September 7, 2006 Commission Meeting Notice

September 7, 2006
Port of San Francisco Board Room
Ferry Building
Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 274-0400
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Tentative Agenda

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call

3. Public Comment Period (Each speaker is limited to three minutes)
A maximum of 15 minutes is available for the public to address the Commission on any matter on which the Commission either has not held a public hearing or is not scheduled for a public hearing later in the meeting. Speakers will be heard in the order of sign-up, and each speaker is generally limited to a maximum of three minutes. It is ly recommended that public comments be submitted in writing so they can be distributed to all Commission members for review. The Commission may provide more time to each speaker and can extend the public comment period beyond the normal 15-minute maximum if the Commission believes that it is necessary to allow a reasonable opportunity to hear from all members of the public who want to testify. No Commission action can be taken on any matter raised during the public comment period other than to schedule the matter for a future agenda or refer the matter to the staff for investigation unless the matter is scheduled for action by the Commission later in the meeting.
(Will Travis) [415/352-3653]

4. Approval of Minutes of August 17, 2006 Meeting
(Mamie Lai) [415/352-3639]

5. Report of the Chair

6. Report of the Executive Director

7. Commission Consideration of Administrative Matters
(Steve McAdam) [415/352-3614]

8. Vote on Proposed Bay Plan Amendment 2-06 to Update the San Francisco Bay Plan Recreation Findings and Policies, the Bay Plan Map Notes, Policies and Suggestions, and Resolution 16
The Commission will vote on a final staff recommendation for proposed Bay Plan Amendment 2-06 concerning revisions of the Bay Plan Recreation findings and policies. These proposed revisions reflect changes and future projections in Bay Area demographics, recreational activities and pressing management challenges faced by recreational providers. The proposed Bay Plan Amendment would also update the Bay Plan map notes, policies and suggestions, and Resolution 16 which pertains to recreation and waterfront parks, beach priority use areas. The Commission held a public hearing on August 17, 2006 on a staff report and preliminary recommendation for the proposed Amendment, as well as a staff background report entitled "Recreation and San Francisco Bay." These documents are available online at the Commission's website (
(Joe LaClair) [415/352-3656]

9. Briefing on the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project
The Commission will receive a briefing from Steve Ritchie, Executive Project Manager for the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, who will provide an update on the project schedule, provide an overview of the management alternatives for the project, and describe the portion of the project likely to be implemented in the near future.
(Andrea Gaut) [415/352-3618]

10. Briefing on the Harbor Safety Committee
The Commission will receive a briefing from Commissioner Joan Lundstrom, who chairs the Harbor Safety Committee of the San Francisco Bay Region, on the role of the Committee and BCDC's participation on the Committee.
(Linda Scourtis) [415/352-3644]

11. Closed Session To Discuss a Lawsuit Filed by Citizens To Save the Waterfront Against Alcatraz Cruises LLC, Hornblower Yachts, and Hornblower Cruises and Events
Pursuant to California Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(C), the Commission will hold a closed session to discuss a lawsuit filed by Citizens To Save the Waterfront against Alcatraz Cruises, Hornblower Yachts Inc., and Hornblower Cruises and Events. The lawsuit challenges the defendants' anticipated commencement of ferry service between Pier 31-1/2 on the San Francisco Embarcadero and Alcatraz pursuant to a contract with the National Park Service. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants have failed to obtain a required BCDC permit prior to the commencement of the service and that BCDC would have to conduct a full environmental review of the proposed service before it could issue a permit.
(Jonathan Smith) [415/352-3655]

12. New Business

13. Old Business

14. Adjournment

Speaker Sign-Up and Time Limits If you would like to comment on an item scheduled for a public hearing or speak during the public comment period, please fill out a "Request to Speak" form and give it to a staff member. Each speaker is limited to a maximum of three minutes during the public comment period, and the Chair may set time limits for each speaker at the beginning of a public hearing. You are encouraged to submit written comments of any length and detailed information to the staff. This material will be distributed to the Commission members. Applicants are responsible for presenting their projects at the public hearing.

Questions and Staff Reports If you have any questions concerning an item on the agenda or would like to receive a staff report related to the item, please contact the staff member whose name and direct phone number are indicated in parenthesis at the end of the agenda item.

Campaign Contributions State law requires Commissioners to disqualify themselves from voting on any matter if they have received a campaign contribution from an interested party. If you intend to speak on any hearing item, please indicate on the "Request to Speak" form or in your testimony if you have made campaign contributions in excess of $250 to any Commissioner within the last year, and if so, to which Commissioner(s) you have contributed. Other legal requirements govern contributions by applicants and other interested parties and establish criteria for Commissioner conflicts of interest. Please consult with the staff counsel if you have any questions about the rules that pertain to campaign contributions or conflicts of interest.

Access to Meetings Meeting facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you require special assistance, please contact any staff member prior to the meeting. An interpreter for the deaf will also be made available upon request to the staff at least five days prior to the meeting.

Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act As a state agency, the Commission is governed by the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act which requires the Commission to (1) publish an agenda at least ten days in advance of any meeting; (2) describe specifically in that agenda the items to be transacted or discussed; and (3) refuse to add an item subsequent to the published agenda. In addition to these general requirements the Bagley-Keene Act includes other specific provisions about how meetings are to be announced and conducted.