Aug 2, 2007 Commission Meeting Notice

August 2, 2007
1:00 P.M.
Port of San Francisco Board Room
Ferry Building
Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Ph: 415.753.9054

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 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 July 19, 2007 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. Commission Consideration of a Contract for a Two-Year Fellowship
    The Commission will consider authorizing the Executive Director to enter into a $15,000 two-year contract for a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Fellow to assist the Commission in determining whether ecosystem based management is an appropriate management tool for San Francisco Bay. Under this highly-competitive program, NOAA pays the salary of this fellow, and BCDC provides a $7,500 annual contribution and furnishes office space, support and supervision of the fellow.
    (Brenda Goeden) [415/352-3623]
  9. Public Hearing and Vote on Permit Application No. 9-04 from 221 First Street, LLC to construct a four-unit residential building, establish street parking, and construct a public shoreline area at 221 First Street in the City of Benicia, Solano County
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and may vote on a permit application to construct an approximately 35-foot-high, four-unit residential building, a private courtyard/garage access at the rear of the building, improvements to an existing public sidewalk, the establishment of five public parking spaces at West C Street, and the development of an approximately 3,095-square-foot public shoreline path within the Commission’s 100-foot shoreline band jurisdiction adjacent to the Carquinez Strait. Outside of the Commission’s jurisdiction, a three-story, mixed-use building with four residential units and a ground-floor commercial area would be constructed, five public parking spaces provided at West C Street, and improvements made to an existing public sidewalk. The proposed public access improvements would be permanently guaranteed, and a proposed shoreline pathway would ultimately connect with improvements planned at the adjacent West C Street Park which have not yet been authorized.
    (Jaime Michaels) [415/352-3613]
  10. Public Hearing and Vote on Pending Legislation
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and may vote on Assembly Bill 1066, introduced by Assemblymember John Laird that would, among other things, authorize the Commission to work with the Ocean Protection Council, local governments, and other interested parties to address the potential impacts to the Bay and shoreline from global climate change, including sea level rise.
    (Steven Goldbeck) [415/352-3611]
  11. New Business
  12. Old Business
  13. 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.