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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. No Public Comment

 

  1. Approval of minutes of September 9th, 2010 meeting: Motion (Mr. Quinones) and second (Mr. Nye) to approve the minutes.  Motion carried. 

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Bill Monning already reported good news.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Meeting adjourned at 2:15 pm. Next meeting November 18th, 2010, at VTC.

 

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