7:00pm – Meeting Called to Order by President Stan Anderson
Introductions & Announcements: Members of the community introduced themselves. President Anderson reported that the city is revising its zoning rules and that this is being discussed at the Neighborhood Coordinating Council. He says their will be two local ballot initiatives for the June elections. One will be about the proposed “Richmond Riviera” housing development on Marina Way South and the other will be about compensation for the Richmond City Manager. He says the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) is opposed to the housnig development ballot measure.
Police Beat Report, Officer Terry Thomas: Officer Thomas discussed crime activity since January 1st, including one auto theft and several burglaries. He says there have been issues with loitering at Shimada Park. He answered questions from residents about various issues, including security in the parks, mis-use of the parking lot at Melville Square, and noisy sirens from police officers departing the station on Regatta Blvd.
Announcements: President Stan Anderson advised that the cause of the underpass flooding last week was unknown, but was resolved quickly. The Marina Bay Harbor Master Steve Orosz told the MBNC about the “Strictly Sail” event coming to Marina Bay this year for the first time. He said it would be held from April 7th through the 10th at the Marina and that there would be events at the Craneway also.
Presentation – BART Update (BART Director, Zachary Mallett): Director Mallett spoke about BART’s past, present, and future with a focus on our area. He discussed improvements at our local BART stations and public meetings scheduled this month for potential future transit options north of the Richmond BART. He described how BART has the oldest fleet of trains in the United States and older infrastructure and encouraged attendees to support an upcoming ballot measure which would provide funding to help BART deal with this issue.
Presentation – CERT Program at Breakers Community (Karen Fenton, Neighbor): The Breakers community has set up their own Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Resident Karen Fenton discussed the disaster preparedness program at her community and activities her HOA has taken to help prepare for an earthquake. She offered to share her community’s experience and expertise with any of the other HOAs in our area.
Minutes Submitted by Stephen Beard, MBNC Secretary