BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – May 28, 2024



DATE: May 28, 2024

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

MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting


James Adams

Paul Bowers

Lori Christensen

Gay Jones

Jim Morgan

Andrea White



Ken Crawford

Rene Hamlin

Debbie Purvis


1. Welcome by Chair Gay Jones and Introductions

2. Items from the public, not on the agenda


3. Minutes from April 23, 2024

An amendment to the draft minutes of April 23, 2024 was proposed and accepted.  Paul Bowers made a motion to adopt the amended minutes.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

4. Reports/Updates

a. Treasurer

Andrea White reviewed the status of the BRECA budget.  The balance is $7,431.98.

There was an overage in the expenditure for the membership renewals for membership year 2023.  Andrea White made a motion to accept the overage.  Paul Bowers seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously. (See also item 5c.)


b. Membership

Jim Morgan reported that BRECA has 86 memberships.


Gay Jones reported that there was a CORPAC (Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) meeting.  There was nothing directly relevant to the BRECA area.  

d. Sacramento Rezone Project

Jim Morgan reported that there is an effort by Sacramento County Planning to increase the zoning density for a number of parcels in the unincorporated County to comply with the Regional Housing Needs Allocation.  One parcel in the BRECA area, opposite the light rail station, would be increased from 20 dwelling units (du)/acre to 40 du/acre.  Another, small, parcel just east of the BRECA area would also be increased from 20 to 40 du/acre.  Jim prepared comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), which were submitted as BRECA comments.  It is not clear when the response to comments will be released. 

Rick Sloan, a Board member of the Cordova Recreation and Park District, commented that for gated developments, there is no requirement for park land, only in lieu fees.  Gay Jones enquired whether traffic was a concern to be addressed in the DEIR.  Jim responded that the California legislature had changed the law so that traffic congestion is no longer considered significant in California environmental documents.  Instead there is vehicle miles traveled, which is compared to the average for the County.

e. Picnic Banner

Andrea White looked into the situation with insurance for events in Riviera East Park.  The Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) required the public events have a special use permit, fees for trash, and insurance.  At this point, the BRECA picnic is considered a private event, and so these are not required.  This is in contrast to the Easter Egg Hunt, which is a public event.  If we do a banner for the picnic, it would become a public event and would require insurance.  Rick Sloan, a member of the CRPD board, commented that in the beginning he did not want to do a banner as it could attract hundreds of people.  Jim Morgan commented that no matter how one did the banner, it would likely attract extra members of the public, even if it says BRECA members only.

Gay Jones commented that we should put our emphasis on contacting BRECA members, and have a flyer sent to the membership.  Jim Morgan commented that there was no flyer mailed to the membership last year, which was different than most previous years.  It was noted that September 29 is the date for the picnic this year.

5. Old Business

a. Psynergy

Gay Jones reported that there is no news about the Psynergy facility, in particular we have not found out if there is State authorization for the site.  A member of the audience commented that having people hanging out does not give a good impression of the neighborhood.  Paul Bowers commented that the Psynergy staff have said that 95% of their clients are funded by the State.  Gay wondered which State organization regulates the site?  Who has oversight?  Lori Christensen commented that a lot of money is being poured into mental health facilities.  The Department of Mental Health would have oversight.  Gay commented that if there are impacts, somebody must be responsible for oversight.  Paul wondered that if 80% of the clients smoke, are they far enough away from buildings?

b. Army Corps of Engineers Erosion Control Project 

Jim Morgan reported on a recent meeting of the Bank Protection Working Group (BPWG) that concerned the Army Corps of Engineers proposed erosion control projects.  The presentations gave an extensive history of erosion protection on the Lower American River, and in particular of the BPWG early history.  However, the presentations did not give detailed answers about the specifics of the current project.  Several questions from the audience were addressed.  Mainly, at this point, we are waiting for responses to comments on the draft environmental documents.

Paul Bowers commented that we should be contacting the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB), as they must approve the project.  Gay Jones commented that one can participate in CVFPB meetings via Zoom.  At the last meeting she asked where has the launchable rock been done before?  She was told they would look into it and call her back.

James Adams commented that he would like a site visit, and site by site explanation of the nature of the problems and the proposed solution.  Jim Morgan commented that a site visit with 300 people would not work.  Gay enquired whether there could be a select group of people on a site visit?  Paul commented that the Corps would not want a site visit, because if someone was not included it could cause legal problems for the environmental document process.  James Adams commented that he would like a site visit for the BRECA site.  Jim Morgan pointed out that the proposed projects are not in the BRECA area, but a distance downriver.

c. Floor

Andrea White stated that there was an overage for the event insurance for the Easter Egg Hunt, and requested approval of the overage.  Gay Jones made a motion to approve the overage.  Paul Bowers seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.  

6. New Business

a. Comment Letter on Draft Fire Safe Council Proposal by American River Parkway Foundation 

Gay Jones stated that there is a 120 pages report by a consultant to the American River Parkway Foundation which raises the prospect of the Foundation being involved in fuel management on the Parkway.  She commented that the Parkway is not like a rural area with limited resources.  Most fires are caused by humans.  County Parks was not involved in the report or proposal.  Gay intends to send a personal comment on the proposal.  People are concerned that the Foundation may take inappropriate actions on the Parkway.  Lori Christensen commented that Gay is our fire expert.  Gay commented that this is not a typical “Fire Safe” issue, and that a limited number of people had been asked for input.  She is concerned that there may be actions that are destructive of the natural aspects of the Parkway.  It was agreed that Gay should prepare a comment letter for BRECA to send.

b. Floor

Lori Christensen enquired what happened at the Light Rail crossing at Bradshaw and Folsom? It looks like one of the crossing arms may be down; there is only one arm.  Paul Bowers commented that someone ran into one of the light standards and knocked it over.

7. From the Floor

Gay Jones commented that she saw a proposal for paving some of the roads on Bradshaw and side courts.  The budget is $800,000.

The next Steering Committee Meeting will be held at the Rancho Cordova Library on June 25, 2024.

Min F 5-24.doc3

Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.