City of Brentwood
Home PageContact Us!Back

City Administration

2010 Council Goals and Strategic Plan | City Council Members | Calendar of Events | Elections
eNotification | Sub-Committees| Pledge of Allegiance Sign Ups | Invocation Sign Up
Live Streaming Council Meeting | Streaming PC Help |
Streaming Mac Help |

Current Council Agenda and Past Meeting Information

Past Agendas

CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 16

Meeting Date: June 10, 2003

Subject/Title: Support for Appropriations for John Marsh Home

Submitted by: John Stevenson, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION
Approve the attached letter, addressed to the Honorable Senator John Burton, concerning funding for the John Marsh House.

BACKGROUND
The State of California recently purchased over 4,000 acres of land adjacent to the City in order to create the State’s newest park—John Marsh State Park. The key component of this State park is the historic John Marsh House. John Marsh’s home was the focal point of much of California’s early history.

The John Marsh home needs emergency repair. If the repair does not occur, it is the opinion of many preservationists that the home will be gone forever and no amount of restoration will be able to bring it back. Recognizing this emergency, the State Park Commission earmarked $7,000,000 for the emergency repairs. The latest budget revision removed $7,000,000 earmarked for this emergency repair and now this money has been allocated to grant funding.

The John Marsh House is involved in a unique partnership between the California State Parks Commission and the City of Brentwood. The City of Brentwood has recognized the importance of this home to the entire State, as well as to the City and local area, and will provide matching funds with those generated by the State for the John Marsh home repair and renovation project.

ANALYSIS
The City understands the incredible budgetary problems facing the State. The Brentwood City Council has stepped forward to help preserve this State’s history but only if the State is a partner. The City of Brentwood is not requesting more money or new money, but merely an accounting change in the budget. The money is there, as recommended by the State Parks Commission. The attached letter request provides that the $7,000,000 be earmarked for the John Marsh House emergency repair, or the historic home may be lost forever.

Attachment:
Letter to Honorable Senator John Burton

June 1, 2003

Honorable Senator John Burton
President Pro Tem
State Capitol Room 205
Sacramento, CA 95814

Re: John Marsh House Funding

Dear Senator Burton:

The State of California recently purchased over 4,000 acres of land adjacent to the City of Brentwood in order to create the State’s newest park—John Marsh State Park. The key component of this State park is the historic John Marsh House. John Marsh’s home was the focal point of much of California’s early history.

The John Marsh home needs emergency repair. If the repair does not occur, it is the opinion of many preservationists that the home will be gone forever and no amount of restoration will be able to bring it back. Recognizing this emergency, the State Park Commission earmarked $7,000,000 for the emergency repairs. The latest budget revision removed $7,000,000 earmarked for this emergency repair and now this money has been allocated to grant funding.

The John Marsh House is involved in a unique partnership between the California State Parks Commission and the City of Brentwood. The City of Brentwood has recognized the importance of this home to the entire State, as well as to the City and local area, and will provide matching funds with those generated by the State for the John Marsh home repair and renovation project.

The City understands the incredible budgetary problems facing the State. The Brentwood City Council has stepped forward to help preserve this State’s history but only if the State is a partner. The City of Brentwood is not asking for more money, merely an accounting change in the budget. The money is there, as recommended by the State Parks Commission. We request that the $7,000,000 be earmarked for the John Marsh home emergency repair, or it will be lost forever.

Sincerely,

Brian Swisher, Mayor

Annette Beckstrand, Vice Mayor

Pete Petrovich, Councilmember

Bill Hill, Councilmember

Ana Gutierrez, Councilmember

City Administration
City of Brentwood City Council
150 City Park Way
Brentwood, CA 94513
(925) 516-5440
Fax (925) 516-5441
E-mail allcouncil@brentwoodca.gov