HAPPENING THIS WEEK: Community Office Hours in your area!

Dear Marguerite,

As your Congressman, I have always prided myself on making government work for Sacramento County. 

From getting help from a government agency to addressing your tax issues, my office is here to help. 

My office will be hosting Community Office Hours at the Rancho Cordova Library this Thursday, April 4th. 

Rancho Cordova Library is located at 9845 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95827.

My district office staff will be available from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm to help people who are having trouble with federal government agencies including backlogged Veterans benefits, IRS refunds, issues with Social Security and Medicare, and more. 

Click here to RSVP and let us know how we can best prepare to serve you!

  

Community Office Hours at Rancho Cordova Library

  

 

RSVP FOR COMMUNITY OFFICE HOURS

  

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who may be in need of assistance from the federal government.

Our team of caseworkers has helped over 28,000 people and recovered over $18 million for Sacramento County taxpayers since 2013.

If you are unable to attend the community office hours, please know you’re always welcome to contact my office to share your views or to ask a question. You can call my office at (916) 635-0505 or get help online.

For more information on upcoming events, please visit bera.house.gov/upcoming-events.

  

 

Be well,

Ami Bera Signature

  

Ami Bera, M.D.
Member of Congress

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – April 23, 2024

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: April 23, 2024

PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA

MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams

Paul Bowers

Lori Christensen

Ken Crawford

Rene Hamlin

Gay Jones

Debbie Purvis

 

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Jim Morgan

Andrea White

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 4

1. Welcome by Chair Gay Jones and Introductions

2. Items from the public, not on the agenda

None

3. Minutes from March 26, 2024

Ken Crawford made a motion to adopt the draft minutes from March 26, 2024.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

4. Reports/Updates

a. Treasurer

No Report this month

b. Membership

No Report this month

 

c. CORPAC

Gay Jones reported that there was no activity at CORPAC.  

d. Little Library

Rene Hamlin reported that there has been some graffiti on the little library.  She also noticed that the neighbors have been keeping it clean by applying rubbing alcohol on it.  

e. Metro Fire

Gay Jones handed out a Profile and Statistics card for Metro Fire for January 1-December 31, 2023  

5. Old Business

a. Psynergy

Debbie Purvis reported that Psynergy set up a meeting/walk through, and she wanted to thank them for setting it up.  The tour did not include the locked part of the facility that is for the clients and staff only.  There is a new volleyball court being built for clients.  However, there is still no solution to concerns about their clients loitering and dropping cigarettesand trash around the neighborhood.  

It was noted that the Psynergy was previously a senior citizens home and now is a mental health treatment program.  It is an open campus and clients can come and go as they please.  Rebecca Sloan, representative for Supervisor Pat Hume, was in attendance she was asked about the process for allowing a new use?  Rebecca said it is a State license and we may want to contact State Assembly member Josh Hoover. [Secretary’s note: the State Assembly member that represents the area around Psynergy is Kevin McCarty.]

A suggestion was made by Gay Jones that BRECA write a letter to Psynergy informing them that our goal is to be good neighbors, and we hope they share the same goal.  The letter would also suggest that Psynergy have a staff member come with large groups of clients on outings and model good behavior. Additionally, it was suggested that they could “adopt” Folsom Blvd and pick up trash on the sidewalk and in the landscaping.  We would also remind them that they are welcome to come to our monthly meetings. 

b. Easter Egg Hunt (Communications/Website)

Gay Jones noted that the special event needed to get on the website, and we needed to notify the Webmaster. 

c. ACE Erosion Control Project 

James Adams attended a meeting about the Corps Erosion Control Project on the lower American River between Howe Ave and Larchmont Park.  He thought County Supervisors Hume and Desmond organized the meeting; however it was pointed out that it Federal Representative Ami Berra organized it.  James wants the Federal partners to do an on-site walk thru confirming the trees to be affected by the Project. Gay commented that we are waiting for response to comments on the environmental document, and then Paul and Gay will discuss next steps with Jim Morgan.

d. Trumark Update

James Adams reported that there is no new update on the Trumark property.  There is still discussion about buying the 20 acres in the flood plain and not buying the 20 acres above the floodplain.  

e. Steering Committee Election

Nominations for Steering Committee candidates opened with the last meeting and concluded with this meeting.  There were no new nominees.

6. New Business

a. Sacramento County Infill Development Program 

Gay Jones invites people to check out the County’s website on Infill Development: www.saccountyinfill.com.  If you sign up, you will get updates.

b. Outreach to Assembly member Josh Hoover

Outreach to Assembly member Josh Hoover informing him of our meeting time and dates [Secretary’s note: the State Assembly member that represents our area is Kevin McCarty.]

7. From the Floor

Rene Hamlin discussed the National Night Out/Safe Streetsnight.  This year it will be held on Tuesday, August 6th. Local Neighborhood Watch supports this event.  Some people in the audience had participated in it.  They held a Barbeque in the front yard and neighbors came and played corn hole and chess.  It was suggested that people should come to the next meeting with ideas of how BRECA can get involved with it.

The Steering Committee Meeting will be held at the Rancho Cordova Library on May 28, 2024.

BRECA Agenda May 28, 2024

BUTTERFIELD RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Steering Committee Meeting
6:30 pm, May 28, 2024
Cordova Library Community Room
9845 Folsom Blvd. 95827

AGENDA:
1. Welcome and Introductions.
2. Items From the Public, not on the agenda.
3. Approval of Minutes.
4. Reports/Updates : Treasurer. Overage approval for membership renewal expenses.
: Membership.
: Corpac Meeting.
: Sacramento Rezone Project.
: Picnic Banner.
: Additional.
5. Old Business – Synergy.
– ACE Erosion Control Project (Jim).
– From the Floor.
6. New Business – Comment letter on draft Fire Safe Council proposal by Parkway Foundation.
– From the Floor.
7. From the Floor.

Adjourn until next Meeting on June 25, 2024.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – March 26, 2024

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

 

DATE: March 26, 2024

 

PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA

 

MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

 

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams

Paul Bowers

Lori Christensen 

Ken Crawford

Rene Hamlin

Gay Jones

Jim Morgan

Debbie Purvis

Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

None

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 2

  1. Call to Order by Chair Gay Jones
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

None

  1. Minutes from February 27, 2024

Rene Hamlin made a motion to adopt the draft minutes from February 27, 2024.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

  1. Reports
  2. Treasurer

Andrea White reported that BRECA has $6,406.98 in the bank.

  1. Membership

Jim Morgan reported that BRECA has 85 memberships.

  1. Little Library

Andrea White reported that there is an issue with the hinges on the door of the Little Free Library.  The Little Free Library has been removed for repair.

  1. CORPAC

Gay Jones reported that there was no Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting.

  1. Metro Fire

Gay Jones reported that Metro Fire will have a Fire Camp for people ages 11-13.  It is a four and one-half day event.  They are open for applications on the Metro Fire web site.

  1. Old Business
  2. Psynergy

Debbie Purvis reported that she had not had success in contacting Psynergy to express concerns about their clients loitering and dropping cigarettes around her neighborhood.  She also has not had success at arranging a site visit for BRECA members.  Gay Jones noted that the facility was previously a senior citizens home and now is a mental health treatment program wherein clients are prescribed medications.  It is an open campus and clients can come and go as they please.  She inquired of Ashleigh Kaufman, a representative for Supervisor Pat Hume, about the process for allowing a new use?  Ms. Kaufman stated that she will check into it and get back to us.

Ken Crawford noted that the clients are loitering around the shopping center and that he feels uncomfortable going there.  He raised that question of what program(s) do they have?  Gay wondered whether they have an impact on the library.  Andrea White noted that their web site indicates that they want to acquire adjacent property for an equestrian program.  Lori Christensen stated that she had talked to their representative about that, and they are not going forward with that plan.

  1. Easter Egg Hunt

Andrea White discussed the preparations for the BRECA Easter Egg Hunt.  Weather is an issue, and go or no-go will be decided the Friday before the event.  

  1. New Business
  2. Steering Committee Election

Jim Morgan stated that nominations for Steering Committee candidates open with this meeting and close with the next meeting.  Notices of the election will be emailed to members we have emails for, and sent by U.S. mail to the other members.

  1. Floor

James Adams commented that the environmental document for the Corps’ erosion protection project had received between 300 and 900 comments.  He stated that that they may get final documents in May or June.  Jim Morgan commented that it was likely to take longer to prepare the final documents.

Jim Morgan enquired whether anyone had followed up on the food pop-up on Folsom Blvd. near Bradshaw Rd.?  Apparently nobody had.  Jim requested that Ashleigh Kaufman, with Supervisor Hume’s office, follow up on this.  Ms. Kaufman stated that she will check into it and get back to us.

Gay Jones commented that the Eclectic Center is still in disrepair.  In particular, a light pole is down.  James Adams commented that they have filled in some potholes, and they don’t collect water anymore.  Gay also observed that a large structure had been added to the Lavash Bakery.

A member of the audience commented that he had prepared a draft of a banner for the picnic, and sent it around via email.

Andrea White reported that the Cordova Recreation and Park District Optimized Plan is now on the web site and comments will be accepted March 21 to April 21.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting at the Rancho Cordova Library on April 23, 2024.

BRECA Agenda April 23, 2024

BUTTERFIELD RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

 

Steering Committee Meeting

6:30 pm, April 23, 2024

Cordova Library Community Room

9845 Folsom Blvd. 95827

 

AGENDA:

  1. Welcome and Introductions.
  2. Items From the Public, not on the agenda.
  3. Approval of Minutes.
  4. Reports/Updates : Treasurer

: Membership

: Little Library

: Corpac Meeting.

: Additional.

  1. Old Business – Synergy (Debbie).

– Easter Egg Hunt. (Communications/Website, Gay)

– ACE Erosion Control Project (Jim).

– Trumark Update (James).

– Steering Committee Elections (Jim).

 

6. New Business – Sacramento County Infill Development Program. (Gay)

7. From the Floor.

 

Adjourn until next Meeting on May 28, 2024.

 

Community Conversation: American River Common Features Project

 

Join the Office of Congressman Ami Bera and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District team members for a virtual community conversation regarding the American River Common Features Project erosion control efforts.

 

Community Conversation: American River Common Features Project

April 8, 2024 at 4 p.m. 

 

You must register to attend. All questions must be submitted when you register. Visit americanrivertrees.org for details and key concerns to inform your question(s). There is a 255-character limit in the Questions & Comments box.

 

REGISTRATION FORM

BACKGROUND

Save the American River Association is working with American River Trees(ART) to oppose the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)/Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA)/Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) levee work on portions of the Lower American River as proposed in the draft SEIS/SEIR. 

Many have seen the erosion protection measures taken at Paradise Beach, Campus Commons Golf Course, H Street Bridge, and Sac State/Howe. These ill-conceived engineering projects resulted in almost total removal of trees and vegetation from the Lower American River and Parkway. The upcoming Contract 3B envisions similar impacts to areas of the River and Parkway between Howe Avenue bridge and Watt Avenue bridge, continuing a mile upstream of the Watt Avenue bridge to the vicinity of Mayhew/Rio Bravo Circle on the River’s south bank, and Estates Drive on the north bank.