MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERAN’S
CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Thursday, April 8, 2010
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Marina Library Community Meeting Room
190 Seaside Circle, Marina
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), Abel Quinones (United Veterans Council), Jack Stewart (United Veterans Council)
Ex officio – Stephen Jorgensen (California Department of Veterans Affairs), Clark Larson, (City of Seaside), Janet Parks (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Bruce Evans (Ft. Ord Retiree Council), Edith Johnsen (Veterans’ Families), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority), An McDowell (representing Assemblymember Bill Monning), Rito Guerra (representing Senator Abel Maldonado).
Absent – Bill Nye (District 5), (Julian Chacon (representing Representative Sam Farr) (excused), Juan Sanchez (Military & Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission)
2. Public Comment: Kevin Howe announced the Ft. Ord Benefit Poker Ride scheduled fro May 16, 2010 on Ft. Ord. It is a fundraiser for Marina Youth Arts, Marina Boy Scouts and the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation. Margaret Anne Coppernoll announced that the groundbreaking for the Marina Education Center will be April 14th. Manny Gonzalez suggested that the CAC look into the possibility of having the Ft. Ord Cemetery be an expansion of the current military cemetery at the Presidio. Sgt. Purtle explained that the Army maintains existing, inactive, military cemetery sites, but does not administer active ones.
3. Approval of minutes of March 11, 2010 meeting: Motion (Mr. Quinones) and second to approve the minutes as distributed. Motion carried.
4. There was no report from the City of Seaside regarding the sale of the endowment parcel. Jim Cook reported that the County now has the lead on negotiations with the developer, but there was nothing specific to report, except that the process is moving.
5. Mr. Villar, Mr. Cook and Ms McDowell reported on the attendance of a delegation form CAC to testify at a committee hearing on AB 1757, which will permit a gradual process of development for the cemetery. The bill passed and has been forwarded to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
6. Jerry Hernandez (RDA) reported that the “steering committee, had met to discuss some of the infrastructure and reporting issues related to the cemetery that can be funded through an Office of Economic Adjustment grant.
7. Ms McDowell, on behalf of Julian Chacon, reported that there are no signs of support for a change in the 75 mile limit for construction of VA cemeteries. Jonathan Garcia and Mr. Mancini explained that AB 1791 is only tangentially related to the cemetery project and requested that it be stricken as an item for the CAC agenda.
8. Mr. Guerra reported that the Infrastructure Bank has determined that its program structure is not compatible with funding the cemetery endowment. Senator Maldonado’s staff is looking at other funding alternatives.
9. Ms Parks announced that there will be a fundraising golf tournament in November and that the Foundation is working with a professional tournament management consultant. The tournament will be held on November 5, 2010 at Black Horse in Seaside. The cost will be $155.00 per player. Mr. Villar encouraged CAC member to recruit players for the tournament. Ms Johnsen advised that, as the consultant becomes more involved, more specifics will be forthcoming. Mr. Stewart reported that the success of the tournament will rely on corporate sponsorship and media support. (Dan Presser): Will $155 fee include a banquet? (Ms Johnsen): That is anticipated, but everything is still in the planning stage. Ms Parks suggested that someone explore the viability of planning a “green” cemetery. This might attract some grant interest. Mr. Aguillon spoke on the need to attract more participation in and more publicity for the cemetery project. Candace Ingram reported that the Foundation is working on developing a public relations/public information campaign, but it is going to require expenditure of some of the Foundation’s existing funds.
10. Meeting adjourned at 2:15 pm. Next meeting May 12, 2010, Marina Library, Community Room.
Respectfully submitted by Richard F. Garza, Secretary, ex officio.