BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – December 12, 2023

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

DATE: December 12, 2023

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

MEETING TYPE:  BRECA General Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams

Paul Bowers

Lori Christensen

Ken Crawford

Rene Hamlin

Jim Morgan

Debbie Purvis

Andrea White

 

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT:

Gay Jones

 

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 36

 

  1. Welcome from Co-Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. Sacramento County Supervisor Pat Hume

Supervisor Pat Hume gave a brief summary of activities he has been involved in.

Supervisor Hume stated that there had been an “atmospheric river” which flooded the Cosumnes river this year.  Three people died, and there were millions of dollars in damage.  He is working with a group of local stakeholders whose objective is not to dam the river but to direct the water where it will do the most good.

Supervisor Hume stated that there had been some homeless people camping along the Tech Center corridor.  It would be bad if they were hit by a train, so the County moved them out.

Supervisor Hume stated that he had held a series of community meetings on the condition of roads.  The needs for maintenance of the roads in Sacramento County outweigh the resources.  Resources are based on population.  There are two schools of thought: spread the resources around, or focus on a few areas.

Supervisor Hume stated that he and others had been in Washington DC lobbying Federal representatives against the proposed Delta Tunnel.  There are better ways to spend money.  The State has released a final EIR, and is lobbying for the tunnel.

Supervisor Hume stated that he had been in a meeting today concerning implementation of SB 43.  This bill provides for involuntary conservatorship for mental illness or alcoholism.  They are looking at a one year delay to get resources in place.  This relates to the homelessness situation, which is the number one issue in the County.

Supervisor Hume stated that if you have a problem related to the County you can reach out to his office, or call 311.  Calling 311 is good because it builds a case for action.

Supervisor Hume took questions from the audience.

Jim Morgan pointed out that the condition of many roads is awful: a prime example being Watt Ave. between the freeways, which is practically disintegrating.  What actions can be taken to address this problem?  Supervisor Hume responded that there is an $800 million dollar backlog.  It costs about $50 million per year to maintain the system, and only $30 million was available.  Last year the Board of Supervisors added $20 million to maintenance.  They are also looking for ways to work with other agencies.  The Sanitation District is putting big pipes in the ground to move recycled water to non-edible crops (e.g. cow feed).  They were going to fix only the parts of the roads that they damaged.  The Board is going to put $20 million into doing the whole roads.  They are also looking at having a franchise fee for garbage trucks.

A member of the audience asked what can be done to get the price down?  Supervisor Hume responded that there are limited things that can be done.  For example in the County Charter if a job can be done by a County crew then is must be done by the County crew.  The exception is if the project is over a certain size.

Another member of the audience enquired about adding HOV lanes to the on ramp from south bound Bradshaw to west bound Highway 50?  Supervisor Hume responded that would be up to CalTrans.

Another member of the audience stated that he had tried to use public transportation, and what would have been a one-half hour trip in a car became a three hour journey on mass transit.  What can be done about this?  Supervisor Hume stated that he sits on the Sacramento Regional Transit Board.  There are two schools of thought: coverage or frequency.  He favors frequency over coverage.

Another member of the audience commented that he lives next to Folsom Blvd., and light rail has few passengers.  He does not feel safe riding light rail.  He enquired why keep pushing money into it?  Supervisor Hume commented that they encourage higher density to increase use of light rail.  Safety is also key.  Light rail has lots of ridership during the morning and evening commutes, but not during the day.

  1. Cordova Recreation and Park District General Manager Patrick Larkin

Patrick Larkin, General Manager of the Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD), reported some news about the district.  He stated that the CRPD had changed from at large voting for the Board of Directors to a by-district system in 2022.  It is the 65th anniversary of the CRPD.  They have improved the Cordova Golf Course with a Beach Front Deli and lights.  They have also installed a Little Free Library in Riviera East Park.  In regard to the proposed Kassis property (now Trumark) development, the CRPD has commented that they want the full park land dedication on site, and the amount was more than the proponents of the project had calculated.  The City of Rancho Cordova has issued a consistency letter, which found that the proposal was not consistent with the City’s policies, etc.  There has been no response from Trumark.  In regard to the proposal for an apartment complex on Folsom Blvd. across from the Light Rail Station, the CRPD has not received an application from the County.  The CRPD would have the same philosophy: full park land dedication.  There was a Municipal Services Report from the Local Agency Formation Commission that found some deficiencies with CRPD.  In particular there is a shortage of neighborhood park land in areas already developed.  Infill parks are particularly needed.

Mr. Larkin took questions from the audience.

Jim Morgan enquired whether CRPD can direct the County or City of Rancho Cordova to do land dedication?  Mr. Larkin responded that they cannot direct the County or City of Rancho Cordova to take a particular action, but that CRPD has good relationships with people who have that authority.

A member of the audience enquired whether the horse shoe pit in Riviera East Park could be converted to a Bocce Ball court?  Mr. Larkin responded that they could put in a new Bocce Ball court.  It would cost about $55,000.  Some Bocce Ball courts are popular, while others are not.  They would do a community survey to find out if it would be a good idea.

Another member of the audience enquired whether there were plans for resurfacing the courts?  Mr. Larkin responded that it is on the Capital Improvement Projects list but that not much money is available.

Another member of the audience enquired about lighting for the courts?  Mr. Larkin responded that it leads to security concerns in a neighborhood park.

Another member of the audience enquired what are the sizes of neighborhood and community parks?  Mr. Larkin responded that urban parks are generally less than three acres, neighborhood park are from three to ten acres, and community parks are 11 acres or larger.  He noted that only community parks generally have restrooms.

Another member of the audience commented that they live across the street from Riviera East Park and that it looks better than ever.  Mr. Larkin responded thanks.

Another member of the audience enquired about a loop pathway around Riviera East Park?  Mr. Larkin responded that it is on the priority list going forward.

  1. California Highway Patrol Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies

Two California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers and two Sheriff’s deputies addressed a number of questions.  One CHP officer stated that they had big project with the homeless situation next to the Franchise Tax Board and along Folsom Blvd.  It seems like things have gotten better.  Now they are maintaining the areas they had cleaned out.  A member of the audience stated that they appreciate the homeless efforts, and enquired where do the homeless go?  A Sheriff’s deputy stated that they have homelessness teams now that include outreach and navigators.  He stated that 90% of the homeless people refuse help although services are available.  Homeless can be arrested if they commit a crime.  There is a partnership among agencies, but it still is a level of whack a mole.  Another Sheriff’s deputy stated that there are no big areas where people can go and camp.  Supervisor Pat Hume interjected that the City has a couple of safe stay areas and the County has just opened a couple of places.  A Sheriff’s deputy stated that most places have some rules, and the homeless are not interested because of that.  There is a lot of crime in the homeless camps.  There is a chronic problem program, where if a person commits a lot of crimes they can be put in jail, and then go to a treatment center.  Another Sheriff’s deputy commented that shoplifting is a chronic problem.

The officers and deputies took questions from the audience.

A member of the audience stated that they walk frequently on the Parkway and do not see many homeless.  They enquired if there was a way they could help?  A Sheriff’s deputy responded that the Parkway is in the jurisdiction of County Parks.  They have homeless outreach teams.  A CHP officer added that there is also a 311 app to let the County know where there is a problem.

Another member of the audience commented that they travel Highway 50, where the speed limit is 65.  They enquired what is the actual speed?  A CHP officer responded that it is around 75.

Another member of the audience enquired why the CHP is involved in homelessness efforts?  A CHP officer responded that there are a lot of homeless people on the freeway.

Another member of the audience stated that around Keifer and Folsom and Florin Perkins there is a huge motor home camp.  They enquired why?  A Sheriff’s officer responded that that area is in the City, and they have a different philosophy.

Debbie Purvis stated that she put in a request for more enforcement at Highway 50 exit to Bradshaw going south, where people run the red lights.  She also put in a request for Bradshaw and Folsom.

Another member of the audience enquired whether there is any effort going into porch pirates?  A Sheriff’s deputy responded that is hard to tackle.  There is no efficient way of doing it.

  1. Barry Chamberlin, Sacramento County Code Enforcement

Barry Chamberlin, with Sacramento County Code Enforcement, stated that they have hired seven new staff people.  If you have questions not getting answered, talk to us.  They have been asked about the Eclectic Center.  There is a big pothole near Pita Q.  The management has been responsive to Code Enforcement.  They are keeping the case open.

A member of the audience stated that there have been big rigs parked near the Library on Paseo Rio.  They enquired should they contact CHP or Code Enforcement about it?  A CHP officer stated that the trucks are not supposed to be there.  Mr. Chamberlin stated that they could have the trucks towed away.

  1. Psynergy

Crystal Roberts, with Psynergy, stated that they are a mental health company.  She stated that 98% of their clients are under a conservatorship by the State of California.  She offered to give a tour of the facility.

A member of the audience enquired how are they funded?  Ms. Roberts responded that it is either from the State or an individual.

Another member of the audience stated that they ride their bike around the area and see a lot of people sitting around and smoking.  Ms. Roberts commented that they do supervise clients, and can pick up a client and bring them back to the facility.  Another person with Psynergy commented that they have various levels of supervision, which depend on the client’s situation.  There is a tier system, and clients graduate from one tier to another.

Another member of the audience inquired about therapy with horses, and a report that they might buy a property next to the present property?  Ms. Roberts responded that nothing has been decided about buying that property, and it is currently on hold.  A couple of the owners have horses and there are two different ranches.

Another member of the audience enquired further about funding?  Ms. Roberts responded that Psynergy is a private company, mostly paid by the State, but also have some from Kaiser.

Another member of the audience enquired how many residents are at the facility?  Another person with Psynergy stated that they have 74 clients, with a maximum of 80.

Ms. Roberts reiterated that they could have an open house for the community, and added that some of the clients are available for volunteer activities.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a regular Steering Committee meeting on January 23, 2024, at the Rancho Cordova Library

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