MINUTES: April 2nd, 2015 Meeting
2, 2015 Meeting
Call to Order:
Teel called the meeting to order at 8:27 am, Redwood Room, Portola Hotel
Gary Cursio, Henry Ruhnke, Tom Rowley, John Narigi, Bonnie Adams, Michael
Bekker, David Armanasco (8:40), Rick Aldinger, Rene Boskoff, Hunter
Harvath (8:34), Nicole Charles, Carol Chorbajian, Rick Heuer, Mary Alice
Pettis, Jan Leasure
Guests: Chip Rerig
Minutes of the March
2015 meeting were approved.
Executive Committee Referral/ Member Issues/ADDITIONS:
Cursio reported that
the City of Monterey had asked if they could become MCHA members. The
Executive Committee decided that it would not be appropriate but did agree
that the City could attend the GAC meetings but would have to excuse
themselves on certain issues related to the City and could not vote.
Rowley reminded the GAC
that there would be a presentation on the Deep Water Desal project at the
HABLE luncheon April 15.
Teel introduced the
issue of the MST Summer Shuttle and the City of Monterey’s request for
business participation in funding.
Harvath said that the Shuttle runs Memorial Day through Labor Day. The
schedule is set by the City. The City contributes $270-350,000/year from
the parking fund. The Aquarium contributes about $60,000/year. The shuttle
is now fully funded.
Motion by Narigi, second by Boskoff, unanimously carried (Harvath, Rerig,
not support asking members to participate in Trolley funding.
Task Force Updates:
Peninsula Businesses/Regional Water Project:
MPWMD’s Outdoor Seating ordinance passed its first reading and is
scheduled to be adopted April 20th.
plans and CDO:
the MPWMD are working on a rationing plan. Key issues will be coordination
with State rules and the enforcement of the rules. CPB will continue to
work to be an active participant in the discussions.
will be discussed at the TAC (on the Monday following the GAC). The CPB
has presented 18 points on the proposed CDO agreement. Key components are:
Independent review of the agreement to assess the likelihood of CAW
meeting the schedule
stockholders, not ratepayers, pay any penalties and fines
role for CPB in developing a rationing plan.
ability to file suit be retained
ability to use the PG and Odello water be clarified
the prohibition on new hookups to 2020.
slant well testing program is continuing and reports should be coming out
issues are beginning to heat up again.
Supervisor Phillips has asked for a traffic and revenue study before
proceeding further. Staff is expected to respond in April or May.
staff has suggested to Teel that “other faces” from the Peninsula would be
beneficial. Volunteers are needed for 2-5 meetings per month. Cursio said
the Executive Committee will discuss additional MCHA representatives.
asked if there could be special toll rates for employees. Teel said the
legal opinions were that anyone or group can get a special rate based on
the need and facts. There would also be “frequent flyer” programs for
drivers who were heavy users of 156.
asked if there is or will be a diversion study to examine the impact on
area roads. Teel said that is a main topic and is being studies.
Construction is scheduled to start November 16th. The
Conference Center will be fully closed during construction.
the downstairs area is scheduled to reopen September 2016. Phase 2, the
upstairs area is scheduled to reopen December 2016.
and the MCCVB are working on joint press releases and an information
program to keep the public and business community informed on progress.
been a positive response from potential conference center users to the
Council has approved issuance of $45 million in bonds.
Council held a study session March 25 on the redesign Portola Plaza
Council is leaning toward using money from the Capital improvement budget.
Conference Center staff will be relocated to 380 Alvarado during
will consider “design details” and the Portola façade in May
GENERAL PLAN AND ORDINANCES
gave an update on recent actions re Genera Plan Amendments:
County Planning Commission considered a number of proposed amendments to
the general plan that would have a “punishing” effect on the wine corridor
and seriously impact water policy and potential development.
Refinement Group has reengaged in the amendment process.
hearing March 25 the County PC considered all of the proposed amendments
and unanimously recommended against all of the amendments. Several
Commissioners were very critical of Landwatch efforts to circumvent the
public general plan process through constant litigation.
of Supervisors is scheduled to consider the amendments late April. RG
representatives, including MCHA reps, are meeting individually with all of
the Supervisors and are requesting resolutions opposing the amendments
from all the cities.
asked Leasure to give an update on the County committee meetings on the
Short Term Rentals
said there had been one meeting at Potter’s office. Potter has been clear
that there will be an ordinance but it will likely be a “hair pulling
process.” Research on being done on other agency regulations.
reported the GAC subcommittee has met once and will continue to work on
developing a policy statement for MCHA.
Boskoff both commented on the need for STR to play by the same rules as
other visitor accomodations.
Teel reported he had
met with Mayor Kampe of Pacific Grove. Kampe has told him the City is
looking at a range of ideas to increase revenues including sales tax,
parcel tax, TOT and admission taxes. There has been no conclusion on
direction. Bekker said he has met with members of the City Council to
begin to educate them on tax and fee issues from the business perspective.
reported the legislature is in recess. Committee hearings will begin with
the legislature reconvenes.
asked about potential standards for water rationing. Narigi added that
rationing standards should be community based and reflect efforts for
conservation. Charles said the programs being discussed would be based on
local water use. Emergency drought funding might become available.
them mentioned the concerns over the great number of bills that seems to
be passed that have long term consequences including renting to minors,
pets and ADA.
Economic Agenda for
Ruhnke said they
continue to work with McCarthy on ways to get this in front of the
Council. It has been suggested there be an initial presentation at Public
Comment April 21. It may be delayed to May to make sure Barrett is
present. Cursio asked if it was time to reconvene the working group.
Ruhnke said it was something to consider.
Cursio reported on the
Seaside City Council hearings on Monterey Downs. The City continued the
ENA for an additional year. The EIR is available for public review and
will be the subject of a great deal of public controversy.
Adams distributed information on the Gollnick dinner April 11.
gave an overview of recent events between the City and Wharf lessees.
Monterey wants to address all of the leases and move to 3, 5, and 10 year
leases. This could have a very chilling effect on business. Some Wharf
lessees are considering filing suit if the City continues in that
said work is needed to educate the Council on leases and the costs
involved to lessees beyond the cost of the lease and the ability to pay
for improvements based on short leases.
appointed a subcommittee of Cursio, Narigi, Bekker, Ruhnke and Pettis to
discuss the issue further and return with a recommendation. Bekker and
Ruhnke to co-chair.
ADJOURNED at 10:14 am
to May 7, 2015.
Prepared by Dale Ellis,
Government Affairs Director