Breca Agenda February 2024

BUTTERFIELD RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Steering Committee Meeting
6:30 pm, February 27, 2024
Cordova Library Community Room
9845 Folsom Blvd. 95827

AGENDA:
1. Welcome and Introductions.
2. Public Comment.
3. Communications.
4. Approve Minutes.
5. Reports: Budget Committee and Treasurer, Membership, Corpac.
6. Old Business: Corps Erosion Control Proposal.
7. : From the Floor.
8. New Business: Activity at Bradshaw and Folsom, NE corner.
9. : Cutting of trees and bushes at Gristmill.
10. : From the Floor.
11. Adjourn until next meeting March 26, 2024. Same place, same time.

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

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – November 28, 2023

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: November 28, 2023

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

MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams

Paul Bowers

Lori Christensen

Ken Crawford

Gay Jones

Jim Morgan

Debbie Purvis

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Rene Hamlin

Andrea White

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 4

  1. Call to Order by Chair Gay Jones
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Public Comment

None

  1. Minutes of October 24, 2023

Ken Crawford made a motion to adopt the draft minutes of October 24, 2023.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with six votes in favor and one abstention.

  1. Reports
  2. Treasurer

There was no report from the Treasurer.

  1. Membership

Jim Morgan reported that BRECA has 87 memberships.

 

  1. Presentation on the Trumark Project

Mark Berry stated that the original Trumark proposal was presented in 2020, and the Rancho Cordova Planning had requested and Environmental Impact Report.  Now there is a new proposal with about twice as many homes as the original proposal.  Both proposals include filling in a large area of the floodplain.  The newer proposal was submitted under an SB 330 process.  In order to fit into this process, the proposal must conform to all Rancho Cordova development objective standards.  The latter proposal was found to be inconsistent with a number of those objective standards.  The group that Mr. Berry belongs to (Preserve the American River) would support reasonable development.  There is strong interest in someone purchasing the property from Trumark.  Another issue is that the Central Valley Flood Protection Board must give approval for development in the floodplain, and they have not done so.  There is also the issue of easements which were granted to the County by the property owner some time ago.  They would like to maintain those easements.

Debbie Purvis enquired about the 54 feet easement?  Mr. Berry responded that there are two easements: one an Irrevocable Offer of Dedication (IOD) of 54 feet, and another 30 feet wide hiking trail, which has the same centerline as the IOD.  There is also a dedicated bridge across the drain at the edge of the property.  He noted that the homeless situation in the area is a concern.

Gay Jones enquired whether the SB 330 pathway is dead?  Mr. Berry said no, but it would be tough to meet the Rancho Cordova policies, etc.

Mr. Berry commented that they are working to find a purchaser for all or part of the property, and should consider what sort of development they would want.  Jim Morgan suggested that the Lower American River Conservancy might be willing to entertain a proposal for the lower part of the parcel.

Mr. Berry also commented that the Save the American River Association hired a biologist to investigate the lower portion of the property.  The biologist identified 123 species, including several special status species.

Lori Christensen enquired whether the property has a connection to the Parkway?  Mr. Berry stated that there is a narrow strip of land that connects to River Bend Park, although it is rather brushy.

Jim Morgan stated that Trumark asserts that the high density in the upper, southern portion of the proposed development is consistent with the Folsom Blvd. Plan, and enquired whether that was correct?  Mr. Berry responded that the Folsom Blvd. Plan has very high densities in that area, and he did not know why.  Jim commented that it is likely because of Transit Oriented Development, a theory that one should have high densities near mass transit in order to encourage ridership and get people out of their cars.

Gay Jones commented that BRECA has three principals for development: 1) Development must blend and meld with surrounding areas, 2) There must be full parkland dedication on site, and 3) The development must interconnect with surrounding areas.

Lori Christensen enquired whether Trumark will give up on the lower portion of the site?  Mr. Berry responded that it will be about money.  But Trumark is part of a big corporation, while the parcel in question is a small part of their balance sheet.

  1. Old Business
  2. General Meeting

The annual BRECA General Meeting will be held on December 12.  Details of who would do what were discussed.  Gay requested that people send topics for discussion to her.  She is particularly concerned about the Psynergy center.

  1. Holiday Party

The BRECA holiday party will be held on December 19.  Details of who would do what were discussed.

  1. Eclectic Center

Gay Jones stated that she had no update on the Eclectic Center.  Most issues from three months ago are still there: The light pole is down, the hole in the pavement is still there, and the remains of the Blow Lounge outside seating area are still there.

  1. Banner for the Picnic

Rick Sloan volunteered to look into the cost of two banners for the Picnic.

  1. New Business.

None

  1. From the Floor.

Gay Jones commented that there was nothing new on the proposed Butterfield Station Apartments.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a General Meeting at the Rancho Cordova Library on December 12.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – October 24, 2023

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

download the original minutes in doc format: Min F 10-23

DATE: October 24, 2023
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library

9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA

MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
James Adams
Lori Christensen
Ken Crawford
Rene Hamlin
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Debbie Purvis
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT
Paul Bowers

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 4
1. Call to Order by Co-Chair Rene Hamlin
2. Welcome and Introductions
3. Public Comment
None
4. Minutes of September 26, 2023
James Adams made a motion to adopt the draft minutes. Andrea White seconded the motion.
The motion was approved unanimously.
5. Reports
a. Treasurer
Andrea White stated that BRECA has received over the budgeted amount of income for the
year. The bank balance is $7,543.23.

b. Membership

Jim Morgan reported that BRECA added two new memberships for a total of 87
memberships.

6. Updates
a. Trumark Project
James Adams stated that the Trumark proposal is to build a residential project on west side of
Rancho Cordova. Part of it involves building in the flood plain. The Rancho Cordova City
Council is meeting at this time to decide if the project is consistent with Rancho Cordova’s
policies, zoning, etc. One important question is whether an Environmental Impact Report is
required, and, if so, who is to prepare the report. Debbie Purvis commented that there will be
a traffic impact also, even if there is development only above the floodplain.
b. Little Free Library
Andrea White reported that the Little Free Library was installed in Riviera East Park before
the BRECA picnic. There are already books in the Little Free Library.

7. Old Business
a. Picnic in the Park
Lori Christensen reported that the BRECA annual picnic in the park was held October 1.
There was a piñata, and kids from the park saw it and came over. They cracked it open and
had lots of fun. There were a lot of wasps. Maybe in the future we should have a banner for
the picnic that can be put up in the park to attract more people for the picnic.
b. Website Policy for Approval of Posts
There was no discussion of this item.
c. American River Erosion Protection
Jim Morgan gave a presentation on “Contract 3B” proposed erosion protection work on the
Lower American River between the Mayhew Drain and Howe Ave. He distributed a handout
that was mainly from slides at a presentation by William Polk, Senior Project Manager with
the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), at the September Lower American River Task Force
meeting.
The process began in 2015 with the General Reevaluation Report by the Corps and state and
local agencies. The plan is to be able to release more water into the channel: 160,000 cubic
feet per second (cfs) compared to the previous 115,000 cfs. As a result, there is greater
potential for erosion that could result in levee failure. The planning process involved the
Corps as well as local and state agencies and other stakeholders. Many sites along the Lower
American River have been identified that need work, based on hydrological and geological
information. Higher priority sites have already had much work done, and are soon to be
planted to establish vegetation over the work.
There are several discrete sites proposed between Howe Ave. and the Mayhew Drain.
Different sites will have different treatments, including soil filled levee revetment (rocks), soil
filled bank revetment, or launchable rock trench with planting benches. Available
information is not clear on which treatment will be applied to which site. There is to be an
environmental document scheduled for release in December 2023 which will hopefully have more information on this. There is also to be a public meeting in December. Public comment
is to be accepted through January 2024. Jim also pointed out that the proposed project has a
much reduced environmental impact compared to an earlier version of the project. The acres
of Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle habitat and riparian habitat lost have each been reduced
by about 2/3s and salmonid habitat loss has been reduced by about 1/2. Still there will be
significant impacts. For example over 1,000 trees are expected to be lost.
Two members of the audience commented that they are troubled by the lack of supporting
data on site selection and design. There will be a devastating removal of trees. They stated
that they think there is time for push back on the proposal, noting that the National Park
Service has not yet given approval for the project, and requesting signatures on a petition.

8. From the Floor.
None

9. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting at the Rancho Cordova Library on November 28, 2023.

BRECA Agenda November 2023

BUTTERFIELD RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Steering Committee Meeting

6:30 pm, November 28, 2023

Cordova Library Community Room

9845 Folsom Blvd.  95827

AGENDA:

1. Welcome and Introductions.  

2. Public Comment.

3. Approve Minutes.

4. Reports:  Treasurer, Membership, (no Corpac meeting)     

                         

                   

5. Old Business:   Details for General Membership Meeting, December 12, 2023.  (Card pickup, Chair, topics to Guest Speakers, refreshments, etc.)

6.                         : Details for Holiday Party December 19, 2023.  (Door prizes & tickets, ordering appetizers, etc.)

7.                         :  Trumark Proposal Update, Mark Berry. 

8.                         : Eclectic Center.

9.                         :  Psych Treatment Center.

10.                         :  Banner for Annual Picnic.

11.  New Business – From the Floor.

12.  Adjournment.

Next Meeting – Annual General Membership Meeting, December12, 2023, 6:30 pm, Cordova Library Community Room.

Holiday Party, December 19, 2023, 6:30 pm at Brookside!