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February 1, 2001

Present: Members: Ann Marie Mrak, Mel Brookman, Pat Pebelier, Jack Mackinnon, Mary Ann McMillan, Anne Brichacik, David Sloan, Mary Reynolds, Kathie Ready
Residents: Tim Sheridan, Peggy Sheridan, Howard Beckman, Michelle Griffin, Nancy Shelvy, Toni Vincent, Mabel Stafne, Adolf Stafne, R.M. Vincent, Keith Barros
Businesses: Norris Mitchell, representing Mr. Chau's
Staff: Nancy Van Huffel

Opening Comments: The meeting opened at 7:06 p.m. Chair Ready turned the gavel and chair position over to the new chair Ann Marie Mrak. Minutes for the November 2000 and December 2000 meetings were accepted and approved. Reynolds made a motion to nominate Keith Barros for appointment to the BCDC by the Association Board of Directors. MacKinnon seconded the nomination. The motion passed unanimously. McMillan nominated Betty Moose for appointment to the BCDC by the Association Board of Directors. It was seconded by Reynolds. Discussion: Van Huffel questioned whether Moose (since she is not a member of the Homes Association) was eligible for membership. BCDC by-laws were examined. There is no mention in the by-laws that a member has to be a part of the Homes Association. This also allows for membership by business owners who are not Homes Association members and/or whose businesses are not in the actual "sphere of influence" of the Homes Association. The motion to accept Betty Moose passes: 8 in favor, 1 against (Dave Sloan).

Mr. Chau's Restaurant Proposal: Mr. Norris Mitchell, restaurant designer for Mr. Chau, presented plans for the proposed restaurant at 18600 Hesperian Blvd. This location is between Taco Bell and McDonalds'. Mr. Chau has 18 restaurants throughout the bay area, and serves fast food as well as provides "in house" eating. The proposed facility will be 2400 square feet with in-house service for approximately 86 patrons. Since this is an informational meeting only, and since Mr. Chau was ill and unable to attend, a motion by the BCDC regarding this was postponed until the March 2001 meeting. This would allow committee members enough time to examine other Mr. Chau facilities. Mr. Mitchell provided the committee with menus for the business and addresses of existing restaurants, Mr. Mitchell indicated he and Mr. Chau would further, provide samples from his menu and that Mr. Chau would be able to address any concerns or questions the committee may have at the March meeting.

Rotary Carnival: Resident Michelle Griffin, a nearby neighbor of the Little League Park, raised questions and concerns about the proposed Rotary Carnival to be held at that location between April 26th and April 29th. It was thought that Ms. Griffin addressed several important issues regarding this that should be answered by Dr. Sanchez prior to Board approval. (Please see attached letter.) Discussion ensued regarding donations made by Rotary. Van Huffel said she would look into that.

Specific Plan: Members were reminded that a hearing on the Specific Plan will be held Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. Barros reminded the conunittee that there are several questionable statements written into the plan that need to be addressed.

Lorenzo Manor Shopping Center: Discussion on the current ongoing problems with the Lorenzo Manor Shopping Center were discussed. The home made signs that appeared on the old KFC building (a picture of which appeared in the Daily Review), the used car sales lot, the fact that the Alameda County Building Dept. issued a permit to Lisa Lo and the owners of Cathay Express 2 days after a "Cease and Desist Order" was issued on the business by the Planning Dept. The fact that the Harmon Corporation, which originally built and owns both the old KFC and new one continues to possibly own the old building. Ready said she would contact Tona Henninger from County Zoning to see if she is aware of these problems.

McMillan Petition for the Foot of Grant: Committee members were encouraged to attend and speak at the Planning Commission hearing on February 5, 2001, in order to show added support to residents being affected by this proposed rezoning.

C.C.& R. Committee Report: Van Huffel reported on the C.C. & R. Committee meeting. Van Huffel stated the committee hopes to incorporate the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinances with our own policies, thereby giving the Homes Association the added strength of enforcement. She also stated that any policies leaving the committee, would have to be voted on by the Board and be posted in the Village Briefs for all to see. She hopes the committee will finish its work in the next 3 or 4 months.

Nomination of Co-Chair: Mrak pointed out a need to elect a co-chair for BCDC as she would not always be able to be at the meetings promptly at 7:00 p.m., due to family commitments. In order to keep the meetings working in a timely manner, it was agreed a co-chair would be valuable. Ready nominated Ann Brichacik. It was seconded by Reynolds. The vote in favor was unanimous.

Discussion on Future Agenda Items: There was some discussion as to things that the committee would like to see on future agendas. Obviously keeping the businesses top priority, but also adding a review of the By-Laws of the BCDC, and possible recognition of outstanding homes in the community.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned, with applause for our new chairperson, at 8:59 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathie Ready, Acting Secretary

Attachment: Letter from Michelle Griffin