MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERAN’S CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Agricultural Center Conference Room
Agricultural Commissioners Office
1432 Abbott Street, Salinas
Thursday, October 11, 2007
1:00 PM– 3:00 PM
- Vice-chairman Jack Stewart called the meeting to order and led the
audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. A roll call of members was conducted.
- Present – Ralph Villar (District 1), Frank Aguillon (District 2),
Leonard Ortiz (District 3), James Bogan (District 4), Ralph “Norm”
Channell (District 5), Abel Quinones (United Veterans Council), Jack
Stewart (United Veterans Council).
Ex officio – Steve Jorgensen (California Department of Veterans
Affairs), Eddie Pedrozo (Monterey County Military & Veterans Affairs
Advisory Commission), Barbara Nelson (City of Seaside), Janet Parks
(Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse
Authority), Bruce Evans (for William Gourley, Ft. Ord Retiree Council),
Rito Guerra (for Senator Abel Maldonado), Colleen Freeman (for Assembly
member John Laird).
- Excused – James Bogan, Alec Arago (for Representative Sam
- Public Comment – None
- Approval of minutes of meetings of September 13, 2007 – Motion (Mr.
Quinones) and second to accept minutes as distributed. Motion carried.
- Report on FORA Administrative Committee meeting of October 3, 2007 (Mr.
Stewart): Meeting was cancelled and rescheduled to October 17, 2007. Request
for FORA participation in funding the cemetery development plan will be on
the 10/17 agenda.
Discussion: (Mr. Cook) FORA Board considering limited financial
participation in funding development plan. Interested parties need to attend
10/17 meeting. (Mr. Stewart): Concerned that jurisdictions are each waiting
for the other to act. The $191,000 is needed for the study now. Perhaps
approach to FORA and others could be to consider funding for the study as a
loan to be paid from whatever funding mechanism comes out of the development
Motion (Mr. Quinones) and second that the CAC express explicit
support of funding of development study either by contribution, or possibly
a loan, from agencies of jurisdiction. Motion carried. (Mr. Channell
opposed). (Mr. Cook): Should CAC approach elected officials on FORA Board
seeking support for funding of development plan? (Mr. Guerra): Most
definitely. (Mr. Stewart): Members of the Federal, State and County
Government Liaison Subcommittee to meet with elected officials.
- Report on visit on September 21, 2007 to proposed cemetery site by USDVA
Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, William Tuerk (Ms. Freeman and Mr.
Stewart for Mr. Arago): Under Secretary Tuerk expressed his commitment to
development of a State Veterans’ Cemetery on the proposed site. He will look
into the possibility of some local development costs being reimbursed in the
State Cemetery Grant. (Mr. Jorgenson): A letter has been sent to the
California Department of Veterans Affairs asking if any local development
plan costs are reimbursable. No response has been received. A letter from
the CAC to CDVA asking the same question might get a more timely response.
(Mr. Aguillon): The CAC needs more advance notice and publicity regarding
events like Under Secretary Tuerk’s visit.
- A proposal from Garden of Memories Memorial Park, Salinas, to purchase
40 acres of the proposed cemetery site for$3.4 million was received and
referred to the Staff Working Group. Mr. Stewart directed Mr. Garza to copy
and distribute the proposal to the CAC members by mail.
- Meeting adjourned at 2:00 pm.
Next meeting November 8, 2007, Health Department Conference Room, 1200
Aguajito Road, Monterey, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.