September Meeting Minutes

We started our meeting by Devin sharing information with us regarding a Pocket/Greenhaven Awards event that would take place next Spring.  Our discussion revolved around where the event should be held, how much we should charge and what should we serve.  In the interim we decided to form a committee to help set up the event.  The committee consists of :

  • Devin Lavelle
  • Bill Cannady
  • Judy Foote
  • GariRae Gray
  • Jim Houpt
  • Mary McCune
  • Shawna McKnight
  • Pat Ramirez

In the next few weeks the committee will work on setting up a meeting and we will get an update at our next general meeting.

Our Vice-President Mary McCune wanted to work on our group doing more to support local businesses.  Mary proposed drafting a letter of introduction to invite local businesses to our next meeting.  Mary also had a great idea urging our neighbors to shop local especially in light of Delta Shores going in.  A committee was formed to help support the effort.  The committee consists of:

  • Mary McCune
  • Bill Cannady
  • Judy Foote
  • GariRae Gray
  • Devin Lavelle
  • Shawna McKnight

In the next few weeks the committee will work on setting up a meeting and we will get an update at our next general meeting.

GariRae next spoke to us about the upcoming bike safety event that will be held at Robbie Waters Library on Saturday, September 30th starting at 10 am.  The event will be led by one of the city’s transportation analysts and there is still room to sign up and Jim Geary gave us a quick recap of the well attended meeting regarding the runway closure at the Executive Airport.

Tristan Brown got us up to speed with what our group needs to do to become a nonprofit organization.  Tristan went into detail with what it means to be a “501 c3” nonprofit and we decided to form a committee to continue to look into the matter.  The committee consists of :

  • Tristan Brown
  • Will Cannady
  • Jim Geary
  • Pat Ramirez

In the next few weeks the committee will work on setting up a meeting and we will get an update at our next general meeting.

Our discussion next turned to the ongoing issue of cluster mailbox break-ins throughout our neighborhood.  Devin filled us in on his efforts to try to find out just exactly how many break-ins there have been.  We concluded with agreeing that Devin and I will write a column regarding the issue in the the Pocket News.

There are some big changes coming to the ways that local voters will be going to the polls.  Devin filled us in on the Voter’s Choice Act and we agreed to host an event to help inform of our neighbors of the very important changes.

Kimberly Bankston-Lee shared with us the important work being done by the local nonprofits Saving Our Legacy Project and African Americans for Smoke-Free Safe Places.  We will be writing a letter in support of Kimberly’s group and hope to work with her more in the future.

We finished our meeting with Judy Foote telling us about an ongoing issue in our community consisting of homes being made into care facilities.  Judy explained that having these facilities in our neighborhood leads to less available housing for families.  This led to a large conversation about what our group can continue to do to attract more young families to our neighborhood.

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out.  It’s great to see our group organizing so many important events for our community.  Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 7th at Robbie Waters Library.  See you then!

Public Safety Town Hall

Vice Mayor Jennings hosted a town hall on Wednesday, along with City Manager Howard Chan, Assistant City Manager for Public Safety Arturo Sanchez, our new Chief of Police Daniel Hahn and SacPD Captain Dave Peletta. Thank you to the Vice Mayor and his staff for hosting the event and providing the slides to allow us to share them further.

Hahn

The Pocket Greenhaven Community continues to be the safest in the City, by far!

Additional Police Observation Devices will be installed shortly, covering every ingress & egress point for our neighborhood, helping to further improve safety.

PODS

An engaged community is the most important tool for maintaining public safety. Having the largest number of Nextdoor subscribers for any neighborhood in the city is a great sign!

NextdoorByNeighborhood

Download the full presentation.

Take a look at the City’s Homelessness Resource factsheet.

Urban Bicycle Safety 101

Pocket-Greenhaven is blessed with miles of bike paths, bike lanes, and a gorgeous levee trail. To ensure that residents stay safe on the trails, the Pocket-Greenhaven Neighborhood Association is sponsoring an “Urban Bicycling 101” class. The course will be presented by Drew Hart, a Transportation Analyst with the City of Sacramento, and will focus on bicycling regulations and riding tips to ensure your cycling experience is safe. Specific topics include:

  • Bicycling and the law
  • Bicycling on the street
  • Bicycling through intersections
  • Avoiding crashes
  • How to enjoy the ride

The course is geared towards adults and teens and is a great resource for parents who can relay the information to their children to ensure kids develop safe bicycling habits. (Bicycles are not necessary for the class.)

The class is scheduled for Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, and will be held at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, 7335 Gloria Drive. Registration is required and space is limited.

At this time, the class is only open to Sacramento City residents.

For any questions, contact GariRae Gray, bikingclass@gmail.com. Thanks GariRae for putting together this great event!

Click here to register.

Executive Airport Forum

Thank you to everyone who attended yesterday’s forum on the airport.

Pocket-Greenhaven residents should not notice significant changes as a result of runway 16’s closure. It was rarely used and its closure aims to improve safety at the airport.

Thanks to Jim Geary for organizing this Forum and to Glen Rickelton for a very informative presentation.

Download the full presentation here.

PGCA joins other neighborhoods in calling for City performance metrics

Eight neighborhoods around Sacramento joined together to call for the City to develop performance metrics to help demonstrate how well it is meeting community needs. This program will break down silos to assemble existing city data and make it publicly available, broken out by neighborhood. In doing so, it will increase transparency and provide our city’s excellent staff with additional tools to drive continuous improvement in City services.

Katie Valenzuela Garcia of the Oak Park Neighborhood Association started the charge and our own Board Member, Devin Lavelle presented at the last membership meeting. The membership unanimously voted to sign on to the letter, which has now been delivered to Mayor Darrell Steinberg, bearing our President, Will Cannady’s name.

Will was joined in signing the letter by:

  • Katie Valenzuela Garcia, Oak Park Neighborhood Association
  • Luree Stetson, Upper Land Park Neighbors
  • Sean Wright, Alkali and Mansion Flats Historic Neighborhood Association
  • Marni Leger, Southside Park Neighborhood Association
  • Angela Tillotson, Midtown Neighborhood Association
  • Sean Manwaring, Newton Booth Neighborhoods Association
  • Rose Cabral, Colonial Heights Neighborhood Association

Read the letter:

NeighborhoodMetrics

July Meeting Notes

Pocket Greenhaven Community Association

Minutes for July 11, 2017 General Membership Meeting

  1. Introductions (Approximately 20 people in attendance)
  2. Discussion of request from other Neighborhood Associations to sign onto the letter asking the City of Sacramento to provide performance metrics by neighborhood.
    • Casanya Ursery, Community Affairs Director at Vice Mayor Rick Jennings’ office, stated that the Vice Mayor’s Office is trying to help break down the silos in the City and that the City has a new office of accountability etc.
    • Devin Lavelle made the motion to authorize the board to sign onto the letter and Will Cannady seconded it. A majority of the individuals present voted for the motion and it was approved.
  3. Update on meeting regarding changes at the Executive Airport on August 22, 2017.
    • Jim Geary provided an overview of the history and issues re: closing the runway.
    • The group decided that the meeting should be from 6:00 – 7:30.
    • The official from the county will give a presentation on the history of the air traffic etc. for about 15-20 minutes and then will take questions.
    • The group agreed publicize the event via social media, email list, Pocket News and Inside Pocket and that the focus should be on information sharing re: the changes.
  4. National Night Out – August 2nd.
    • Will Cannady provided an overview of the Pocket National Night Out event coordinated by NextDoor and Sacramento Police Department. Will has already arranged for the PGCA to participate in that gathering, but opened it up to the group to discuss whether we should send liaisons to other gatherings in our area.
    • After a substantial discussion, it was decided that this year we should focus on participating at the event at Didion and revisit this issue next year to see if reaching out at other events would be beneficial.
    • It was also agreed that it might make sense to form an “Ambassador Committee,” so that members of the group can do outreach to other members of the community. People suggested that we make buttons so ambassadors can be easily identified and provide the ambassadors with short talking points to use when discussing the PGCA’s goals and mission. The group decided to revisit this at a future meeting.
  5. Possible Community Meeting Regarding Cluster Mailbox Break-Ins.
    • Through information provided by attendees, it sounds like the USPS is installing new cluster boxes throughout the community, but there still seems to be some contradictory information about the status etc. The group agreed to continue to monitor the issue and keep it on the agenda for the next meeting. But also agreed that a community meeting probably is not needed at this time.
    • Devin Lavelle stated that he would follow up with Congresswoman Matsui’s Office on timeline etc. and share with the group if he receives any updates.
  6. Meeting Regarding the Promenade Shopping Center
    • Will Cannady and Devin Lavelle shared that Vice-Mayor Jennings’ office is coordinating a meeting regarding the vacancy rate at the Promenade Shopping Center on Monday, July 17, 2017. Will asked PGCA members to attend if possible. Devin will work on publicizing the event through the PGCA social media forums.
  7. New Business
    • It was agreed that future agendas should have an item for “New Business.”
    • Bike Training
      • GariRae Gray suggested that we try to sponsor a cycling safety class. The City of Sacramento, coordinating with Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, puts them on. She is going to determine whether it would be possible to have an event in our area in September or October and report back to the group
    • Crop Swap
      • Will Cannady shared that there will be a Crop Swap in front of the library on August 6th.
  8. Next General Membership Meeting – September 13, 2017
  9. Adjournment

Executive Airport Forum

What’s Happening at Executive Airport?
One runway is being permanently closed.
Will this impact flight patterns over our neighborhood?
What are the future plans for this airport?

For the answer to these questions, as well as many more, attend the community meeting scheduled by the Pocket Greenhaven Community Association with the Sacramento County Airport System Planning & Design Division.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 6 p.m.
Robbie Waters Library
Community Room
7335 Gloria Drive, Sacramento

National Night Out at Lewis Park/Didion

The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association will be joining the National Night Out event hosted by Nextdoor – Pocket. If your immediate neighborhood is not hosting an event, we invite you to join us. There will be FREE Mustache Mike’s Italian Ice, Teen Band “Lucky Duck” from West Campus High School, Give-aways and visits by SacPD & elected officials.

When: Tuesday, 8/1 from 6pm – 8pm
Where: Lewis Park/Didion Gym

Thanks to our friend and neighbor Kathi Windheim for her hard work in leading the charge to put this together!

First Annual Pocket-Greenhaven Family BBQ

PGBBQFlierOur first annual Family BBQ was a huge success! Nearly 300 joined us for a fun day in the park with food, music, a bounce house, a taikwando demonstration, activities provided by the Greenhaven Soccer Club and the Friends of the Library and a visit from Otterby Reading! Friends and neighbors of all ages came out to enjoy the company of their neighbors a beautiful Saturday at Garcia Bend Park and we are grateful for everyone who joined us! Huge thanks go out to Vice Mayor Rick Jennings for his support with the logistics of this event, to Raley’s, Grocery Outlet and Sacramento Republic for their donations and to the Kennedy High ROTC cadets for all of their hard work!

And a huge, extra special thank you to Fernando Vallejo and our local firefighters for manning the grill and providing much of the food (250 hot dogs!) for the event.

Most of all, thanks to the Pocket Moms for leading the charge on putting this event together!

Enjoy a few pictures from our event, courtesy of local parent, Luke Pearson and check out the full album on Facebook:

May Membership Meeting Minutes

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.