07-27-10 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: July 27, 2010
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Paul Bowers
Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Gay Jones
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Guest Speaker Janet Baker (Director, Sacramento County Regional Parks)
    Guest speaker Janet Baker, Director of the Sacramento County Regional Parks Department, described the funding problems over the last two years as unprecedented.  She stated that Regional Parks used to receive 2 cents out of every property tax dollar, but now receives 2/10ths of a cent out of every property tax dollar.  This fiscal year Regional Parks expects to lose half of the rangers and all seasonal maintenance staff.  To make things work, county dispatch is now doing ranger dispatch, and the sheriffs are backing up the rangers.  The Gristmill Gatherers help by picking up trash.  Possibly this model could be used in other places.  In the longer term, Regional Parks is looking at other funding and governance structures.  There is a “Grass Roots Working Group” that is looking to finance a study by Trust for Public Lands (TPL) that will look at four alternatives to the present system.There was discussion of the Regional Parks situation.  One question was about the decision not to have parking on the gravel bar at Gristmill.  The decision not to have parking on the gravel bar was made by the rangers.  It is not clear how that is working out.  It was noted that there is too much gravel at the Gristmill parking lot.  Another question was why the Board of Supervisors would give up Regional Parks.  Janet stated that the Board might support this if funding was better.

    Agenda item 5a was moved up.  Gay Jones stated that she would like to have a resolution in support of the “Grass Roots” effort, and donate some money for the TPL study.  Jim Morgan suggested that, since a resolution had not been prepared beforehand, BRECA should simply make a donation to the TPL study.  This implies support.  Gay Jones made a motion to donate $500 to the Save the American River Association for the TPL study.  Kelly Cohen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

  1. Minutes for June 2010
    It was pointed out that Kelly Cohen was acting chair at the June meeting.  Mary Ann Winters made a motion to accept the amended draft minutes.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 6 votes in favor, 0 opposed, and 1 abstention.
  1. Reports
    1. CORPAC
      Paul Bowers reported that the Cordova Area Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) had met.  There were no proposed projects in the BRECA area.
    2. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen (treasurer) reported a balance of $5,545.39 in the BRECA bank account.
  1. Old Business
    1. Cal Am Water Update
      Joe O’Connor reported that Gay Jones and Joe had met with Evan Jacobs of the California American Water Company (Cal Am) on July 22, 2010.  They were shown a spreadsheet that presented the return on allowed investments.  Cal Am is allowed 8% return on investments, but has ranged from about 1% to 6%, averaging around 4%.  Mr. Jacobs stated that various capital improvements are in the works, including tanks and pipes so that water could be transferred between the “Suburban” area (including the BRECA area) and the Rosemont area.  Cal Am will be using more surface water in the future, which will increase costs.  The Public Utilities Commission wants about 70% of billed costs to depend upon volume of water, but for Cal Am about 80% of costs are fixed costs.There was discussion about the upcoming Cal Am presentation at the August BRECA meeting.  Paul Bowers made a motion to mail flyers to the BRECA membership about the Cal Am presentation, and also print some extra flyers for hand distribution.  Kelly Cohen seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.  Jim Morgan suggested having a second BRECA meeting in August, to deal with other issues.  Jim was assigned the task of finding a day to have a second meeting.
    2. Timing of Newsletter and Picnic
      Jim Morgan stated that having the Newsletter and Picnic in September last year was very difficult.  After some discussion, it was agreed to have the Picnic in September and the Newsletter in October.
    3. Parkway Coalition Update
      Gay Jones reported that there is consideration of forming a “Parkway Watch” to report problems on the American River Parkway.  Lori Christensen stated that there is a volunteer watch program at Folsom Reservoir, and passed around a card with information.
    4. Chair Updates
      Gay Jones reported that the Gristmill Gatherers coordinator, Gary Morris, had quit in May.  Evidently he did not inform anybody except County Regional Parks.  Gay found out around the end of June, and is now doing scheduling of trash pickup.Gay reported that she had received a flyer from the County regarding the proposed traffic management plan (i.e. speed bumps and speed tables).  It stated that one of the speed tables, at Riviera East Park, had been removed from the plan, and that people can now vote on the amended plan.

      Gay reported that she had a meeting with the Ranch Cordova Library staff concerning where to put the tree round cut from the largest oak tree during the Mayhew Levee Project.

      Gay reported that Melissa Schuler is interested in the Cordova Parks District Benefit Assessment District Oversight Committee.

    5. Gristmill Levee Project Update
      Jim Morgan reported that BRECA had sent a letter to the Corps of Engineers and Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) expressing our concerns about the rehabilitation of the Kansas Access staging area and the lack of connection of the east end of the levee to high ground.Kelly Cohen stated that she had received notice from SAFCA that they will be doing survey work in the area concerning internal drainage flooding.
  1. New Business
    1. BRECA support and contribution to Trust for Public Lands Proposal
      See item 1b above.
    2. Membership Renewal Expenses
      Jim Morgan reported that membership renewal expenses for the 2009 membership year were over budget by about $27.  Paul Bowers made a motion to increase the membership renewal authorization to $200.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. Issues from the Floor
      Stan Mofjeld reported that there was a grass fire in the American River Parkway on or about June 20.  It was located between the Gristmill Bar and the Riviera East access.  Neighbors put the fire out using hoses and buckets.  The fire department took 40 minutes to get there.  Stan was on the Channel 13 news.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on August 24, 2010 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

06-22-15 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: June 22, 2010
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan
Rick Sloan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Acting Chair Kelly Cohen
  2. Guest Speaker Joyce Steingass (Division of Ratepayer Advocates, California Public Utilities Commission)
    Guest speaker Joyce Steingass, with the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), gave a presentation on the CPUC review and approval process for water rate increases requested by California American Water Co. (Cal Am).  She stated that the CPUC can only approve rates that are “justifiable and reasonable.”  The DRA will review the Cal Am rate increase request.  Cal Am is required to notify customers of rate increase requests.  The CPUC accepts letters from the public, and community groups can “intervene” in the case.  Ms. Steingass left handouts with information on the last rate increase and the upcoming rate increase request.  The upcoming rate increase requests are 16.9% the first year, 6% the second year, and 6% the third year.There was considerable discussion of the rate increase request.  The request is statewide, but the requests are different for each area.  The “Sacramento area” is actually about 10 distinct areas.  At the direction of the CPUC, a “conservation” rate design has been incorporated into the billing structure.  Under this design, about 70% of the billing is volumetric (i.e. based on the amount of water used), even though the “fixed” cost is the usually the majority of total cost.  For the last rate increase request, the CPUC disallowed several improvement projects.  It is possible to convert to a public utility, but it takes a lot of work.
  3.  Guest Speaker Dave Emmons (Cordova Recreation and Park District)
    Dave Emmons, with the Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD), gave a presentation on current status of the CRPD.  The major problem CRPD has been dealing with for the last few years is reduced income.  CRPD receives 0.027% of general property taxes, or about $84 for a $300,000 house.  CRPD also has benefit assessment districts.  Money from these districts must be spent in the area from which it was received.  In the BRECA area, the benefit assessment is $21.80 per parcel.  There is supposed to be an Oversight Committee for the BRECA and Rosemont areas.  CRPD is looking for an applicant for the Larchmont-Riviera East (i.e. BRECA) area for the Oversight Committee.CRPD positioned itself for the economic downturn by not filling several vacant positions.  However, after basic maintenance and operations, very little money is left for improvements.  The older children’s playground equipment was recently removed from Riviera East Park due to safety, compliance, and insurance concerns.  At this point in time, funds to replace the equipment are not available, but CRPD staff is looking for funding.
  4. Minutes for May 2010
    Mary Ann Winters made a motion to accept the draft minutes.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  5. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen (treasurer) reported a balance of $5,488.01 in the BRECA bank account.
  6. Old Business
    1. Report on Park District Meeting re: playground equipment
      See item 1a above.
    2. Parkway Workshop, Coalition and Budget
      Jim Morgan gave a brief update on the County Regional Parks budget.  The County Executive recommendation is an increase from the preliminary recommendation, but overall still less than this fiscal year.  It will result in reductions in Parks staff.  Jim Morgan and Joe O’Connor spoke at the Board of Supervisors budget hearing regarding Regional Parks.  They advocated additional funding for Parks.  The Board of Supervisors will adopt a budget in the near future.Jim Morgan reported on the recent meeting of the Lower American River Task Force.  It was stated by Corps of Engineers and Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency staff that they are not going to remove the pad of dirt covering the Kansas Access staging area, as requested by BRECA representatives.  It was also stated that they will not construct the four (4) feet crown width berm that had been proposed to tie the east end of the levee to high ground.  They do not have any alternative plans.

      Jim Morgan introduced a draft motion directing the Chair and Secretary, in consultation with other members, to send letters concerning problems with the Mayhew Levee project.  Stan Mofjeld seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.  The motion is attached.

      Jim Morgan made another motion that Kelly Cohen bring a video of dust from trucks on top of the levee, and draft a letter on that concern.  Mary Ann Winters seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    3. Steering Committee Elections
      Joe O’Connor reported that all Steering Committee candidates had been elected.
    4. Traffic Management Ballots
      There was no report on Traffic Management ballots.
    5. Gristmill Habitat Restoration Update
      There was no update on Gristmill Habitat Restoration.  See motion adopted from item 4b.
  7. New Business
    1. Assessment Oversight Committee for the Cordova Recreation and Park District
      See item 1c above.
    2. Issues from the Floor
      There were no issues from the floor.
  8. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on July 27, 2010 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

Butterfield-Riviera East Community Association
Motion Concerning Problems with the Mayhew Levee Project

June 22, 2010

The Butterfield-Riviera East Community Association Steering Committee authorizes the Chair and Secretary, in consultation with other members, to draft and send letters concerning problems with the Mayhew-Gristmill levee situation to the Corps of Engineers, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, and others as appropriate.  The problems include restoration of the Gristmill area parking lot, restoration of the Kansas Access staging area, and completion of the upstream end of the levee.

 

04-27-10 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: April 27, 2010
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Gay Jones
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes for March 2010
    Joe O’Connor pointed out that the source of water used by Cal Am should be 93% groundwater, not 97%.  Lori Christensen made a motion to accept the revised minutes.  Mary Ann Winters seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  3. Reports
    1. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that there had not been a meeting of the Cordova Area Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) this month.  The environmental document for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District proposed East Campus has been released.
    2. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen (treasurer) reported a balance of $5,239.69 in the BRECA bank account.
  4. Old Business
    1. Flood Control and Habitat Restoration
      Gay Jones reported that she had not received any information from the staff of the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency this month.  Kelly Cohen and Joe O’Connor reported that they saw notices of future herbicide use near the Mayhew Drain.
    2. California-American Water Meeting for May
      Joe O’Connor reported that he and Gay Jones had met with Joyce Steingass, a staff person for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  Joe stated that California-American Water (Cal Am) rates had increased 232% in less than 7 years, and they will be asking for more increases in the near future.There was discussion about having Cal Am representatives come to a BRECA meeting.  It was agreed to have the Cal Am representatives come to a July or August meeting.  It was also agreed to have the CPUC representative come to the May BRECA meeting.
    3. Parkway Budget
      Jim Morgan reported on an informational meeting held by Sacramento County Parks staff concerning funding for the coming fiscal year (2010-11).  Jim stated that the County is proposing to cut the budgets of many departments and units, including Parks.  A considerable part of the Parks budget is self-funded, but some of it is contributed from County taxes.  Reductions to the County funded part of the budget are projected by Parks staff to result in substantial reductions in Parks personnel, including rangers.  Jim also stated that the budget information that is available is incomplete and difficult to understand.  Jim will try to get better information and prepare a proposal for a BRECA position for May BRECA meeting.
    4. Steering Committee Elections
      Jim Morgan reported that nominations for Steering Committee had been received.  The ballots will be mailed in May.
  5. New Business
    1. Neighborhood Watch
      Kelly Cohen stated that she is interested in facilitating the formation of Neighborhood Watch groups.  She will put together a presentation for the June BRECA meeting.
    2. Traffic Management
      Kelly Cohen reported that there had been a traffic management meeting held by Sacramento County staff on April 8.  She stated that a considerable number of people attended the meeting.  The County is considering installing speed bumps or speed tables (long raised areas) on Mira Del Rio, Butterfield, Stoughton, Kansas and Linda Rio.  Gay Jones stated that the County will send ballots to people who live or are owners of property on the affected streets.  For the proposal to go forward, a majority of the ballots must be returned, and a majority of the ballots returned must be in favor of the proposal.  Final approval would be given by the Board of Supervisors.Gay asked whether BRECA should support the proposal.  Discussion of the proposal was limited because available information, such as actual locations, was incomplete.  Opposition was voiced to some of the proposed locations, and support was voiced for some of the locations.  No position was taken on the proposal.
    3. Issues from the Floor
      Stan Mofjeld stated that the older playground equipment had been removed from Riviera East Park.  Stan had talked to the director of the Cordova Recreation and Park District, who stated that there were new safety requirements that the older equipment did not meet, and so it was removed. Stan stated that there is a Park Board meeting tomorrow, and suggested that BRECA support replacing the equipment.Gay Jones suggested language for a motion: BRECA requests appropriate replacement of the removed playground equipment at Riviera East Park as soon as possible.  There was discussion of the language.  Stan Mofjeld made a motion to adopt the proposed language.  Jim Morgan seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  6. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on May 25, 2010 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

03-23-10 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: March 23, 2010
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Paul Bowers
Kelly Cohen
Gay Jones
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    Jim Morgan noted that the spelling of Yeaw (in Effie Yeaw Nature Center) in the draft minutes had been corrected.  Kelly Cohen made a motion to accept the revised minutes.  Mary Ann Winters seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  3. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen (treasurer) reported a balance of $4,745.14 in the BRECA bank account.
    2. CORPAC
      Paul Bowers reported that there are discussions concerning a negotiated end to the lawsuit filed in regard to The Landing.
    3. Membership Renewals
      Jim Morgan (BRECA Secretary) reported that letters had been sent to BRECA members who had not renewed their membership in 2009.  These letters stated that the member was to be removed from the membership list, and requested a response as to why the member had not renewed. The responses included two renewal checks.  One stated that they had expected to move out of the area, but plans had changed.  No other responses were received.
  4. Old Business
    1. Flood Control and Habitat Restoration
      Gay Jones reported that Grant Kreinberg (with the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA)) had stated that SAFCA is committed to completing the restoration work this year.  He also stated that SAFCA and the Corps of Engineers agree on removing the dirt pad at the Kansas Access staging area, but that they are still discussing who will do the work.
      Joe O’Connor reported that 7 small trees that had been planted by an unknown person at the Kansas Access staging area had been removed.
    2. California-American Water Letter
      Joe O’Connor reported that he and Gay Jones had met with Andy Soule, the local General Manager of California American Water (Cal Am), and Evan Jacobs, the External Affairs manager, to discuss the recent and proposed water rate increases.  Mr. Soule stated that Cal Am is allowed to make about an 8% return on investments, but usually does not make that much.  Cal Am is privately financed, and does not receive taxpayer subsidies.  Cal Am provides water to 10 districts in Sacramento County.  The BRECA area is in the “Suburban District.”  Water rates are going up for a number of reasons, including the cost of installing meters, having to construct water storage tanks, more stringent water quality standards, and loss of a well due to contamination from Aerojet.  About 93% of the water delivered by Cal Am is groundwater, with the remainder purchased surface water.  Discussion began on capital improvement projects, but there was not enough time.There was discussion about having the Cal Am representatives come to a BRECA meeting, or possibly a meeting including adjacent communities.  After some discussion, it was agreed that another private meeting should happen first, to pursue technical issues that had not been discussed at the meeting with Andy Soule and Evan Jacobs.
    3. Tree Round
      Gay Jones reported that one of the tree sections (rounds) cut from the largest tree cut down as part of the Mayhew-Gristmill levee work is at the Rancho Cordova Library.  The utilities supervisor has given approval to mount the tree section near the new book return.  Concern was expressed over possible degradation of the tree round due to sun and rain.  It was suggested that it could be mounted inside the entrance near the old book return.  Gay will raise this with library staff.
    4. Butterfield Special Planning Area
      Jim Morgan reported that BRECA had submitted a response to the Notice Of Preparation (NOP) for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA).  The BRECA response proposed two new alternatives, and identified important areas of environmental impact (e.g. traffic) that should be evaluated in the Draft EIR.  There has been no reply from the recipients of the BRECA response.
    5. American River Parkway Coalition Meeting
      Gay Jones reported that she had attended a second meeting of the American River Parkway Coalition.  The proposed benefit assessment district and Joint Powers Authority discussion is in limbo.  It appears that there will be additional cuts to County Parks funding in the coming fiscal year. Some members of the Coalition will be meeting with the Trust for Public Land to discuss possible funding sources for County Parks.
  5. New Business
    1. Steering Committee Election
      Jim Morgan reported that the schedule for the Steering Committee election is to receive nominations from March to April, have the election in early May, and for the winners to take office in June.
    2. General Membership meeting
      There was a discussion of when to hold the General Membership meeting for 2010, and a meeting with Cal Am representatives.  Paul Bowers made a motion to have the meeting with Cal Am at the May 25 Steering Committee meeting, and have the General Membership meeting in the first week of December.  (unknown person) seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. Issues from the Floor
      Gay Jones asked if anybody had gone to the College Greens East Homeowners Association picnic.  Joe O’Connor stated that Rick Sloan had attended, but was not present at this meeting.
  6. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on April 27, 2010 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

02-23-10 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: February 23, 2010
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Paul Bowers
Kelly Cohen
Gay Jones
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan
Rick Sloan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    No minutes were submitted.
  3. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen (treasurer) reported a balance of $4,845.59 in the BRECA bank account.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) had received information about a proposed Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) “East Complex.”  The East Complex would include moving the corporation yard from the present site at 65th Street and Folsom Blvd. to the south-east corner of Bradshaw Rd. and Keifer Blvd.  A Draft Environmental Impact Report is due out on March 15.  The anticipated move in date is 2013.  An estimated 750 trucks would go out each day.  Gay commented that traffic would be a major concern, and that previous developments had not resulted in improvements to the interchange at Highway 50 and Bradshaw Rd.
    3. Cordova Recreation and Park District
      Rick Sloan reported that there had been problems with crime at Larchmont Park (near Erliwine school).  Community organizing to watch the park and an internet site are planned.
  4. Old Business
    1. Flood Control and Habitat Restoration
      Gay Jones reported that Grant Kreinberg (with Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA)) had stated that there had been a second washout (rill) near the Kansas access staging area.  SAFCA put sandbags in the area to stop the washout from spreading.  Gay also reported that SAFCA had installed a cable and post barrier between the parking lot and the road at Gristmill.  Also, additional rocks were placed in the parking lot.Gay also reported that Steve Flannery, a ranger with County Parks, has proposed banning parking on the gravel bar at Gristmill.  Unloading of boats would be allowed on the bar.  Vehicles would park in the parking lot.

      Gay also reported that Pete Ghelfi (SAFCA) has submitted the letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting that the area behind the Mayhew-Gristmill levee be rezoned to 100 year protection.  It is expected that it will take several months for FEMA to process the application.

      Robyn Hudson reported that several trees had been tagged upstream from the upstream end of the new Mayhew-Gristmill levee.  There was a discussion about the situation with the upstream end of the levee not being tied in to high ground, and the plug installed between the levee and adjacent back yard.

    2. California-American Water Letter
      Gay Jones reported that Joe O’Connor and herself were trying to arrange a meeting with Andy Soule, the local head of California American Water to discuss the recent and proposed water rate increases.
    3. Tree Round
      Gay Jones reported that one of the tree sections (rounds) cut from the largest tree cut down as part of the Mayhew-Gristmill levee work is at the Rancho Cordova Library.  The utilities supervisor has given approval to mount the tree section in the entrance near the book return drop.  The other two sections are at the American River Parkway Foundation office and at the Effie Yaew Nature Center.
    4. Butterfield Special Planning Area
      Jim Morgan reported that BRECA is working on submitting a response to the Notice Of Preparation (NOP) for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA).  The BRECA response will propose two new alternatives, and the important areas of environmental impact (e.g. traffic) that should be evaluated in the Drarft EIR.  The response is to be ready by the end of the month.Gay Jones reported on a meeting that Joe O’Connor, Jim Morgan, and herself had with Tricia Stevens, the County’s Principal Planner.  The meeting was to gather information about the existing planning and approval process, and the changes that are proposed in the SPA.  There was considerable discussion about the planning and approval process.
  5. New Business
    1. County Parks Budget
      Jim Morgan reported that the previous round of County budget cuts had seriously affected County Parks.  The amount of General Fund money going to County Parks was cut by about 60%.  Other revenue sources, including user and concession fees, now supply the majority of County Parks funding.  Another round of budget cuts is occurring now.  It had been proposed that County Parks be cut further.  The American River Parkway Coalition contacted County staff and Supervisors to request a “time certain” for the hearing on Parks budget cuts.  After that, County staff decided to remove Parks budget cuts from this round.Gay Jones reported on the recent American River Parkway Coalition meeting.  Two BRECA representatives attended the meeting.  Warren Truit, the President of the Save the American River Association, argued that the County must make a decision: either support Parks adequately, or let it become an independent organization.  There was considerable discussion about the future structure of County Parks.  There was also a meeting with the head of the Local Agency Formation Commission.  Several ideas are being discussed, including forming a special district or a conservancy.  There are advantages and disadvantages to each alternative.
    2. Issues from the Floor
      Bob Baptiste reported that his house had been burglarized in January.  The perpetrators gained entry to the garage, but not the main part of the house.
  6. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on March 23, 2010 at the Rancho Cordova Library.