October 5, 2006 Commission Meeting Notice

October 5, 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 recom-mended that public comments be sub-mitted in writing so they can be dis-tributed to all Commission members for review. The Commis-sion 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 pub-lic who want to testify. No Commission action can be taken on any matter raised during the public comment period other than to sched-ule the matter for a future agenda or refer the mat-ter to the staff for investiga-tion unless the matter is scheduled for action by the Com-mis-sion later in the meeting.
(Will Travis) [415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov]

4. Approval of Minutes of September 7, 2006 Meeting
(Mamie Lai) [415/352-3639 mamiel@bcdc.ca.gov]

5. Report of the Chair

6. Report of the Executive Director

7. Commission Consideration of Administrative Matters
(Steve McAdam) [415/352-3614 stevem@bcdc.ca.gov]

8. Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Commission Regulation Sections 10214, 10381, 10500, 10620, 11002, 11003, and 11005
The Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the Commission’s regulations that would clarify that the Commission will consult with all agencies that have jurisdiction by law when reviewing an application for a permit or a permit amendment or when processing either the adoption of or an amendment to a BCDC plan. The proposed changes would also clarify that the Commission will summarize and respond to all significant environmental points raised when reviewing an application for a permit or a permit amendment or when processing either the adoption of or an amendment to a BCDC plan.
(Jonathan Smith) [415/352-3655 jons@bcdc.ca.gov]

9. Public Hearing and Vote on Strategic Plan
The Commission will hold a public hearing and may vote to formally adopt the updated strategic plan, which was developed by the consensus of the Commission members who attended a strategic planning workshop on September 21, 2006.
(Will Travis) [415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov]

10. Public Hearing and Vote on State Ballot Propositions 1B, 1C, 1E, 84 and 90
The Commission will hold a public hearing and may vote to take positions on several State ballot propositions that will be on the November ballot: (1) Proposition 1B, Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality and Port Security Bond Act; (2) Proposition 1C, Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act; (3) Proposition 1E, Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act; (4) Proposition 84, Water Quality, Safety and Supply, Flood Control, Natural Resource Protection, Park Improvements Bonds; and (5) Proposition 90, Government Acquisition, Regulation of Private Property, an initiative constitutional amendment. Proposition 90 would: (1) limit government authority to take ownership of private property; and (2) require state and local governments to pay property owners if the government entities pass certain new laws or rules that result in substantial economic losses to the property.
(Steve Goldbeck) [415/352-3611 steveg@bcdc.ca.gov]

11. Briefing on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Pedestrian/Bicycle Access Study
The Commission will receive a briefing from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission about the status of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Pedestrian/Bicycle Access study and its findings to date. In 1997, the Commission issued Permit No. 1-97 to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for a seismic retrofit of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. As a part of that permit, the Commission found that a pedestrian/bicycle path across the bridge would be desirable and would maximize the project’s public access benefits. In response, Caltrans offered to prepare a study to analyze the feasibility of providing public access on the bridge. As part of Caltrans’ analysis, a study is now underway and scheduled to be completed by the end of 2006. It is anticipated that the study will include a final recommendation as to what type of access would be feasible across the bridge.
(Jaime Michaels) [415/352-3613 jaimem@bcdc.ca.gov]

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.