04-24-12 Meeting Minutes



DATE: April 24, 2012
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA General Membership Meeting


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

1. Welcome from the Acting Chair Kelly Cohen

2. County Supervisor Don Nottoli

Supervisor Nottoli touched on a number of areas of concern to the community. He noted that upcoming changes to the Supervisorial Districts were influenced by citizens’ input, in particular the desire to keep communities south of the American River together due to shared interests. He stated that the County budget continues to be difficult, and that the County is trying to provide services with reduced resources. He also noted that BRECA has had an influence on local matters, such as the landscaping at the north-east corner of Butterfield and Folsom.

3. Commander Rosanne Richeal, Sacramento County Sheriff and Rancho Cordova Police

Commander Richeal first introduced the Problem Oriented Policing (POP) officers with her, Charles Gayley and Sergeant Wayne Stevens. She then addressed a number of questions that had been suggested by BRECA. She stated that, statistically, people in the area are safer now than 5 years ago, due to an overall national decrease in crimes. She suggested looking at SacSheriff.com for crime mapping, and handed out a map of the locations of recent crimes in the area. She stated that neighborhood watch groups are important. Sergeant Stevens stated that there are monthly meetings at the Sheriff/Police station for neighborhood watch and community members, with schedules on the Ranch Cordova Police web site. The officers repeatedly emphasized “report, report, report” as they have no way of knowing if crimes are occurring unless people report the crimes.

Commander Richeal commented that the motels on Folsom Blvd. in the area were responsible for over 100 calls last year. She noted that the police helicopters are based at Mather Field, which is why people in our area hear them frequently. One of the officers with Commander Richeal stated that there is a situation with 911 calls from cell phones, which all go the California Highway Patrol, who do not know the area. He suggested cell phone users call the Ranch Cordova emergency line at 874-5111.

Sergeant Stevens stated that there are problems with transient (homeless) camps. These are difficult to deal with due to limited staffing and the requirement that the homeless people be able to recover any seized property. Officer Gayley noted that they had cleaned up three camps on Folsom Blvd. in the area last week.

A member of the audience inquired about people pilfering from recycling bins. Sergeant Stevens commented that the impact on recycling was minimal, so there is little incentive to put resources on the problem. The exception is if someone comes on private property to do that, which could be a prelude to burglary. In that case, the incident should be reported to police or sheriff. Another member of the audience commented that there is a recycling center at Folsom and Bradshaw, which encourages pilfering. Supervisor Nottoli commented that this is a widespread problem and the County recently adopted new rules about where recycling centers can be located.

4. Lieutenant Richard Desmond, California Highway Patrol

Lieutenant Desmond stated that the California Highway Patrol (CHP) does traffic enforcement in the unincorporated County. Within Ranch Cordova traffic is handled by the local police. There are some grey areas. For example, if something is stolen from a car, it should be reported to the Sheriff. However, if the car is stolen, it should be reported to the CHP. For traffic complaints, such as speeding or loud cars, call 464-1450. This month the priority is distracted driving, such as using a cell phone or texting that is not “hands free.” He noted that there is an exception in the law, and one can make an emergency call (911) using a regular cell phone.

5. Barbara Fairbanks, Sacramento County Code Enforcement

Ms. Fairbanks stated that the Code Enforcement phone is 875-5656. Code Enforcement covers a number of areas, including junk and rubbish, illegal parking, problems with rental houses, housing issues, vacant houses, weed abatement, and various other nuisances. However, there are only 12 officers for all issues in the County. In response to questions from the audience, she stated that there are different ways to approach housing issues, including letters to the property owner and renter, and, after 15 days, enforcement. She stated that during fire season the fire department can become involved in weed abatement if weeds are too close to a house. She stated that on private property, the County usually does not cite unregistered vehicles. A trailer unattached to a vehicle on the street will get a ticket, but this is done by Parking Enforcement, not Code Enforcement. Barking dogs are a nuisance, but not handled by Code Enforcement. Supervisor Nottoli suggested calling animal control. Ms. Fairbanks stated that drug problem houses are the responsibility of the Sheriff’s Department. Also, groups of neighbors can use small claims court to go after owners. She also stated that one can call 1-800-252-4613 to report wayward shopping carts.

6. Jim Rodems, District Administrator, Cordova Recreation and Park District

Jim Rodems, District Administrator for the Cordova Recreation and Park District, reviewed “what’s new” in the District. Mr. Rodems was recently appointed to his post. He stated that the District has been in “budget turmoil” with both layoffs and hiring for vacant positions. He stated that safety in parks is critical, and that they work with the Sheriff and have private security. They are trying to get all the lighting in the parks working, but don’t want too much light, as it attracts troublemakers. One need they have identified is for more community meeting rooms. In response to a question about off-leash dogs in parks, Mr. Rodems stated that there is a need for better signage in the parks. Staff people can tell dog owners to leash their dogs. For Parks issues, call 362-1841 or e-mail

7. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a regular Steering Committee meeting on May 22, 2012, at the Rancho Cordova Library

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