BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – May 23, 2023



DATE: May 23, 2023

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

MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting


James Adams

Lori Christensen 

Ken Crawford

Gay Jones

Jim Morgan

Debbie Purvis

Andrea White


Rene Hamlin


  1. Call to Order by Co-chair Gay Jones
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Non-agenda Items from the Floor

A member of the audience commented that there is a person in her area who has been sitting in their driveway and yelling and playing loud music for 23 years.  Neighbors have called the Sheriff 28 times, but they did nothing.  So, 12 of the neighbors are getting a restraining order for disrupting the peace.  They have a court date Friday.  Assuming the order is granted, the next time there is a complaint the person will get arrested, and probably get some mental health help.  The person’s family supports the neighbors.  There was no lawyer, the court fees were waived, and the clerk at the courthouse helped the neighbors fill out the form.  Another member of the audience commented that he had tried to talk to the person, and the person has a problem.

  1. Minutes of April 25, 2023

Ken Crawford made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for April 25, 2023.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

  1. Reports/Updates
  2. Treasurer

Treasurer Andrea White reviewed the budget statement.  As of May 23, 2023, BRECA has $7,436.30 in the bank. 

  1. Membership

Jim Morgan reported that BRECA has added one member, for a total of 84 memberships.

  1. Metro Fire

Gay Jones distributed information cards from Metro Fire. She commented that they are getting a new fire chief.

  1. California American Water

Gay Jones reported that she had contacted Evan Jacobs at California American Water concerning the vegetation on their property at the entrance to the Gristmill Recreation Area.  They removed the undesired vegetation (e.g. purple thistle) but left the growing trees.  Gay requested authorization to send a thank you letter to California American Water.  Andrea White made a motion to send a thank you letter.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.


The meeting of the Cordova Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) was canceled.

  1. Old Business
  2. Steering Committee Election

Jim Morgan reported that 9 people had been nominated for the Steering Committee.  As of this meeting, only 8 had accepted the nomination.  Steering Committee members take office in June, and officers will be chosen at that time.

  1. Website Renewal Notice

Andrea White reported that we need to renew the BRECA web site.  For one year it would be $179, and two years would be $287.  In addition, we need to renew two domains, for one year each.  The total would come to $313.40.  Ken Crawford made a motion to renew the web site for two years and the domains for one year.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

There was discussion about the fact that the web site has not been kept up, and efforts to recruit a new person to work on the web site.  Paul Bowers volunteered to put together a conference call with the relevant people.  It was suggested that a Zoom call would be better.  It was agreed to do so.

  1. Mobile Welding Classroom

Gay Jones reported that Supervisor Patrick Hume had informed her that there will be an interagency and interdepartmental meeting on June 22 to collaborate on a finding Regional Transit Light Rail Station location for the proposed mobile welding classroom.

A member of the audience commented that he had taught welding at a college and in prison for years.  The mobile welding classroom is a fast track training program.  It is a four week course, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm.  It started in Los Angeles on Skid Row, and had a high percentage of completion.  They are looking for volunteers to help with lunch, resumes, math, etc.  It is a program to get people employed.

  1. New Business
  2. Little Library Rebuild

A member of the audience reported that the first time the Little Free Library was destroyed a skate board was used as a weapon.  The member of the audience put it back together.  This time it looks like someone hit the box, and it did not look like someone tried to destroy it.  The Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) expects BRECA to maintain the box.  However, there is no putting it back together this time.  The member of the audience stated that he and his wife can buy an old Sacramento Bee box and donate it to the community.  Lori Christensen enquired whether the Bee box has a stand, or is just on the ground.  The member of the audience responded that it sits on the ground, and provided a picture of a similar Little Free Library box on Tucumcari.

Andrea White stated that CRPD would help to reinstall the Little Free Library box by removing the existing pad and replacing it with a new one.  Another member of the audience suggested putting a roof on the box.  Ken Crawford offered that his wife could paint a new BRECA logo.  Andrea White made a motion to move forward with the Bee Box, with CRPD’s help.  James Adams seconded the motion.  Gay Jones requested an amendment to the motion to authorize incidental costs up to $100.  The amendment was accepted.  James Adams seconded the amended motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

  1. Thank You Letter to county departments for Folsom Blvd. Cleanup

Gay Jones reported that she had received a list of County Departments and people who were responsible for cleaning up Folsom Blvd.  She made a motion to write a thank you letter to those Departments and people.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

  1. Floor

Debbie Purvis enquired whether we should send a thank you letter to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District representatives for their presentation?  The consensus was no.

Debbie Purvis enquired whether there is any news on the proposed Kassis/Trumark development?  Jim Morgan responded that Trumark needs to submit a final plan in June.

James Adams commented that he has seen many bicyclists on dirt trails on the Parkway.  He enquired whether there has been any change since the BRECA request?  Gay Jones commented that she has made four complaints to 311 in the last two months.  We need more people to complain to get action.

A member of the audience commented that the Eclectic Center on Folsom Blvd. has become a deteriorating mess.  In particular there is graffiti, the vegetation is not being maintained and there is a large pothole.  Lori Christensen commented that BRECA had been active before in reporting homeless camps behind the center, which were eventually cleaned out.  Gay Jones commented that BRECA had also worked on eliminating loud music coming from the Hookah place.  Another member of the audience commented that they could talk to a couple of the business owners there about talking to the management to improve maintenance.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting at the Rancho Cordova Library on June 27, 2023.

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