MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERANS’
CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Thursday, November 10, 2011
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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 led by Tom Mancini.
Present –Jack Stewart (Chair), Ralph Villar (Vice Chair & District 1), Leonard Ortiz (District 3), Bill Nye (District 5), James Bogan (United Veterans Council).
Ex officio – Stephen Jorgensen (California Dept. of Veterans Affairs), Tim O’Halloran (City of Seaside), Edith Johnsen (Veterans’ Families), Janet Parks (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Candace Ingram (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority), Nicole Charles (Representing Assemblymember Bill Monning), Julian Chacon (Representing Congressman Sam Farr), Thomas Griffin (Secretary, Monterey County VSO), Wes Morrill (MA II, VSO Staff), Michael McFadden (Recorder, VSO Staff).
Absent – Frank Aguillon (District 2), Open (District 4), Juan Sanchez (Military & Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission), Hans Poschman (Representing 15th Senate District, Senator Sam Blakeslee), Bruce Evans (Ft. Ord Retiree Council).
II. Approval of October 13, 2011, Minutes.
III. CAC Chairman Activity Report: Jack Stewart stated that CAC needs to be more active in moving forward with the cemetery: all the leadership needs to attend steering committee meetings. He believes goals as a committee need to be established before by-laws are revised. Mr. Stewart reported that the Seaside city council tabled discussion/action on the future of the Eastside Parkway.
IV. Public Comments (Limited to 3 minutes each): Guidelines given by Jack Stewart for future public comments. A representative from the Ft Ord War Horse Society presented information about Veterans’ Day activities at the Equestrian Center at Ft Ord.
V. Update on pertinent Federal legislative activities: Julian Chacon introduced India McKinney, a legislative assistant for Sam Farr in Washington, DC. She reported that Congressman Farr is working on appropriations for burial needs for VA, for fiscal year 2012. Distributed “Congress Up Close” newsletter from Sam Farr.
VI. Update on pending state legislation: Nicole Charles. CDVA is trying to educate veterans on benefits available to them. All state assembly members and staff are receiving training in this.
VII. Update on Endowment Parcel (EP) Matters: Jim Cook/Tim O’Halloran. Looking at the EIR’s for Monterey Downs concerning the EP. Kristi Markey, Chief of Staff to Supervisor Parker, commented that the Supervisor has asked FORA to re-visit/re-look at ways FORA can fund the Veterans’ Cemetery, in order to meet the goal of submitting an application in the summer of 2012. Ms. Markey encouraged people to attend the December 9th FOR A meeting, when the topic is expected to be on the agenda.
VIII. Update regarding FORA: Jonathan Garcia. Bottom line: Where is the money coming from? Needs $1.5 million in place by August 2012. Operation and maintenance costs are being considered as well.
IX. Report from Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation: Janet Parks / Candace Ingram. Received donations at the Veteran of the Year event. Have not broken even for golf tournament to be held on November 12. Tickets are still being sold for the Tea and for the Silent Auction.
X. Update from Fundraising Liaison Subcommittee: Edith Johnsen: Encouraged support for November 12 Golf Tournament.
XI. Additional Items: Various announcements were made regarding Veterans’ Day weekend events. Jack Stewart encouraged all to attend at least one Veterans’ Day event and to display the flag.
XII. Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 1:52 P.M.
Respectfully submitted by Thomas H. Griffin, Secretary, ex officio.