Aug 16, 2007 Commission Meeting Notice

August 16, 2007
1:00 P.M.
MetroCenter Auditorium
101 Eighth Street, Oakland

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 August 2, 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. Public Hearing and Vote on Permit Application No. 5-06(M) from Trans Bay Cable, LLC to install an electric power transmission cable on the Bay bottom between the City of Pittsburg and the City and County of San Francisco The Commission will hold a public hearing and may vote on a permit application to install an approximately 49.1-mile-long section of a submarine high voltage direct current (HVDC) electric power transmission cable along the bottom of the Bay within Contra Costa, Marin, Solano and San Francisco Counties between the City of Pittsburg in Contra Costa County and the City and County of San Francisco. Protective mattresses would be placed at select locations along the proposed cable route where utility crossings are shallow. In total, the project would result in approximately 5,740 cubic yards of new, submerged Bay fill over a bottom area totaling approximately 236,270 square feet (5.4 acres). The cable would transmit electrical power by direct current (DC) from a new converter station in the City of Pittsburg to a converter station in the City and County of San Francisco, where the power would be converted back to alternating current (AC) and fed into the electrical grid. The proposed project would not affect the Commission's 100-foot shoreline band jurisdiction. (Jaime Michaels) [415/352-3613]
  9. Briefing on the Status of Ferry Service Planning and Implementation [PDF 178KB ] [DOC 422 KB ] The Commission will receive a briefing from the staff on the progress being made in planning and implementing additional ferry service on San Francisco Bay. (Joe LaClair) [415/352-3656]
  10. Briefing on the California Coastal Commission's Public Education Program The Commission will receive a briefing from the staff on the California Coastal Commission's public education program. (Steve McAdam) [415/352-3614] and (Rosemary Todd Sanchez) [415/352-3659]
  11. Briefing on Suisun Marsh Planning Efforts The Commission will receive a briefing from the staff, in cooperation with Steve Chappell of the Suisun Resource Conservation District and others, on the work of the Suisun Marsh Charter Group and on the District's efforts to update the individual waterfowl hunting club management plans within the Suisun Marsh. (Caitlin Sweeney) [415/352-3643] and (Steve McAdam) [415/352-3614]
  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.

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