MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERANS’
CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Marina Library Community Meeting Room
190 Seaside Circle, Marina
I. Call to Order
Meeting called to order by Chair at 1:00 PM.
Pledge of Allegiance.
Present –Jack Stewart (Chair), Ralph Villar (Vice Chair & District 1), Frank Aguillon (District 2), Leonard Ortiz (District 3), Ralph Sirtak (District 4), James Bogan (United Veterans Council).
Ex officio –Tim O’Halloran (City of Seaside), Edith Johnsen (Veterans’ Families), Janet Parks and Candace Ingram (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority), Nicole Charles (Representing Assembly member Bill Monning), Julian Chacon (Representing Congressman Sam Farr), Thomas Griffin (Secretary, Monterey County VSO), Wes Morrill (M.A.II, VSO Staff), Michael McFadden (Recorder, VSO Staff).
Absent – Bill Nye (District 5), Stephen Jorgensen (CDVA), Hans Poschman (Representing 15th Senate District, Senator Sam Blakeslee).
II. Approval of December 8, 2011 Minutes: On Motion by Mr. Bogan, seconded by Mr. Aguillon, the minutes were unanimously approved.
III. CAC Chairman
A. Announcement: Lt.Colonel.(USAF, Retired.) Bruce Evans has passed.
B. Activity Report: Chair attended FOR A meeting – was determined that funds from another source could not be transferred to use for the Cemetery. Need to focus on private funding. At UVC meeting, Chair was reassured of support for the Cemetery.
C. Discussion: Approximately $1.5 million is required for the State to apply to the VA for cemetery construction funding. Fundraising is now the main focus and must be kept in the public eye. There are additional steps to be completed in addition to fundraising.
FORA needs to be extended. M.O.U.’s have been passed.
IV. Public Comments (Limited to 3 minutes each):
1. Question asked: Is it in power of CAC to request updated progress chart on development of the Cemetery ? Answered in the affirmative.
2. Stated that there are 30,000 veterans in Monterey County. Suggested that public appeals be made in the media for the Cemetery, i.e. requesting $50 from every veteran. This would provide the needed up-front money.
V. Update on pertinent Federal legislative activities: Julian Chacon. For Fiscal Year 2012, there is a $1.85 billion increase in Federal budget for VA services Chair requested update on the $1.5 million required for start-up of Cemetery.
VI. Update on pending state legislation: Nicole Charles. State legislature convened last week. Cemetery still a priority under AB 212.
VII. Update on Endowment Parcel (EP) Matters: (Jim Cook was not present) /Tim O’Halloran (City of Seaside). Endowment property scheduled for clean-up and transfer sometime in 2014-15.
VIII. FORA Update: Jonathan Garcia.
A. Discussion concerning Deed Transfers/Clean-up: State cannot receive transfer until there is sufficient money in the endowment fund.
B. Update from BLM: Designation of Ft. Ord Hinterlands as National Monument. FORA Board meeting on January 13, 2012, at 3:45 P.M. Secretary of Interior and staff members will attend. Will push for recognition as National Monument and to be open designation public land in perpetuity. CAC requesting letter of support from Board of Supervisors for this – so motioned, seconded, and passed.
IX. Report from Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation: Janet Parks / Candace Ingram. Notes from planning meeting held on January 6 were distributed to CAC members. Chair asked about Cemetery Foundation applying for a grant that would pay for professional fundraising services. Candace Ingram stated that, for the most part, community foundations will not fund new projects at this time. Most foundations are continuing to fund existing programs for basic needs, i.e. for food, housing, children. Foundations are not paying for salaries or for consultants for fundraising. Cemetery Foundation intends to put out a Facebook appeal, to establish a legacy giving program, and to attract private investors. (Land designation is needed for private investors to invest.)
X. Update from Fundraising Liaison Subcommittee: Edith Johnsen: No report at this time..
XI. Annual Elections for Chair/Vice Chair (Conducted by current Chair/ new Chair assumes position immediately on being elected/ conducts Vice-Chair election): Frank Aguillon motioned that current Chair and Vice Chair remain for year 2012. Leonard Ortiz seconded. Jack Stewart declined nomination for Chair; Ralph Villar declined nomination for Vice Chair. James Bogan accepted nomination for Chair; Jack Stewart accepted nomination for Vice Chair. It was so voted. James Bogan is new Chair; Jack Stewart is new Vice Chair.
XII. Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 2:30 P.M. Next meeting is February 9, 2012.
Thomas H. Griffin, Secretary, Ex-officio