Minutes: July 3, 2014 Meeting
July 3, 2014 Meeting
Call to Order:
Gary Cursio called the meeting to order at 8:35 am, Redwood Room, Portola
Hotel and Spa
Present: Gary Cursio,
Michael Bekker, Deidre Whalen, Sam Teel, Barbara Meister, Ed Prohaska,Tom
Rowley, Rick Aldinger, Hunter Harvath, Jason Retterer, Carol Chorbajian,
Minutes of the June
meeting were approved.
Executive Committee Referral:
Teel said Narigi had discussed with him MCHA joining with other businesses
to review issues and candidates in the upcoming elections. Teel agreed to
participate in the discussions.
Rowley reported that the next HABLE lunch will include a presentation on
the status of the deep water desal project.
Whalen said the NMS Environmental Assessment on the CAW test slant wells
was out for public review.
Special Presentations/Roundtable/Action Items:
Monterey Sales Tax:
Ed Prohaska reported on the recommendations of the City’s ad hoc advisory
committee and City Council:
The ad hoc committee began work May 2 and has assimilated a great deal of
information and has made its preliminary recommendation to the Council:
1% sales tax
Special tax directed at streets, sidewalks, storm drain and ADA
improvements focused in the area of the Downtown and North Fremont
For a period of four years to align with City elections
The Council received the committee’s recommendations and directed the City
attorney to prepare a ballot measure consistent with the committee’s
recommendations but did not include the focus on the specific plans.
City staff wanted a 1% general tax for a period of 10 years and wanted to
use a portion of the revenue to retire the side fund.
The committee first considered whether or not there should be a sales tax
and voted 6-5 in favor of a sales tax increase. They then voted 10-1
recommend that the tax be a special tax.
The City currently annually budgets about $1.5 million for streets; $3.1
The City has substantial unfunded liabilities for retirement programs and
retiree health plans.
The City wants to be able to pay off the safety side fund.
Chorbajian reported further that the committee:
Voted 9-2 for an oversight committee
Voted 9-2 for a 4 year measure
Voted 9-2 to focus the tax on street improvements, ADA, and drainange
Recommends there be further review of outsourcing and salary benchmarking.
Chorbajian also reported the Council had:
Directed the City Attorney to prepare a ballot measure to be considered by
the Council August 5 along the following lines:
Special 1% tax
4 year life
Funds to be spent on roads, sidewalks, ADA and drainage
Inclusion of an oversight committee
Not to specifically include references to specific plans.
Meister said there was still an opportunity to advocate for inclusion of
Cursio questioned if there might be a shift in TOT and MCVVB funding as a
result of the tax and what effect Roberson as mayor might have.
Bekker asked if there was any discussion of using NIP dollars for street
improvements. Chorbajian said NIP funds were used one year but that was
Aldinger said there had been some discussion of alternative ways to
address the side fund.
Cursio asked to go around the table for comments:
Teel-be clear about what we will support and keep it simple
Rowley-keep in mind this is just “round 1”
Bekker-oversight committee needed and to support with a few specific
Harvath-supports getting work done downtown
Aldinger-support for 4 year term with focus on streets
Adams-support for downtown plan, streets a priority, need representation
on the oversight committee
Cursio-keep it simple and focused.
Motion by Teel, second by
Rowley and unanimously approved (Whalen abstain) to recommend to the
1% sales tax for a 4 year period
Specific tax for street, sidewalk, drainage and related improvements with
an emphasis in the downtown area.
Oversight committee with hospitality industry representation.
Additions to the Agenda:
Task Force Updates:
Teel reported the toll road studies are moving ahead. He and Meister had
met with the Herald.
Meister reported CalTrans and TAMC were moving ahead with an RFP for a
Private Development Agreement for the toll road. This would allow
ultimately for a private entity to build the toll road and recoup their
cost and profit via toll collection and bonding.
Coalition of Peninsula
Businesses/Regional Water Project:
The permit for the test wells will be considered by the Marina Planning
Commission July 10. Then Coastal Commission will consider a permit later
There are still no source water agreements for GWR; without those the size
of the desal plant can be increased. Signed agreements are questionable.
A search for a replacement for Bill Thayer on the MPWMD board continues.
The COPB white paper is completed and will be distributed shortly.
Special Events Ordinance:
The county has conducted a couple more public meetings in the Salinas
Valley. There are no new drafts at this time.
Waterfront Master Plan:
Ellis reported Planning
Commission action has been deferred pending a new parking survey to be
done in July and August.
ADJOURNED at 9:48 am to
August 7, 2014.
Prepared by Dale Ellis,
Government Affairs Director