RNCC Meeting Minutes, April 9, 2012

1.  The meeting was called to order at 7:01 P.M. by President Bea Roberson.

2.  MSP approval of the Minutes from March 12, 2012 meeting.

3.  Representatives from the following 17 neighborhoods introduced themselves and some gave reports: Carriage Hills North, Coronado, Cortez/Stege, Fairmede/Hilltop, Greenbriar, Hilltop Villages, Marina Bay, May Valley, North & East, Panhandle Annex, Parchester Village, Park Plaza, Pt. Richmond, Pullman, Richmond Heights, Santa Fe, and Shields-Reid.

4.  Announcements from RNCC PIO: Goretha Johnson told us about the SS Red Oak Pancake Breakfasts are starting again, bring Back the Natives self guided tour will be here in May, the Historic Preservation Award Ceremony on May 7th at 5 P.M. at City Hall, and Community Earth Day is April 21st with many events that day.

5. City Department Heads/City Official Reports:
     Public Works: Yader Bermudez was absent but Warren Williams filled in for him and passed out the paving schedule for the next two weeks and that the work on Solano Playlot was beginning on Tuesday.
     Engineering Services: Edric Kwan was absent and Steve Tam arrived late but in time for the WCCCTA presentation.
     City Manager/Community Coordinator: Rochelle Monk spoke about the Cities of Service Award Ceremony and the composting giveaway that they are doing in April.
     Mayor’s office: Marilyn Langlois confirmed that this was her last Mayor’s office visit to RNCC as she was leaving the Mayor’s office at the end of the week.  She told us about the General Plan going to City Council on April 17th, the Point Molate clean up on April 21st, and the Family Health Fair on the 28th of April.
     Police Department: Captain Manjit Sappal, Sergeant L. Tirona, Sergeant S. Johanson and Sergeant D. Williams all talked about what they do in the police department.  They talked about what they are trying to do to stop the robberies and homicides, and about calling Assistant DAs to the crime scene and work from there.  Sergeant Williams talked about Computer crimes and identity crimes and told of an Officer Hill that is specially trained in computer crimes. There will be a crime program at Hilltop Mall on April 28th from 10 A.M. until 2 P.M.  The subject is “The Fight Against Burglary and Identity Theft.”
     Code Enforcement: Tim Higares spoke about his new code enforcement supervisor Denee Evans and finding better ways to disburse code enforcement officers.  They are still boarding up vacant and broken into homes and are abating some of the homeless encampments.  They are hoping to be able to use the mitigation money towards the second code enforcement officer in North Richmond as they have now.  The Union Pacific Railroad is putting up $100,000.00 to pay for the fence in North Richmond.  They are bringing a parking ticket increase to the Finance Committee in May.  The EPA is making sweeps of illegal transfer points.  They are also looking to have a partnership with the county on property that owes thousands of dollars in fines and back taxes and forget them so they can be cleaned up and sold.
     Environmental Manager: Lynne Scarpa was unavailable but Joanne Le was there in her place to discuss washing vehicls on the street and the damage done to the bay by using harsh chemicals and other things.  She was asking that we do not wash our vehicles in the street.
     Planning: Lena Velasco brought 2 planning project lists, one is the regular one with projects under consideration and the second one is the over the counter permits that have been issued since the beginning of the year.  There was comments that the project list still has projects that are in neighborhoods that are listed as without a specific neighborhood.

6. Presentations:
     Annie King-Meredith and Tracy Reed called Community Attitudes/Restorative Justice Re-entry. This is a program to welcome and bring all the resources that a parolee or released felon would need.  Each neighborhood can set up a group of volunteers and they will help you get the rest of the resources needed.
     WCCTA to tell us about the new I-80 corridor metering lights and how this will effect the local street and freeway traffic.

7. Old Business: Judy Morgan from the Richmond Chamber of Commerce spoke to us about joining our neighborhoods and a big event they are putting on at the Craneway Pavilion May 10th from 4-6 P.M.

8. New Business: Katrinka Ruk from the Council of Industries spoke to us regarding the General Plan and the need to support it as the staff wrote it and to leave out what the Planning Commission has added.

9. Adjournment: 9:23 P.M.  

Thank you to May Valley and Iron Triangle for providing the refreshments.

Respectfully submitted by,

Jan Mignone
Recording Secretary