PGCA Supports Measure U

The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association strongly urges voters in our community to vote Yes on Measure U. Measure U provides essential funding to support public safety, parks, libraries and youth & senior services that help make our community such a special place to live, work and play.
Expanding Measure U will allow the city to further improve those services and increase investment in our local neighborhoods. While we appreciate the level of public safety achieved over the last several years, there is a clear consensus in our community that continuing to improve safety remains a top priority and that investing in the community resources that strengthen neighborly bonds and provide positive experiences for youth are a key strategy.
We do not take the costs lightly and commit to continue our efforts as a Community Association to ensure these funds are spent wisely, efficiently and with a focus on our neighborhoods and residents.
In accordance with the PGCA by-laws, this position was taken after a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors following a discussion with and input from members and other residents.

2018 Voter Information Forum

With 11 statewide initiatives along with Measure U renewal on the ballot, voters in the Pocket-Greenhaven community will have a lot of decisions to make this fall.

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To help inform these decisions, The Pocket-Greenhaven Community Assocation is bringing together a group of experts to provide a non-partisan overview of the measures, including key background on who is supporting and opposing them, who is funding them and, most importantly, what they will really do.

Dr. Kim Nalder, Director of the Sacramento State Project for an Informed Electorate will lead an informational discussion on the initiatives, providing a non-partisan summary of each.

Councilman Rick Jennings & Trustee Darrel Woo will provide their insight.

Moderator: Devin Lavelle

When: Wed, October 10, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
Where: Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, 7335 Gloria Drive

Registration Strongly Requested

September 2018 Meeting Minutes

Pocket Greenhaven Community Association

Minutes for September 4, 2018 General Membership Meeting

Introductions (Approximately 13 people in attendance)

Presentation from SMUD Board Member Genevieve Shiroma.

Shiroma provided an overview of her service on the SMUD Board and recent efforts for renewable energy etc. Ms. Shiroma’s term will expire in December. She offered to continue to be a resource to assist customers until that point.

Presentation by Kaelin Sherrel regarding upcoming changes to time-of-day rates.

Kaelin provided an overview of the new SMUD program called “Time of Day” rates, which will be rolling out in the Fall and in 2019. There are numerous resources on SMUD’s website for customers to compare how the new rates will affect them.

Upcoming Voter Forum on October 10, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00. (Devin Lavelle).

Local elected officials and experts will be in attendance to provide an overview of the measures on the ballot in November.

Family Carnival Event (Jim Geary).

The Pocket-Greenhaven Parkway Kids’ Festival will be on October 21, 2018 8-12 p.m. behind Caroline Wenzel. Kids age 3 to 10-11 years old. Athletic events will be a non-competitive bike cruise and a non-competitive run – three age groups. There will also be food and carnival events.

Jim and Beth Koster of Greenhaven Soccer Club are going to be co-directors of the event.

They are working with the City on securing permits and signage.

Pocket Greenhaven Moms group will also be helping with the event.

 Taking a position on Measure U (Will Cannady).

Will provided an overview on Measure U 1.0 and Measure U 2.0. Devin also added more information about how the measures may affect the parks and park rangers.

The group discussed their opinions and thoughts about the measure and a straw poll was taken with strong support for the Measure.

New Business

Devin gave an update on the progress at the Promenade Shopping Center.

The group discussed the possibility of having goats brought out to assist in maintaining the grasses on the levee.

Next General Membership Meeting – November 7, 2018


July 2018 Minutes

Pocket Greenhaven Community Association
Minutes for July 10th, 2018 General Membership Meeting

  • Introductions (Approximately 24 people in attendance)
  • Friends of the Sacramento River Parkway Presentation by Jim Houpt

-Jim gave an overview on the purpose of the Friends of the Sacramento River Parkway group

-Jim explained the history of the Sacramento River Parkway and the need to continue to advocate for its completion.

-The PGCA Board will vote to take a position on supporting the Sacramento River Parkway at our next meeting.

  • Local Business Roundtable

-Quick update on how the last business roundtable went.

-Plans are being made for the next business roundtable meeting.

  • National Night Out, Tues. Aug. 7th

-We will be co-hosting a NNO event with Pocket Nextdoor on Tues. Aug.7th from 6-8 pm.

-We will also make an effort to reach out to other neighborhood groups to support their NNO events.

  • Pocket 4th of July Parade

-We reviewed our successful participation in the event.

  • Making Greenhaven Dr. safer for bike/ped crossers exiting Pocket Canal Path

-Presentation by Emily Piltch on how we could increase access from the Pocket Canal Path to local retail.

-Will follow up by working with Councilmember Jenning’s office and offering further support to Emily.

  • Pocket/Greenhaven Family Picnic

-Jim Geary and Erin Peth are still working with Councilmember Jennings office to set up the event.

  • Memorial for Cottonwood at Renfree Park

-GariRae will be looking into seeing what we could be doing to create a memorial for the Cottonwood tree at Renfree Park.

  • Crop Swap

-A neighborhood crop swap will be held on July 29th at 10 am in front of Robbie Waters Library

  • Budget update

-Have $1,028 in our account.

-Still working with FTB to finalize nonprofit status with the state.

Next general membership meeting, September 4th.

PGCA Supports Del Rio Trail

The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association is proud to support the completion of the proposed Del Rio Trail.  Consistent with our core goals including the upkeep and expansion of parks and recreation spaces, the Del Rio Trail would be an exciting new option for local residents to help live an active and healthy lifestyle.  We look
forward to working with SLPNA and the City on the Del Rio Trail as an important part of expanding recreation and active transit infrastructure in our beautiful corner of the city.

Next Local Business Roundtable

The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association will be holding their second Local Business Roundtable on Thursday, June 28 from 6-8pm at the Robbie Waters Library. Topics for discussion include determining effective ways to market businesses to the local community and organized “shop local” campaigns within the neighborhood. Additional agenda topics can be emailed to

May 2018 Meeting Minutes

Pocket Greenhaven Community Association

Minutes for May 1, 2018 General Membership Meeting

  • Introductions (Approximately 13 people in attendance)
  • Presentation by Brendle Wells re: Resources Available at Robbie Waters Library.
    • Brendle gave an overview of all the resources available through the Sacramento Pubic Library, including the Library of Things, board games, video games, museum passes (Discover and Go – under the “services” part of the website), job coaching, providing opportunities for lifelong learning, etc.)
    • Brendle answered several questions from the members.
  • ACC Senior Services (Darrick Lam, Chief Executive Officer).
    • Darrick gave an overview of ACC programing. They are building a new Assisted Living and Memory Care Center called Maple Tree for 102 residents off the Pocket Road exit.
  • Next Local Business Roundtable (Mary McCune).
    • Thursday, June 28th from 6 – 8 p.m. at Robbie Waters. Focus will be on marketing efforts for this community and “shop local” campaigns. There will features in Pocket News and Inside Pocket and the committee will also do personalized outreach.
  • South Land Park Association asking for support re: Del Rio Trail (Will Cannady).
    • Jim Houpt gave an overview of the project, including from the perspective of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation.
    • The consensus of the individuals present was that the best approach was to send a letter supporting the project in concept, but not taking a position on any of the areas in dispute.
  • Review Pride of the Pocket Awards (Devin Lavelle).
    • Devin gave an overview of the Pride of the Pocket awards. Probably brought in revenue of about $500 -$600 and approximately 80 people attended.
  • Review Bike Rodeo (GariRae).
    • GariRae gave an overview of the Bike Rodeo Event. Sixty-six kids had registered before the event, but only 21 people attended. She thinks that 3 hours is too long and maybe a 2-hour event is better. She would recommend doing it ourselves in the future and not with Sac PD. They did fitting for helmets and trained on the rules of the road. Rick Jennings’ office helped quite a lot.
  • Pocket 4th of July Parade (Will Cannady).
    • Will is going to email the membership to form a committee to determine how to participate in and support the parade.
  • Family Picnic (Erin).
    • Potentially combing with an event with Rick Jennings on the Greenbelt on a Sunday in September. Jim is working with Jennings’ office and will coordinate with Erin. GariRae suggested that we combine it with a bike rodeo.
  • New Business
    • Will is soliciting questions for the May 12th candidate forum for the League of Women Voters.
  • Next General Membership Meeting – July 2018
  • Adjournment

Pride of the Pocket: Get Your Tickets Today!

Eventbrite - Pride of the PocketJoin many friends and neighbors in the Pocket-Greenhaven community for the first annual Pride of the Pocket awards ceremony and bake-off!

The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association and our elected leaders will recognize some of the fantastic people and groups that make our neighborhood such a wonderful place to live, work and play!

Thursday April 26th, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 pm
School of Engineering & Sciences Gym, 7345 Gloria Dr.

March 2018 Minutes

Pocket Greenhaven Community Association

Minutes for March 8, 2018 General Membership Meeting

  1. Introductions (Approximately 17 people in attendance, plus representatives from Sacramento Fire Department and Sacramento Police Department)
  2. Presentation by Sacramento Fire Department.
    1. Fernando Vallejo gave an overview of what the Sacramento Fire Department does, including fire prevention, rescue operations, arson investigation, medical emergencies, boat rescue etc.
    2. What the public can do: check your smoke detectors & carbon monoxide detectors, sweep out chimneys, keep a list of medications and conditions for elderly relatives, have fire extinguishers, lock up flammable materials (especially if you have kids), have a family emergency and exit plan. They also need more stations in the area with the growing population and in the Delta Shores area. They would also like to have electric gurneys.
    3. If you have a good experience with the fire department, let your councilmember know and also say thank you to the first responders.
    4. Fernando answered several questions from the members.
  3. Presentation from Sac PD Officer Corey Johnson regarding a bike rodeo.
    1. Assigned to the Traffic Division (only has a Sargent and 5 officers – they used to have 30) and also runs the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Grant, including giving out helmets (1,300 available) to kids.
    2. Does bike rodeos to teach people to be safer riders – doing a bicycle rodeo on Saturday, April 28th. Will also have a few bicycle mechanics to assist people and teach them about bikes.
    3. Traffic Complaint Line – 916-808-3777 – give specific information
    4. May is National Bike Safety Month.
  4. Update on Local Business Forum (Mary McCune).
    1. Mary gave an overview of the first successful Local Business Forum. We are planning another event for later in the Spring.
  5. Pride of the Pocket Awards (Devin Lavelle).
    1. April 26th will be Pride of the Pocket Awards. Four elected officials have agreed to present awards. The nomination deadline has passed and Devin will be providing the nominations to the committee for review soon.
    2. There will be a bake-off at the event. We will be soliciting more charitable donations for additional food etc. We have someone who has volunteered to do photography and donate flowers.
    3. Need volunteers for the decorating committee.
  6. Nonprofit Status (Tristan Brown).
    1. Tristan provided an update on the nonprofit status. We are currently waiting for our formal letter from the Internal Revenue Service.
  7. Membership (Erin Peth).
    1. Erin notified the group that as of that time, we have 13 formal members. She also informed people how to become a member and asked the group to spread the word to other interested people.
  8. Family Picnic (Erin Peth).
    1. Erin notified the group that we are still interested in doing an event like this and that we are in the initial planning stages.
  9. New Business
    1. An announcement was made about a book sale for the Robbie Waters Friends of the Library which starts on April 14, 2018.
    2. Members also expressed interest in doing additional clean-up efforts.
  10. Next General Membership Meeting – May 1, 2018
  11. Adjournment