Minutes: September 5,
Call to Order:
Hunter Harvath called the meeting to order at 8:33 at the Hyatt.
Rick Heuer, Rod Schinnerer, Sam Teel, Steve McNally, Henry Rhunke, Rick
Aldinger, Barbara Meister (8:47), John Narigi, Carol Chorbajian, Bonnie
Adams, Nichole Charles, Gary Cursio, Mike Bekker
Visitors: Bettye Saxon, Bill
Thayer and Dean Provence
Minutes of AUGUST 1, 2013:
Approved as corrected.
Executive Committee Referral:
Member Issues: None
Special Presentations/Roundtable/Action Items:
Bettye Saxon, AT&T,
discussed upcoming expansion/upgrade plans for AT&T wireless service and
some issues AT&T was having getting local approvals. AT&T is requesting
a general statement of support for their efforts. After discussion,
Harvath directed Ellis to work with Saxon on a support statement for
future consideration by the GAC.
Bill Thayer discussed his
candidacy for the MPWMD Board. Although MCHA has already endorsed him it
was important to have some face to face discussion. His key campaign
His experience as a
business man in the local construction industry.
Conservation has reached
its maximum; new supplies are required.
Concerns with cost of CAW
Provence discussed his
candidacy. Like Thayer, MCHA has already endorsed him, but he wanted to
have additional discussions:
He discussed his past
leadership positions in the real estate industry.
He believes the MPWMD
“gets distracted” from its mission too easily.
ASR and GWR may be viable
tools but cannot be counted on as a solution to the water supply
Narigi asked their positions
on the CAW buyout:
Thayer said he generally
is in favor of public ownership of essential public facilities but
does not know how the public can afford to buy CAW and pay for a water
project, dam removal, infrastructure improvements and ongoing
Narigi informed them of the
Coalition positions on the water project and related issues.
Cursio asked about campaign
Thayer and Provence
discussed the status of their campaign funds and that they have raised
about 50% of their needs.
The MPCC is scheduling a
forum for debates.
Key campaign points are
being scheduled to coincide with the schedule for absentee ballots.
Bekker asked their position
on the parcel tax. Both said they did not agree with non-voter approved
Additions to the Agenda:
Task Force Updates:
Coalition of Peninsula
Businesses/Regional Water Project:
A general update on the
status of the settlement agreements with the PUC and the water
The Commercial Rate
structure changes may be in place in November 2013. Coalition members
will be meeting with Royal Calkins to discuss the Herald recent
article on the rate system and to correct some of the misconceptions
in that article.
Work on the supplemental
EIR is continuing and will require about two years.
Teel and Meister continue
to meet with community groups to listen to their issues.
Narigi reported that work is
continuing on developing a payment model. Muerer will be contacting some
of the larger properties that have not yet agreed to the model.
McNally said Hyatt and the
Clement are currently not comfortable with the model. Muerer has
contacted him and he will respond to Muerer. Hyatt’s issue is largely
around assurances regarding future costs.
Ellis reported the Monterey
City Council held a special meeting on August 28th.
Hospitality was represented by several persons
The City staff did a very
good job in analyzing and reporting on the issues with various programs
that had been discussed.
The Council agreed to:
Continue with an increased
police liaison presence in the downtown area.
Pursue a regional approach
to the issues, particularly the establishment of safe parking zones.
Contribute $1500 to the
Salvation Army for their bus pass program.
Not open the Sports Center
facilities for use by the homeless.
Ellis reported work on the
policies was being deferred until later in the year.
Adams reported the next
column will focus on hospitality’s connection to Rancho Cielo. Subjects
for future article shave not been set at this time.
Ellis reported that the
campaigns are continuing on both initiatives.
Monterey County General
ADJOURNED at 9:42 to October
Prepared by Dale Ellis,
Government Affairs Director
Monterey County Hospitality