Meeting Minutes, February 8th, 2017

7:04pm — Meeting Called to Order by President Stan Anderson

Introductions: Members of the community introduced themselves.  President Anderson described the role and function of the MBNC.

Presentation – Update from the National Parks Service.  Tom Leatherman, Superintendent of the Rosie The Riveter National Historic Park: Mr. Leatherman presented a slide show on recent and upcoming current activities of the park, including the citizenship ceremony at the Craneway; a campaign to distribute free park passes to Grade 4 students; sponsorship of the “Open Space Conference” at the Craneway; the Rosie Rally last summer as part of the re-launched Home Front Festival; the development of the Richmond Wellness Trail; recognition of park ranger Betty Soskin;  the growing collection of items at the museum; and continued work on updated signage to direct visitors to the park and museum.

Police Beat Report:   Officer K. Palma reported on crime in our community and answered questions from the community

Announcement:  President Anderson announced that the speakers scheduled for the March 8th meeting include a representative from local business Sims Metal; the organizer of the Richmond Wellness Trail; and a representative from the new high school in Marina Bay.

Presentation of Richmond PAL Donation:  President Anderson presented a check for $500 from MBNC to the Richmond Police Activities League which was gratefully received by Larry Lewis, the Executive Director of the organization.  Larry then gave a brief presentation on the activities of the organization, including their need for volunteers to be mentors to the young people in their league.

Presentation – Wayfinding Signage for Marina Bay — Alex Knox, Chief of Staff to the Mayor and C. Sequoia Erasmus, Director of Community Engagement:  Mr. Knox and Ms. Erasmus outlined the mayor’s idea of bringing way-finding signage to Marina Bay.   They said the city does not have any $$ to pay for it, and they were interested in learning about the resident’s interest in the idea. After a lively discussion, it became clear that although residents at this meeting were not opposed to the general idea of improved signage in our community, they wanted more details on the nature and costs, and were very much opposed to using funds from the Marina Bay Landscaping & Lighting District to pay for the signage.

Minutes Submitted by Stephen Beard, MBNC Secretary