MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERANS CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Thursday, August 9, 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 Mr. Stewart.

Roll call was conducted by Mr. Griffin who announced a quorum was present.      

Roll Call:

Present – James Bogan (Chair), Ralph Villar (District 1), Leonardo Ortiz (District 3), Ralph Sirtak (District 4), Bill Nye (District 5), Jack Stewart (United Veterans Council).

Ex officio –Leslie Llantero for 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), Noel White for Nicole Charles (Representing Assemblymember Bill Monning), Julian Chacon (Representing Congressman Sam Farr), Tom Griffin (Secretary, Monterey County VSO), Wes Morrill (VSO Staff), Michael McFadden (Recorder, VSO Staff).

II.             Approval of May 10, 2012 & July 12, 2012 Minutes:  On a motion by Mr. Nye, and seconded by Mr. Stewart, the minutes from the May 10, 2012, and the July 12, 2012 meetings were unanimously approved.

III.        CAC Chairman Activity Report: Mr. Bogan presented Julian Chacon with a certificate of appreciation from CAC.  Mr. Griffin presented Mr. Chacon with a certificate of appreciation and a shirt for his participation in the Monterey County Stand-Down. This is Mr. Chacon’s last CAC meeting.

Mr. Bogan attended activities with Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman Sam Farr in support of veterans.  Mr. Stewart attended Seaside City Council meeting and reports that the Council continues to be supportive of the Veterans Cemetery and Monterey Downs projects.  Mr. Stewart also made an appeal for ongoing support of the upcoming golf tournament fundraiser.

IV.          Public Comments  (Limited to 3 minutes each):  Beth with Monterey Downs invited all of CAC to attend the James Bogan  Veteran of the Year luncheon on Thursday, September 6, at 11:30 A.M., at the Monterey Elks Lodge.  She asked those planning on attending to RSVP at # 883-1400. 

V.           Update on pertinent Federal legislative activities:  Mr. Chacon reported that Under Secretary Muro of Memorial Affairs for the V.A. received 146 letters from Monterey County residents stating that its veterans are not being adequately served by the San Joaquin Veterans Cemetery.  He has responded that the V.A. considers Monterey County veterans to be adequately served by the San Joaquin Veterans Cemetery.

Mr. Chacon stated that his replacement or an alternate staff member will represent Congressman Farr’s office at the CAC meeting in September. 

VI.          Update on pending state legislation:  Noel White reported that AB 1614 has not yet been given a hearing date, but must be voted on by the end of this month.  A vote is expected on AB 1842 on the State Senate floor next week.

VII.         Update on Endowment Parcel (EP) Matters: Leslie Llantero (for Tim O’Halloran) reported that the Seaside City Council was provided an update on the Endowment Parcel. The expected public release date for the EIR is December, 2012.

VIII.        FORA Update: Mr. Jonathan Garcia distributed copies of the FORA Board Meeting agenda for this Friday, August 10, 2012, and verbally reviewed its main items.

IX.          Report from Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation:  Ms. Parks has requested that the Endowment property be transferred to the Foundation for purposes of collateral for fundraising, and that the Cemetery property be transferred to the State. 

X.           Update from Fundraising Liaison Subcommittee: Ms. Johnsen reported that the Fundraising Subcommittee met on July 13, and will meet again on Monday, August 13, 2:30 P.M., at the Carpenters Hall in Marina. The Subcommittee is continuing to seek support from golfers and corporate sponsors.  Mr. Jack Stewart made an appeal for ongoing support for the upcoming golf tournament fundraiser.

XI.          Adjournment:  Meeting adjourned at 1:50 P.M.  Next meeting will be on September 13, 2012. 

 

Respectfully submitted:

Michael McFadden, for

Thomas Griffin, Secretary, Monterey County VSO