MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERAN’S
CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Marina Library Community Meeting Room
190 Seaside Circle, Marina
Thursday, December 11, 2008
1:00 – 3:00 PM
1. Chair James Bogan called the meeting to order at 1:00 pm.
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 – Stephen Jorgensen (California Department of Veterans Affairs), Janet Parks (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Eddie Pedrozo (Monterey County Military & Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority), Jill Anderson (City of Seaside), Julian Chacon (representing Representative Sam Farr )
Absent – Bruce Evans (Ft. Ord Retiree Council), Colleen Freeman (representing Assemblymember John Laird).
No replacement for Rito Guerra has been named by Senator Maldonado.
2. Public Comment – Ed Howard (Retired Enlisted Association) presented a $5,0000 check to the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation.
Stan Cook (FORA) that the documentation for the transfer of the cemetery property had been drafted and that a final draft was expected soon.
3. Motion (Mr. Quinones) and second to approve the minutes of the November 13, 2008 minutes as mailed. Mr. Channell noted that at the last meeting, on behalf of the CAC, he thanked Colleen Freeman for her efforts as an ex officio member of the CAC and that she convey to Assemblymember John Laird appreciation for his efforts to create the State’s Veteran Cemetery Endowment fund established. He asked that these remarks be included in the minutes. Motion carried
4. Janet Parks provided an update regarding changes in Central Coast Cemetery Foundation activities and operations. The Foundation is in the process of moving from the County Military & Veterans Affairs Office to a new location at the Veterans Transition Center 220 12th Street) in Marina. The new mailing address for the Central Coast Veterans’ Cemetery Foundation (CCVCF) is: P.O.Box 849, Marina, CA 93933. The new phone number is (831) 384-9400. The email address is www.ccvcf.com. A fundraising letter, with a copy of the new CCCVF brochure, will be going out to veterans groups and supporters of the cemetery project at the beginning of next week. A $1,000 donation from the Fleet Reserve Association was received and other donations are pending.
5. Richard Garza reported that the presentation of the cemetery Master Plan to the San Benito County Board of Supervisors on November 25 was very well received. The San Benito Board is preparing a resolution in support of completion of the cemetery project that will go to the State legislature. At the presentation the San Benito veterans’ community was invited to seek membership on the Central Coast Veterans’ Cemetery Foundation Board.
6. Kristina Richardi (RDA) provided an update on the status of the Memorandum of Agreement between the County of Monterey and the City of Seaside regarding disposition of the “development parcel” of the cemetery property. A meeting between City and County staff was held at which the City of Seaside presented a draft MOU. The draft will be presented to the Board of Supervisors, in closed session, on December 16, for policy guidance to County staff. (Mr. Stewart): What is the timeframe for finalizing the MOU? (Ms Nelson): The first of the year.
7. The fund raising presentation from Candace Ingram, Principal: The Ingram Group was postponed to the next CAC meeting due to a scheduling conflict. Edith Johnsen reported that the Fund Raising Liaison Subcommittee had met on November 17 and December 2 and is scheduled to meet again on January 8, 2009 at Supervisor Ila Mettee-McCutchon’s Marina Coastal office at 10:30 am. Activities are moving from the planning stage to getting the latest word on the cemetery project out to the public. (Mr. Stewart): The effort’s of Mile O’Broen to update both the website and the brochure should be commended. (Ms Johnsen): The current mailing list has 1800 names. Also, donations to the CCVCF can be made on line through “PayPal”. (Mr. Channell): Is the Ingram Group employed by CCVCF? Ms Johnsen): No. (Ila Mettee-McCutchon): All veterans’ groups are encourage to add their mailing lists to the existing one. (Mr. Aguillon): What is the status of the State’s veterans’ organizations support for the cemetery? (Mr. Bogan): The matter has been brought up at meeting of the State Commanders’ Council in Sacramento. Veterans organizations around the State know what is going on.
8. Meeting adjourned at 1:30 pm. Next meeting January 8, 2009.
Respectfully submitted by Richard F. Garza, Secretary, ex officio.