Dec 6, 2007 Commission Meeting Notice

December 6, 2007
1:00 P.M.
Port of San Francisco Board Room
Ferry Building, Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

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 investiga¬tion unless the matter is scheduled for action by the Commission later in the meeting.
    (Will Travis) [415/352-3653]
  4. Approval of Minutes of November 1, 2007 Meeting
    (Mamie Lai) [415/352-3639]
  5. Report of the Chair
  6. Report of the Executive Director
  7. Commission Consideration of Administrative Matters
    (Bob Batha) [415/352-3612]
  8. Public Hearing and Vote on Permit Application No. 7-07 from the City of Oakland to remove and replace the Embarcadero Bridge over Lake Merritt Channel in the City of Oakland, Alameda County
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and may vote on a permit application at the existing Embarcadero Bridge, on Embarcadero East over Lake Merritt Channel, in the City of Oakland, Alameda County. The site is approximately one-half mile east of Jack London Square and 100 feet from the mouth of the Channel. The project is part of the California Transportation Authority’s Seismic Safety Retrofit Program, and it would involve removing the existing bridge and constructing a new bridge with public access improvements. Proposed new public access at the site includes, but is not limited to, six-foot-wide bicycle lanes adjacent to the eastbound and westbound traffic lanes, a five-foot-wide sidewalk on the north side of the bridge, and a twelve-foot-wide, multi-use path with belvederes on the south side of the bridge. Overall, the project would result in approximately 33,260 square feet of new public access in both the Commission’s Bay and shoreline band jurisdiction and approximately 8,740 square feet of new fill in the Bay.
    (Karen Wolowicz) [415/352-3669]
  9. Public Hearing and Vote on Staff Recommendation to Transmit the Draft Water Trail Plan to the Legislature [ adobe image PDF, 2.31MB ]
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and vote on a staff recommendation to forward the Draft Bay Area Water Trail Plan to the legislature. The Draft Plan culminates a two-year Water Trail planning project led by BCDC in collaboration with the California State Coastal Conservancy and Association of Bay Area Governments' Bay Trail Project.
    (Joe LaClair) [415/352-3656]
  10. Briefing on Delta Vision
    The Commission will receive a briefing by John Kirlin, Executive Director of Delta Vision, which Governor Schwarzenegger established to develop a strategy for managing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as a sustainable ecosystem that will support environmental and economic functions that are critical to the people of California.
    (Jessica Hamburger) [415/352-3660]
  11. Consideration of Strategic Plan Status Report
    The Commission will consider a status report on the progress being made in meeting the objectives contained in the strategic plan adopted on November 1, 2007. The Commission will also determine whether any revisions in the plan are necessary and whether to take further action to achieve the plan’s goals and objectives.
    (Will Travis) [415/352-3653]
  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.