July 16, 2009 Commission Meeting Summary

Twenty members attended the meeting, which was held at the MetroCenter in Oakland.

After receiving additional comments, the Commission closed its public hearing on proposed Bay Plan revisions to address climate change. The staff intends to refine the proposed Bay Plan findings and policies in response to comments and schedule another public hearing on the refinements in a few months. For details, contact Joe LaClair (415/352-3656 joel@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission held a public hearing and voted (20-0-0) to amend the policies that govern the operations of the Commission’s Citizens Advisory Committee and Science and Technical Advisory Committee. For details, contact Caitlin Sweeney (415/352-3643 caitlins@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission held a public hearing and voted (20-0-0) to initiate the process of considering a proposed amendment of the San Francisco Waterfront Special Area Plan to accommodate plans to relocate the Exploratorium to the San Francisco waterfront. A public hearing on the proposed amendment will be held on October 1, 2009. For details, contact Joe LaClair (415/352-3656 joel@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received a briefing on the work being done by the Dutch to deal with climate change and sea level rise from Peter J. Wijsman of Arcadis, an international consulting firm headquartered in Holland. For details, contact Brad McCrea (415/352-3615 bradm@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received a briefing on the progress being made in implementing BCDC’s strategic plan and deleted another of the objectives in the plan. The Commission agreed that the next all-day strategy planning workshop, which was scheduled for September 17, 2009, will be postponed because of budgetary constraints. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

Leslie Lacko, a senior planner, is on a six-month leave-of-absence, and Nina Bacey, an enforcement analyst, has resigned from BCDC’s staff. For details, contact Sharon Louie (415/352-3638 sharonl@bcdc.ca.gov).

At BCDC’s request, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute (BACEI) are preparing a study to determine where BCDC belongs in the overall structure of California government and how BCDC can best be financed in the long-term. The study is being managed by a steering committee that includes representatives from the Commission and other stakeholders. All members of the Commission are invited to attend two meetings of the steering committee, the first from 9:00 to noon on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at SPUR (654 Mission Street, San Francisco) to discuss governance, and the second from 9:00 to noon on Thursday, August 13, 2009 at the BACEI (201 California Street, Suite 1450, San Francisco) to discuss financing. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

On July 13, 2009 a jury selected the six winners of Rising Tides, a design competition sponsored by BCDC to get innovative ideas for responding to sea level rise. The competition generated worldwide interest with 130 entries from 18 countries. For details, contact Brad McCrea (415/352-3615 bradm@bcdc.ca.gov).

BCDC’s office will be closed the first three Fridays of each month when staff are on unpaid furloughs. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).
Plans to expand San Quentin State Prison have been revised so that the project can be built inland of BCDC’s permit jurisdiction. For details, contact Karen Wolowicz (415/352-3669 karenw@bcdc.ca.gov).

Will Travis will be in Boston from July 19-25 attending the Coastal Zone 09 conference as a guest of NOAA. During his absence, Caitlin Sweeney (415/352-3643 caitlins@bcdc.ca.gov) will be serving as acting executive director.

The next Commission meeting will be held on September 3, 2009 at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission adjourned the meeting in memory of Joseph Houghteling, who served as chair of BCDC from 1971 until 1982.