BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 07-24-18


DATE: July 24, 2018
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

James Adams
Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

Rene Hamlin


1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Minutes of June 26, 2018

Two corrections to the draft minutes of June 26, 2018 were proposed and accepted. Gay
Jones made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes. James Adams seconded the
motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

3. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community

There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.

4. Reports

a. Treasurer
Andrea White (Treasurer) presented the BRECA income and expenditures to date. It was
noted that the budget item for the P.O. Box included 6 months for the beginning of 2018 as
well as 12 months for July 2018 to June 2019. Bonnie Domeny made a motion to approve
this amendment to the budget. Gay Jones seconded the motion. The motion was approved
unanimously. The balance in the BRECA checking account is $4,616.04.

Carmen Mitchell stated that CORPAC (the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory
Council) did not meet this month.

c. Outreach Committee

Lynda Hammitt reported that the Outreach Committee met on July 2. They would like to initiate a survey of the General Meeting attendees, with the objectives of getting the most value for the community and input from the community. An example of survey questions was circulated. Possibly Survey Monkey could be used to distribute the survey, as it is free. Maybe it could also be in the Newsletter. Gay Jones commented that the survey should be focused on the General Meeting, and that it would also need to be sent by mail for people we do not have e-mail addresses for. A member of the audience stated that you only want people who were at the meeting. Lynda suggested two different surveys, one for the General Meeting and one for the Newsletter, with different questions. Jim Morgan noted that one would need a different survey for people who did not come to the General meeting. There was general agreement that the questions should be reviewed by the Steering Committee.

Lynda Hammitt stated that they are considering a “You are BRECA” campaign. Bonnie Domeny commented that even if someone is not a member of BRECA they are part of the community.

Lynda Hammitt stated that they are working on getting a PayPal swipe so that people can give money using PayPal at events.

5. Old Business

a. Cal Am

Gay Jones stated that she had received a response from Richard Rauschmeier of the Office of
Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to her
request for an update on the California American Water (Cal Am) proceedings. There was no
activity on the General Rate Case. In the General Rate Case, the earliest a decision could be
made would be October. A member of the audience asked how BRECA puts this out to the
community. It was pointed out that it appears in the minutes of the Steering Committee
meeting, somewhat on NextDoor, on the BRECA web site and the Newsletter. The member
of the audience asked wouldn’t BRECA want to get the community’s input. James Adams
stated that we will make comments on the draft decision, and put out the draft decision and
comments. Gay Jones stated that it is very complicated technically. The member of the
audience commented that there is an opportunity to toot our own horn concerning the Cost of
Capital case.

b. ARCO AM/PM update

Jim Morgan commented that he had a discussion with Sheryll Venegas of Supervisor
Nottoli’s office concerning the proposed ARCO AM/PM. She stated that there is a new site
plan, but that it still does not meet County standards. She had no additional information on
the easement question. She does not know if the applicant can move forward with the new
site plan. Gay Jones commented that she is trying to work with County Planning to get more

c. Folsom Blvd. Phase 5 Project

James Adams reported that he had received documents from a planner with Rancho Cordova on Phase 5 of their Folsom Blvd. work. This would be from Bradshaw to Paseo Rio, and include sidewalks, bike lanes and medians. There does not appear to be an environmental effect. Jim Morgan commented that whether there will be an environmental effect is not clear from the documents. There is no list of specific trees to be removed or saved on the south side of Folsom Blvd., or whether there is to be mitigation. The only environmental document was a Categorical Exemption, which was signed in April 2017. Since we have no leverage with Rancho Cordova, there is not anything we can do.

Gay Jones reported that there will be a vote at the County Board of Supervisors on whether to approve a pavement overlay on Folsom Blvd. from Bradshaw Rd. to Mayhew. The vote is to be on August 7 or 21. Gay urged people to contact Supervisor Nottoli in support of the

d. From the Floor

Gay Jones reported on the recent Parkway Coalition meeting. Jeff Leatherman is no longer County Parks Director.  The official acting director is Rob Leonard.  However, the main responsibilities are being performed by Liz Bellas, the Deputy Parks Director. There is money for projects from Proposition 68. There is a big backlog of projects that County Parks would like money to work on.

Gay Jones commented that a SMUD representative is scheduled for the September 25
BRECA meeting. It was noted that Chair Lynda Hammitt and Vice-chair Gay Jones will not
be at that meeting, and that the Library meeting room will not be available. It was suggested
that SMUD should be moved to October. Lori Christensen was suggested for Chair of the
September meeting. Various people are working on finding an alternative meeting location.

6. New Business

a. Proposed Apartment Complex on Folsom Blvd.

Lynda Hammitt reported that she had received information from Sheryll Venegas with Supervisor Nottoli’s office that a two-story apartment complex has been proposed for Folsom Blvd.  Gay Jones commented that the proposal may not come to CORPAC if no variances or other deviations from County standards are required.  Concerns were mentioned including required number of parking spaces, the two story buildings overlooking existing residences’ back yards, vehicle access, how many apartments would be market rate, setback from existing residential development, traffic, whether there will be a soundwall, will the manager be on-site or off-site, and whether there will be a fire lane.  Gay noted that the Special Planning Area plan originally had five story apartments, so two stories is not so bad.  Lynda Hammitt noted that we need to find out what the process is and how to provide input.

b. From the Floor

James Adams stated that the building that burned down next to St. George Church is being
cleaned up.

Gay Jones stated that the Great American River Clean Up is scheduled for September 15. She will not be able to run the BRECA table. Kelly Cohen and Lori Christensen volunteered to help.

7. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

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