Special Meeting Notice

October 16, 2008
Tour of Potrero Hills Landfill
2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Potrero Hills Landfill
3675 Potrero Hills Lane
Suisun City, CA 94585
707. 432.1900

Directions and map to the Potrero Hills Landfill
Tour of Potrero Hills Landfill

In lieu of the Commission’s regularly-scheduled meeting on October 16, 2008, a bus tour of the Potrero Hills landfill will be held. Members of the public who want to go on the tour must reserve space by contacting (415/352-3600 or estellac@bcdc.ca.gov) no later than Friday, October 10, 2008 at 5 p.m. Commissioners and Alternates who have previously reserved a spot for this field trip do not need to respond again.

The bus tour will begin at the entrance to the Potrero Hills landfill at 2:00 p.m. sharp and will end no later than 3:30 p.m. The tour will include a visit to the active landfill and the proposed expansion site. The tour will likely involve getting off the buses to observe sites of interest. Therefore, all attendees should wear comfortable walking shoes with solid, flat soles and no open toes, and should dress appropriately for the weather, which is often windy.

Field Trip Communications and Disclosure
The Commission’s policy on ex–parte communications discourages Commission members from discussing permit application and enforcement matters with members of the public except during the Commission’s formal consideration of the matters. Therefore, these matters should not be discussed during the field trip. If such discussions take place, Commission members must publicly disclose during the next Commission meeting any such discussions that they have had with anyone other than another Commission member or a Commission staff member.

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.