November 6, 2014 Meeting
Call to Order:
Gary Cursio called the meeting to order at 8:33 am, Redwood Room, Portola
Hotel and Spa
Gary Cursio, Sam Teel, Bonnie Adams, Rick Heuer, Carol Chorbajian, Tom
Rowley, Janine Chicourrat, Barbara Meister, Tom Greer, Jason Retterer,
Michael Bekker, Hunter Harvath, John Narigi, Rene Boskoff, Debbie Hale
Minutes of the October
meeting were approved.
Executive Committee Referral/ Member Issues/ADDITIONS:
Consider MCCVB letter
Special Presentations/Roundtable/Action Items:
The GAC heard a presentation from Chip Rerig, Chief of Planning,
Engineering and Environmental Compliance, City of Monterey:
Downtown Specific Plan has been in place about one year. About $100
million of public and private money has been committed to the downtown
area including conference center renovation,
Planning Commission is scheduled to begin discussion of the Lighthouse
Specific Plan in the Spring of 2015.
the Waterfront Specific Plan is continuing. The goal is to connect the
waterfront area and downtown. Parking remains a significant issue.
Fremont Specific Plan was adopted about 6 months ago. It has not yet
resulted in any significant new development in the area. The City has
received a $6.48 million grant for transportation and right of way
Construction has been selected to be the project manager for the
Conference Center renovation.
Council is going to consider appointments to the Measure P Budget
Oversight Committee November 18th.
Chicourrat asked when the work on the Cibo site will be complete. Rerig
estimated 12-18 months.
Chorbajian asked how the connection showing increased hospitality business
and increased NIP revenue could be improved. Rerig did not know.
asked about traffic improvements on Lighthouse. Rerig indicated there were
plans to widen the street by reducing the width of the sidewalks.
asked if there was any concern over the increasing number of restaurants
in the City. Rerig said that was being addressed in the Specific Plans.
asked if there was any additional information re the Ocean View Plaza
site. Rerig said he had not heard any updates.
Executive Committee Referral:
Teel stated the
Executive Committee was considering sending a letter to the MCCVB asking
for active support for 156. It was moved by Narigi, seconded by Chorbajian
and unanimously passed to approve the letter.
Chorbajian reported on
the passage of AB1897. This created a new law which essentially makes
businesses responsible for the failures of their subcontractors. This
could very broad impacts that will be detrimental to business throughout
the state. Boskoff will review with CHLA. It was moved by Teel, seconded
by Narigi and passed unanimously to contact Monning’s office and invite
him to the December meeting to discuss the impact of the new law.
Task Force Updates:
Peninsula Businesses/Regional Water Project:
appeal for the test CEMEX test wells is set for the Coastal Commission’s
November 12 meeting in Half Moon Bay. The CCC staff has recommended the
appeal be granted and test wells approved. MCHA and the Coalition are
working with CAW on getting people to attend the meeting, developing
talking points and to write letters.
COP representatives are going to start work with the MPWMD on CDO impacts
and rationing plans.
wrote to the SWRCB regarding relief from the CDO. Meetings with staff are
expected to be in November.
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. Narigi is not
available so Ellis will attend in his place.
project continues to move forward.
Board adopted the Guiding Principles for future Public Private Partnership
Board is expected to consider continuing to move forward on the PPP
agreements process in January or February. The State Transportation
Committee would then consider the proposal in April or May.
commented that Supervisor elect Phillips was supportive of a 156 project.
She also noted Monterey Councilmember Sollecito has been a strong
supporter. His replacement will be significant.
Cursio reported that he had talked with Supervisor Armenta. The group
proposing expanded Short Term Rentals hired Gary Patton to represent them.
Plan: No new
Ellis reported the
outcome of the November 4 elections. Most of the races have been decided.
The Sheriff and Barrett/Selfridge races were still too close to call.
Ellis also reported that 14 of the 17 candidates and both of the measures
MCHA had supported were successful. There was general discussion of the
need to meet with the winning candidates we did not support to talk about
how to best work together.
Economic Agenda for
Meister reported they
continue to meet with privately with key stakeholders and continue to
receive positive responses.
Chuck Della Sala will
be the guest of honor at the December lunch. Chicourrat suggested that all
outgoing elected officials should be recognized.
ADJOURNED at 9:43 am to
December 4, 2014.
Prepared by Dale Ellis,
Government Affairs Director