MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERAN’S
CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Marina Library Community Meeting Room
190 Seaside Circle, Marina
Thursday, January 8, 2009
1:00 – 3:00 PM
(Note: The recording of the 1/8/2009 meeting failed. The minutes are recreated from handwritten notes that were not intended to serve as minutes for the meeting.)
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), Eddie Pedrozo (Monterey County Military & Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission), Janet Parks (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Bruce Evans (Ft. Ord Retiree Council) Edith Johnsen, (Veterans’ Families), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority), Jill Anderson (City of Seaside)
Absent – Julian Chacon (representing Representative Sam Farr )
No replacement for Rito Guerra has been named by Senator Maldonado.
No representative for Assembly member Bill Monning has been named.
2. .Public Comment – Edith Johnson, Marina announced that she had been appointed as a new ex officio member of the CAC. She will be Chair of the Fund Raising Liaison subcommittee.
Tom Mancini, Seaside, said that a new law concerning free metered parking for veterans was passed and indicated that word should go out to the veterans community. Mr. Garza noted that there is a new law but that it has to be approved by local jurisdiction in order to take effect. He added that the appropriate action would be directed at getting the local governing bodies, (I.e. city councils) to get waiver of parking meter fees approved.
Mr. Williams, Salinas, stated that if there are Cemetery Foundation flyers/brochures available, he would be happy to visit businesses in Salinas to distribute them.
Joe Kleinsmith, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, offered his services to contact the VFW, Elks, Rotary Clubs in that county and distribute Cemetery Foundation brochures. He well inquire about using those organizations’ mailing lists for use by the Foundation.
3. Motion (Mr. Aguillon) and second to approve the minutes of the December 11. 2008 meeting. Motion carried
4. Mr. Cook gave an update on the status of the MOU/MOA between the County of Monterey and the City of Seaside. He reported that it is on track and moving forward. Mr. Garza said that he had taken part in a telephone call with officials from the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA) concerning the timing of the guaranty of the money necessary fill the Cemetery Endowment Fund. According to Mr. Garza, Deputy Secretary Jack Kirwan stated that there had to be some assurance that the funding would be available “in February 2009” in order to meet required State budget deadlines. Mr. Cook responded that he would like a three way telephone conference with Mr Garza and the CDVA officials in order to insure that we all have the correct information as to any new, changed requirements and will be able to respond appropriately.
5. In reporting on the activities of the Fund Raising Liaison subcommittee Edith Johnsen announced that approximately $22,000 had been received in only 2 weeks as a result of recent fund raising efforts.
6. Candace Ingram, Principal: The Ingram Group described recent fundraising efforts on behalf of the CCVCF, solicited ideas for future efforts and asked the assistance of both CAC members and the public in increasing general awareness of the veterans’ cemetery project.
7. Meeting adjourned at 1:00 pm. Next meeting February 12, 2009 at a location to be determined.
Respectfully submitted by Richard F. Garza, Secretary, ex officio.