MINUTES: October 2nd, 2014 Meeting
October 2, 2014 Meeting
Call to Order:
Henry Ruhnke called the meeting to order at 8:31 am, Redwood Room, Portola
Hotel and Spa
Barbara Meister, Carol Chorbajian, Nicole Charles, Gary Cursio, Nicole
Charles, Rick Aldinger, Rick Heuer, Henry Ruhnke, Sam Teel, Rod Schinnerer,
Bonnie Adams, Rene Boskoff, Hunter Harvath, John Narigi, Tom Rowley, Jason
Retterer, Mike Bekker, David Armanasco,
Minutes of the September
meeting were approved.
Special Presentations/Roundtable/Action Items:
Executive Committee Referral/ Member Issues/ADDITIONS:
Boskoff reported on the
Ordiances expected to be enacted by the LA County Board of Supervisors
enacting a minimum wage of $15.37/hour. CHLA has been following the issue
and expects there will be litigation filed if the minimum wage is enacted.
Ellis reported that LA, SF and San Diego are all in process to enact
similar minimum wage ordinances. Work is being done in San Diego to
prepare for a referendum if an ordiance is passed.
Ellis and Boskoff will
continue to watch and report as needed.
Additions to the Agenda:
Task Force Updates:
Teel reported the TAMC Ad Hoc Committee will be meeting in Seaside October
9, 1:00 pm at the Oldemeyer Center. The Committee usually meets in
Castroville. This is the first time they have met on the Peninsula. Teel
believes a strong showing from the business community will help the
Committee understand 156 is just not a Prunedale issue. Meister is working
on talking points. Ellis will do a meeting notice for the GAC and Board.
The TAMC board meets October
Coalition of Peninsula
Businesses/Regional Water Project:
There is a
reported agreement among the MCWRA, MCWD, MPWMD, MPWPCA and Salinas
regarding source water for GWR. The scope of the agreement sets the
parameters for further negotiations among the parties and is not an actual
agreement for source water. It is unclear where the ag community stands.
Costs to the end user are still not known.
MCHA and COP
representatives are going to start work with the MPWMD on rationing plans.
The MPWMD wrote
to the SWRCB regarding relief from the CDO. Meetings with staff are
expected to be in November.
The CAW appeal
for the test CEMEX test wells is set for the Coastal Commission’s November
meeting in Half Moon Bay. Ellis will advise on date and time as soon as it
Heuer said the MPWMD parcel
tax case will be heard December 18.
Rowley mentioned the Board of
Supervisors session re MPRWA costs and representation and the Board’s,
particularly Calcagno’s, highly critical comments.
Meister said Assembly member
Stone had convened meetings to discuss intake and brine disposal issues
Special Events Ordinance:
No new information.
Waterfront Master Plan:
Ruhnke said the City is holding a study session October 14th.
The issues still revolve around parking. The latest plans would remove
Charles reported SB 936 has
been signed by the Governor. She also passed out information sheets on
Proposition 1, the Water Bond Measure on the November ballot.
Candidate and Campaign
Cursio reported the Board had
authorized $20-40,000 to be spent on campaign contributions. $18,900 has
It was found that Ken Cuneo
had supported Measure O and increased TOT in Pacific Grove. While MCHA was
not withdrawing its endorsement, no funds were contributed to the
There is continuing support
and work being done on Measures P and Q.
Economic Agenda for
Meister reported the Economic
Agenda was now being called the Action Plan for Revitalizing Monterey.
They have met with Mike McCarthy and some of his staff. The Plan was well
Narigi reminded everyone of the fundraiser “party” for Judge Phillip’s to
be held a Shake’s house. Cursio mentioned the Rubio event to be held at
ADJOURNED at 9:43 am to
November 6, 2014.
Prepared by Dale Ellis,
Government Affairs Director
Monterey County Hospitality