Table of Contents
~11:30 AM — Social Gathering in the Garden Room.
~11:45 AM — Breakfast.
~11:18 AM — President Cheryl Frees-Yvega called to order the RCPOA Member Business Meeting at the Oakmont Country Club. The Secretary announced that a quorum has been achieved.
~11:19 AM — President Cheryl Frees-Yvega presented.
~11:22 AM — Treasurer Richard Lee presented.
~11:24 AM — Nominating Committee member Todd Yvega presented.
Motion by Todd Yvega: “I move that the members of this Association elect Lyn Foster, Bruce Hinckley, Barbara Mastro, Armine Perian, Leanne Reynolds, John Wolff, and Todd Yvega each to a two-year term on the Board of Directors.”
Seconded and carried.
~11:27 AM — Highlights from 2015 Activities.
~11:28 AM — Review of Articles Of Incorporation, paragraph II (a):
The specific and primary purpose is to investigate and attempt to effect action on matters including Master Plans, Traffic Patterns, Zone Changes, Variances, City Ordinances, Recreational Facilities, and other factors bearing upon the development of the hill areas and other adjacent areas thereto, with the object of assuring an orderly and proper development in the best interests of all the citizens of the area, while preserving the integrity of our native resources and their natural beauty.
~11:29 AM — Summary of Armenian American Museum Feedback.
~11:30 AM — President Cheryl Frees-Yvega adjourned the RCPOA Member Business Meeting. Presentations and Q&A with dignitaries to follow.
~11:31 AM — Mayor Najarian assured the assembly that the City Council is very much aware of the concerns of neighbors regarding the location of the proposed museum. He explained that the Exclusive Negotiating Agreement is only an agreement to not negotiate with other parties until the AAM brings forth its complete formal proposal with required assessments such as the environmental impact report, etc.
“We are a long way from that being done and the members of the public will have many opportunities to make formal comments to the City Council on the proposal. There are no back-door deals being made. We have this on closed session every once in a while, that doesn’t mean that we’re signing the rights away to any piece of land. I’m here just to assuage your fears: Council is not taking any immediate steps.”
Mayor Najarian compared the present museum project with the Americana at Brand project which was very controversial at the time. “In the end the reports were prepared, the answers were given, and the decision was made by Council with everyone’s input.”
~11:36 AM — Introduction of Armenian American Museum Project Development Committee Chairman Berdj Karapetian by President Cheryl Frees-Yvega.
~11:37 AM — Presentation by Berdj Karapetian.
~12:04 PM — Q&A.
~12:36 PM — Introduction of Glendale Fire Chief Greg Fish by President Cheryl Frees-Yvega.
~12:38 PM — Presentation by Fire Chief Greg Fish about El Niño.
~12:53 PM — Q&A.
~12:56 PM — Introduction of Michael De Ghetto, Assistant General Manager Glendale Water and Power, by President Cheryl Frees-Yvega.
~12:57 PM — Presentation by Michael De Ghetto about the drought.
~01:11 PM — Q&A.
~01:16 PM — Introduction of Dr. Armine Hacopian, Clerk on the Board of Trustees of the Glendale Community College District, by President Cheryl Frees-Yvega.
~01:17 PM — Introduction of Dr. David Viar, President/Superintendent of the Glendale Community College District, by Dr. Hacopian.
~01:20 PM — Presentation by Dr. Viar about his proposed amendment to the GCC 2015 Facilities Master Plan.
Dr. Viar explained that the GCC’s adopted Facilities Master Plan includes a sentence that has created unnecessary concern in the communities around the college. Although the consultants included the sentence to provide flexibility and list potential opportunities to the college, it is not the intent of the Board of Trustees and college leaders to build multi-level parking structures on current city lots should they be acquired.
As such Dr. Viar will submit the following for a vote at the February 16 GCCD Board of Trustees meeting:
~01:28 PM — Q&A.
~01:40 PM — President Cheryl Frees-Yvega announced the conclusion of the Program.
Todd Yvega, Secretary