MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERAN’S
CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Marina Library Community Meeting Room
190 Seaside Circle, Marina
Thursday, June 11, 2009
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), Bill Nye (District 5), Abel Quinones (United Veterans Council), Jack Stewart (United Veterans Council)
Ex officio – Stephen Jorgensen (California Department of Veterans Affairs), Bruce Evans (Ft. Ord Retiree Council), 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 – Edith Johnsen, (Veterans’ Families)(excused), Eddie Pedrozo (Monterey County Military & Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission) (excused), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority) (excused)
No replacement for Rito Guerra has been named by Senator Maldonado.
2. Public Comment: Former County Supervisor Butch Lindley presented $4,415 in funds raised at a Memorial Day barbecue he and his wife hosted to the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation.
Julian Chacon announced that on Monday, June 22, an event introducing the new Central Coast VA mobile counseling center will be held at the Stillwell Center on the former Ft. Ord.
A letter from former CAC staff support person, Kristina Richardi, thanking the CAC for their letter of thanks and the gift of a laptop computer bag was read to the CAC by Mr. Stewart.
3. Approval of Minutes: Motion (Mr. Stewart) and second to approve the minutes of the CAC meetings of April 9, April 30 and May 14, 2009 (as amended). Motion carried.
4. Report on the on the status of the endowment parcel Barbara Nelson noted that good progress is being made. A contract has been made with Pacific Municipal Consultants (PMC) to prepare the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the endowment parcel. A draft PRF has been approved and will be going out to a list of more than 100 developers this afternoon. The RFP should be available on the City of Seaside’s website by Monday. Question (Gordon Nakagawa): Is the announcement of the RFP published as well as distributed to a specific list? (Ms Nelson): Yes. Question (Mr. Stewart): What is the deadline for response to the RFP? (Ms Nelson): July 29. A pre-submittal meeting will be held on July 1.
5. Janet Parks reported that a workshop was held to organize and focus the fund raising efforts for the cemetery project. The Foundation met June 11 and is inviting two new members to join the Foundation board of directors. Jim Cook reported that Butch Linley and Mary Ann Leffel, of the Monterey Business Council, have agreed to join in the Foundation’s fundraising effort. FORA will be requesting authority to submit a grant application to bring the necessary infrastructure to the border of the cemetery at its meeting tomorrow at 3:30 pm. Mr. Bogan read a letter of thanks from the Foundation to the City of Seaside, the County of Monterey and FORA thanking them for their efforts in support of establishing the cemetery. He also reported that $4,471.45 was raised as a result of the Foundations last direct mail effort.
6. Mr. Nye requested that the discussion of future role and structure of CAC be deferred the next meeting. Mr. Stewart stated that Jim Cook brought this issue up about five months ago and it has been pending ever since. The CAC needs to work with the private sector and the Foundation to assure the completion of both the cemetery and the ancillary projects. The CAC will also have a role in the need for ongoing funding for things like the amphitheater, the veterans memorial building, the museum and the chapel after they are built. Mr. Bogan concurred that the CAC will remain an ongoing effort, perhaps as part of the Military & Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission. Mr. Villar stated that the role of the CAC, in the context of the Advisory Commission, must be examined. The issue is not what this Committee is doing now, but what its role and purpose will be in the future. Mr. Garza noted that the CAC and Commission are separate entities formed under different authorities. It would take Board of Supervisors action to combine the roles of the two. Mr. Stewart pointed out that joining the CAC with the Advisory Commission would exclude participation from other counties. Mr. Bogan continued the discussion until the next meeting. At Mr. Stewart’s request, Mr. Garza gave a brief recap of why this issue has been brought up for discussion.
7. Meeting adjourned at 1:40 pm. Next meeting: July 9, 2009, 1:00 pm, at Marina Library Community Meeting Room, 190 Seaside Circle, Marina.
Respectfully submitted by Richard F. Garza, Secretary, ex officio.