Commission Meeting Notice

October 2, 2008
1:00 p.m.
Port of San Francisco Board Room
Ferry Building, Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
415.693.0996

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 September 4, 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. Vote on Amendment Application No. 7-03, California Department of Fish and Game, for the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project, Eden Landing Site, Alameda County 721KB
    The Commission will vote on an application for an amendment to BCDC Permit No. 7-03 to authorize Phase One of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project at the 5,500-acre site known as the Eden Landing pond complex (formerly known as the Baumberg Ponds), located west of Hayward and Union City in the County of Alameda. The proposed project includes restoring approximately 630 acres of tidal wetlands, reconfiguring approximately 230 acres of managed ponds, constructing public access trails and amenities, and conducting on-going operations and maintenance of existing site features. A public hearing on this matter was held on September 4, 2008.
    (Max Delaney) [415/352-3668  maxd@bcdc.ca.gov]
  9. Vote on Amendment to Consistency Determination No. CN 10-03, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project, Alviso and Ravenswood Sites, Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Mateo Counties 856KB
    The Commission will vote on an application for an amendment to BCDC Consistency Determination No. CN 10-03 to authorize Phase One of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project at the 8,000-acre site known as the Alviso salt pond complex, located in the Cities of Fremont, San Jose, Sunnyvale and Mountain View, in the Counties of Santa Clara and Alameda, and at the 1,600-acre site known as the Ravenswood salt pond complex (formerly known as the West Bay Ponds), located in the City of Menlo Park, in the County of San Mateo. The proposed project includes restoring approximately 330 acres of tidal wetlands and approximately 1,400 acres of muted tidal habitat, reconfiguring approximately 579 acres of managed ponds, constructing public access trails and amenities, and conducting on-going operations and maintenance of existing site features. A public hearing on this matter was held on September 4, 2008.
    (Max Delaney) [415/352-3668  maxd@bcdc.ca.gov]
  10. Public Hearing and Vote on Strategic Plan
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and may vote to formally adopt the updated strategic plan, which was developed by the consensus of the Commission members who attended a strategic planning workshop on September 18, 2008.
    (Will Travis) [415/352-3653  travis@bcdc.ca.gov]
  11. Briefing on Tidal Energy Generation
    The Commission will receive a briefing from Dr. D. Ian Austin, a vice president of URS Corporation, on the feasibility of extracting renewable power from tidal flows in the Bay and from offshore waves outside the Golden Gate.  
    (Will Travis) [415/352-3653  travis@bcdc.ca.gov]
  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.