MINUTES: September 4, 2014 Meeting
September 4, 2014 Meeting
Call to Order:
Gary Cursio called the meeting to order at 8:31 am, Redwood Room, Portola
Hotel and Spa
Nicole Charles, Tom Rowley, Henry Ruhnke, Sam Teel, David Armanasco,
Barbara Meister (9:20), Bonnie Adams, John Narigi, Janine Chicourrat; Rene
Boskoff, Alan Perlmutter, Michael Bekker, Tom Greer,
Minutes of the August
meeting were approved.
Senator Bill Monning; Alliah Sheta, MCCVB; Justin Salters, Chevron Oil;
Maureen Wruck, Monterey County for Energy Independence
Special Presentations/Roundtable/Action Items:
presented a legislative update:
2013-2014 legislative session is complete.
has a balanced budget with a surplus.
has passed the legislature and is awaiting the Governor’s signature. This
would let the CPUC authorize the MPWMD to issue public bonds for the water
project and would result in a significant savings to the public.
Water Bond, $7.5 billion, was approved to be placed on the November
ballot. If approved, the Central Coast would be able to apply for about
half of the money for a range of water projects. Another $2.5 billion
would be available for increased and new water storage and conveyance for
Central Valley ag uses.
the ballot is Proposition 2 which would establish a formula to protect the
state’s reserves and to allow use of excess reserves for specific purposes
such as debt reduction.
authorizes state wide groundwater management planning.
budget restored a significant amount of K-12 funding and increased funding
for CalFire and CalTrans.
Monning chairs the Senate Insurance Committee. They are looking at ways to
reduce cost and make earthquake insurance more affordable.
Teel asked how we can
support SB 936. Senator Monning suggested a letter to the Governor.
Charles will forward info to Ellis.
Bekker asked about AB
69, a gas tax increase. Senator Monning was not aware of the bill. If it
has not passed the legislature, it is dead.
Boskoff asked if the
Senator can help with the CalAm application pending before the Marina CC.
The Senator said he has talked individually with the Council members.
Senator Monning did
mention the progress on the Coastal Trail. Much work is still to be done
but the work is moving forward.
Rowley commented that
insurance carriers seem to have little incentive to reduce their premium
acknowledged the work that is being done toward improving 156.
At the conclusion of
the Q&A, Senator Monning and Nicole Charles left (9:00 am)
Monterey County for
Jason Salters, Chevron Oil and Maureen Wruck, Monterey County for Energy
Independence. Salters made a presentation re current issues in Monterey
explanation of fracking versus “huff and puff” extraction.
benefits of energy independence.
ordinance issues in Monterey County.
MCHA to join Monterey County for Energy Independence.
Teel asked about
natural gas production in Monterey County. Salters said there is no
natural gas production the County.
Wruck discussed the
production of water as a byproduct of oil production. About 8 AF/d of
water is produced in the San Ardo operations.
Armanasco asked for
MCHA to join Monterey County for Energy Independence.
It was moved by Ruhnke,
seconded by Narigi and passed unanimously to recommend to the Board that
MCHA support Monterey County for Energy Independence.
Executive Committee Referral/ Member Issues/ADDITIONS:
discussion re political contributions from MCHA surplus (addressed later
presented a letter supporting Measure P, the City of Monterey 1% sales tax
and asked for support. The letter is consistent with MCHA’s past support.
It was moved by Meister, seconded by Chicourrat and passed unanimously to
recommend signing the letter.
Additions to the Agenda:
Task Force Updates:
Peninsula Businesses/Regional Water Project:
Stoldt has submitted a proposal to ag as a means of getting to a source
water agreement. No response yet.
will consider recommending the MPRWA Board send a letter to the SWRCB
regarding extension of the CDO.
has sent a letter to the SWRCB regarding the rationing plan. That is
expected to be discussed in November.
Marina City Council hearing on the CAW slant well appeal was held 9/3 but
no decision was reached. The hearing was continued to 9/4.
of Monterey had a presentation from CAW on rate structure. It was poorly
attended by business and heavily attended by CAW opponents. CAW agreed to
participate in a public forum on rate issues. CoPB is working on an
informational document re commercial rate structure.
Armanasco said Deep
Wateer Desal had made a presentation to Public Water Now. It is clear PWN
intend to launch a full, broader attack on CAW and continue to push for
Chicourrat noted the
Carmel Residents Association is almost entirely supportive of public
No new information.
is meeting with Wharf owners/tenants re alternative plans.
Recommendations from Candidate Interviews:
Cursio explained the
process that had been used for the interviews. Ellis presented the
interview panels recommendations (attached). It was moved by Teel,
seconded by Armanasco and passed to recommend approval of the slate to the
Board of Directors (Meister, Chicourrat, Greer abstained).
Economic Agenda for
Meister presented the
Economic Development Agenda for Monterey and explained how it had been
developed by a number of representatives from MCHA. It has been approved
by the MPCC and will be considered by MCPOA next Tuesday. A candidate
forum will be held October 1 at the Conference Center. The Agenda will be
used as part of the discussion.
Cursio asked if this
had been discussed with the City staff. Narigi thought it would be best if
it were presented to staff shortly before the forum as a “head’s up” for
It was moved by
Armanasco, seconded by Narigi and passed that the GAC recommend that MCHA
endorse the Agenda.
Cursio reported the
Exec committee had discussed use of a portion MCHA’s revenue surplus for
campaign contribution. He noted Boskoff said he supported the
contributions but felt they should be direct from MCHA not the PAC. Narigi
favored use of the PAC. Ruhnke asked what difference it made. Cursio
explained use of the PAC offered MCHA a layer of insulation in making
donations. Cursio also noted that once donated to the PAC, the PAC
controls the money. Donors cannot target their donations through a PAC.
It was moved by Narigi,
seconded by Ruhnke and passed (Ruhnke, Rowley, Teel, Perlmutter, Bekker,
Narigi and Retterer present) to recommend to the Board that a portion of
MCHA’s revenue surplus be used for campaign contributions.
Narigi invited all to the fundraiser “party” for Judge Phillip’s to be
held a Shake’s house.
ADJOURNED at 10:22 am
to October 2, 2014.
Prepared by Dale Ellis,
Government Affairs Director