MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERAN’S

CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Thursday, August 12, 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), Jack Stewart (United Veterans Council)

Ex officio – Stephen Jorgensen (California Department of Veterans Affairs), Juan Sanchez (Monterey County Military & Veteran’s Advisory Commission),  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), Julian Chacon (Representing Congressman Sam Farr)

Absent: Abel Quinonez (United Veterans Council), No Representative present for 15th Senate District

 

  1. No Public Comment.

 

  1. Approval of minutes of July 8, 2010 meeting: An McDowell noted a few changes on the minutes: line 3 – data not date; page 2 – word “reviewed” missing about legislation. Motion (Mr. Nye) and second to approve the minutes as corrected.  Motion carried. 

 

  1. Julian Chacon reported completion of appropriations for FY 2011 passed by the House. The bill concerning increase in burial money is being studied, timeframe for completion is unknown.

 

  1. An McDowell reported AB 1757 Monning Bill has been sent to Senate appropriations file to go to Senate floor.  Decision is expected today.

 

  1. Clark Larson reported City of Seaside is still in negotiations about Horse Park.  No change to report.

 

  1. Beth Palmer of Monterey Downs noted Horse Park was originally designed for a 400 acre park for the Olympics, possibly for 2020.  Potential training facility for younger horses.  Want to make this a reality by building an equestrian village with trails, pedestrian section and housing. Working in collaboration with MPC & CSUMB for education programs and housing options.  Wants to make sure endowments are there for the Seaside piece.  No offers to Seaside yet but $3.4 million to be given to Seaside at title transfer.  Cleanup has to be done before Seaside can get property.

 

  1. Jonathan Garcia reported a FORA update of OA grant.  Currently working on MOU with state; CDVA is working on a budget analysis.  State needs to understand how the money flows first - not quite there yet, but moving along.  State hasn’t allowed use of revolving fund loan because of budget. Progressing in context with technical requirements/land surveys, and various stakeholders.

 

  1. Janet Parks announced golf tournament forms are out.  Requested all involved to please spread the word to the public. Appealed for money/funding.

 

  1. Edith Johnsen reported Jack Stewart’s suggestion of a fundraising dinner.  General discussion of need to appeal for money led by Jack Stewart.  Looking for corporate sponsors.

 

  1. Meeting adjourned at 2:10 pm. Next meeting September 9th, 2010.

 

Respectfully submitted by Thomas H. Griffin, Secretary, ex officio.