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Youth Commission Minutes - December 7, 2005
Regular Meeting - Youth Commission
City of Brentwood
Wednesday December 7, 2005 at 6:00 p.m.
Cap’s Restaurant, 144 Oak Street
Brentwood, Ca. 94513

Chairperson Taylor Brinkman called the meeting to order at 6:17 PM.

The roll was called by Secretary Luke Barnesmoore. Commissioners present at roll call were as follows. Chairperson Taylor Brinkman, Commissioners Luke Barnesmoore, Sarah Simmons, Matthew Strauss, Leah Hocking, Belen Sidhu, Brianna Swisher and Subcommittee Member Chris Welker. Commissioners Mickell Escobar and Christine Mendez were absent at roll call. Others present were Tom Burt, Recreation Supervisor, Rob Shatting, Recreation Coordinator, Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager and Clay McNamara, Adult Advisor. Adult Advisor Kiko Ceja was ill, and Adult Advisor Anamarie Torres was absent. Also present was Dirk Ziegler, Committee Chair for the Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Community Facilities.

1. Rob Shatting, Recreation Coordinator will discuss volunteer opportunity at Breakfast with Santa on Saturday December 10, 2005.
Mr. Burt introduced Mr. Shatting who discussed the volunteer opportunities for the Commissioners at the Annual Breakfast With Santa, which is held every year at the Community Center. He said there would be three seatings of the breakfast this year at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 am. They will be held on December 10 and approximately 300 people are expected to attend. He asked for volunteers to help the staff at these three seatings. Commissioner Barnesmoore said he was already committed. The volunteers will help the children with crafts and working with the set-ups. Mr. Shatting said he already has twelve and may not need too many more. He will have more precise numbers the following day. Volunteers will need to be at the Community Center by 7:00 or 7:30 am on December 10, or later if they cannot make the first seating. Commissioner Simmons said she would know for sure the following day if she could work and would let Mr. Shatting know. Other Commissioners that volunteered were Commissioners Brinkman, Hocking and Strauss. All will confirm with Mr. Shatting.

2. Olivia Ruiz, Recreation Supervisor outlines Spring to Life Fun Run in April 2006.
Ms. Ruiz was not present therefore her presentation will be rescheduled in January.

There were no changes to the Agenda.


1. Approval of minutes of Regular Meeting on November 2, 2005. (T. Brinkman)
Commissioner Luke Barnesmoore moved the approval of the minutes of the November meeting,
motion seconded by Commissioner Leah Hocking, motion carried unanimously.

2. DISCUSSION Recommendations for youth facilities/programs to City Council. (K. Chew)
Mr. Burt introduced Mr. Dirk Ziegler who represented Ms. Chew for this discussion item. He explained that the Facilities Committee is asking for input from the Youth Commission on the type of teen center or facility the Commissioner would envision for Brentwood. He asked them to not limit their ideas, but to give suggestions as to whatever they felt was needed in the city for the youth. He took note of all of the suggestions and will take them back with him to the next meeting of the Facilities Committee and final recommendations will then be presented to the City Council in January. He wanted ideas from them as to what would work and what would not, what types of programs or ideas they felt they and the youth of the community would like and to be clear on what they would not be interested in seeing in a teen center. He told them that they are hoping to find a location near the city center that would be easily accessible for all.

Ideas put forth were a place where concerts could be held, a coffee house, pool tables poker room, video machines and couches. All said they would like color and a warm environment, possibly colored lights. Ping-pong tables and air hockey, facility capable of hosting a ping pong tournament and a good sound system with room for a dance floor important to the Commissioners.

Commissioner Ordaz arrived at 6:25 PM.
Commissioner Mendez arrived at 6:26 PM.

Other suggestions were a fog machine, karaoke machine, ice skating rink, place for art work and art classes, also classes for other instruments such as guitar and access to internet for study. The opportunity for classes to make up on subjects and a library were also suggested.

Mr. Ziegler took note of all of the suggestions and will take them back to the committee and Ms. Chew.

3. DISCUSSION Activities event on January 27, 2006. (K. Ceja)
Mr. Burt reviewed the previous plans for an Activities Night and explained that Adult Advisor Ceja was ill and could not be at the meeting. The Activities Night previously scheduled for November 18 and now to be rescheduled for January 27, 2006. He said that an Activities Night subcommittee needs to be formed to meet during the Christmas Holiday break to plan the event. He stressed the need to make firm plans to be presented at the January meeting. He asked for a show of hands of those Commissioners that would be available to meet during the break and work on the subcommittee. Commissioners Barnsmoore, Mendez, Hocking, Strauss and Subcommittee member Welker volunteered for the Subcommittee. Mr. Burt will call them and set up a date for the meeting.

4. DISCUSSION/ACTION Job Fair on March 11, 2006. (T. Burt)
Mr. Burt reported that the Community Center would only be available until 1:00 PM on March11, 2006. If they hold the Job Fair on that date, they will have to be completely out of the center and the area cleared by 1:00 PM. He suggested holding the fair after school on a weeknight and asked the Commissioners for their ideas on this suggestion. Dates of Tuesday, March 7, or Friday March 3 were suggested for consideration. There was considerable discussion on this; some Commissioners felt Freedom High School would not be able to get there after school. Mr. Burt said that he felt the date of March 7 could work out and if not, then they could still use the date of March 11, and just start an hour earlier, at 10:00 am. If the Job Fair was held on March 7, the times would be from 3:00 to 5:00. if on March 11, times would be from 10:00 am to 1:00 PM. Commissioner Brinkman moved that the Job Fair be held on Tuesday, March 7, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM., if the Community Center is available; if not, then it should be held on Saturday, March 11. from 10:00 to 1:00 PM. Motion seconded by Commissioner Sedhu, motion carried.

5. DISCUSSION Snowboard & Ski Trip update. (T. Burt)
Mr. Burt gave an update on the two planned ski trips; the first trip will be on January 28, 2006 at the Sugarbowl Resort. The second trip will be February 11, 2006 at Sierra Tahoe. Staff will request that $5,000 be set aside for expenses of these two trips. The expenses include transportation and lift tickets. Equipment that has to be rented needs to be done in advance of the trip at Brentwood.


Ski Trip Update
Job Fair Update
Activities Night Update
Report on Breakfast with Santa
Plan commercials for Job Fair

Chairperson Brinkman adjourned the meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Betty Jo Whincup
Minutes Recorder

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