MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERANS CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Thursday, June 14, 2012

1:00 PM

Carpenters’ Hall

910 2nd Avenue, Marina, California

 

I.         Call to Order

The meeting called to order by the Chair at 1:00 PM. 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the Chair.  

Roll call was conducted by VSO Thomas Griffin.          

Roll Call:

Present – James Bogan (Chair), Frank Aguillon (District 2), Leonard Ortiz (District 3), Ralph Sirtak (District 4), Bill Nye (District 5), Jack Stewart (United Veterans Council).

Ex officio –Tim O’Halloran (City of Seaside), Edith Johnsen (Veterans’ Families), Candace Ingram (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority), Nicole Charles (Representing Assembly Member Bill Monning), Thomas Griffin (Secretary, Monterey County VSO), Michael McFadden (Recorder, VSO Staff). Julian Chacon (Representing Congressman Sam Farr). Stephen Jorgensen (CDVA), Janet Parks (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Hans Poschman (Representing 15th Senate District, Senator Sam Blakeslee),

Excused - Ralph Villar (Vice Chair & District 1)

II.             Approval of May 10, 2012 Minutes:  Minutes. Due to incomplete printing of all pages, the approval of the minutes was deferred to the July 2012 meeting.

III.        CAC Chairman Activity Report

Jack Stewart was granted permission to make the comments. After delineating the    history of the Cemetery efforts over the years, he summarized by stating that the Committee and all must stay the course.

IV.          Public Comments  (Limited to 3 minutes each):  There was no public comment received

V.           Update on pertinent Federal legislative activities:  Julian Chacon reported Congressman Farr is exploring a concept for an “Arlington West” cemetery. More information as available.

VI.          Update on pending state legislation:  Nicole Charles reported AB 1842 related to cemetery funding is headed to the Floor for a vote.  No opposition to date through Committees. AB1614 related to the FORA sunset provision is in the edit and cleanup process with no date for a vote yet established.  A six (6) year extension is being proposed.

VII.         Update on Endowment Parcel (EP) Matters: Tim O’Halloran from the City of Seaside reported no update and restated the EIR report should be complete by the end of the year.

VIII.        FORA Update: Jonathan Garcia reported the workshops related to the Reassessment Plan were completed with public comment being received through June 15, 2012.

IX.          Report from Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation:  Janet Parks reported she had attended meetings recently and would report further at a later date.

X.           Update from Fundraising Liaison Subcommittee. Edith Johnson, Jack Stewart, and Sid Williams reported on progress with the Golf Tournament Committee and that Robert Norris has agreed to coordinate Corporate Sponsorship solicitations.

XI.          Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 1:45 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted:

Thomas H. Griffin, Secretary, ex officio.