February 5, 2009 Commission Meeting Summary

Twenty-three members attended the meeting, which was held at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

The Commission held a public hearing and voted (23-0-0) to approve revisions in one regionwide permit and one abbreviated regionwide permit. In December 2008, the Commission approved revisions in seven other regionwide permits and two other abbreviated regionwide permits. All of the revisions were made to help achieve a goal of making BCDC’s regulatory program more effective. For details, contact Bob Batha (415/352-3612 bobb@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission held a public hearing on a permit application for for improvements to the inmate confinement facilities at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County. As part of its application, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation proposed to make $100,000 in public access improvements at an historic pump house along the shoreline in San Quentin village and contribute $1,423,000 to the Transportation Authority of Marin to partially fund a pedestrian and bicycle project in Larkspur. The Commission indicated it would not approve the permit unless $3 million was made available for public access improvements. This proposal was not acceptable to the application, which withdrew the application. For details, contact Karen Wolowicz (415/352-3669 karenw@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received a briefing and held a public hearing on whether a roadway shoulder on the westbound (upper) lane of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge should be reserved for future use as a motorized vehicle travel lane as proposed by Caltrans or used as a vehicle traffic lane during peak commute hours and used at other hours for a multiple-use pathway separated from the vehicle lanes by a moveable safety barrier as proposed by the Bay Area Toll Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. In April 2008, the Commission voted to support the BATA/MTC proposal as an example of an approach that meets the Commission’s mandate of providing maximum feasible public access to the Bay and specifically advances two goals: (1) expanding the Bay Trail system; and (2) furthering a future with alternatives to auto commuting. In the ensuing nine months, BATA/MTC has developed a revised proposal for a lower cost pilot project that would use a temporary barrier. Caltrans has rejected the proposal as unsafe, unacceptable and infeasible. For details contact Brad McCrea (415/352-3615 bradm@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission voted (18-0-0) to approve the text of BCDC’s 2008 annual report. For details contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received a briefing on the progress being made in implementing BCDC’s strategic plan and approved a few changes in the deadlines for completing some of the objectives in the plan. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has re-appointed Supervisor Valerie Brown to serve as the County’s representative on BCDC; the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors has re-appointed Supervisor John Gioia as its representative and Supervisor Gayle Uilkema as its alternate on BCDC; the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has re-appointed Supervisor Rich Gordon to serve as San Mateo County’s representative on BCDC and appointed Supervisor Carole Groom to replace Jerry Hill, who was elected to the California Assembly in November, as the County’s alternate representative; the Napa County Board of Supervisors has re-appointed Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht to serve as Napa County’s representative on BCDC. Supervisor Keith Caldwell will replace Harold Moskowite as the County’s alternate; and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has appointed Supervisor George Shirakawa to replace Supervisor Liz Kniss as the County’s representative on the Commission. For details, contact Mamie Lai (415/352-3639 mamiel@bcdc.ca.gov).

Beginning on February 6, 2009, BCDC will join most other state agencies in closing its office on the first and third Fridays of every month when staff will be on unpaid furloughs to reduce state expenditures during the current fiscal crisis. This measure will require the Commission to typically hold only one Commission monthly meeting, usually on the first Thursday of the month. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

Members of the Commission were reminded that all new Commission members must take ethics training within six months of assuming office and all members must repeat the training once every two years. For details, contact Tim Eichenberg (415/352-3655 time@bcdc.ca.gov) or John Bowers (415/352-3610 johnb@bcdc.ca.gov).

Locally-elected officials who serve on BCDC are invited to apply for appointment to the board of the newly-established San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority by submitting a Statement of Interest form to ABAG by February 13, 2009. For details, contact Pat Jones at ABAG (510/464-7933 patj@abag.ca.gov).

Caitlin Sweeney (415/352-3643 caitlins@bcdc.ca.gov) will be serving as acting executive director while Will Travis is attending a sea level rise conference in Holland while on vacation from February 8-15, 2009.

In lieu of a regular BCDC meeting on February 19, 2008, a briefing for new members of the Commission will be held at the Commission’s office from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. The next regular Commission meeting will be held on March 5, 2009 at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).