THE FORT ORD VETERAN’S
CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Thursday, August 11, 2011
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Marina Library Community Meeting Room
190 Seaside Circle, Marina
I. Call to Order
James Bogan, Chair, called the meeting to order at 1:00 pm.
Present – Ralph Villar (District 1), Frank Aguillon (District 2), Leonard Ortiz (District 3), James Bogan (District 4), Bill Nye (District 5), Jack Stewart (Vice Chair, United Veterans Council), Abel Quinones (United Veterans Council).
Ex officio – Stephen Jorgensen (California Department of Veterans Affairs), Tim O’Halloran (City of Seaside), Edith Johnsen (Veterans’ Families), Janet Parks (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Bruce Evans (Ft. Ord Retiree Council), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority), Nicole Charles (representing Assemblymember Bill Monning), Julian Chacon (representing Representative Sam Farr), Thomas Griffin (Secretary, Monterey County VSO), Michael McFadden (Recorder, VSO Staff).
Also Present - Jerry Hernandez (County of Monterey), Michael Hulimart (Executive Director of FORA), Candace Ingram (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation).
Absent –Juan Sanchez (Military & Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission), David Meyerson (Representing State Senator Sam Blakeslee).
II. Approval of July 14, 2011 Minutes: Minutes Approved.
III. Public Comments: None.
IV. Update on Pertinent Federal Legislative Activities: Julian Chacon.
Mr. Chacon stated that Rep. Farr will continue to fight for veterans, but encouraged Foundation to focus on fundraising. Congressional earmarks are being blocked, and cuts are expected for the next ten years. Healthcare for V.A. is priority; Memorial funding is not guaranteed.
V. Update on Pending State Legislation: Nicole Charles.
State legislature will be back in session August 15, and will hear AB 629.
VI. Update on Status of Sale of Cemetery Endowment Parcel:
Work continues to mitigate the non-sale of Endowment Parcel. Mentioned by several that our focus needs to be fundraising.
Presentation of Project Status by Horse Park Planners:
Scoping meeting planned; proposals are being prepared with a draft to the public.
Meeting planned with the County and with the city of Seaside. Are putting together
a powerpoint presentation at montereydowns.com.
VII. Update regarding FORA Grant:
Michael Hulimart updated CAC concerning FORA and Cemetery issues.
VIII. Report from CCVC Foundation: Janet Parks/Candace Ingram
Janet Parks thanked Candace Ingram for her work. Ms. Parks reminded Committee of golf tournament on November 12 for fundraising. Veterans event to be held on September 3 at Moss Landing from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Labor Day weekend – Janet Parks will be speaking.
IX. Update from Fundraising Liaison Subcommittee: Edith Johnsen
Mary Jacobi updated for Edith Johnsen, concerning the golf tournament on November 12. She is encouraging individual patrons/sponsors, as well as players, to support the event.
X. Adjournment: 2:12 PM
Respectfully submitted by Thomas H. Griffin, Secretary, ex officio.