BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – August 27, 2019

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: August 27, 2019
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams
Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Gay Jones
Lee Leavelle
Jim Morgan

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Ken Crawford
Andrea White

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 8

  1. Call to Order by Chair Bonnie Domeny
  2. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community on Non-Agenda items.
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  1. Minutes
    Gay Jones made a motion to approve the draft minutes of July 23, 2019.  Rene Hamlin seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.Jim Morgan read a motion which was considered by email after the July 23, 2019 meeting, as follows:
    Lee Leavelle made a motion to amend said motion [concerning the July 23, 2019 motion to send a message to Mr. Mammadov concerning the Bradshaw/Folsom Apartments] to write an email to Mr. Mammadov thanking him for his presentation, advising him that the community has overwhelmingly rejected his proposed development, not reviewed his revised proposal with the entire community, and then advising him of the community’s long standing guidelines for development.  The motion was seconded by Gay Jones.  There were 7 votes in favor of the motion, and 2 non voting Steering Committee members.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      There was no report from the Treasurer.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones stated that there was no Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting this month.
    3. Parkway Coalition
      Gay Jones reported that there is a new Deputy Parks Director, and that one of the duties of that position is to monitor and maintain parks resources.  She also stated that there are around 500 to 700 boats rafting the Parkway per day on summer weekends.  Also, County Parks picks up about 170 tons of trash per month.
    4. Outreach Committee
      Rene Hamlin reported that the Outreach Committee met.  The Free Little Library in Riviera East Park is doing well, with books in and out.  James Adams commented that there are around two-thirds as many books as before.  Rene commented that there has not been any vandalism up to this point.Lori Christensen reported that the Great American River Clean-Up (GARCU) is scheduled for September 21, from 9 am to noon.  She will staff a table at the Gristmill parking area.  The American River Parkway Foundation, which sponsors the GARCU, wants people to sign up on their web site.  Last year the Gristmill site had about 20 people, and about 150 pounds of trash.  Also, there were several kayaks and canoes that put in at the site.

      Lori also reported that the BRECA picnic is scheduled for Saturday, September 28.  Fire fighters are expected to appear.

    5. Membership
      Jim Morgan reported that the Sacramento Bee is publishing residential sales again.  If we take advantage of the opportunity to deliver Welcome Packets, we will likely need more packets than are currently funded.  He enquired whether the Steering Committee might want to allocate an additional $40 for packets.  After some discussion, it was agreed to consider this when the Treasurer is at the meeting.
      Jim Morgan reported that BRECA has 99 memberships.  There have been no recent changes.
  1. Old Business
    1. Update on Bradshaw Apartments Proposal
      Lee Leavelle stated that after the BRECA meeting in July the developer (Mr. Mammadov) sent him a new proposal to consider.  The proposal has been posted on the BRECA website, but that has not generated any interest.  Lee added that he had emailed the proposal to people who live on Elmira Circle.  Out of five people, only one responded, who said that they should do something consistent with the existing Folsom Blvd. Special Planning Area.Lee stated that, because of discussions, we need to discuss this second proposal at the Steering Committee level.  Jim Morgan distributed handouts with the second proposal.  Lee stated that the changes in the second proposal were to reduce the height of the buildings closest to the existing residential area from three stories down to two stories, to add a 10 feet high soundwall along the north side next to the existing residential area, to plant 15 o 17 feet tall trees between the apartments and the residential area, and to reduce the number of units from 65 down to 62.  Lee stated that Mr. Mammadov is willing to cut back the project to avoid the requirement in SB 35 (Senate Bill 35) to pay prevailing wages during construction.  He may be willing to talk to us about the project.  Sacramento County staff are not optimistic about chances to stop the project due to changes in State laws.Jim Morgan commented that the project is likely to go forward in one form or another if Mr. Mammadov is willing to put up the money.  He recommended that we wait for a response to the recent BRECA letter to Mr. Mammodov and formulate action at the next meeting.  A member of the audience commented that people need housing, and if we don’t get this project, the next proposal may well be five stories high.  Rene Hamlin stated that we should want to get Mr. Mammadov’s ear, and represent the community.  A member of the audience enquired about the shortage of parking in the proposals.

      Lee Leavelle commented that Sacramento County staff is gathering data for a housing plan revision, including low income.  Possibly if we get ahead of the curve we could have input.  A member of the audience enquired about the low income housing in the proposals.  Lee stated that the proposals have 10% low income and 10% disabled or other special needs.

      Gay Jones stated that BRECA needs to stay engaged.  The questions are in the details.

      Rebecca Sloan, a member of Supervisor Nottoli’s staff, commented that if the state establishes SB 35 eligibility, that will expedite the process, and there is limited ability of the County to influence the project.  Supervisor Nottoli has talked with Mr. Mammadov.  Mr. Mammadov is not a developer, and lacks experience with projects.  She also stated that the Sacramento region is being assessed on how it is doing on producing housing units.  The County is working hard to identify land for affordable housing.  The area needs a lot more housing, and the market is going towards bigger projects.

      Gay Jones commented that various State laws allow deviations from County Codes, and that we need to be engaged with the process.  A member of the audience commented that deviations from County Codes require a conditional use permit or variance.  James Adams asked whether we are OK with the second proposal from Mr. Mammadov, or should we ask for more?  Also, should we wait for something to be presented, or take the initiative ourselves?

      Lori Christensen asked whether we should send the second proposal to people on Elmira or people from the sign-in list.  Bonnie Domeny commented that she has talked to the people on Elmira and they are aware of the proposal.

      Lee Leavelle commented in response to the questions posed above by James Adams, that if Mr. Mammadov goes with SB35, there will be no second proposal.

      Jim Morgan stated that he would like to be clear that we want information from Rebecca Sloan, with Supervisor Nottoli’s office, about the SB 35 process, and the non-SB35 process.

    2. Kassis Estates Proposal
      It was clarified that the Kassis Estates proposal refers to a residential project in the undeveloped area between Stacie’s Chalet and the Tiffany neighborhood.  Gay Jones commented that she has not heard anything new since the last meeting.  She wants to reiterate support for the Cordova Recreation and Park District for a park as part of the project, and also for an American River Parkway setback and access.  A question from the audience was whether the proposal includes Mira Del Rio Dr. going through.  Lee Leavelle commented that the proposed plan does not have Mira Del Rio Dr. going through.
    3. Community Sign
      James Adams commented that tree branches had been cut from in front of the Community sign at the library, and that the sign is now more visible.
    4. Sacramento Tree Foundation
      A member of the audience stated that he had met with Theresa Bible with the Sacramento Tree Foundation concerning getting more trees for Riviera East Park.  He would like to have a meeting with the Cordova Recreation and Park District and a Tree Foundation forester.Gay Jones requested that people call 311 and complain about the homeless storage unit across from 9555 Folsom Blvd.
    5. From the Floor
      There was no Old Business from the floor.
  1. New Business
    1. From the Floor
      There was no New Business from the floor.
  2. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – July 23, 2019

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: July 23, 2019
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams
Lori Christensen
Ken Crawford
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Gay Jones
Lee Leavelle
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT

None

 NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 23

1. Call to Order by Chair Bonnie Domeny

2. Guest Speakers Allen Fore and Steven Osborn, Kinder-Morgan

Alan Fore, Vice President of Public Affairs for Kinder-Morgan, gave a Powerpoint presentation overview of natural gas, petroleum products, and NGL (Natural Gas Liquids) pipelines and use in the U.S. and California.  Pipelines carry most of these products in the U.S.  Kinder-Morgan’s business is the transportation and storage of natural gas, petroleum products and NGLs.  They are one of the biggest companies in this sector in the U.S.  Kinder Morgan operates about 3,200 miles of pipelines and 22 terminals in California.

Steven Osborn, Manager of Operations for the Pacific Northern Region – Central Division of Kinder Morgan, spoke about the terminal and operations at Bradshaw Rd. and Folsom Blvd.  He stated that they have 14 employees at the Bradshaw terminal, and it is staffed 24/7.  The facility provides gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel to the area.  Gasoline in the pipelines is generic: individual companies add their particular blends of detergents, etc. to the generic product.  The Bradshaw terminal has 16 tanks, including ones for gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and ethanol.  He stated that gasoline comes by pipeline from Concord to the Bradshaw terminal, and then goes by truck to retails stations.  It is likely that the gasoline in our cars came through the Bradshaw terminal.

Regarding public safety concerns, the primary regulatory authorities are the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the California State Fire Marshall.  He stated that there are lots of regulations they must follow.  The tanks at the Bradshaw terminal are surrounded by berms that can contain 110% of the volume of the largest tank.  They have extensive fire-suppression systems.  They have a site-specific Fire Protection and Prevention Plan.  They train with firefighters on an annual basis.  They are inspected yearly by the State Fire Marshall, with major inspections every three years.  They also participate in public relations efforts, including the call before you dig systems.

There were a number of questions regarding public safety from the audience.   One question was what is the evacuation plan for the neighborhood.  Mr. Osborn responded that it would be up to the local fire department, Sheriffs, and California Highway Patrol.  Gay Jones commented that the evacuation plan would depend on where and how much of a problem there was.  Another question was where would a spill go.  Mr. Osborn responded that it depends on where it is.  Most likely it would be contained, but if it goes to a stormwater drain it would end up in the river.  Another question was what about a bomb.  Mr. Osborn responded that they have not had an incident, but they have drills for that situation, and their staff inspects constantly.  Another question was what about a fire.  Mr. Osborn responded that they look at the worst case scenario, e.g. the largest tank, which holds about 15,000 gallons.  They train with the fire department.  Another question was what would be destroyed if there was an explosion.  Mr. Osborn responded that it is hard to tell, they don’t have oxygen in the system, so it would not explode.  Mr. Fore added that there was a fire at a truck rack in Southern California recently.  There was an automatic shutoff, but the truck burned and fire fighters fought the blaze for a long time.

Another line of questions concerned other aspects of the system.  One question was how much pressure is in the pipes.  Mr. Osborn responded between 20 and 45 pounds per square inch.  Another question was how deep are the pipelines.  Mr. Osborn responded that they are typically about five feet deep, but it varies.  Under the river it could be 30 feet.  Gay Jones asked when the facilities were built.  Mr. Osborn responded in the 1950s.  Gay also asked about planting trees to screen the north side of the terminal.  Mr. Osborn responded that they have to be careful, as they don’t want combustible material within the containment areas.  Another question was how long the pipes last.  Mr. Fore responded that they last for a long time.  Mr. Osborn added that they have cathodic protection, which prevents rust.  Mr. Fore added that they can fix sections of pipe when they get thin.  Lee Leavelle asked whether all three products come through the same pipe.  Mr. Osborn responded yes, but each product has specific characteristics, which they monitor so they can separate the batches.  There are mixing zones between batches, which get sent back to the refineries for separation.  Another question was whether the refueling station at the site belongs to them.  Mr. Osborn responded no, it belongs to CarLock.  A final question was how many trucks per day are loaded at the terminal.  Mr. Osborn responded about 150 to 200 trucks per day.

3. Minutes

Several amendments to the draft minutes of June 25, 2019 were proposed and accepted.  Lori Christensen made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes. Rene Hamlin seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 8 in favor and one abstention.

4. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community on Non-Agenda items.

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

5. Reports

a. Treasurer

Andrea White (Treasurer) distributed the BRECA income and expenditures up to this time for the year.  She noted that she is trying to work out some way to display “in kind” expenditures.

b. CORPAC

Gay Jones stated that there was a Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council meeting this month.  There were no issues of direct relevance to the BRECA area.

c. Outreach Committee

Rene Hamlin reported that the Outreach Committee discussed the Free Little Library that is to be installed in Riviera East Park.  Lee Leavelle commented that it is to be installed tomorrow.  Rene stated that there will be a ribbon cutting on July 31 at 4:00 p.m. in the park.  Andrea White commented that the ribbon cutting is also for the new walkway in the park.

d. Membership

Jim Morgan reported that 41 Welcome Packets have been distributed.  We are out of welcome packets, although there may be one or two at people’s houses.  Unfortunately, the Sacramento Bee has stopped publishing residential sales, so we have no ready source of new addresses.  There are four remaining addresses from the Bee that have not been given packets.  The budget for Welcome Packets has been used up.  We would need to allocate about $20 to print the materials and assemble 10 new Welcome Packets.

Lee Leavelle inquired whether any people have joined BRECA from the Welcome Packets list.  Jim Morgan responded no.  A member of the audience stated that there are intangible benefits to BRECA and the community.

James Adams made a motion to approve $40 to produce 20 new packets.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

Jim Morgan reported that BRECA has 99 memberships.  Recent activity included one new membership and loss of two existing memberships.

6. Old Business

a. Update on Bradshaw Apartments Proposal

Lee Leavelle stated that after the last BRECA meeting the developer sent him a new proposal to consider.  Lee sent it to some, but not all, members of the Steering Committee.  Subsequently, the Apartments Committee, consisting of Jim Morgan, Gay Jones, Bonnie Domeny and Lee Leavelle met with the Principal Planner for Sacramento County to gain information on the approval process.  It seemed that the proposal presented at the last BRECA meeting was generally opposed by those present.  The newer proposal from the developer included reducing the height of the apartments next to the existing residential area from three stories down to two stories, installing a 10 feet sound wall at the property line, and planting larger trees.  The developer told Lee that they could do this for the community or go with the Senate Bill (SB) 35 route.  The SB 35 route is a streamlined process, with no subjective opinions.  The developer indicated that the negative of the SB 35 route is that they would have to pay prevailing wages, which are higher.

Lee further stated that there are two state laws and one county program that allow increased density on the lot over existing zoning and no lower limits on parking.  He raised the question of whether BRECA wants to take a position on the issue.  He stated that the Apartments Committee agrees that we don’t like the original proposal, and would like the developer to stay within the Folsom Blvd. Special Planning Area (SPA) criteria on setbacks, etc.

James Adams commented that the proposal seems to be up in the air, and he is generally opposed, but there is not enough information.  Bonnie Domeny commented that if the developer goes the SB 35 route, the County has 60 days to reject the proposal, and then 30 days to approve it after that.  Gay Jones commented that there are three factors that allow deviations from the County codes.  SB 35 requires 10% affordable housing, and gives one density allowance.  The County Housing Incentive Program gives another deviation.  The State Density Bonus gives up to 20% increase in density if there is affordable housing.  The three can be layered.

Bonnie Domeny inquired about how we would know if the developer applied to the County.  Lee Leavelle asked if there is a County list of projects, and commented that he is trying to contact the planner in that regard.

Jim Morgan stated that it is a difficult situation for BRECA: The developer can go through SB 35 or through a discretionary process with County Planning.  The County is under enormous pressure from the State to approve housing projects.  Possibly BRECA should take a position on the proposal presented at the last BRECA meeting.  Lee Leavelle suggested sending a letter, thanking the developer for coming to the last meeting, but saying no thanks to the proposal.  Gay Jones suggested using the BRECA guidelines.  She made a motion to send a thank you note for attending, and reiterating the BRECA guidelines.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

b. From the Floor

James Adams commented that he had tried to contact Theresa Bible with the Tree Foundation regarding trees on the Bradshaw/Folsom Apartments site, but received no response.  He will follow up.

Gay Jones requested that people call 311 and complain about the homeless storage unit across from 9555 Folsom Blvd.

7. New Business

a. Annual Picnic

Lori Christensen stated that the date for the BRECA picnic is September 28, from 4 to 6 pm.  She distributed a list of tasks for the Picnic.

b. Great American River Clean Up, September 21

Lori Christensen stated that the American River Parkway Foundation needs a site captain for the Gristmill site of the Great American River Clean Up scheduled for September 21.  After some discussion Lori volunteered to be the site captain.

c. From the Floor

Andrea White stated that the Cordova Recreation and Park District had received a tentative subdivision map for the Kassis property.  This is the mostly undeveloped land just east of the BRECA area, north of Folsom Blvd.  The proposal is for 198 units.  There is no park land on the proposal.  The Park planner indicates that a park is needed, and is estimated to be about 2 acres.  Comments were submitted in June.

Gay Jones stated that BRECA should support the Park district and dedicated park land.  Bonnie Domeny questioned whether this is the appropriate time to comment.  Andrea responded that she does not know about the process, and needs to find out more.

Bonnie Domeny reported that she had been in touch with Theresa Bible with the Tree Foundation, and that Ms. Bible wants to do a mulching in Riviera East Park.

Lynda Hammitt commented that the Rancho Cordova Library will be closed for the next three days.

8. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – June 25, 2019

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: June 25, 2019
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams
Lori Christensen
Ken Crawford
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lee Leavelle
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT

Gay Jones

 NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 28

1. Call to Order by Acting Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Guest Speaker Rashad Mammadov, From Proposed Bradshaw at Folsom Apartments

Mr. Mammadov stated that he is proposing to build apartments behind the buildings at 9545 and 9555 Folsom Blvd.  There would be 65 units, 7 of which would be low income (10%).  Low income means one-half of the median income for the area.  They would be somewhat luxury apartments, and they expect 10% to 15% higher rent than median for the area.

A member of the audience stated that with a 10% increase in rent per year, people on fixed income would be priced out.  Mr. Mammadov responded that the low income apartments would have fixed rent.

Another member of the audience asked about people on Social Security.  Mr. Mammadov responded that he did not know if people on Social Security could afford the rents.  He further stated that he expected a one bedroom apartment to rent for $1,550 per month, and a two bedroom apartment to rent for $1,700 per month.

Another member of the audience stated that he is concerned about the impact on trees on or near the project site.  In particular his oak tree is between buildings three and four, and has a canopy that extends 42 feet from the fence.  The roots must be similar, and a proposed drainage ditch would affect the tree.  Mr. Mammadov responded that he did not expect the drainage ditch to affect the tree.  Possibly the buildings could be moved a bit to avoid the tree.

Bonnie Domeny inquired about access for emergency vehicles in back of the buildings.  Mr. Richard Graber, project architect, stated that access for emergency vehicles is prescribed by the County and the Fire Department.  Vehicles would not drive in back of the buildings, but must have access to get a fire hose between the buildings.

A member of the audience inquired about management and security.  Mr. Mammadov responded that there will be an on site manager, and the property will be gated.  They will have security in the beginning, but will see what happens over time.

Another member of the audience observed that there was a previous plan for the site that had two story and one story apartments, with a 50 feet setback, but the present plan has three stories with less setback.  Mr. Mammadov responded that the standard setback for three stories is 75 feet, which they have reduced to 25 feet.  The audience member inquired about windows in the apartments looking into back yards.  Mr. Graber responded that balconies face each other, and there are requirements for trees in back.  There is also a requirement for one bedroom window.

Another member of the audience commented that the proposed project has three deviations from County standards: setback, height, and parking.  Mr. Mammadov responded that the Folsom Blvd. Special Planning Area limits buildings to two stories, and they have a deviation to three stories.  They also have a deviation for reduced parking.  Parking standards for one bedroom are one space per dwelling unit and two bedrooms are one and a half spaces per dwelling unit.  They have reduced the spaces to one space per unit, with no spaces for visitors.  The site is close to the light rail station, and in the Bay area the standard is one space per dwelling unit.

Another member of the audience commented that he lives next to proposed building 5, which is twisted towards his fence.  He is concerned about air conditioning noise.  Mr. Mammadov responded that the air conditioning units could be located towards the centers of the building, and walls could be built around them.

Another member of the audience commented that she is still concerned about parking.  Two people with two jobs need two cars to get to their jobs.  They should take out a building to add parking spaces.  Mr. Graber responded that that would add perhaps 24 parking spaces, which would still not be enough for standards.  The audience member commented that they are stuffing too many people into the site.

Bonnie Domeny commented that there are no three story buildings in the area, and the proposed design would be a “sore thumb” which does not fit with the community.  She is concerned about changes over time as the apartments degrade.  Mr. Mammadov responded that the same could happen to single family units.  If they had a smaller number of units, there would be less reserve to maintain the property.  On the other side of Highway 50 they are building three story apartments.  The project will have less maintenance per unit because the it is more dense.

A member of the audience stated that people think that being close to light rail means people will use it, but that is unrealistic.  There has been no discussion of traffic impacts, and there is no park or significant green space in the project.  We have a small community park, which could suffer from overuse.  Mr. Graber noted that they have play areas for children.  The audience member also commented that noise from the three story buildings would travel.  Mr. Graber commented that the same issue would apply with exposure to the north, and they don’t expect to get much noise.  Mr. Mammadov commented that there are a lot of uses around the project, for example auto repair is noisy.

Another member of the audience commented that she lives on Elmira, and can hear everything on Folsom Blvd.  This would be a good project for downtown Sacramento, but she does not think that higher income people would want to live there.  Mr. Mammadov stated that he expects to be able to rent in this market.

Another member of the audience commented that he lives on Elmira, and inquired about putting a sound wall on the northern boundary.  Mr. Mammadov commented that there are existing fences from the single family homes, but that maybe they could put in a new wall.

Another member of the audience commented that there are too many people for the site.  This is a driving city, so where is the parking?  Another member of the audience concurred that she does not know any couples who don’t need more than one car.

Jim Morgan commented that with three stories and only 25 feet setback, the project would create an impact to people’s back yards, changing the ambience and feel.  They are trying to put too much into the space.

A member of the audience enquired about the timeline.  Mr. Mammadov responded that no plans are approved at this point.

Rene Hamlin commented that the shadows from the apartments would affect people’s gardening.

A member of the audience enquired about California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analysis.  Mr. Mammadov responded that this is not a discretionary process, so they don’t need CEQA analysis.

Lynda Hammitt brought the discussion to a close, and encouraged people to send any further questions to BRECA, so that they could be forwarded to Mr. Mammadov for response.

3. Guest Speaker Erin Johansen, From Hope Cooperative

Ms. Johansen, with the Hope Cooperative, stated that they are going to be leasing space in the general area in the near future.  They serve about 6,000 people a year in various programs.  Ms. Marlyn Sepulveda, also with the Hope Cooperative, stated that they have three programs that are going to be located near here.  One is a Triage Navigator program, which helps people experiencing a mental health crisis connect with appropriate services.  Another is a Rehousing Case Management program that provides case management to people experiencing homelessness.  The third is a Crisis Respite Center which provides a non-medical alternative to the emergency room for people experiencing a mental health crisis.  The Crisis Respite Center is the only program at these sites that has visiting clientele.  Ms. Johansen continued that the Respite Center has space for about 8 people, who stay less than 23 hours, and is staffed with two people on a 24/7 basis.

A member of the audience asked what happens to people after 23 hours?  Ms. Johansen replied that they make a transition to other resource programs.  She also stated that they do not take people directly, but pick them up from the mental health system.  Another member of the audience asked about addiction.  Ms Johansen stated that they have offices on Howe Ave. and also on Marconi that are open for people with alcohol and addiction problems.  She stated that their funding comes through the mental health system.  People should see their web site for more information.

4. Guest Speaker Theresa Bible, From the Sacramento Tree Foundation

Ms. Bible, with the Sacramento Tree Foundation, stated that she is a neighborhood organizer for the Tree Foundation.  Her area is all of unincorporated Sacramento County.  Sacramento has the largest hand planted tree count in the world.  Some parts of Sacramento have lush canopy, like Land Park, while others have few trees, like Arden Arcade.  Some parts of the BRECA area have a lot of canopy, while others do not.  The Tree Foundation partners with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District for free shade trees.  A resident can have up to 10 free trees.  They also provide trees for schools, parks, and open spaces.  The Tree foundation has a community forester who will help determine the right kind of tree and where to plant it.

A member of the audience commented that she does not have trees because a neighbor has a sewer line crossing the property, so she is afraid to plant trees.  Ms. Bible responded that the tree foundation can help to determine the right sites for planting trees.  Another member of the audience commented that people have been cutting down trees around her area because they don’t want to deal with the trees.  Ms. Bible stated that she would like to work with BRECA to do a community work day.  Bonnie Domeny inquired about trees for our park.  Ms. Bible stated that they could do a mulching event.  A member of the audience commented that trees planted on Folsom Blvd. are not doing well.  Ms. Bible stated that the County typically plants slow growing trees.  The County takes care of their trees, and the Tree Foundation takes care of their trees for three years.  In response to a question by James Adams, Ms. Bible said she would provide a link to the environmental justice analysis regarding the presence of trees, or lack thereof, on Butterfield Way.

5. Minutes

a. April 23, 2019

One amendment to the draft minutes of April 23, 2019 was proposed and accepted.  Lori Christensen made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

b. May 28, 2019

Several amendments to the draft minutes of May 28, 2019 were proposed and accepted.  Lee Leavelle made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

6. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community

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

7. Reports

a. Treasurer

Andrea White (Treasurer) distributed the BRECA income and expenditures up to this time for the year.  She noted that there are now “in kind” income and expenditures.  Jim Morgan asked if “in kind” expenditures could be separated out, as is the “in kind” income.  Andrea White stated that she preferred to keep the report clean, and that details of expenditures can be provided as needed.

b. CORPAC

Lee Leavelle stated that he attended the CORPAC (the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) meeting this month.  They had a presentation from the Hope Cooperative (see item 3 above).  There was a workshop from County Planning.  The Board of Supervisors is receiving feedback from the building industry, which is complaining about projects being delayed by the Community Planning and Advisory Councils (CPACs).  A number of proposals to address this were discussed.

One proposal was that special projects, not specified by statute, to be discussed by the CPACs had to be approved by all the members of the Board of Supervisors.  CORPAC opposed this proposal.

Another proposal was that the CPACs not have a vote, as they are only advisory.  CORPAC favors a vote.

A third proposal was that a CPAC member who missed more than three meetings would be removed.  CORPAC supported this proposal.

A fourth proposal was that a quorum of a CPAC would be one person.  CORPAC said three.

A fifth proposal was that there would no longer be a free CPAC appeal, which would otherwise cost $4,000.  CORPAC opposed this proposal.

A sixth proposal was that there would be no continuation of an item unless the applicant agrees.  CORPAC opposed this proposal.

A seventh proposal was that there would be training for new CPAC members.  CORPAC supported this proposal.

c. Outreach Committee

Lynda Hammitt stated that Kelly Cohen had mentioned having difficulty getting the Free Little Library painted.  Lynda has tried to contact Kelly regarding this, but received no response.  Lee Leavelle stated that he would try to get the Free Little Library back from Kelly and get it painted.

Jim Morgan reported that 31 Welcome Packets have been distributed.

 

8. Old Business

a. Casa Linda Motel Business License

Lynda Hammitt reported that Casa Linda had lost it’s business license

b. Kinder-Morgan Speaker on July 23

Lynda Hammitt enquired as to whether she should continue to be the contact person.  It was agreed that she should.

c. From the Floor

There was no Old Business from the floor.

9. New Business

a. Thank You to Volunteers for Mile Marker 12 South of the American River Parkway

Lynda Hammitt stated that Gay Jones wants to thank all of the people who have volunteered time on the BRECA area on the American River Parkway, such as Starthistle pulling.  (Secretary’s note: Gay subsequently reported 250 volunteer hours for the last quarter.)

b. Steering Committee Officer Selection for 2019-2020

Rene Hamlin nominated Bonnie Domeny for chair, and Bonnie accepted the nomination.  Other existing officers were also nominated: Gay Jones for Vice Chair, Andrea White for Treasurer, and Jim Morgan for Secretary.  Ken Crawford made a motion to accept the listed candidates.  Andrea White seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

c. From the Floor

Jim Morgan proposed formation of a Bradshaw Apartments Committee to find out about the planning and approval process for this proposal.  It was agreed to form such a committee.  Lee Leavelle, Gay Jones, and Jim Morgan are to be on the committee.  Additional people can volunteer as desired.

10. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

Webmaster note: To read subsequent update from June 30, 2019 regarding the Bradshaw Apartments, click here.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – May 28, 2019

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: May 28, 2019
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

James Adams

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 12

1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Introduction of Steering Committee Election Ballot Counters

Teresa Lindsey-Conesa and Melissa Schuler were introduced as the Steering Committee Election ballot counters (see item 8a).

3. Guest Speakers from SMUD – Presentation on 2019 Rate Increase Proposal

Greg Spagnola, a Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) representative, stated that SMUD is community owned.  They are considering a rate change proposal that would take effect in 2020 and 2021.  There would be increases in residential rates of 4.75% in 2020 and 4.50% in 2021.  For an average bill of $114/month, that would mean rate increases of about $5.40 each year.  These would support investments in several areas, including wildfire mitigation, additional electrical capacity, technology, and carbon reduction.  SMUD currently delivers about 50% carbon free power to customers.  SMUD has an objective of being carbon neutral by 2040.  Coming up on June 4 is a public hearing at the SMUD Board and on June 24 the Board will vote on the rate increase proposal.

There were a number of questions from the audience.  A member of the audience inquired about pricing consistency for all customers.  Mr. Spagnola commented that costs would be spread to self-generation customers, e.g. solar, who have been receiving subsidies from regular customers.  Lynda Hammitt asked about wildfire prevention.  Mr. Spagnola stated that wildfire mitigation includes vegetation management and wildfire insurance.  Bonnie Domeny stated that 9% is a big jump, and asked if there would be a moratorium on rate increases after that.  Mr. Spagnola stated that he did not know.  Andrea White asked how much is the rate increase in dollars?  Mr. Robert Chang, another SMUD representative, stated that it is $54 million for 4.75%.  A member of the audience asked about a slide that indicated that SMUD is trying to encourage commercial customers to use energy when it is most available, but isn’t that the same time as the highest peak rates?  Mr. Spagnola stated no, solar is most available in the middle of the day, but peak costs are in the late afternoon.

A member of the audience asked whether we should now go to the Board and say no to the rate increase?  Mr. Spagnola responded yes, if that is what they think, at the public hearing on June 4.  Another member of the audience inquired whether SMUD encourages solar.  Mr. Spagnola responded yes in general, but individual circumstances vary, and people should get specific information from SMUD.  A member of the audience commented that she had taken the SMUD solar class, and it was really good.  Solar did not make economic sense for her.  Jim Morgan stated that his household is a relatively small energy user, and when the tiered rates were collapsed a few years ago, that amounted to a 9% rate increase for them.  With implementation of the time of day rates, there will be a 4% increase for them.  And now there are more increases proposed.  It seems like small users are getting hit again and again.  Mr. Spagnola stated Mr. Morgan should bring his concerns to the attention of the Board.

4. Minutes of March 26, 2019

An amendment was made to the draft minutes of March 22, 2019.  Lori Christensen made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

5. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community

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

6. Reports

a. Treasurer

Andrea White (Treasurer) distributed copies of the most recent budget statement.  She noted that the expense for the web site ($173) exceeded the authorized amount ($150).  Rene Hamlin made a motion to increase the web site authorization to $175.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.  It was noted that the expense for the General Meeting mailer was $18.30 over budget.  Gay Jones made a motion to approve the increase of $18.30.  Rene Hamlin seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

A member of the audience suggested that the Steering Committee should approve the overage, but not change the budget.  This would work better, as we would not have a moving target in the budget.  Gay Jones made a motion to approve the increases as overages, but not the budgeted amounts.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

Andrea White noted that BRECA often receives “in kind” contributions, and that these are not captured in the budget.  As a result, the true costs of events are not captured.  There was discussion of what to capture.  It was generally agreed to only capture cash contributions.  Gay Jones made a motion that in kind contributions for which the treasurer is provided with a receipt, starting January 1, 2019, be captured in the budget.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

b. CORPAC

Carmen Mitchell reported that there was not a meeting of the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) this month.

c. Outreach Committee

Lynda Hammitt commented that the Outreach Committee had met.  Andrea White reported that she had talked with the Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) about the Little Free Library.  The Park District will install the Little Free Library at no charge, with some stipulations.  They want to choose several possible locations, and let BRECA choose which one.  Andrea circulated a picture of Riviera East Park with several possible locations.  The location must be Americans with Disabilities Act accessible.  BRECA is responsible for maintenance, including covering over tagging (i.e. graffiti).

Lynda Hammitt commented that the Outreach Committee liked a natural wood look, with a stain finish, and would find a volunteer to do the staining.  A member of the audience (who is on the CRPD Board of Directors) commented that if a stained wood structure gets tagged, it is difficult to refinish, and must be sanded down to be refinished.  Another member of the audience commented that paint is easier to maintain.  Jim Morgan commented that paint is more durable, and he has seen instances of stained wood that was outside peel after some time.  A member of the audience commented that it needs a roof.  An informal poll was taken, and most people supported using paint.

Lynda requested a volunteer to do the painting.  Kelly Cohen volunteered to do the painting.  Lee Leavelle volunteered to supply the paint.

Jim Morgan reported that 25 Welcome Packets have been distributed.

7. Old Business

a. Neighborhood Bike Ride – May 30th

Gay Jones reported that the Neighborhood Bike Ride for May 30 had been cancelled, and will be rescheduled.

b. Casa Linda Motel business license

A member of the audience stated that he had talked to the Shauna Franklin at the District Attorney’s office about the Casa Linda business license.  The County has denied the renewal of the business license and has revoked the business license.  The owner is appealing both actions.  They are going to consolidate the appeals.  There will be a hearing before the Board of Supervisors on June 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Gay Jones stated that she wants to take a vote of BRECA and send a communication to the Board of Supervisors regarding Casa Linda.  Gay made a motion that BRECA send an email to all the Supervisors recommending revocation of the Casa Linda business license, in support of the District Attorney’s office.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

c. Annual General Meeting – outcome and debrief

Jim Morgan distributed a handout with the numbers of people who attended the last General Meeting (GM) and previous general meetings.  He stated that the last GM attendance was similar to other GMs except for the 2018 GM, which was unusually high.  Unfortunately, BRECA did not get any new members at the last GM, which is unprecedented.  There was discussion of these observations.

d. Kinder-Morgan speaker on July 23

Lynda Hammitt stated that Kinder-Morgan will have a speaker at the July 23 meeting.

e. Cal Am update

Gay Jones stated that the Administrative Law Judge had sent out a draft final decision on the California American (Cal Am) General Rate Case in December.  But James Adams and Gay did not find it, possibly because it looked like a list serve.  Consequently, BRECA did not comment on the draft final decision.

f. From the floor

There were no comments from the floor.

8. New Business

a. Steering Committee Election results

Jim Morgan reported the election results as counted by Teresa Lindsey-Conesa and Melissa Schuler.  The results were (in the same order as on the ballot):

James Adams: 42 votes, re-elected
Kelly Cohen: 33 votes, not elected
Jim Morgan: 39 votes, re-elected
Gay Jones: 39 votes, re-elected
Bonnie Domeny: 40 votes, re-elected
Lee Leavelle: 38 votes, elected
Lori Christensen: 38 votes, re-elected
Andrea White: 36 votes, re-elected
Tom Custer: 23 votes, not elected
Ken Crawford: 38 votes, elected
Rene Hamlin: 35 votes, re-elected

b. From the Floor

Gay Jones distributed handouts for a Fire Camp for kids and Sacramento Metro Fire statistics about responses.

9. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting of the Steering Committee is scheduled for June 25, 2019, 6:30 pm at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – March 26, 2019

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: March 26, 2019
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

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

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Andrea White
Rene Hamlin

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 9

1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Special Presentation from Sacramento Sheriffs and Rancho Cordova Police

Three representatives from the Sacramento Sheriffs and Rancho Cordova Police spoke briefly and responded to some questions from the audience.  Deputy Darren Quackenbush is the new Problem Oriented Policing (POP) officer.  He can be contacted by email at or by phone at 916-875-9650.  He commented that they do not see postings on Nextdoor, so people must call him or the Sacramento Sheriff’s numbers with problems: 911 for emergencies or 916-874-5115 for non-emergency problems.

A person from the audience commented that they had a problem reporting a theft from a vehicle: the Sheriff’s electronic system would not take a 5 digit custom license number.  In response to a question about cars parked on the street, it was stated that cars must be moved every 72 hours or they can be towed.  However, people should default to neighborly.  It was also commented that commercial vehicles can not park overnight on the street.

3. Minutes

a. Minutes of February 26, 2019

Gay Jones made a motion to approve the draft minutes for February 26, 2019.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

b. Minutes of January 22, 2019

Gay Jones made a motion to amend the minutes for January 22, 2109 that were adopted at the February 26, 2019 meeting.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

4. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community

A member of the community inquired whether people other than the Steering Committee could see the draft minutes.  Lynda Hammitt responded no.

5. Reports

a. Treasurer

There was no report from the Treasurer.
Gay Jones commented that maybe in kind contributions should be itemized.

b. CORPAC

Carmen Mitchell reported that there was no meeting of the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) this month.

c. Outreach Committee

Lynda Hammitt stated that there was no meeting of the Outreach Committee this month.  Jim Morgan reported that 14 Welcome Packets had been distributed.

6. Old Business

a. Annual General Meeting

Lynda Hammitt stated that all the speakers are confirmed for the Annual General Meeting except for Kinder Morgan (owners of the tank farm at Bradshaw Rd. and Folsom Blvd.).  Lynda handed out a draft of the flyer, and requested suggestions to improve the flyer.  Gay Jones stated that she was concerned about Kinder Morgan talking at the General Meeting.  She stated that there should be a full meeting on the subject.  There was discussion about why there is no evacuation plan at the County, and it was suggested that it could be at the Fire District or possibly Rancho Cordova.

b. Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for April 13, 2019 at 10 am.  There was discussion of preparations for the event.

c. Cal Am Update

Gay Jones stated that they are still dealing with a request for extension on the escalation filing. She also stated that they are waiting on a draft decision on the General Rate Case.

d. From the Floor

There were no comments from the floor.

7. New Business

a. Park Maintenance and Recreation Improvement District (PMRID) Update

Bonnie Domeny stated that the Cordova Recreation and Park District had a meeting to report on what they have been doing with Measure J and Park Maintenance and Recreation Improvement District (PMRID) funds.  Of relevance to the BRECA area, they plan on putting in a new walkway at Riviera East Park when it stops raining.

b. From the Floor

A member of the audience inquired as to whether there had been a response to the BRECA letter concerning people camping on the American River Parkway.  Gay Jones noted that at a recent American River Coalition meeting a ranger stated that they are doing extra enforcement on related issues such as off-leash dogs, fires, trash, and outstanding warrants.  Lynda Hammitt commented that we have not heard anything on the “sensitive habitat” proposal.

8. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a General Meeting, and is scheduled for April 23, 2019, 6:30 pm at the Rancho Cordova Library.