s office, about the SB 35 process, and the non-SB35 process.

    2. Kassis Estates Proposal
      It was clarified that the Kassis Estates proposal refers to a residential project in the undeveloped area between Stacie’s Chalet and the Tiffany neighborhood.  Gay Jones commented that she has not heard anything new since the last meeting.  She wants to reiterate support for the Cordova Recreation and Park District for a park as part of the project, and also for an American River Parkway setback and access.  A question from the audience was whether the proposal includes Mira Del Rio Dr. going through.  Lee Leavelle commented that the proposed plan does not have Mira Del Rio Dr. going through.
    3. Community Sign
      James Adams commented that tree branches had been cut from in front of the Community sign at the library, and that the sign is now more visible.
    4. Sacramento Tree Foundation
      A member of the audience stated that he had met with Theresa Bible with the Sacramento Tree Foundation concerning getting more trees for Riviera East Park.  He would like to have a meeting with the Cordova Recreation and Park District and a Tree Foundation forester.Gay Jones requested that people call 311 and complain about the homeless storage unit across from 9555 Folsom Blvd.
    5. From the Floor
      There was no Old Business from the floor.
  1. New Business
    1. From the Floor
      There was no New Business from the floor.
  2. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – July 23, 2019

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: July 23, 2019
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams
Lori Christensen
Ken Crawford
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Gay Jones
Lee Leavelle
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT

None

 NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 23

1. Call to Order by Chair Bonnie Domeny

2. Guest Speakers Allen Fore and Steven Osborn, Kinder-Morgan

Alan Fore, Vice President of Public Affairs for Kinder-Morgan, gave a Powerpoint presentation overview of natural gas, petroleum products, and NGL (Natural Gas Liquids) pipelines and use in the U.S. and California.  Pipelines carry most of these products in the U.S.  Kinder-Morgan’s business is the transportation and storage of natural gas, petroleum products and NGLs.  They are one of the biggest companies in this sector in the U.S.  Kinder Morgan operates about 3,200 miles of pipelines and 22 terminals in California.

Steven Osborn, Manager of Operations for the Pacific Northern Region – Central Division of Kinder Morgan, spoke about the terminal and operations at Bradshaw Rd. and Folsom Blvd.  He stated that they have 14 employees at the Bradshaw terminal, and it is staffed 24/7.  The facility provides gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel to the area.  Gasoline in the pipelines is generic: individual companies add their particular blends of detergents, etc. to the generic product.  The Bradshaw terminal has 16 tanks, including ones for gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and ethanol.  He stated that gasoline comes by pipeline from Concord to the Bradshaw terminal, and then goes by truck to retails stations.  It is likely that the gasoline in our cars came through the Bradshaw terminal.

Regarding public safety concerns, the primary regulatory authorities are the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the California State Fire Marshall.  He stated that there are lots of regulations they must follow.  The tanks at the Bradshaw terminal are surrounded by berms that can contain 110% of the volume of the largest tank.  They have extensive fire-suppression systems.  They have a site-specific Fire Protection and Prevention Plan.  They train with firefighters on an annual basis.  They are inspected yearly by the State Fire Marshall, with major inspections every three years.  They also participate in public relations efforts, including the call before you dig systems.

There were a number of questions regarding public safety from the audience.   One question was what is the evacuation plan for the neighborhood.  Mr. Osborn responded that it would be up to the local fire department, Sheriffs, and California Highway Patrol.  Gay Jones commented that the evacuation plan would depend on where and how much of a problem there was.  Another question was where would a spill go.  Mr. Osborn responded that it depends on where it is.  Most likely it would be contained, but if it goes to a stormwater drain it would end up in the river.  Another question was what about a bomb.  Mr. Osborn responded that they have not had an incident, but they have drills for that situation, and their staff inspects constantly.  Another question was what about a fire.  Mr. Osborn responded that they look at the worst case scenario, e.g. the largest tank, which holds about 15,000 gallons.  They train with the fire department.  Another question was what would be destroyed if there was an explosion.  Mr. Osborn responded that it is hard to tell, they don’t have oxygen in the system, so it would not explode.  Mr. Fore added that there was a fire at a truck rack in Southern California recently.  There was an automatic shutoff, but the truck burned and fire fighters fought the blaze for a long time.

Another line of questions concerned other aspects of the system.  One question was how much pressure is in the pipes.  Mr. Osborn responded between 20 and 45 pounds per square inch.  Another question was how deep are the pipelines.  Mr. Osborn responded that they are typically about five feet deep, but it varies.  Under the river it could be 30 feet.  Gay Jones asked when the facilities were built.  Mr. Osborn responded in the 1950s.  Gay also asked about planting trees to screen the north side of the terminal.  Mr. Osborn responded that they have to be careful, as they don’t want combustible material within the containment areas.  Another question was how long the pipes last.  Mr. Fore responded that they last for a long time.  Mr. Osborn added that they have cathodic protection, which prevents rust.  Mr. Fore added that they can fix sections of pipe when they get thin.  Lee Leavelle asked whether all three products come through the same pipe.  Mr. Osborn responded yes, but each product has specific characteristics, which they monitor so they can separate the batches.  There are mixing zones between batches, which get sent back to the refineries for separation.  Another question was whether the refueling station at the site belongs to them.  Mr. Osborn responded no, it belongs to CarLock.  A final question was how many trucks per day are loaded at the terminal.  Mr. Osborn responded about 150 to 200 trucks per day.

3. Minutes

Several amendments to the draft minutes of June 25, 2019 were proposed and accepted.  Lori Christensen made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes. Rene Hamlin seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 8 in favor and one abstention.

4. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community on Non-Agenda items.

There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.

5. Reports

a. Treasurer

Andrea White (Treasurer) distributed the BRECA income and expenditures up to this time for the year.  She noted that she is trying to work out some way to display “in kind” expenditures.

b. CORPAC

Gay Jones stated that there was a Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council meeting this month.  There were no issues of direct relevance to the BRECA area.

c. Outreach Committee

Rene Hamlin reported that the Outreach Committee discussed the Free Little Library that is to be installed in Riviera East Park.  Lee Leavelle commented that it is to be installed tomorrow.  Rene stated that there will be a ribbon cutting on July 31 at 4:00 p.m. in the park.  Andrea White commented that the ribbon cutting is also for the new walkway in the park.

d. Membership

Jim Morgan reported that 41 Welcome Packets have been distributed.  We are out of welcome packets, although there may be one or two at people’s houses.  Unfortunately, the Sacramento Bee has stopped publishing residential sales, so we have no ready source of new addresses.  There are four remaining addresses from the Bee that have not been given packets.  The budget for Welcome Packets has been used up.  We would need to allocate about $20 to print the materials and assemble 10 new Welcome Packets.

Lee Leavelle inquired whether any people have joined BRECA from the Welcome Packets list.  Jim Morgan responded no.  A member of the audience stated that there are intangible benefits to BRECA and the community.

James Adams made a motion to approve $40 to produce 20 new packets.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

Jim Morgan reported that BRECA has 99 memberships.  Recent activity included one new membership and loss of two existing memberships.

6. Old Business

a. Update on Bradshaw Apartments Proposal

Lee Leavelle stated that after the last BRECA meeting the developer sent him a new proposal to consider.  Lee sent it to some, but not all, members of the Steering Committee.  Subsequently, the Apartments Committee, consisting of Jim Morgan, Gay Jones, Bonnie Domeny and Lee Leavelle met with the Principal Planner for Sacramento County to gain information on the approval process.  It seemed that the proposal presented at the last BRECA meeting was generally opposed by those present.  The newer proposal from the developer included reducing the height of the apartments next to the existing residential area from three stories down to two stories, installing a 10 feet sound wall at the property line, and planting larger trees.  The developer told Lee that they could do this for the community or go with the Senate Bill (SB) 35 route.  The SB 35 route is a streamlined process, with no subjective opinions.  The developer indicated that the negative of the SB 35 route is that they would have to pay prevailing wages, which are higher.

Lee further stated that there are two state laws and one county program that allow increased density on the lot over existing zoning and no lower limits on parking.  He raised the question of whether BRECA wants to take a position on the issue.  He stated that the Apartments Committee agrees that we don’t like the original proposal, and would like the developer to stay within the Folsom Blvd. Special Planning Area (SPA) criteria on setbacks, etc.

James Adams commented that the proposal seems to be up in the air, and he is generally opposed, but there is not enough information.  Bonnie Domeny commented that if the developer goes the SB 35 route, the County has 60 days to reject the proposal, and then 30 days to approve it after that.  Gay Jones commented that there are three factors that allow deviations from the County codes.  SB 35 requires 10% affordable housing, and gives one density allowance.  The County Housing Incentive Program gives another deviation.  The State Density Bonus gives up to 20% increase in density if there is affordable housing.  The three can be layered.

Bonnie Domeny inquired about how we would know if the developer applied to the County.  Lee Leavelle asked if there is a County list of projects, and commented that he is trying to contact the planner in that regard.

Jim Morgan stated that it is a difficult situation for BRECA: The developer can go through SB 35 or through a discretionary process with County Planning.  The County is under enormous pressure from the State to approve housing projects.  Possibly BRECA should take a position on the proposal presented at the last BRECA meeting.  Lee Leavelle suggested sending a letter, thanking the developer for coming to the last meeting, but saying no thanks to the proposal.  Gay Jones suggested using the BRECA guidelines.  She made a motion to send a thank you note for attending, and reiterating the BRECA guidelines.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

b. From the Floor

James Adams commented that he had tried to contact Theresa Bible with the Tree Foundation regarding trees on the Bradshaw/Folsom Apartments site, but received no response.  He will follow up.

Gay Jones requested that people call 311 and complain about the homeless storage unit across from 9555 Folsom Blvd.

7. New Business

a. Annual Picnic

Lori Christensen stated that the date for the BRECA picnic is September 28, from 4 to 6 pm.  She distributed a list of tasks for the Picnic.

b. Great American River Clean Up, September 21

Lori Christensen stated that the American River Parkway Foundation needs a site captain for the Gristmill site of the Great American River Clean Up scheduled for September 21.  After some discussion Lori volunteered to be the site captain.

c. From the Floor

Andrea White stated that the Cordova Recreation and Park District had received a tentative subdivision map for the Kassis property.  This is the mostly undeveloped land just east of the BRECA area, north of Folsom Blvd.  The proposal is for 198 units.  There is no park land on the proposal.  The Park planner indicates that a park is needed, and is estimated to be about 2 acres.  Comments were submitted in June.

Gay Jones stated that BRECA should support the Park district and dedicated park land.  Bonnie Domeny questioned whether this is the appropriate time to comment.  Andrea responded that she does not know about the process, and needs to find out more.

Bonnie Domeny reported that she had been in touch with Theresa Bible with the Tree Foundation, and that Ms. Bible wants to do a mulching in Riviera East Park.

Lynda Hammitt commented that the Rancho Cordova Library will be closed for the next three days.

8. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

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.