April 3, 2008 Commission Meeting Notice

April 3, 2008
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 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 travis@bcdc.ca.gov]
  4. Approval of Minutes of March 6, 2008 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 (Bob Batha) [415/352-3612 bobb@bcdc.ca.gov]
  8. Commission Consideration of a Contract to Disburse Funds to Remove Bay Fill The Commission will consider authorizing the Executive Director to enter into a contract with the City of Benicia to disburse $172,500 to fund the removal of Bay fill. (Adrienne Klein) [415/352-3609 adriennek@bcdc.ca.gov]
  9. Public Hearing and Vote on Pending Legislation The Commission will hold a public hearing and may vote on whether to take positions on two bills being considered by the California Legislature: (1) AB 2094 (DeSaulnier and Laird), which would authorize the Commission to address the impacts of climate change in its Bay planning activities and also authorize BCDC to become a voting member of the regional Joint Policy Committee; and (2) AB 2954 (Lieber and Hancock), which would authorize the Coastal Conservancy to enter into joint power agreements to further the protection, restoration and enhancement of the Bay and adjacent areas. (Steve Goldbeck) [415/352-3611 steveg@bcdc.ca.gov]
  10. Briefing and Public Hearing on Bicycle and Pedestrian Access on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge The Commission will receive a briefing on the issue of whether a roadway shoulder on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge should be allowed to be used as a bicycle and pedestrian trail during non-peak commute hours or should be reserved for future use as a travel lane by motorized vehicles. Implementing either option will require a permit from BCDC. The Bay Area Toll Authority has determined that the bicycle and pedestrian option is feasible and has offered to help arrange financing the trail and installing a moveable barrier to protect the trail users. The California Department of Transportation has determined that the barrier would pose a safety hazard to motorists and has indicated that it will not construct the barrier and trail. The public will be given an opportunity to comment, and the Commission may provide policy guidance on the issue. (Brad McCrea) [415/352-3615 bradm@bcdc.ca.gov]
  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 travis@bcdc.ca.gov]
  12. Briefing on the Science of Climate Change Dr. Andrew Gunther will provide the Commission with a one-hour briefing on the current scientific research on global climate change and describe actions that he believes need to be undertaken to deal with this issue. Dr. Gunther received his Ph.D. in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and has over 20 years of experience in the application of science to environmental policy. He is currently the executive director of the Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration, and serves on the board of directors of the Union of Concerned Scientists.(Will Travis) [415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov]
  13. New Business
  14. Old Business
  15. Adjournment