MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERANS CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
October 11, 2012
The Carpenters’ Hall
910 2nd Avenue,
Call to Order
The meeting called to order by the Chair at 1:05 PM.
The Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll call was conducted (Mr. Morrill) - quorum was
Present – James Bogan (Chair),
Ralph Villar (District 1), Ralph
Sirtak (District 4), Bill Nye (District
5), Jack Stewart (Vice Chair, United Veterans Council).
Ex officio –Stephen Jorgensen (California Department of Veterans Affairs), Tim O’Halloran (City
of Seaside), Edith Johnsen (Veterans’
Families), Janet Parks and Candace Ingram (Central Coast Veterans
Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse
Authority), Nicole Charles (Representing Assemblymember Bill Monning),
Assemblymember Bill Monning, Sonja Arndt (Representing Congressman Sam
Farr), Wes Morrill (VSO Staff),
Michael McFadden (Recorder,
Ortiz (District 3), Hans Poschman
(State Sen. Blakesley representative),
Tom Griffin (Secretary, Monterey County VSO).
Mr. Morrill announced the resignation of Frank Aguillon
of District 2 and the vacancy for that position on the Committee.
Approval of September 13, 2012 Minutes:
from the September 13, 2012 meeting were unanimously approved (Villar/Nye)
CAC Chairman Activity Report
The Chair deferred to Assemblyman Bill Monning, who reported that
AB1614 and AB1842 will by signed by the Governor. Mr. Monning also
reaffirmed his ongoing support for the Ft. Ord Veterans’ Cemetery.
Jack Stewart reported that a complete history of the Veterans’ Cemetery was
presented at the Seaside City Council meeting on Thursday, October 4, and
that the Council has unanimously agreed to move forward with the Cemetery.
Public Comments (Limited to 3 minutes each):
Update on pertinent Federal legislative activities:
introduced Sonja Arndt, the new representative from Congressman Sam Farr’s
Update on pending state legislation:
Nicole Charles had nothing new to report at this time.
She will have more to report in the near future.
Update on Endowment Parcel (EP) Matters:
Tim O’Halloran stated that the City
of Seaside is moving forward with the EIR process for the Veterans’ Cemetery
and for the Monterey Downs project.
Jonathan Garcia distributed copies of the FORA Board Meeting agenda for
Friday, October 12, 2012, for review and discussion.
Report from Central
Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation:
Ms. Parks reported that James Panetta
was welcomed as a new Board member at the October 5 meeting of the
Foundation. Three members have been appointed to the fundraising committee
to develop new ideas for funding sources.
Fundraising Liaison Subcommittee: Ms. Johnsen deferred to Sid
Williams, who reported that fundraising for the November 10 golf tournament
is ongoing and that the final details are being decided. Jack Stewart added
that corporate sponsorships are still being sought and will be recognized.
It was also stated that a news item will be released on the progress of the
Veteran’ Cemetery with a PSA for the upcoming tournament.
adjourned at 2:25 P.M. Next meeting
will be on November 8, 2012.
Michael McFadden, for
Thomas Griffin, Secretary,
Monterey County VSO