MINUTES OF THE FORT ORD VETERAN’S
CEMETERY CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Thursday, October 14th, 2010
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Marina Library Community Meeting Room
190 Seaside Circle, Marina
- James Bogan, Chair, called the meeting to order at
1:05 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 Quinonez (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), Bruce Evans (Ft. Ord Retiree Council),
Tom Mancini (Ft. Ord Reuse Authority), Julian Chacon (Representing
Congressman Sam Farr), Bill Monning (California Assembly), An
McDowell (Representing Assemblymember Bill Monning),
Absent: Juan Sanchez (Monterey
County Military & Veteran’s Advisory Commission), No Representative present
for 15th Senate District
- Assembymember Bill Monning thanked An
McDowell for keeping him in the loop. Announced Governor Schwarzenegger
signed legislation. Mr. Monning is honored to carry legislation and
join the steering committee.
Supervisor Jane Parker: The
reason for keeping on because of veteran’s efforts and vision, their dedication
and relentless efforts to the dream. Offers any help on the county level.
- No Public Comment
- Approval of minutes of September 9th, 2010 meeting:
Motion (Mr. Quinones) and second (Mr. Nye) to approve the
minutes. Motion carried.
- Jack Kirwan, CDVA, reported that HR 3219 is a
very comprehensive veterans’ benefits bill. Changes federal law in burial
allowance from $300 to $700, as of October 20, 2011. Very significant
impact, moves goal for endowment fund much closer: from $3.4 million to
$1.25 million. Mr. Kirwin recognized efforts of Congressman Farr in
moving it along. Julian Chacon adds that there are 24 different benefits,
can be found on Thomas.gov.
- Julian Chacon reported that Congressman Farr
wrote a letter to ask for support for full funding of burial allowance
increase. Requests fellow members to co-sign Congressman Farr’s letter to
the OMB Director.
- Bill Monning already reported good news.
- Jim Cook reported that the Board of Supervisors
allocated 450 acres adjacent to cemetery. Has to prove project is
environmentally and economically friendly. Really push on fundraising side.
Might not have to rely on the sale of property to fundraise, due to the
reduction of need.
Clark Larson added that an
exclusive negotiation agreement has been signed; now discussing value.
- Jonathan Garcia reported that last Friday, FORA
board presented a series of surveys and completed all fieldwork. Will come
up with a utilities report and an MOU to complete budget package. FORA
expects to create an implementation plan after January, followed by the
creation of a blueprint to complete the cemetery. Jim Cook Thanked
FORA staff because they took the initiative to find a way to build upon it.
Jack Kirwan of CDVA adds that the budgeting process needs to happen;
crucial to have everything in place before State can give appropriation to
fund. Assemblyman Monning: need to know exactly what our targets are
and communicate to everybody so we can project time tables.
- Janet Parks reported that the Foundation is
working on the Hero’s Open; a golf tourney held on November 12th
at Black Horse Course in Ft. Ord.
- Edith Johnsen noted that this process has been
a strong cooperative effort. KSBW announced today’s meeting for the first
time aong with the Monterey Herald and other local newspapers. Foundation
is gaining positive reinforcements from the media. Jack Stewart
challenged everyone to match his sponsorship of $1000.
- Meeting adjourned at 2:15 pm. Next meeting November 18th,
2010, at VTC.
Respectfully submitted by Thomas H. Griffin, Acting
Secretary, ex officio.