Meeting Minutes, April 10th, 2019

7:01 pm : The meeting was called to order by Stephen Beard, MBNC President

Introductions were made. 20 in attendance with 5 MBNC officersand 1 guest. 

Beat Officer’s Report:

Officer Sanchez (Graveyard Shift) March 1- April 9 report for Marina Bay:  5 incidents which included check frauds, vandalism, package theft, auto burglary. Report license plates of cars entering through gates following a car that appears to have no authorization for entry to the Richmond Police Dept.; verify gates are locked behind them when exiting from the trails/sidewalks into the developments.

Announcements:

Hazardous waste disposal event April 13 in Hercules; free Spring Egg Hunt April 13 at Richmond Civic Center Plaza; April 14 is Water Safety Day next to Kennedy High School; April 27th from 11-2pm is National ParkRx Day with free health screenings, health & fitness resource fair, free fitness classes, entertainment, a bike repair pop-up and giveaways; April 24- June 26, 2019 is an Adult Co-Ed Softball League in Nicholl Park, Richmond; May 18, 2-6pm is Taste of Richmond at Riggers Loft Wine Company with local breweries and wineries.

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President Beard reported that Mayor Tom Butt, in one of his recent e-newsletters, shared news that the  court challenge to RM3 was thrown out; this is big news for Richmond which includes tens of millions of dollars that can now flow to mobility projects in Richmond, most important is the allocation to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Access Improvements.   

Joanne Le from the City of Richmond  Environment Services Manager,  explained the closing of traffic lanes for the Waste Diversion Project for the Meeker Slough at Regatta Ave.  Traffic may be closed or diverted with alternate closing of lanes for 45 days for traffic control while the project is being completed.

Presentation: Noel Diaz from Purity Wine

Noel provided several wine selections, cheese and sweets for the meeting.  Purity Wine is located at 1401 Marina Way South Suite 280 across from the Harbor Master’s building.  

He opened in late 2017 and started as a winery.  He only uses organic grapes and has used a variety of grapes from Northern California vineyards.  Additionally, he has now opened a full wine bar because people in the neighborhood showed an interest in more than just a winery.  It is casual and friendly, including sofa seating. He can hold parties of up to 50 people.  He makes wine, different varieties, on site and will gladly give tours.  Purity Wine is presently open Wed through Sat.  His project is a work in progress and is evolving.  He is on Instagram.  Watch for more to come from this community friendly business!

Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services, Nikki Beasley, Executive Director:  This is a non-profit organization which began in 1981 addressing the issue of Redlining by mortgage lenders. It was founded by local Richmond residents.  The purpose of the agency is to provide affordable housing for low income families.  Foreclosure prevention advisory services, In-Film developments, Section 8 discrimination, tenant screening, advocacy for affordable housing, financial literacy classes (how to purchase a home), and social services are just a few of their services.  There are no charges for their services.  Their primary purpose is to close the equity gap in home purchases.

Landscape & Lighting Maintenance District (LLMD):  Nancy Kemper, MBNC Liaison from the LLMD

Nancy met with David Rogers, parks supervisor, to discuss weeds in the Marina Bay area which are being worked on.  They are working on the Melville Square bathrooms which were broken into and are not functioning due to laundry being put down the toilets which now need to be taken out for repair.  Port-A-Potties are set up.  Harbor Master bathrooms have a “seagull” siren to keep people from lingering too long or camping out in the restrooms.  A new memorial bench is being placed in front of the museum.  Plans for re-landscaping part of the Melville Square parking area will begin after the restrooms are restored.

Open Forum

What is happening to the Salute restaurant building?  It is going to open as Cheers By the Bay.

Why isn’t there a grocery store in Marina Bay?  Demographic density reports from developers (grocery stores) have reported there are not enough residents in the area.  

Traffic on Esplanada near The Cove was discussed.  Public Works should be contacted.

Several fire hydrants ADA compliance were discussed.  There is City of Richmond responsibility and LLMD responsibility.  

Location of the new art park near the underpass on the southside of Marina Bay Parkway was discussed.

Adjourned 8:27 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Karen Williams, MBNC Secretary