BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 5-23-17

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: May 23, 2017
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Jay Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT

Andrea White

 

  1. Call to Order by Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. Guest Speakers from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District
    Representatives from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) gave a presentation on upcoming proposals for rate changes.  Michael Corbett stated that the rate proposals will go before the SMUD board in June.  SMUD has a 7 member elected Board.  The Board member for this area is Nancy Tomson in Ward 2.  For 2018 the proposed rate changes are an increase of 1% for commercial and 1.5% for residential.  In 2019 an increase of 1% is proposed for commercial, with no increase for residential.  However, the default rate structure will be changed to a “Time Of Day” (TOD) rate.  This structure focuses on when energy is used instead of how much.  Under TOD, there would be different rates for October to May, with 9.69 cents per kilowatt hour (c/kWh) off-peak and 13.38 c/kWh peak.  Peak for this period is weekdays between 5 and 8 pm.  Rates for June to September would be 11.66 c/kWh off-peak, 16.11 c/kWh mid-peak, and 28.35 c/kWh peak.  Mid-peak is weekdays between noon and 5 pm and between 8 pm and midnight, and peak is weekdays between 5 and 8 pm.  Also, there will be an alternative fixed rate that will be, on average, about 4% higher than the TOD rates.

    Mr. Corbett stated that they think that the TOD rates will end up being somewhat higher in June to September and somewhat lower the remainder of the year compared to current rates.  SMUD will make tools available to help manage electricity use such as free programmable thermostats.  Also, there will be a rate comparison tool on the website to see which rate (TOD or fixed) is better for the customer.

    The Energy Assistance Program Rate (EAPR) (low income customer assistance) will also be adjusted.  The maximum discount will be $50 in 2019, $60 in 2020, and $70 in 2021.  EAPR will be different for each customer.

    The final public hearing on the proposed rates will be on June 1, with a decision on June 15.  Additional information is available at smud.org/rateinfo.

    The SMUD representatives responded to questions from the floor.  Carmen Mitchell asked if the EAPR was monthly.  Mr. Corbett replied yes.  Another SMUD representative, Crystal Richardson, stated that you can also have the same level bill each month under “budget billing.”  Rene Hamlin asked whether it always costs more between 5 and 8 pm.  Mr. Corbett responded that is costs SMUD more, but not the customer.  Bonnie Domeny stated that they have solar power, and asked how the TOD proposal would affect solar installations.  Mr. Corbett responded that the credit you get back will be based on the rate at the time.  Gay Jones asked what the existing tiered rates are.  Mr. Corbett responded that they are 18.61 c/kWh over base off-summer, and 19.28 c/kWh over base summer.  Gay asked whether the Proposition 218 process, that requires an engineering study to show customer benefit from the proposed changes, had been followed.  Another SMUD representative, Mr. Robert Chang, responded that the applicable process is actually from Proposition 21, and that the statement is in the General Manager’s Report.  Jim Morgan asked whether the System Infrastructure Fixed Charge would be maintained.  Mr. Corbett responded that it would.  Jim also asked where one would go to find historic energy use.  Mr. Corbett responded that one would go to SMUD.org under “My Account.”

  1. Minutes of March 28, 2017
    Minor amendments were proposed and accepted to the draft minutes from March 28, 2017.  Gay Jones made a motion to adopt the amended draft minutes.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Agenda Items from the Community
    There were no agenda items from the community.
  1. Reports
    1. Finance
      There was no financial report.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell stated that there was a meeting of the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) this month.  CORPAC considered the West Jackson Highway Master Plan (WJHMP).  Two representatives from Mather wanted better bike trails and additional crossings.  There were no objections.  Gay Jones commented that CORPAC submitted comments on the Notice of Preparation of a draft Environmental Impact Report.  The comments included the need to study cumulative traffic impacts, bike trails, park land dedication, mass transit, water, and mixed use.
    3. American River Parkway Coalition
      Gay Jones reported that 25 out of 26 Regional Parks ranger positions have been filled.  Parks rangers should be at full “full time equivalents” soon.  According to Chief Ranger Mike Doane, the rangers are taking less action, but having a better impact.  They have formed a Park Resource Team to work on illegal camping.  They need more help from Sacramento City Police.  Gay suggested writing a letter or e-mail in support of the Park Resource Team.  Bonnie Domeny made a motion that BRECA write a letter in support of the Regional Parks Resource Team, agreeing with present policies and procedures, and encouraging support from other law enforcement agencies.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.  Bonnie Domeny and Lynda Hammitt are to work on the letter.
    4. Outreach Committee
      Lynda Hammitt reported that there had not been a meeting of the Outreach Committee.  She stated that she would like to reach out to businesses in the BRECA area.  She was concerned that there may be certain businesses we may not want to include.  Rene Hamlin stated that there should be no exceptions, and that reaching out to businesses is a good idea.
  1. Old Business
    1. Annual Meeting
      There was general agreement that we had a good Annual Meeting.  Melissa Schuler stated that there was a problem that not enough of what BRECA does was presented.  That would get people more interested in becoming members.  Jim Morgan handed out a summary of attendance at the Annual Meeting.  There were a total of 77 people there, including BRECA members, non-members, and presenters.  There were 3 new memberships.
    2. From the Floor
      Gay Jones stated that fire camp openings are still available, and suggested putting this on the BRECA Web site.

      Gay Jones and Carmen Mitchell are working on getting a plaque for the tree round outside the library that came from a large tree on the American River Parkway.

      Gay Jones reported that there was a settlement meeting with California American Water representatives over the proposed rate increases.  No response has been received to BRECA questions.

      Gay Jones reported that about 30 people showed up for the May 6 American River Clean Up at Gristmill.

  1. New Business
    1. Ranger Olveda E-mail
      There was discussion about the e-mail from Regional Parks Ranger Olveda in response to a question at the Annual Meeting, and a subsequent e-mail from James Adams.  The e-mail from Ranger Olveda has been forwarded to the BRECA membership.  Jim Morgan distributed a handout from the 2008 American River Parkway Plan concerning the designation of the trail in the Gristmill area.  In particular Jim Morgan pointed out that there is only one trail recognized in the Parkway Plan, and that is an equestrian/hiking trail that runs from the Gristmill entrance to the footbridge over the Mayhew Drain and then on to Howe Ave.

      There was discussion about procedure for forwarding e-mails to the membership.  In particular, Jim Morgan and Kelly Cohen had expressed concerns that the significance of some comments in the Olveda e-mail are unclear unless one is aware of the trail designation in the Parkway Plan, and had suggested including a forward comment clarifying the question.  Bonnie Domeny suggested that we could put together a follow-up comment and send it to the membership.  Jim Morgan stated that since the Olveda e-mail is already out, we should wait and see if anybody has concerns about the e-mail, and respond if there are any.

    2. Steering Committee Election
      Jim Morgan read the results of the 2017 Steering Committee Election.  The people elected were (in the same order as on the ballot): Kelly Cohen, Bonnie Domeny, Lynda Hammitt, James Morgan, Andrea White, Rene Hamlin, James Adams, Gay Jones, and Lori Christensen.
    3. 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, June 27, 2017, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 3-28-17

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: March 28, 2017
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT

Jay Domeny

 

  1. Call to Order by Chair Rene Hamlin

  2. Guest Speaker Rebecca Garrison
    Rebecca Garrison with the Highway 50 Corridor Transportation Management Association state that they work with alternative transportation along the Highway 50 corridor.  She stated that May is bike month, and that they would like to do a community bike ride in the BRECA area.  The date is to be May 4, starting at 6:30 pm.  It is to be a family bike ride, about 4 or 5 miles, taking about 30 minutes.  They will do the organizing, and BRECA is to get the invitation out to neighbors.  It was agreed to participate.
  1. Minutes of February 28, 2017
    Bonnie Domeny made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for February 28, 2017.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Agenda Items from the Community
    1. Blight
      Lucy Phillipson asked if there was anything that could be done about “blight.”  In particular, a tree fell down on a fence across the street from her house and nothing has been done about it.  She noted that the residents of the house speak Chinese.  Bonnie Domeny commented that if it is a code violation, one could call 311, and the County will come and investigate.  Rene Hamlin commented that if 311 does not get a result, then call Supervisor Don Nottoli’s office.  Gay Jones commented that it is good to get different people to call in.
    2. Maintenance in Riviera East Park
      Amy Gillingwater stated that she broke her leg in a hole in Riviera East Park about three weeks ago.  She noted that the hole was filled in the next day.  Bonnie Domeny stated that additional work had been done around the park filling in depressions.  Money from Measure J should become available in the second quarter of 2018.
  1. Reports
    1. Finance
      Andrea White handed out a financial report on income and expenses so far this year.  She stated that she would try to schedule a Budget Committee meeting in the next few weeks.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones stated that the main issue at the recent Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting was Two Sisters Recycling in Rosemont.  They need to apply for a variance.  New County rules require recycling to be inside, but pre-existing locations can apply for a variance.  Three people from the neighborhood spoke in opposition, attributing scavengers in the area to the existence of the recycling business.  Carmen Mitchell commented that there were no problems with bugs or cleanliness at Two Sisters.  The variance was approved on a 6 to 1 vote.

      Gay Jones stated that the comment period on the Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the West Jackson Highway Master Plan had been extended.

      Carmen Mitchell stated that the new sign at the Capitol Christian Center is bright, and what was built is different from what was presented to CORPAC and BRECA.  Gay Jones noted that several variances were approved by the Board of Supervisors on a 3 to 2 vote.  Bonnie Domeny commented that once something is in place it is hard to change.  Kelly Cohen made a motion that the Chair send e-mails to Supervisor Nottoli and the Capitol Christian Center, stating that the lights are bright, and please turn them down.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  It was noted that when the Capitol Christian Center representatives gave a presentation to BRECA, we did not take a position on the sign.  Rene Hamlin commented that we had been assured the sign would not be that bright.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    3. American River Parkway Coalition
      Gay Jones commented that ranger reports are available on the Parks web site.  She also spoke with Chief Ranger Mike Doane and he would like a letter supporting continuing to issue citations for illegal camping.
    4. Outreach Committee
      Lynda Hammitt reported that the existing membership application form is now on the BRECA website.  She also said that Lori Christensen had completed a list of accomplishments, and that a new membership flyer had been completed.  Jim Morgan stated that he had some concerns with the flyer.  In particular, it did not have a place where people could volunteer for specific tasks.  Volunteers have been very helpful in the past, especially with mailings and door-to-door distribution of flyers and the Newsletter.  Andrea White stated that the volunteer section did not seem like that important a use of space, and that the lists could become outdated.  Lynda Hammitt stated that we could send a follow-up e-mail about whether people are interested in volunteering.  Bonnie Domeny stated that the main goal was to get space for better graphics, and that she would like to test the new flyer at upcoming events and see how it works out.  The general decision was to go with the new flyer.
    5. Easter Egg Hunt
      Lori Christensen commented that the Easter Egg Hunt banner is missing.  People will look for it.  Bonnie stated that there is to be an egg-stuffing party on April 7th, and the flyers are to be mailed tomorrow.
  1. Old Business
    1. California American Water Update
      Gay Jones stated that the BRECA motion for party status had been sent.
    2. Annual Meeting Preparations
      Suggestions for people to invite included Supervisor Don Nottoli, Assemblyman Ken Cooley, the Problem Oriented Policing (POP) officer, a representative from County Code Enforcement, and a representative from Cordova Parks.  Lori Christensen commented that there is a need to get started on the flyer.  Bonnie Domeny stated that she will work with Rene Hamlin on the flyer.
    3. West Jackson Highway Master Plan Notice of Preparation
      Jim Morgan stated that the BRECA comments on the West Jackson Highway Master Plan Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report had been submitted.
  1. New Business
    1. Steering Committee Election
      Jim Morgan outlined the process for the upcoming Steering Committee Election.  Nominations will be accepted between the March and April BRECA meetings.  Those who accept nominations become candidates, and will be requested to submit candidate’s statements.  The ballots and candidate’s statements will go out about 7 to 10 days into April, with about two weeks for members to vote.  Votes will be counted at the May meeting.
    2. Native Plants for Parkway Planting
      Gay Jones stated that she would like funding for purchase of native plants for planting in the Parkway and bags for Starthistle pulling.  She made a motion that $70 be authorized for sponsorship expenditures for Mile Marker 12 South, of the American River Parkway.  Andrea White seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

      Kelly Cohen stated that she had been working on an area behind her house for several years.  She would like to plant some native plants, like creeping wild rye.  Jim Morgan inquired as to whether a permit from County Parks was needed.  Gay Jones and Rene Hamlin commented that to do an official planting, a permit is needed.

    3. From the Floor
      Kelly Cohen stated that there is a new Conservancy for the American River, but that it has no money.  She wants to get letters of support from community organizations for bills in the legislature that would get money for the Conservancy.  Jim Morgan commented that there are two bills, one each in the Assembly and Senate.  Both are for bond money.  One has $5 million for the American River Conservancy, and the other does not specify an amount.  Lori Christensen stated that she would need to look at the specific language of the bills.  There was discussion on possible action by BRECA, and agreement that additional information is needed.  No action was taken.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a General Meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 2-28-17

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: February 28, 2017
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Jay Domeny
Andrea White

  1. Call to Order by Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. California American Water Proposed Rate Increase: Presentation by Office of Ratepayer Advocates
    Richard Rauschmeier and other staff from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) gave a lengthy presentation on the California American Water (Cal Am) 2018 General Rate Case.  Mr. Rauschmeier stated that the Cal Am General Rate Case application is about 20,000 pages long.  The ORA has technical staff who review the application and make recommendations to the CPUC regarding the application.  The ORA is statutorily mandated to recommend the lowest rates consistent with safe and reliable service.Mr. Rauschmeier stated that the basic rate making equation is that revenue requirements equals expenses plus taxes plus (rate of return times rate base).  The maximum allowed rate of return is 8.341%, and the “rate base” is the book value of the physical plant.  If forecasted revenue is below revenue requirements, then there will be a rate increase.

    A question was posed about the effect of the drought.  Mr. Rauschmeier stated that utilities’ costs are typically about 70% fixed, and 30% variable (i.e. depend on how much water is used).  However, state policy is to encourage conservation, which is encouraged by having more of the charges allocated to how much water is used.  He stated that he thinks that Cal Am has about 30% fixed charges and 70% variable.  In this case, if less water is used, there may be a need for a rate increase to cover the fixed costs.  However, this does not necessarily mean that the customers will pay more, since less water is being used.  He also clarified that the rate of return is actually an “opportunity” to make a profit, and that if unusual events occur, the rate of return may be less.

    Another factor is increasing use of surcharges (memoranda or balancing accounts).  For example, the Water Rate Adjustment Mechanism (WRAM) allows the utility to recoup revenues that were lost in previous years due to reduced water use.  This effectively decouples revenue from water use.  If the traditional relation of sales to profits existed, then the utility would have an incentive to maximize water use.  A question was posed as to whether the ORA could help BRECA with language opposing the WRAM.  Mr. Rauschmeier responded that he would advocate a broader approach, opposing memoranda and balancing accounts in general.

    Turning to the specific Cal Am rate case, Mr. Rauschmeier stated that Cal Am is asking for a 27.29% increase, but the ORA is recommending a 10.31% increase.

    Mr. Rauschmeier also addressed the proposed consolidation of the Sacramento District with the Larkfield district.  He presented a bar graph that indicated that the average cost of water for the Sacramento District is about $5 per hundred cubic feet ($5/ccf), whereas the cost of water for the Larkfield District is about $10/ccf.  A weighted average for consolidation would be about $5.5/ccf.  However, in general, larger districts have economies of scale, so the ORA’s view is that the consolidated cost should be lower.  He also pointed out that the Sacramento District actually consists of 9 systems that are not connected, so it already has cost consolidation.  He also stated that “risk pooling” is an advantage.  For example, the Sacramento District has an upcoming problem due to new regulations for chromium contamination, but the Larkfield District does not.  Finally, there is a state policy concerning a “human right” to water, which implies pooling costs.

    Mr. Rauschmeier reviewed a number of special requests that are part of the Cal Am request.  Special request number 5 concerns the WRAM.  The CPUC has imposed a 10% cap on the WRAM fees.  Cal Am is requesting removal of the cap.  The ORA is recommending retaining the cap.

    A question was posed as to how the ORA would respond to the BRECA letter on the Cal Am rate case.  Mr. Rauschmeier stated that the ORA does not respond to letters on the rate case, but may incorporate issues into ORA testimony.  He also stated that there is nothing preventing BRECA from submitting additional comments.

  1. Minutes of January 24, 2017
    Several revisions were requested to the draft minutes for January 24, 2017, which were accepted.  Gay Jones made a motion to adopt the revised draft minutes.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Agenda Items from the Community
    1. Expansion of Dog Leash Laws
      Lynda Hammitt stated that this item came from Nextdoor, and was a request for tougher dog leash laws.  A member of the community stated that she lives next to the levee, and sees people walking dogs without a leash all the time.  She has been approached by large dogs.  Bonnie Domeny commented that the laws are there, but enforcement is the issue.  Jim Morgan commented that on the Parkway and levee, leash laws are enforced by Park Rangers.  But, there are many off-leash dogs, and few rangers on duty at any given time.  Kelly Cohen pointed out that there is a reporting system for problems on the Parks website.  Gay Jones stated that there are three things a person can do: call 311 with the county, report to the Parks website on the “oak leaf,” or Kelly and Gay attend the American River Parkway Coalition meetings, and they can convey problems to Parks Rangers.  Generally they want to know when and where, and what kind of dog, or have a picture.
  1. Reports
    1. Finance
      There was no financial report.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported that the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting this month received a proposal to allow a person in Rosemont with a one acre lot to build “in-law” quarters, which was approved.

      1. West Jackson Highway Master Plan
        Terry Dugan, President of the Rosemont Community Association stated that they are concerned about the West Jackson Highway Master Plan and other large developments proposed along Jackson Highway.  He stated that he does not want us to become an orphan in the county.  He suggested that we should have a conversation on options.  He suggested three options: do nothing, join an adjacent city, or form our own city.Gay Jones stated that there is a Notice Of Preparation (NOP) for a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on the West Jackson Highway Master Plan, and asked if BRECA should comment.  Jim Morgan stated BRECA had received the NOP, and that there is a deadline for comments, 30 days after receipt of the NOP.  There was consensus that traffic is an issue, and that Gay Jones and Jim Morgan would lead in sending a comment letter on the NOP.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Lynda Hammitt reported that she had loaded the existing membership application form on Nextdoor, and is working on getting it on the BRECA website.  She is working on a membership appeal, and needs help with graphics.  Lori Christensen wrote a draft “accomplishments” list, and asked for feedback.  Rene Hamlin suggested that adopted a mile of Parkway should be added.  Lynda Hammitt stated that they have set a goal of 10 new members by March 31, and they have 9 to go.  She challenged each Steering Committee member to recruit one new member.
  1. Old Business
    1. By-Laws
      Jim Morgan stated that the By-Laws election had been completed.  There were 49 responses, with 46 Yes votes and 3 No votes.  So, the new By-Laws have been adopted.
  1. New Business
    1. From the Floor
      Lori Christensen reminded people that the Annual Meeting is coming up in April.  We need to think about who to invite as speakers.  Bonnie Domeny suggested the new Problem Oriented Policing (POP) officer, and code enforcement.  Sheriffs, and the Park Director and/or Ranger were suggested.  It was agreed that Rene Hamlin, Bonnie Domeny, and Melissa Schuler would work on the Annual Meeting.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 1-24-17

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: January 24, 2017
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

  • Lori Christensen
  • Kelly Cohen
  • Bonnie Domeny
  • Rene Hamlin
  • Lynda Hammitt
  • Gay Jones
  • Jim Morgan
  • Andrea White

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

  • Jay Domeny
  1. Call to Order by Vice-Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes of December 20, 2016
    Gay Jones requested some revisions to the draft minutes for December 20, 2016, which were accepted.  Bonnie Domeny made a motion to adopt the revised draft minutes.  Andrea White seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  3. Agenda Items from the Community
    1. Street Lights on Mira Del Rio
      Lynda Hammitt stated that this item came from Nextdoor, from a non-member who was not present at this meeting.  Bonnie Domeny had replied on Nextdoor.  She raised the question of what to do with items that come up repeatedly.  Gay Jones suggested that we follow up under agenda item 6.a.  Bonnie Domeny commented that the issue is that there are no street lights in the eastern part of the BRECA area.  Lynda Hammitt commented that to get street lights the neighbors would have to form a Lighting and Landscaping District.  Andrea White commented that they would have to vote to assess themselves to pay for the lights.  Gay Jones commented that we have been there before, and when neighbors find out about the assessment, nobody steps forward.
    2. Update on Large Lot for Sale on Folsom Blvd. and other Development Plans for the Area
      Gay Jones stated that the subdivision map granted 8 years ago for the large property for sale across Folsom Blvd. from the Butterfield Light Rail station will expire in May 2017.  She also stated that she had talked to the realtor who is trying to sell the main parking lot for the Butterfield Light Rail station.  This is a 3.2 acres parcel.  BRECA is concerned that any development there should accommodate existing parking.
    3. California American Water Application before the California Public Utilities Commission
      It was agreed to cover this as part of item 5a below.
  4. Reports
    1. Finance
      Andrea White distributed a handout for the 2016 income and expenditures.  Overall, BRECA spent less than was budgeted, and income exceeded expenses.Jim Morgan suggested that, since the Budget Committee had not yet met to formulate a budget for 2017, the Steering Committee should pass a “continuing resolution” which temporarily approved the 2016 budget as the 2017 budget.  Lynda Hammitt made a motion to approve such a continuing resolution.  Andrea White seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported that the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting this month received a proposal to allow the proposed AM/PM at Kiefer Blvd. and Bradshaw Road to sell beer and wine.  There were no objections from the Sheriff or Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.  CORPAC voted to approve the beer and wine proposal.Carmen Mitchell also reported that CORPAC received a presentation on the Mather-South development proposal.  She noted that the proposal has a lot of park space, and that they are keeping all of the vernal pools.  Gay Jones commented that they are getting ready to produce a Draft Environmental Impact Report.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Lynda Hammitt reported that the Outreach Committee had met 3 times.  They had agreed on a mission: To increase BRECA membership and involvement.  They also had agreed on a goal: To increase membership by 10% by March 31.  Existing opportunities for getting new members include the General Meeting, Easter Egg Hunt and Picnic.  They had brainstormed about new ways to recruit members.  These include having an on-line form for joining and maybe for paying dues, making more use of the Newsletter as an outreach tool, touting our accomplishments, testimonials from local leaders such as Don Nottoli, and bloging more often.  Accomplishments so far include recruiting one new member, asking for input from the community for the Steering Committee agenda, and working on a new application form.
  5. Old Business
    1. California American Water Update
      James Adams stated that he had been involved in several rate increase cases.  Testimony on all issues for the California American Water (Cal Am) rate case before the California Public Utilities Commission is due by February 13, 2017.  He stated that he is not sure when to send a BRECA letter, and that perhaps BRECA should send a second letter responding to the proposed decision of the Administrative Law Judge.  He also stated that he is confused by the question of the guaranteed rate of return of 8%: Is it less because of people saving water?  Jim Morgan suggested that we should get a BRECA letter in before February 13.  James Adams concurred, and stated that he would work with Gay Jones on a letter.Lori Christensen pointed out that with the end of the drought the State Water Resources Control Board’s conservation goals may go away.  Gay Jones stated that, under Proposition 218, public utilities have to tie rates to cost of service, but this does not apply to private utilities like Cal Am.  James Adams stated that we should note the previous involvement of BRECA in Cal Am rate cases in 2011 and 2014.  He also suggested that we have an Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) representative come out to talk with us sometime in February.  Gay Jones stated that she would reach out to Richard Rauschmeier, an ORA representative.
    2. By-Laws
      Jim Morgan stated that there is a need to clean up the certification language at the end of the By-Laws distributed on November 16, as there are mis-spellings and other problems.  However, as this is not actually part of the By-Laws, perhaps the Secretary and the By-Laws Committee could do this.  Ken Crawford stated that he had no objection to this, and it was agreed to do so.  Ken distributed an updated version of the By-Laws with the changes agreed to at the December, 2016 Steering Committee meeting.Jim Morgan made a motion as follows: “The Steering Committee directs the Elections Committee to submit to a vote of the membership for approval or disapproval the proposed By-Laws dated 1-24-2017.”  Rene Hamlin seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. New Business
    1. BRECA Communications
      Lynda Hammitt stated that we want to communicate adequately, but not spam people.  She pointed out that there is not a process to get “blasts” out to the membership.  Gay Jones stated that we have people who participate in regional organizations, such as Jim Morgan on the Lower American River Task Force and Kelly Cohen on the American River Parkway Coalition.  If something important comes up, we can contact the members, but it is a judgment call depending upon the circumstances.  Rene Hamlin pointed out that we do not need to repeat information from well-funded sources such as Cal Am.  Bonnie Domeny suggested having a monthly Newsletter on the BRECA Web site, and e-mailing a link to the members.  Gay Jones stated that we can also do alerts or notices.  But, when she went to the Web site, she could not find contact information for BRECA.  There was discussion of this, and Lynda Hammitt stated they would look into it at the Outreach Committee.
    2. Climate Action Plan Workshops
      There was a brief discussion of this item: the County is doing Climate Action Plan workshops.  It is not clear if BRECA has an interest in this.  Rene Hamlin stated that she will put out contact information on Nextdoor.
    3. Calendar for 2017
      The following events were identified and dates set, pending refinement as needed:

      1. April 8 – Easter Egg Hunt
      2. April 25 – General Meeting
      3. June 3 – Neighborhood yard sale
      4. August 1 – National Night Out
      5. August 20 – Bark in the Park
      6. September 24 – BRECA Picnic
      7. December 19 – BRECA Steering Committee meeting.There was a brief discussion of the Neighborhood yard sale.  It was agreed that it was a lot of work last year.  This year we will not have people set up in the park, but will distribute maps.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the Rancho Cordova Library.