Our group had a very productive meeting last Wednesday and it was great to have so many new members in attendance. The first item that we covered was the upcoming Pocket/Greenhaven Family BBQ. This event will be happening on June 10th from 10:30-1 at Garcia Bend Park. Our group will be one of the event “partners” and so far up to 70 people have RSVP’d that they will be attending. Both Fiona and Erin have done an amazing job organizing the event. Be sure to mark the event and your calendar and I hope everyone can attend.
The next item on the agenda was Devin’s great idea to have a
“Pocket/Greenhaven Community Awards” ceremony. Devin suggested this event be modeled after Councilmember Ashby’s awards event in her district and that we should plan on having it sometime next Spring.
Regarding our continued goal of advocating for more retail and restaurants options in the Promenade Shopping Center, we discussed various plans to move ahead on the issue. I shared that the information listed on the shopping center’s website was not up to date and the attempt to phone the owners did not work. The next steps we planned to take were as follows:
-I will reach out to my optometrist who has an office in the shopping center.
-Tristan will reach out to Region Business, Sacramento Economic Council and our city’s finance director regarding supporting the shopping center.
-Mary will reach out to her contacts with PBIDs throughout the city to get advice on how we can better advocate for businesses in the Promenade.
Recently one of the major runways was shut down at Sacramento Executive Airport. Jim shared with us how this was done as cost cutting measure by the county. Unfortunately, shutting the runway down has led to more planes flying over our neighborhood. Jim will continue the look into the issue and we’ll plan to host a community meeting sometime this summer to give our neighbors more of an opportunity to weigh in on these changes.
Our community association will soon have a monthly column in the Pocket News and we’ll also be hosting another series of crop swaps this summer. We also decided to be involved in this year’s Pocket 4th of July Parade. The idea was to have us walk as a group holding a banner and throwing candy. Tristan has also offered the use of his old Lincoln Continental. We’ll correspond more via email regarding the parade over the next few weeks.
The issue of cluster mailbox break-ins has not gone away. Our group agreed that we could use a portion of our next meeting to host a community forum to address the issue. Kathi Windheim has offered to contact SacPD to help answer questions at the forum as well. We’ll start work on getting the word out about the meeting in the next week.
Finally we elected our first board. The results are as follows:
Seat 1 – Pat
Seat 2 – Will
Seat 3 – Erin
Seat 4 – Tristian
Seat 5 – Devin
Seat 6 – Jim Geary
Seat 7 – Mary
The board will meet in the new few weeks to elect officers. Thank you again to everyone who made it out last Wednesday. I am very proud of the group we have put together. It’s exciting to have so many opportunities to make the Pocket/Greenhaven neighborhood a better place. Thank you for your continued help and support.