MINUTES: December 4,
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,
Minutes of the November meeting were approved.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REFERRAL/ MEMBER ISSUES/ADDITIONS:
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS/ROUNDTABLE/ACTION ITEMS:
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REFERRAL:
• 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.
No new information.
Waterfront Master Plan: No new information.
Previously discussed in conjunction with the AB1897 report.
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
Economic Agenda for Monterey:
Teel reported the Plan is to be presented to the City Council in January
Old Business: None
ADJOURNED at 9:40 am to January 8, 2015.
Prepared by Dale Ellis, Government Affairs Director
Monterey County Hospitality Association