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.

Agenda – BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Feb 27, 2018

Agenda
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

February 27, 2018 6:30 pm
Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Questions or Comments from the membership / community
  4. Reports
    • Treasurer
    • CORPAC
    • Outreach Committee
  5. Old Business:
    • Cal Am (including wording for letters to PAO and upcoming key dates)
    • Update on former school-church site (burned out building)
    • From the floor
  6. New Business
    • ARCO Gas Station
    • Sidewalks on Folsom Blvd
    • Date for Neighborhood Bike Ride – (kick off “May is Bike Month”)
    • Marijuana dispensaries and applications for their operation
    • Tree Maintenance along the levee
    • Posting of Newsletter to the BRECA Website
    • Renewal of Save the American River Association membership
    • From the Floor
  7. Adjourn to next meeting, March 27, 2018

 

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 01-23-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: January 23, 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
Jim Morgan

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT
Gay Jones
Andrea White

 NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 1

  1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt
  2. Minutes of December 19, 2017
    Kelly Cohen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes of December 19, 2017.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Question or comments from the membership/community
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      There was no treasurer’s report.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported that CORPAC (Cordova Planning and Advisory Council) met, and none of the issues they considered directly affect the BRECA area.  There are two new CORPAC members, so CORPAC is nearly at capacity.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Rene Hamlin reported that the Outreach Committee will meet in two weeks.Lynda Hammitt reported on her action items from the Outreach Committee.  She has contacted the speakers for the General Meeting.  There are two real estate agents who may want to help sponsor door hangers to advertise the BRECA General Meeting.  One is confirmed, and a response from the other has not yet been received.  The Neighborhood Watch meeting at the Sheriff’s Office was well attended.  They are starting a Citizens Academy program, to run from February 21 to April 14.  Rene Hamlin commented that the Easter Egg Hunt is planned for March 24.Jim Morgan questioned why the switch from mailed flyers to door hangers.  Rene Hamlin replied that it worked last year, when volunteers distributed the flyer door-to-door.  The intent is to have a private company do the distribution.  There is not yet a quote on price.  The intent is to have a sponsorship statement at the bottom, not advertisement.
  1. Old Business
    1. California American Water
      James Adams reported that he does not know the schedules for the general rate case and cost of capital decisions.  The general rate case decision will likely incorporate the reduced corporate tax rate that was recently approved by the Federal government.
    2. From the Floor
      Bonnie Domeny stated that she had called the Sheriff on the Blow Lounge concerning a car show in the parking lot.  The Sheriff did not seem to do anything in the afternoon.  The Blow Lounge Business License specifically says they cannot have car shows.Kelly Cohen inquired as to whether anything can be done about the burned out daycare center on Folsom Blvd.  Carmen Mitchell stated that it is bank owned property, and she suggested calling them.  There was discussion about what else could be done.
  1. New Business
    1. New BRECA P.O. Box and Payment Authorization
      Jim Morgan reported that Bradshaw Pack and Ship, where BRECA had a mail box, had closed.  In order to fill the gap, Jim secured a Post Office Box.  He stated that he had paid for the first six months, and needed reimbursement for the expense.  Rene Hamlin made a motion to pay for the first six months.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. From the Floor
      Bonnie Domeny commented that there had been a Sheriff’s sweep of the burned out day care center for homeless people and other problems.Jim Morgan stated that BRECA had received a pamphlet from the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District concerning burning in fireplaces, and distributed the pamphlet to those who were interested.Lynda Hammitt inquired as to whether moving responsibility for the General Meeting to the Outreach Committee was OK with the Steering Committee.  There was general agreement.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

Agenda – BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Jan 23, 2018

Agenda
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

January 23, 2018 6:30 pm
Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Questions or Comments from the membership / community
  4. Reports
    • Treasurer
    • CORPAC
    • Outreach Committee
  5. Old Business:
    • Cal Am
    • From the floor
  6. New Business
    • New BRECA P.O. Box and payment authorization
    • From the Floor
  7. Adjourn to next meeting, February 27, 2018

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 11-28-17

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: November 28, 2017
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
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT

Kelly Cohen

 NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 5

 

  1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt
  2. Minutes of October 24, 2017
    The author of the draft minutes for October 24, 2017 was not present at this (November) meeting.  Jim Morgan stated that he had a number of changes to the draft minutes that he would like considered.  After some discussion, it was agreed to postpone consideration of the draft minutes until the next meeting, with Jim Morgan to confer with the author about potential changes.
  1. Question or comments from the membership/community
    None
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      Treasurer Andrea White distributed a profit and loss statement for November, and reviewed the statement.  She stated that the Steering Committee needed to approve expenditure of $20 for the filing fee for the Secretary of State form SI-100.  Rene Hamlin made the motion to approve.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

      Jim Morgan stated that the expenses for the most recent BRECA Newsletter had exceeded the authorized amount.  The Newsletter cost $218.09.  Gay Jones made a motion to approve the increased expenditure.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that the CORPAC (Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) meeting discussed the West Jackson Highway – Newbridge plan.  The County is going to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the plan.  James Adams pointed out that traffic is a major concern with the Jackson Highway plans.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Lynda Hammitt reported that the Outreach Committee had not met, and that they are looking for a new chair.
  1. Old Business
    1. California American Water Proceeding Update
      Gay Jones reported that there is no new information that concerns us.  James Adams stated that the recommendation from a previous meeting is still good.  That is, BRECA is waiting for the proposed decisions to come out (presumably in December and January), and will comment as appropriate.  Gay Jones commented that there is a new party to the proceedings that is also concerned about annexation of disparate communities.
    2. Parkway Plantings
      Gay Jones reported that the cages had been removed from all trees at the Kansas Access staging area, except for one large tree at the downstream end.  The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) is working on removing the cage from that tree.

      Gay Jones also reported that the native plantings near the Mayhew Drain were run over by a vehicle.  She has contacted County Parks about this, and they will advise people to avoid the plantings.  She has received three “cocoons” from SAFCA.  They are used for plantings, and are good for one season and then decompose.

  1. New Business
    1. Kik-It Lounge
      Bonnie Domeny stated that the Kik-It Lounge, a hookah lounge, had applied for a liquor license.  She stated that she and neighbors had protested to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.  Her protest and that of another member were rejected, but another protest was accepted.  In the end, the liquor license was rejected.  However, the owner is now trying to have a separate restaurant that could apply for a liquor license.  A letter from Sacramento County Supervisor Nottoli stated that they would likely be more inclined to accept a beer and wine license at a restaurant.

      Ken Crawford stated that the 5 and 10 cent store on Bradshaw and Folsom is going to close, and that the owner of the property has contacted AM/PM about putting a gas station on the corner.

    2. Plan for our December Meeting
      Lynda Hammitt raised the question of what to do at the December 19 BRECA meeting.  After some discussion it was agreed to have a short meeting with finger foods at the library and then go across the street to Brookside Restaurant.
    3. BRECA Calendar 2018
      The following dates and events were tentatively agreed upon:
      March 24 – Easter Egg Hunt
      April 24 – General Meeting
      March to May – Steering Committee election
      May – Neighborhood Bike Ride
      June 2 – Neighborhood Garage Sale
      August 19 – Bark in Park
      September 23 – Picnic
    4. From the Floor
      Carmen Mitchell enquired about what is happening on the west end of Mira Del Rio.  James Adams stated that Pacific Gas and Electric is checking gas lines.

      Carmen Mitchell stated that a community member is enquiring about what is happening with the Folsom Blvd. streetscape.  Bonnie Domeny stated that she told him there is no funding.

      Andrea White stated that there is an invitation from the Cordova Recreation and Park District to attend the opening of Heron Landing Park, located on Sunrise and Cosumnes.

      Andrea White stated that the Easter Egg Hunt expenses had gone over budget, and the budget needs to be raised to $250.  Gay Jones moved to increase the budgeted amount.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

      Rick Sloan stated that the Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) had an outreach meeting on Measure J expenditures.  Only 5 members of the public attended.  The CRPD Board decided to take another approach to outreach.  They would like to send out a survey to the community, including BRECA members.  Funds will be available early in 2018.  CRPD will definitely address the walkways in Riviera East Park.  Bonnie Domeny stated that walkways, Americans with Disabilities Act issues, and the pool are priorities.  CRPD is looking at what to do after these priorities are addressed.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at the Rancho Cordova Library.