MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERAN’S
CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Marina Library Community Meeting Room
190 Seaside Circle, Marina
Thursday, May 14, 2009
1:00 – 3:00 PM
1. Chair James Bogan called the meeting to order at 1:05 pm.
A roll call of members was conducted.
Present – Ralph Villar (District 1), James Bogan (District 4)
Ex officio – Stephen Jorgensen (California Department of Veterans Affairs), Bruce Evans (Ft. Ord Retiree Council) Edith Johnsen, (Veterans’ Families), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority), Janet Parks (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Barbara Nelson (City of Seaside), Julian Chacon (representing Representative Sam Farr), An McDowell (representing Assemblymember Bill Monning)
Absent – Frank Aguillon (District 2), Bill Nye (District 5), Leonard Ortiz (District 3), Abel Quinones (United Veterans Council), Jack Stewart (United Veterans Council) (excused), Eddie Pedrozo (Monterey County Military & Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission),
No replacement for Rito Guerra has been named by Senator Maldonado.
No quorum present. Informational minutes only.
2. Ron Delays from the Fort Ord Alumni Association spoke about his group and how it might work with the CAC.
3. Minutes could not be approved due to lack of quorum. Mr. Garza asked
4. Jim Cook (announced that the MOU has been approved and signed by all parties. Barbara Nelson reported that the City of Seaside has selected PMC to prepare the RFP for the endowment parcel and it is expected to be out by June 1.
5. Edith Johnsen reported that 2000 mailers were had been prepared for mailing on May 12. There was a good turnout to get the mailing prepared. New mailing lists were received from the Military Officers Association of America and the Japanese-American Citizens’ League of Monterey County. The mailing is being held pending receipt of a list from The Veterans of Foreign Wars in San Benito County. The mailing should be about 2,500. This is only a small portion the veterans in the four
counties expected to be served by the cemetery. We need to find a way to reach those veterans who are not members of veterans’ organizations.
6. Julian Chacon reported on a telephone conference call between the County, State and members of Rep. Farr’s staff. This group is attempting to determine any actions at the federal legislative action that may be needed to help the cemetery process progress. Ms Johnsen requested that Mr. Chacon inform Rep. Farr that we need help in regaining the momentum on the project.
7. Discussion of future role and structure of CAC was deferred until a quorum was present. Mr. Garza distributed copies of the CAC bylaws and said that if there is anything that that requires changes or is not included, to make it known so that he may prepare proposed amendments to the bylaws for the CAC’s consideration. Mr. Jorgensen gave some examples of community involvement in the State Veterans’ Cemetery in Shasta County as possible models for future CAC activities. Mr. Bogan again requested that members read and review the bylaws and return ready to discuss them at the next meeting.
8. Meeting adjourned at 1:40 pm. Next meeting: June 12, 2009, 1:00 pm, at Marina Library Community Meeting Room, 190 Seaside Circle, Marina.
Respectfully submitted by Richard F. Garza, Secretary, ex officio.