MINUTES: March 6th, 2014
Call to Order:
Gary Cursio called the meeting to order at 8:32 am, Redwood Room, Portola
Present: Henry Ruhnke, Sam
Teel, Gary Cursio, Rick Aldinger, Bonnie Adams, Rick Heuer, David
Armanasco, Michael Bekker, Barbara Meister, John Narigi, Rene Boskoff,
Hunter Harvath, Tom Rowley, Rod Schinerer,
Guests: Beth Palmer and Brian
Boudreau, Monterey Downs
Executive Committee Referral:
Special Presentations/Roundtable/Action Items:
Report on Monterey Downs
(MD) by Beth Palmer and Brian Boudreau. Palmer presented the key
components of the MD Project
The FORA plan is intended to rebuild the economic impact of Fort Ord and
minimize the impact of the base closure.
The FORA plan would develop 3300 acres of the 28,000 acres in the Plan
area. The balance is open space.
The horse park/show park facility would have shows and events 2-5 days
The indoor sports arena will be a multiuse facility and would host sport
events, concerts, small corporate events, etc.
The proposal would be about 20% the size of the Del Mar operation. The
proposal is to have 38 days of racing over a 9 week period (Sept-Nov
weekends). The operation would employ 700-1400 FTE.
Racetrack visitors spend 7x/day over what normal visitors spend.
There will be an outdoor pedestrian mall, “The Country Walk.”
A 200 room extended stay hotel, retail and office space, tennis and swim
center are proposed.
Workforce housing, apartments and conventional single family units are
Purchase of the “endowment parcel” will help fund the Veteran’s
Cemetery. Current state funding will only fund Phase I, the Columbarium.
The project includes 18% open space.
They are working with Hartnell to restart a veterinary tech program.
Jobs: 3,000 permanent; 1500 construction jobs over a projected 13 year
MD will pay $50 million in FORA fees and $23 million to Seaside.
FORA has rights to 6,600 AFY from Zone 2C. 2,800 AFY is used. MCWD is
contractually obligated to provide 1,700 AFY.
The EIR is being completed. Public release is expected this summer. The
project applications will include a specific plan and subdivision maps.
Hearings are expected to begin late fall.
MD land is in Seaside and unincorporated Monterey County; Seaside will
annex the County portion.
Bekker asked about traffic mitigation. Boudreau and Palmer said in
addition to the fees previously mentioned, MD will be responsible for
construction of the direct impact improvements.
Cursio asked about water. Boudreau said it is all being addressed in the
EIR but the water is available via the FORA rights and contractural
Boskoff asked about other events that might be held at MD. Palmer said
MD would be open for a broad range of activities.
ended. Palmer and Boudreau left.
Additions to the Agenda:
Task Force Updates:
Coalition of Peninsula
Businesses/Regional Water Project:
CPB opposes the PWN initiative.
The MPRWA TAC has asked that a white paper on the PWN proposal be
prepared and requested that the Mayors consider taking a position on
The TAC continues to question the GWR project. There are still no
source water agreements. The water rights issues are headed to
The time period for completion of the CAW EIR has been extended by the
Rationing is a potential impact in the short term. Boskoff asked about
rationing baseline. Narigi said there is nothing in writing. Dave
Stoldt will be invited to the April meeting to discuss the issue.
Armanasco gave an update on Deep Water Desal
The EIR is being finalized
They will be submitting to the State Lands Commission in the spring. The
SLC process will take about 1 year. The application will subsequently be
submitted to the CCC.
DWD is intended to be a regional water source and is not dependent on what
Public Water Now:
The group is doing public outreach and developing funding sources for
Monning’s office is researching questions re the effect of PWN on SB936;
Dave Stodt has said he does not think there will be an impact but the
answer is not clear.
Monterey County Business
Cursio reported that the
GAC subcommittee had met and is recommending that MCHA not continue with
its membership in the MCBPAC. The Board will consider their recommendation
Charles was not available. She has sent a short report that will be
circulated by email.
The GAC will hold
candidate interview April 15. The date is being held for the interviews
but it who will be interviewed is yet to be decided. It will depend on
candidates for offices.
Event Task Force
Ruhnke reported he had
attended the most recent ETF meeting. The discussion at the meeting
focused on the cost of holding an event. Heuer said the cost should be
balanced against the economic benefit of the events.
Teel said he had been approached by Jan Leasure about support for a
County short term rental ordinance similar to the Pacific Grove
Bekker said we should watch HR 2126, the California Ocean Protection
Counsel. Bekker will follow and report as needed.
Ruhnke said we should the City of Monterey has budgeted $25-30,000 study
a sales tax increase and to survey residents on the issue. Ruhnke and
Meister will follow and report as necessary.
It was agree to offer
support for the MD project. A formal endorsement will be considered at a
later date. (Aldinger, Bekker, Rowley, Heuer, Cursio and Teel present)
ADJOURNED at 10:12 to
April 3, 2014.
Prepared by Dale Ellis,
Government Affairs Director