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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
SAN LORENZO VILLAGE HOMES ASSOCIATION May 4, 2000
Present: Members: Mary Reynolds, Ron Groves, Pat Pebelier, Dave Sloan, Mary Ann McMillan, Anne Brichacek, Harry Gin, Ann Mrak, Jack MacKinnon, Mel Brockman, Kathie Ready
Residents: George Mihailidis, Shirely Seibold, Eleanor Nonn
Others: Lisa Lo, Lorenzo Shopping Center; Christine Durant and Greg Luey, Albertsons Markey; Gail Steele (Supervisor) , and Kathleen Harrigan (Staff)
Chairperson Kathy Ready opened the meeting at 7:08 p.m. She welcomed vistors, Lisa Lo and George Mihalilidis. There were no new nominations for new members.
Approval of Minutes A motion was made to approve the Minutes from the April 6, 2000 meeting was made by Sloan and seconded by Pebelier. The motion passed unanifiiously.
REPORTS FROM STANDING COMMITTEES
Redevelopment - Pebelier reported that she was currently reviewing the EIR report on the draft plan for the redevelopment project. She stated that the first Board of Supervisor's meeting on this issue would be June 7th or 8th.
Ron Groves stated that he had read the document at the county building. Groves said that there was a lot of good information about neighborhoods in the area. He stated that the Task Force had discussed how much additional square footage in the Village could be used as commercial/retail space and this document goes into detail with respect to that. Groves pointed out that the report does not state that by eminent domain the county could go in a change the zoning, but rather if a property owner chooses to sell their property, or wants to make changes the zoning would allow them to do this. Much of the report is based on what can or cannot be done according to a zoning perspective.
Subcommittee targeting other problem commercial areas - Staff, Harrigan, reported that she had contacted Stacy Sorenson's assistant who reported that the vacant lot next to Caesar's Chicken was another zoning staff's responsibility and she had not gotten a chance to look at it yet. Harrigan would be following up with zoning staff and would report back at the next meeting.
Sorenson had sent out a notice of citation to the owner of the Bockman Shopping center regarding the vacant boarded up building and the cargo containers. The owner did contact Sorenson and stated that material used to renovate the vacant building is being stored in those containers. Sorenson gave them an extension of 30 days to get the work done. The date Harrigan was given was May 25, 2000. It was pointed out by a tenant in the same shopping center that he has never seen anything being taken in or out of the cargo units, and has not seen any renovations being done on the vacant building. He stated that the cargo units have been there for over one (l) year. Harrigan stated that she would contact Sorenson and find out the details for the next meeting.
Harrigan reported on the residence owned by the county at the corner of Via Alamitos and Grant Ave at 15800 Via Alamitos. She stated that in January Sorenson had stated that it would take 60 to 90 days to get a bid on the painting/renovations for this residence. She had spoken with John Fenstermacher, county staff responsible for county properties and he indicated that the county is having problems getting bids on the property. He currently had one bid for $30,000, to paint the house and repair the fencing. Fenstermacher stated that the county is looking for other bids, but is having difficulty due to the requirements for contractors who apply. Fenstermacher stated that the county would start repairing the fence and cleaning up the yard and the ivy by next week. Supervisor Steele stated that she is hoping to help the process move a long by waiving some of the requirements for this specific job. She stated that she has a painter that would be willing to do the job for less money, but due to the requirements, cannot bid at this time.
Subcommittee spotlighting neighborhood businesses - Ready stated that she had no report at this time.
REPORTS FROM SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Report on the San Lorenzo Village Specific Plan Process - McMillan stated that she had spoken to Andrade who indicated that a preliminary report would be forwarded to his department in the very near future, which would be reviewed and possibly edited before going to the Homes Association Board and then to the Planning Commission who would makes it recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.
Report from Christmas in April - Anne Marie Mrak reported that she was disappointed with the participation for this event. She stated that thirty (30) people showed up for the house that she worked on. Eight (8) were San Lorenzo residents, and eight (8) were Arroyo High School students. The volunteers were scheduled to participate all day, from 8-4p.m.,however most of them left by l:30 or 2:00 p.m. Mrak said the supervision for the work did not go well. Walls were prepped incorrectly and there was confusion about what needed to be done at what time. She thanked Albertson's Grocery Market for donating lunch for the event. Mrak stated that there is still a lot of painting to be done at the residence, she has been back to the house painting this past week and encouraged anyone who wants to help to let her know. She stated that she felt it was a good personal experience but was disappointed with the turn-out of residents in the area and did not think it was a "community building" experience due to the fact that very few community members participated.
Mrak pointed out that the other two houses in San Lorenzo which were worked on were also incomplete. Groves stated that the work done on these houses was extensive for both the interior and exterior. Initially the group had professionals go in and do the prep work and then on the Christmas in April day there were inexperienced volunteers who did not have the professional guidance that was needed to do the job. He suggested that Gin and Mrak report back to the group about the "do's and don'ts" regarding this project so that the group can be more effective with its participation next year. Gin stated that he would prefer if the group would choose to do either the inside or outside of the houses for next year's project and not both.
Mrak stated that it would be up to the BDC as to whether it wanted to participate in this project. She would not be willing to be responsible for soliciting the volunteers but would be willing to volunteer independently for a project similar to this. Ready asked whether the group would consider doing what was originally proposed by Gin and Mrak, to clean up the front of resident's yards to make the neighborhoods look cleaner.
McKinnon stated that in Union City they participate in a "Make a Difference Day" that occurs in October of each year. The work done to the properties is cosmetic work and not structural. The city has painted houses, cut down trees and done landscaping. They were able to complete three (3) homes last year. This is something the group could consider that would be an easier to complete.
Ready stated that Mrak and Gin need to be commended for their participation in the Christmas in April program. Gin pointed out that although they were frustrated with the program, if the group would have attempted to do it themselves, they would not have been able to accomplish what Christmas in April did. Thoms stated that although this year may not have been as successful, subsequent years will be better if it becomes a yearly community event.
Mrak pointed out that "Make a Difference Day" may solicit the support from the schools and the community that the group needs. It was questioned when the event was to occur, Mrak stated that she had some information on the event and would bring it to the next meeting.
Lorenzo Manor Shopping Center - Ready announced that Lisa Lo, the owner of the Lorenzo Manor Shopping Center has brought in color samples for the renovations/repainting of the center. Two colors were initially presented. One for the roof labeled "bright red" and one for the trim and stucco which was a lighter yellow/peach color Kelly More sample labeled KM70M. Groves pointed out that the color presented by the owner for the roof was true to its label as a "bright red" and was not the "terra cotta" color that was seen in the pictures presented by the owner at the last San Lorenzo Directors Board meeting. He stated that the back of the sample referenced other colors of red that were deeper and would be softer than the "bright red" sample she had presented.
McKinnon stated that the shopping center noted in the picture presented to the San Lorenzo Directors Board had its roof for over ten years and its color held up during that time. He stated that the general view of the color as depicted in the picture looks more terra cotta due to other colors surrounding the shopping center which mute its brightness. Ready stated that what the Association Board approved was a "terra cotta" red and the sample itself indicates a "bright red".
Lo asked whether the group liked the color she presented. The consensus of a majority of the members was that they did not like the color. Lo presented another sample for the roof which was darker in color and labeled a "colonial red".
Groves asked whether the Warehouse would be painted the same color as the rest of the shopping center. Lo stated that the Warehouse was not going to be painted. Lo stated that due to the Warehouses lease, she cannot change the color for five (5) years. Groves stated that often business leases will state that the color cannot be changed, however if an owner approaches the tenants and lets them know, they can work out a compromise, and if the tenants like the color and realize it will improve the center, they usually agree. Lo stated that she can try to approach the owner to see if she can paint the building, but she cannot promise anything. She stated that the Warehouse is under a lease and once the lease expires she can paint the building, but as it is now, she cannot be assured they will agree. Reynolds questioned whether the owners or the corporate office of the Warehouse had been approached about repainting. Lo stated that she had tried to talk with the owners but the lease prevents her from changing the color at this time. Gin asked Lo if she would allow a member from the BDC to approach the Warehouse to see if they would be willing to change the color. Lo stated that she would abide by the lease and would not put money into painting the building due to the Warehouse lowering the rent on their facility. She stated her lease with them was $6000.00 and they are only paying $4000.00. Groves pointed out that due to the fact that the Warehouse has five (5) years left on the lease, they probably renewed the lease prior to Lo purchasing the shopping center, and would not sign a new lease when she purchased the center. Lo stated that although she does not want to paint the Warehouse, she would be willing to paint the lattice on the building, she would not paint the roof due to the restrictions in the lease and the money it would cost her. Ready stated that she wants the shopping center to be beautiful. She wants to feel proud of shopping at the center, and she does not want the colors of the center to be patch work or to be different from building to building.
Steele stated she would coordinate a meeting with the Warehouse and all the parties involved to see if a compromise can be achieved regarding the shopping center's color. Gin pointed out that even if this meeting does occur and the Warehouse is in agreement in painting its building, the group cannot be assured that Lo will do the painting. Lo stated that she would be willing to paint the stucco and the lattice of the Warehouse building, but not the roof. Groves pointed out that as the building is now, the roof cannot be seen over the facade of the signs and lattice on the building. Steele reiterated that a meeting needs to be held where the group can sit down with the parties and make an informed recommendation to the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association Board. She stated that she believes that there is a difference of opinion between members from the BDC and the owner as to what colors would look nice for the center. By conducting this meeting the group and the owner may be able to come to a consensus as to what can be done.
Brichacheck asked what color the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) building was going to be. Steele stated that she would check into this with Daryl Gray, the Zoning Administrator and get back with the group at the other meeting.
Gin asked Lo if she understood what the group had discussed thus far. He questioned that if the Warehouse states that it would agree to the painting, would she go ahead and proceed of the stucco and the facade would she do this. Lo stated that she would. Gin stated that if Warehouse says no to Lo then she needs to communicate this to Supervisor Steele so that she can follow up with the organization.
Gin asked if she is painting the entire shopping center one roof color and one stucco color. Lo stated that most of the building is windows and she agreed to paint the brickwork as well as the window trim. The roof and its facade would be painted the red color.
Ready suggested that the group discuss the stucco color further, she stated that the group needs to know what color KFC is going to be painted in order to make an informed decision about paint colors for the center. Steele stated that she would get the paint information for the KFC building. Ready volunteered to get additional samples from Kelly Moore for the stucco/trim colors which would compliment the "colonial red" of the roof. Ready reminded Lo that no painting should begin until another meeting can be held to look at the entire color scheme for the center. The Business Development Committee could then make an informed recommendation to the Association Board; however it would be the Board which would make the final decision on approving the paint colors.
Thoms made a motion to hold an emergency meeting within the next week to discuss the paint colors for the entire center. Representatives from the Wherehouse and KFC would be present along with Ms. Lo. Supervisor Steel, members from the Business Development committee and the San Lorenzo Village Association Board of Directors would also be asked to attend. Reynolds seconds the motion.
Mrak makes a friendly amendment to the motion, that Ms. Lo's architect translator as well as county zoning staff be present at the emergency meeting.
Thoms accepts the friendly amendment. The motion with the amendment passes unanimously.
Gin suggested that a letter be sent to Ms. Lo addressing what was discussed at this BDC meeting and addressing the specifics it wished to discuss at the emergency meeting. In this way Ms. Lo's representatives would know the areas the group wanted to discuss and the reasoning for the discussion.
The group consensus was to draft this letter with these specifics and forward it onto Ms. Lo as soon as possible.
It was noted that staff would draft this letter with the help of committee members.
Rental Properties Motion sent back to the Board - Ready asked if Steele had brought county information regarding this issue. Steele stated that she did not have the information and would provide it at the next meeting.
McKinnon makes a motion to table this agenda item until next month's meeting. Thoms seconds the motion. The motion passes unanimously.
New Business - Greg Luey, manager of Albertsons Grocery store and Christine Duran were introduced by Kathie Ready. Luey stated that he wants his store to become more involved with the community. He said that he is open to feedback from the community on how the store is doing and what are its strengths and weaknesses. Luey said he already has forms for comment in the Association office and in his store. Luey stated that he or his staff will be represented at Business Development Meetings and other community meetings. He asked the group to relay how the store could improve its service.
The group discussed several areas some members thought could be improved, These included making sure items are stocked on the shelf on a continuous basis, checking into store pharmacy pricing, friendliness and accessibility of employees and employee morale.
Luey said he appreciated each of the comments and would try to make changes bases on committee members concerns. He stated that he can definitely look into the morale of the employees and is in the process of developing an incentive program for good service at his store.
Adjournment 9:17 p.m.