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MCHA News Flash Vol. XXV November 2014

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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
 

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MINUTES: December 4, 2014 Meeting  

 

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MINUTES: December 4, 2014 Meeting

CALL TO ORDER: Henry Ruhnke called the meeting to order at 8:32 am, Redwood Room, Portola Hotel and Spa

Present: Gary Cursio, Sam Teel, Bonnie Adams, Rick Heuer, Carol Chorbajian, Jason Retterer, Michael Bekker, Rene Boskoff, Deidre Whalen, Rick Aldinger, Nicole Charles

Minutes of the November meeting were approved.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REFERRAL/ MEMBER ISSUES/ADDITIONS:

None

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS/ROUNDTABLE/ACTION ITEMS:

None

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REFERRAL:

None

DISCUSSION ITEM:

• Charles updated the GAC on AB1897. AB 1897 has become law. There are believed to be some unintended consequences in the law and Assemblymember Hernandez is preparing to introduce some cleanup legislation. Chorbajian asked about “next steps.” Charles said it would be important for organizations, such as CHLA, raise awareness around the state of the issues and work on cleanup legislation. Chorbajian again stated concerns over the California business climate and concerns her clients/contacts had raised re AB1897. Charles added that approximately 2/3 of the legislators were new this year and there will be a significant learning curve.
• Ellis reported on the ordinance pending before the Board of Supervisors regarding nighttime noise. The ordinance would place specific limits on noise between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am. He has met with County staff and while the ordinance as drafted has a broad exemption for events at resorts and similar facilities staff has agreed to some clarifying language. It was moved by Teel, seconded by Heuer and passed unanimously to support the ordinance with the modified language.

TASK FORCE UPDATES:

Coalition of Peninsula Businesses/Regional Water Project: Ellis reported:

• The Coastal Commission granted CAW’s appeal November 12 at their meeting in Half Moon Bay. By granting the appeal the City of Marina’s decision was overturned and the test wells will be able to proceed. The Peninsula business community was strongly represented. CAW plans to move forward immediately to begin drilling the test wells. The Ag Land Trust has filed suit against the CCC on water rights and environmental issues and has asked for a restraining order to block the drilling. The suit was filed in Sacramento County and hearings are scheduled to consider moving the case to Monterey County. Whalen said CAW had their federal clearances.
• MCHA and COP representatives met with Dave Stoldt and Stephanie Locke re CDO impacts and rationing plans. Stoldt reported there have been meetings at the state level with SWRCB representatives on CDO relief in the form of a delay in the CDO date. Discussions are ongoing at the staff level with hearings before the SWRCB in the spring of 2015. Changes to the rationing plans will be considered in the future and MCHA will be invited to participate in those discussions.
• Ellis attended the MPRWA TAC is doing a field trip to Moss Landing 11/17 to view and receive updates on Deep Water Desal and the People’s Project. At this point neither project has completed its CEQA process or started their permitting at the local or state level.
• COPB and MCHA representatives will attend the MPWMD Water Demand Committee meeting re outdoor seating. The MPWMD Board will consider this issue December 15th.

156 Update:

No new information.

Waterfront Master Plan: No new information.

SACRAMENTO REPORT:

Previously discussed in conjunction with the AB1897 report.

Immigration Reform:

Ellis reported on the recent Executive Orders on immigration. It was moved by Heuer, seconded by Chorbajian and passed unanimously to support the AHLA statement and to recommend to the Board that the first sentence of the second paragraph of the current MCHA policy statement on immigration be deleted.

Economic Agenda for Monterey:

Teel reported the Plan is to be presented to the City Council in January 2015.

Old Business: None

Announcements:

None

ADJOURNED at 9:40 am to January 8, 2015.

Prepared by Dale Ellis, Government Affairs Director
Monterey County Hospitality Association
 

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