June 19, 2008 Commission Meeting Notice

June 19, 2008
12:30 P.M.
MetroCenter Auditorium
101 Eighth Street, Oakland
(510) 464-7700
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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 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 travis@bcdc.ca.gov]
  4. Approval of Minutes of May 1, 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 adobe, 53KB
    (Bob Batha) [415/352-3612 bobb@bcdc.ca.gov]
  8. 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 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]
  9. Briefing on Climate Change by Attorney General’s Office
    The Commission will receive a briefing from Clifford Rechtschaffen, Special Assistant Attorney General, on the legal strategies being pursued by the California Attorney General’s Office to address climate change through the Clean Air Act, CAFE and energy efficiency standards, the California Environmental Quality Act, and other state and local actions.
    (Tim Eichenberg) [415/352-3655 time@bcdc.ca.gov]
  10. Public Hearing and Vote on Permit Application No. 5-07 from The Preserve at Redwood Shores, Redwood City, San Mateo County , 69KB
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and possibly vote on an application for a permit to develop a 114-acre site known as Area H at the northeastern edge of the Redwood Shores peninsula in the City of Redwood City, San Mateo County. The proposed development includes the restoration of tidal wetlands and the construction of levees, public access trails, and channel/lagoon on a 90-acre portion of the site, construction of an elementary school for 400 to 450 students on a seven-acre portion of the site, a 3.5-acre neighborhood park, and 158 townhomes. Some of the restored wetlands would become a mitigation bank.
    (Kerri Davis) [415/352-3617 kerryd@bcdc.ca.gov]
  11. Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to the Commission’s Permit Application Fees
    The Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Commission’s regulations that govern permit application fees. The proposed text of the regulations and an initial statement of reasons may be found on the Commission’s website at www.bcdc.ca.gov.
    (Ellen Sampson) [415/352-3610 ellens@bcdc.ca.gov]
  12. Commission Consideration and Possible Vote to Endorse the Ocean and Coastal Community Call for Action
    The Commission will consider and possibly vote to endorse the Coastal States Organization’s Ocean and Coastal Community Call for Action that calls for the establishment of a national ocean trust fund, federal support for state and local government efforts to prepare for the impacts of climate change, and the reauthorization of the federal Coastal Zone Management Act.
    (Caitlin Sweeney) [415/352-3643 caitlins@bcdc.ca.gov]
  13. Consideration of Strategic Plan Status Report , 89KB
    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]
  14. New Business
  15. Old Business
  16. 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.