November 6, 2008 Commission Meeting Notice

November 6, 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 investigation unless the matter is scheduled for action by the Commission later in the meeting.
    (Will Travis) [415/352-3653]
  4. Approval of Minutes of October 2, 2008 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 Appeal No. 2-08, Tonnesen Pet Cemetery, Extension No. Five to Solano County Marsh Development Permit No. MD-82-12 [ 170KB]
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and vote on whether the appeal of a time extension to Marsh Development Permit No. MD-82-12, issued by Solano County authorizing the continued operation of the Tonnesen Pet Cemetery, raises a substantial issue regarding the project’s consistency with the Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, the Suisun Marsh Protection Plan, and the Solano County component of the Suisun Marsh Local Protection Plan. If the Commission determines that a substantial issue is raised, a de novo hearing on the permit will be held at a future date.
    (Max Delaney) [415/352-3668]
  9. Briefing and Public Hearing on Bicycle and Pedestrian Access on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge [ 135KB]
    This item has been postponed until December 18, 2008, at the request of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission
    The Commission will receive a briefing from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on the issue of whether a roadway shoulder on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge can safely be used as a bicycle and pedestrian trail during non-peak commute hours. After Caltrans briefed the Commission on this issue on April 3, 2008, the Commission voted to support public access on the bridge and determined that bicycle and pedestrian access would further the goals of: (1) expanding the San Francisco Bay Trail; and (2) providing alternative modes of transportation. The Commission also requested that within 180 days Caltrans provide: (1) additional details about joint use of the bridge for both motorized and non-motorized trips; (2) traffic and safety data; and (3) a cost-benefit analysis for public access on the bridge and the eastern approach. The public will be given an opportunity to comment and the Commission may provide further policy guidance on this issue.
    (Brad McCrea) [415/352-3615]
  10. Public Hearing and Vote to Initiate a Possible Amendment of the San Francisco Bay Plan to Address Climate Change [ 160KB]
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and may approve a proposed descriptive notice that would initiate the process of possibly amending the San Francisco Bay Plan to address climate change. If the Commission votes to initiate the amendment process, a public hearing will be scheduled on the proposed Bay Plan changes, and interested parties will be notified of the hearing and provided with the specific proposed changes at least 30 days in advance of the hearing.
    (Leslie Lacko) [415/352-3646]
  11. Briefing on the Cosco Busan Spill and the Harbor Safety Committee of the San Francisco Bay Region [ 77KB]
    The Commission will receive a briefing from Commissioner Joan Lundstrom, Chair of the Harbor Safety Committee, on the work of the Committee in response to Governor Schwarzenegger’s directive to assess the allision of the Cosco Busan with the Bay Bridge and develop measures to improve navigational safety on the Bay.
    (Linda Scourtis) [415/352-3644]
  12. Consideration of Strategic Plan Status Report [ 77KB]
    The Commission will consider a status report on the progress being made in meeting the objectives contained in the strategic plan adopted on October 2, 2008. 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]
  13. New Business
  14. Old Business
  15. 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.