Minutes of March 14, 2007
Meeting of the Monterey County Military and Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission.
 

Eddie Pedrozo, Commission Chair called the meeting to order at 3:00 pm.

Members present: Eddie Pedrozo, Chair, Ralph (Norm) Channell, Charlie Eskridge, Bruce Evans, Mack Jacobs, Jack Stewart, Abel Quinones and Ralph Villar

Members absent: Frank Aguillon, E.T. Price (one vacancy)

Quorum of members present for Commission business.

Presentations recognizing the service former Commissioners James Coldwell, Janet Parks and James Soares on behalf of Congressman Sam Farr, Assemblyman John Laird and Supervisors Dave Potter, Jerry Smith and Simon Salinas were made.

Approval of Minutes of Prior Meeting: Minutes of meeting January 10, 2007 were mailed to the Advisory Commission members. Mr. Stewart asked that the minutes of the meeting be amended, in the VSO report, to show that Supervisor Smith clarified that the reporting relationship of the propose Veterans Cemetery Citizensí Advisory Committee is directly to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. He explained that the Board of Directors for the County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is the County Board of Supervisors.

Motion (Mr. Quinones) and second (Mr. Eskridge) to accept the minutes as amended. Motion passed.

Public comment: Brian Henderson, District Aide for Representative Sam Farr, spoke about the Library of Congressí Veterans History Project. This project is designed to obtain oral histories regarding the experiences of wartime veterans. Mr Channell offered to be the Commissionís liaison for this project.

Report From the Chair: Mr. Pedrozo stated that it was his expectation, as Chair, that Commission members would behave in a respectful and professional manner. He also welcomed the Commissionís newest member, Mack Jacobs, from the Monterey County United Veterans Council.

Committee Reports:

1. Legislation (Mr. Channell): No report

2. Central Coast Veteransí Cemetery (Mr. Channell): Mr. Channel reported on some of the efforts that might be taken to get support and funds from veteransí organizations to help with the cemetery effort. He also expressed the need to insure the State acts as quickly as possible to apply for the State Cemetery Grant once sufficient funds are available. There was also discussion of the tax status of contributions to the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation vs. the State Cemetery Endowment fund. Craig OíDonnell of Assemblyman Lairdís office clarified that donations to the endowment fund are not tax deductible. Mr. Stewart suggested Commissioners urge Supervisors to get their appointments to the Veterans Cemetery Citizenís Advisory Committee made.

3. VSO Report: (Mr. Garza): Report attached. Commission business cards are on order. Mr. Stewart encouraged Commissioners to attend the May 22nd Welcome Home Troops ceremony.

4. Veteran of the Year (Mr. Quinones): Tentative date is first Sunday in November at the Monterey Elks Lodge.

5. VA Clinic (Mr. Eskridge): Pharmacy is open.

Old Business: Eddie Pedrozo has sent a letter to DLI requesting that a military representative attend Commission meetings. No reply has been received.

New Business: Kevin Moore of the Army Community Service distributed copies of the results of the Armed Forces Action Plan (AFAP), 2007 Presidio of Monterey Focus Group, held on February 15, 2007. The next Focus Group will be held on September 20, 2007. Ms Moore invited Advisory Commission members to participate. Those interested may contact Nancy Humphries, Army Community Service, (831) 242-7676.

Next Meeting:

May 9, 2007, 3:00 pm at VFW Post 811, 3131 Crescent Avenue, Marina.

Meeting adjourned at 4:20 pm
Respectfully submitted by Richard Garza, ex officio, Secretary.