June 4, 2009 Commission Meeting Summary

Eighteen members attended the meeting, which was held at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

The Commission voted (17-1-1) adopt the following position on the Governor’s proposal that BCDC be transformed from a state department to a regional agency: “The Commission believes the Governor’s proposal does not acknowledge either the important role that BCDC plays in the governance of valuable state resources in the Bay or BCDC’s ability to advance state interests under federal law through BCDC’s federally-approved coastal management program for the Bay. Therefore, transforming BCDC into a regional entity could have unintended consequences that would be contrary to the best interests of the state. Accordingly, in order to decide whether BCDC should remain a state department or become a regional entity an independent and comprehensive analysis should be undertaken to determine how the state’s interest in the man¬agement of San Francisco Bay can best be accomplished and financed in the long-term. This study can be accomplished at no additional cost to the state and can be completed within six months so the Governor and the Legislature can consider and incorporate the study’s conclusions and recommendations into the development of California’s 2010-11 fiscal year state budget.” For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission continued its public hearing on proposed Bay Plan revisions to address climate change and kept the hearing open until the next BCDC meeting. The Commission decided that it prefers to amend the Bay Plan policies before developing proposed legislation to address climate change on a more comprehensive regional basis and directed the staff to explore additional legal and legislative mechanisms to ensure that local governments adequately address sea level rise in their planning and permitting decisions. Finally, the Commission directed the staff to redouble its outreach to local government planning and public works departments to gain their views on the proposed Bay Plan amendments. For details, contact Leslie Lacko (415/352-3646 lesliel@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. The next all-day strategy planning workshop will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2009. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

Three summer interns have joined BCDC’s staff. They are: Courtney King, who is majoring in civil and environmental engineering at UC Berkeley, will be a planning intern on the Corte Madera Creek wetland resiliency study; Oyntegush Batjargal, a graduate of UC Berkeley with a BS in environmental science, will be putting jurisdictional determinations into a GIS database; and Eric Stevens, who has a BA in business economics from UC Santa Barbara and getting a graduate degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB, will be analyzing the success of marsh restoration projects. For details, contact Sharon Louie (415/352-3638 sharonl@bcdc.ca.gov).

BCDC has again been selected to host a NOAA Coastal Management Fellow. Courtney Scarborough, a graduate of the Bren School of Environmental Science at the University of California Santa Barbara, will join the staff in August to work with another NOAA Fellow at the Coastal Commission to promote planning for adaptation to climate change around the Bay and along the California coast. For details, contact Steve Goldbeck (415/352-3611 steveg@bcdc.ca.gov).

BCDC has been awarded a $300,000 federal grant from the Corps of Engineers for sediment transport analysis work. The funds will be spent over the next two years, with $95,000 going to the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey for assistance in the project. For details, contact Carolynn Box (415/352-3624 carolynnb@bcdc.ca.gov).
Over 130 competitors from 17 nations have registered for BCDC’s design competition to get innovative ideas for responding to sea level rise. The deadline for submitting a proposal is June 29, 2009, and an international jury will select the winners of July 13, 2009. For details, contact Brad McCrea (415/352-3615 bradm@bcdc.ca.gov).

Beginning in July BCDC will resume the practice of closing its office on the first and third Friday of each month to accommodate two days of required unpaid staff furloughs. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The next Commission meeting will be held on July 16, 2009 at the MetroCenter in Oakland. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).