MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERAN’S

CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Thursday, July 8, 2010

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Marina Library Community Meeting Room

190 Seaside Circle, Marina

 

1.         James Bogan, Chair 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), Clark Larson, (City of Seaside), Edith Johnsen (Veterans’ Families), Janet Parks (Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation), Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority), Bruce Evans (Ft. Ord Retiree Council), An McDowell (representing Assemblymember Bill Monning)

­Absent –Juan Sanchez (Military & Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission), Julian Chacon (representing Representative Sam Farr), Representative for 15th Senate District.

 

2.                  Public Comment: Ms McDowell commented on Veterans for Change and the agreement between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Motor Vehicles to collect data on veteran status using drivers’ license applications.  Mr Mancini reported that the City of Monterey had voted to authorize free parking at parking meters with veterans with certain specialized license plates.  Mr. Aguillon reported that people are asking: if there was a place for burials yet at the cemetery site; if not, when; and, what about moving remains from another cemetery?  (Mr. Jorgensen):  No burials yet.  No date established.  Yes, remains can be reinterred once cemetery is open, but it can be an expensive undertaking.  (Mr. Villar): How do people not know?  Information about the status of the cemetery is in the paper at least once per month.  (Candice Ingram): Maybe we can arrange some kind of public information event.  (Ms Parks): If people really want to know what is going on they should come to these meetings.

3.                  Approval of minutes of June 10, 2010 meeting: Motion (Mr. Nye) and second to approve the minutes as corrected.  Motion carried.

4.                  There was no report on federal legislation

5.                  Ms McDowell reported that AB 1757 passed the State Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on June 22.  Senator Jeff Denham has signed on as a co-author of the bill.  Bill is now being reviewed by the Senate Appropriations Committee. (Mr. Stewart): What is the “drop dead” date to get bills out of Senate Appropriations?  (Ms McDowell): I am not sure, but I will find out.   Jim Cook (RDA) provided a brief overview of the conceptual plan for the Equestrian Park. The project includes county, MPC and Seaside (a portion of the endowment property).  Will try to create partnership between Seaside and MPC to meet MPC worker housing needs, also enhancing economics of Horse Park development and promoting achievement of Veterans cemetery.  He noted the cemetery development  is both dependent on and independent of Horse Park

6.                  Clark Larson reported that the City of Seaside was in discussion with the Monterey Horse Park regarding the “endowment parcel”.  The subject of an exclusive negotiating agreement is anticipated to be heard at the Seaside City Council on August 19.  Jim Cook (RDA) announced that representatives from the Horse Park would like to address the CAC at a future meeting.  He also announced that there are possible problems with the certification of the cleanup and access to the parcel that the CAC may need to address.  (Mr. Stewart): What is the timeframe? (Mr. Cook) 90 from two weeks ago for the preliminary report.  The City and County then have 45 days to respond and then actual negotiations begin.  It could take until 2013 to complete the cleanup paperwork.  (Ms Parks): Has the deed for the cemetery property been transferred? (Mr. Mancini) Not until the paperwork on the cleanup has been completed.  (Mr. Nye) Does the Costal Commission have a role in this?  (Mr. Mancini): No.  (Ms Parks): Since the Central Coast Cemetery Foundation is responsible for the fundraising for this project I think the endowment parcel deed should go to the Foundation.  (Dan Presser): When money for the endowment parcel changes hand is it taxable?  Are there fees?  (Mr. Bogan): No and no.  (Mr. Larson) Whatever is derived from the endowment parcel will be 100% for the cemetery project.  (Mr. Mancini): The transfer agreement will specify where the money goes.  The County, Seaside and FORA will not get anything from the sale.

7.                  There was no report on the FORA grant.  Mr. Cook advised that FORA has the money from the grant, a consultant has been hired and the process is underway

8.                  Ms Parks reported that she and Mr. Villar had completed a taping of an interview regarding the cemetery at KSBW.  It will be shown on July11.  Other publicity is ongoing.  The Heroes Golf Tournament, to raise funds for the Foundation, will be held on November 12.  Contract for the tournament have been signed.  (Ms McDowell) Has anyone approached Access Monterey Peninsula (AMP) about publicity from that venue? (Mr. Bogan) I was on AMP on June 29.

9.                  Ms Johnsen reported that the Golf Tournament subcommittee will be meeting next week (July 15).  Mr Stewart continued that there had been several subcommittee meetings.  There has been a compromise on the cost to play.  Flyers will be coming out shortly.  All roles and responsibilities in regard to the tournament will be resolved at the 7/15 meeting.  (Mr. Villar): The “community” needs to help with the tournament in order for it to succeed.

10.             Meeting adjourned at 1:45 pm.  Next meeting August 12, 2010

Respectfully submitted by Richard F. Garza, Secretary, ex officio.